Fremantle’s warm welcome will defy the winter at the Refugee Welcome Fiesta
Media release: Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. June 20th, 2012
The Fremantle Greens, City of Fremantle, Amnesty International, the Anglican Church and many others have joined together to host the Refugee Welcome Fiesta this weekend.
The all-inclusive community event to celebrate the diversity of our cultures and the new lives of refugees in Australia begins at 11am on Saturday, June 23rd, at the Fremantle Esplanade.
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam and MLC for South Metropolitan Lynn MacLaren will attend the event, which is hosted by The Greens, the City of Fremantle, Amnesty International, Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission, ASeTTs (Assisting Torture and Trauma Survivors), CASE for Refugees, Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD), Fremantle Multicultural Centre, Kulcha, Oxfam, Project SafeCom, the Refugee Rights Action Network and the Uniting Church Social Justice Board.
Senator Ludlam said the fiesta was an important event for reminding us of the best things about Australia.
“People fleeing war and persecution who come to Australia to seek a better life for themselves and their kids are welcome regardless of how they come. The false and bizarre fusion of the unrelated issues of asylum seekers and border protection has warped the national debate, and made us forget what kind of country we really are – welcoming, tolerant, prosperous, spacious and above all – extreme lucky,” he said.
From 11am until 1pm the Fremantle Esplanade will host music, dance, food stalls, and soccer. At 1pm ‘Walk Together’ begins – a walk for harmony through Fremantle. The Fiesta ends at 4pm.
All welcome, of course.
Media contacts: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302
Leonie Lundy – 0439 475 174