Nillumbik is a Welcome Zone for refugees and signed the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration in July.
There are already a small number of asylum seekers in Nillumbik and there are many refugees in neighbouring Council areas.
The placement of refugees is a Federal decision which is made with a number of refugee agencies. The Federal government has arrangements in place to provide a wide range of services for refugees including health, education and employment.
Every day Nillumbik Council engages with a diverse range of people who make up our community – including children, families, people with disability, older people, migrants and refugees. As a result, the Shire plays an important role in protecting and promoting human rights of all people.
In September 2015, the Federal government made a commitment to provide humanitarian aid for refugees in September 2015.
St Vincent’s Health Australia (St Vincent’s) and CatholicCare responded to that call and are providing medium-term rental accommodation in 60 units on the site of St Vincent’s Care Services Eltham.
These units are stand-alone and separate from the residential aged care and independent living facilities on site.
Some groups are issuing misinformation and making claims about St Vincent’s offer at the Eltham Aged Care Facility that is simply untrue.
Council has issued these Frequently Asked Questions (Link to page) to address these concerns.
St Vincent's Health Australia Factsheet also has more information about their project.