Adelaide City Council became a Refugee Welcome Zone in August 2014.
Adelaide City Council welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to the City and acknowledges the difficult journey men, women and children make to Australia to seek our protection.
We also celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity that refugees and asylum seekers bring to our community and the tremendous contributions refugees have made to Australian society in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, sport, education and the arts.
To celebrate our declaration, activities were held across the City during Refugee Week (14-20 June 2015).
An exhibition was held at the City Library in partnership with the Australian Refugee Association that included portraits of people of refugee background who have settled in Adelaide and shared their stories. The Portraits were also flown as banners down King William Street and show in videos that were shared via social media.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress held receptions to personally welcome men, women and children of refugee background to the City. And the community got on board holding events at our community centres such as Ramadan activities at the south West Community Centre and a Nepal Fundraiser at North Adelaide Community Centre and Library. Council also provided grants that supported a community film night and welcome picnic run by Welcome to Australia, a Random Acts of Welcome get together and a Liberian Cultural celebration. Council also provided a grant to the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia to coordinate 2015 Refugee Week activities across the State.
Council is meeting with community and forming partnerships with organisations to better understand the needs of people of refugee and asylum seeker background and ways in which they can feel more welcome and participate in the life of the City. These conversations will inform future Welcome Zone initiatives.