Inverbrackie Reference Group Established

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MEDIA RELEASE


105.11

1 November 2010

Inverbrackie reference group established

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to

community engagement on the establishment of the Inverbrackie immigration detention

facility, with the announcement today of a community reference group.

More than a dozen local people will join representatives from DIAC and Adelaide Hills

Council on the group, which the department undertook to form at the recent public

meeting in Woodside on October 21.

DIAC South Australian State Director Christopher Callanan said the group would be a

conduit for residents to raise issues for discussion and also an avenue for information to

be provided to local people.

“Those who have agreed to take part in the group come from a wide variety of

backgrounds and their participation is thoroughly appreciated,” Mr Callanan said.

It is expected the group will stage its first meeting next week.

Mr Callanan said work had also progressed on other issues raised, including

communications, education, bushfire measures and health requirements, in consultation

with the state government.

“Country Fire Service officers will be conducting an assessment of the site to identify fire

prevention works and the department  has welcomed the CFS offer to provide fire safety

information to the detention services provider and detainees,” Mr Callanan said.

“It is expected that education needs will be known shortly but as yet no decision has

been made on the location of placements. No schools will be required to take students.” 

Communication channels for the community are being established to provide clear and

accurate information to residents on an ongoing basis.

Mr Callanan said many individuals and groups have approached the department and

state government offering support and assistance to those who will be accommodated in

the facility.

If people are seeking to offer services or support, they can contact the department by

emailing inverbrackie@immi.gov.au.


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