June 07, 2013
The president of a Great Southern shire says he would welcome asylum seekers being accommodated in the community.
The comments by Katanning Shire president Richard Kowald come after plans were revealed to relocate asylum seekers to the south-west town of Collie.
Family and employment services provider, Communicare, is in the early stages of relocating up to 10 families to the town.
Mr Kowald says he has made it clear to the State Government that his community is in a position to cater for new arrivals.
“Quite okay with accepting other migrants to the town,” he said.
“We’ve got other facilities in the town that could cater to families and such relocating to Katanning and of course that’s all about population growth, so we’d be looking for the associated services and everything that go with having new migrants in town.”
He says his community has had a strong migrant base for almost 40 years.
“You know our experiences here is that migrants settle in quite well,” he said.
“We haven’t got any social problems.”
He says Katanning has adequate infrastructure in place.