The City of Bayside is a municipality located in Victoria, 8 kilometres south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It covers 17km of Port Phillip’s coastline and is home to over 104,000 residents.
On 19 June 2018 council signed a declaration to become a Refugee Welcome Zone. The official signing of the declaration took place during National Refugee Week (17-23 June), in the presence of representatives from the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and the Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association.
Since then, Council has committed to the following:
- Offering community grants to celebrate and promote cultural diversity in Bayside
- Advocacy letters to State and Federal Government
- Promoting and creating awareness of significant days via social media and other media channels
- Supporting community groups