Mayors call to house Syrian refugees at Leeuwin Barracks

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt and East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt and East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill

THE mayors of Fremantle and East Fremantle are urging the Federal Government to use the Leeuwin Barracks to house Syrian refugees.

The Leeuwin Barracks is not new to this use, having been used to house 370 refugees from Kosovo in 1999.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the refugees were escaping war and persecution in Syria and surrounding areas and needed help.

“Fremantle recently became a Refugee Welcome Zone and with Premier Barnett pleasingly stating that WA would be willing to take 1,000 refugees from Syria,” he said.

“I know the people of Fremantle would like to assist by making refugees welcome in our community.”

East Fremantle mayor Jim O’Neill said it was a global crisis but the two councils could do their part to help.

“This is a global refugee crisis,” he said.

“We can’t stand by while this situation gets worse.

“No single country can solve the crisis, but as one of the world’s richest countries, Australia should do it part and East Fremantle is proud to make a stand for this.”

Both mayors have written to the Premier with the request.