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Proposed National Conference in Katoomba, 16-18 September 2022

Dear RAR groups,


The Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group offered to host the 2020 National Conference and as we all know, it was postponed because of the Covid outbreak.  Early this year, we decided that it was safe to try again.  With fewer people.  We are now prepared to revise downwards our expectations of attendance - aiming for 200, in a large school, with plenty of opportunities for small group work and social distancing when we are in the school hall.


We want to go ahead with the conference, if it's safe to do so.  We have a great mix of speakers and panellists, and 15 small group workshops to choose from.  We have an 'open session' at each of the three breakout sessions. But most importantly, this conference will be held 118 days after the Albanese Government assumed office on 22 May.  We want this Government to know that we are watching them and we expect positive change.  Coming together as a national body is a powerful way to make our presence felt.  


We have invited the Minister for Immigration to attend - but no response yet.  (The Minister for Home Affairs is not available).  This coming year is vitally important after 21 years of lobbying and advocacy.  We cannot rest now that we have an ALP government.


So I'm asking you to promote the conference among your members and encourage people to register in the coming weeks, if they plan to attend.  Katoomba has many tourists, and accommodation may be hard to find at the last minute.  We need to know if there is sufficient interest in holding the conference at this time. 


I attach a flyer, and ask that you circulate this through your members and other refugee advocacy groups you may be connected with.  While this is a RAR conference, we welcome people from other like-minded groups attending.


The latest details of the Conference program is on the RAR website, along with accommodation options. 


(thanks to Carolyn Brooks from Queanbeyan RAR for the flyer and Linda McNeill Castlemaine RAR for the logo).

Warm regards

Louise Redmond

National President

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