Murweh Shire Mayor Dennis Cook, CWAATSICH CEO Sheryl Lawton and Paroo Shire Mayor Lindsay Godfrey earlier this year. Photo Contributed
Murweh Shire Mayor Dennis Cook, CWAATSICH CEO Sheryl Lawton and Paroo Shire Mayor Lindsay Godfrey earlier this year. Photo Contributed Contributed

Paroo Shire Considering Refugee intake for Cunnamulla

THE Western Downs mayor has committed the Dalby region to rehoming up to 1500 Syrian asylum seekers.

And Paroo shire has offered "in principle" support - without attaching a number - to bringing in refugees to reverse population decline in Cunnamulla.

Paroo shire CEO Chris Cowley said that the shire had agreed to consider the idea at the council briefing meeting on Tuesday.

But Murweh shire has outright rejected the idea.

Denis Cook argued Murweh could not take care of them.

"They're going to be on the dole," he said.

Murweh Shire Mayor Denis Cook said he was wary of imitating Dalby mayor Ray Brown's approach, even though he acknowledged it would help alleviate population decline. "I'm up for employing the Australians first," he said.

"It's a difficult question, (because) we obviously need population.

"My question is what are they going to do when they get to Charleville?

"Basically if they come out to us they're going to be on the dole."

Barcoo Shire says they want to reverse population decline.

Chris Cowley, council CEO, says the deal must be a "win-win" for refugees and the community.

"Our council would at this stage give in principle support for adopting some Syrian refugees.

"That number would have to be matched to capacity out here".


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