Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Community opens doors to migrant families

    11/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Pilot program tackles declining population
    • Plan is a blueprint to help migrants resettle in regional WA
    The Shire of Dalwallinu is working with local residents and businesses on a plan to offer people from culturally diverse backgrounds the chance to move into town and take up opportunities of full employment, housing and education.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli said the Regional Repopulation Plan was a comprehensive blueprint on the resettlement of migrants here in Western Australia for humanitarian reasons.

    “It provides for the probability of relocating a number of Burmese refugees to the Dalwallinu region as part of a pilot project to supply labour force for jobs that are ready and have been difficult to fill,” Mr Castrilli said.

    The Minister said in 2010, a local business owner from Wubin, approached his office seeking assistance and revealed that labour shortages in the area were a real challenge and the potential of using migrants as a labour source was raised. 

    “I have supported the plan and this has now resulted in the project being realised,” he said.

    “The Repopulation Plan aims to attract and retain new residents to assist with growth in population and economic base for a sustainable future.

    “Presently in Western Australia there are 30 local government communities that have experienced population decline of the past 10 years and this is a win situation for everyone.”

    “There will be opportunity to utilise under used resources in the Dalwallinu area like schools and community centres impacted by a lack of population.”

    Mr Castrilli said many migrants from refugee backgrounds bring with them a strong work ethic and sense of community, and demonstrate an eagerness to find meaningful employment to improve their lives.
     
           Fact File
    • The Wheatbelt region has a diverse population, with over 15 per cent having been born overseas, and around five per cent indigenous

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