On June 23, Access proudly partnered with Logan City Council and BEMAC to host the declaration of Logan as a Refugee Welcome Zone, as part of Refugee Week (17-24 June). Logan City Councillor Russell Lutton signed the declaration on behalf of the Mayor, which in spirit, commits to welcome refugees into the community, uphold the human rights of refugees, demonstrate compassion and enhance cultural and religious diversity in the Logan community. The declaration was followed by a free screening of Constance on the Edge, a heart-warming film that follows the settlement journey of a woman and her family in Australia.
In addition, throughout June, staff across Access came together to be involved in an art project to celebrate Refugee Week. Staff members wrote words of welcome to refugees on cards, which were collected and combined into one large artwork that now hangs permanently at The Access Gateway for all to enjoy. The artwork displays collaboration and unity (not to mention the hidden creative talents of many of our staff!) and sends our message of WELCOME to refugees across Australia, who bring diversity and energy to their new home. If you have not yet had a chance to check out the artwork, head along to The Access Gateway.