Community Reference Group Established by DIAC to Discuss Inverbrackie Immigration Detention Facility
Adelaide, South Australia (News4us.com) November 2, 2010
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to community engagement on the establishment of the Inverbrackie immigration detention facility, with the announcement today of a community reference group.
More than a dozen local people will join representatives from DIAC and Adelaide Hills Council on the group, which the department undertook to form at the recent public meeting in Woodside on October 21.
DIAC South Australian State Director Christopher Callanan said the group would be a conduit for residents to raise issues for discussion and also an avenue for information to be provided to local people.
“Those who have agreed to take part in the group come from a wide variety of backgrounds and their participation is thoroughly appreciated,” Mr Callanan said.
It is expected the group will stage its first meeting next week.
Mr Callanan said work had also progressed on other issues raised, including communications, education, bushfire measures and health requirements, in consultation with the state government.
“Country Fire Service officers will be conducting an assessment of the site to identify fire prevention works and the department has welcomed the CFS offer to provide fire safety information to the detention services provider and detainees,” Mr Callanan said.
“It is expected that education needs will be known shortly but as yet no decision has been made on the location of placements. No schools will be required to take students.”
Communication channels for the community are being established to provide clear and accurate information to residents on an ongoing basis.
Mr Callanan said many individuals and groups have approached the department and state government offering support and assistance to those who will be accommodated in the facility.
If people are seeking to offer services or support, they can contact the department by emailing email@example.com.
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