Kingston to Provide Housing to 180 Refugee Families in 2016

Mayor Geoff Gledhill has worked with the Refugee Action Cooperative to secure housing for 180 refugees from war-torn areas in the City of Kingston.

Refugee Action Cooperative spokesperson Maryanne Whitehead has applauded the City of Kingston for its initiative in funding the purchase or lease of housing to home 180 refugees.  The refugees - mainly families fleeing from ongoing wars in Syria - have been granted refugee visas recently, and will soon settle into new lives.

City of Kinston mayor Cr Geoff Gledhill said that this will see the growth of 'an exciting new community.'

Council is pleased to invest in this vital project to strengthen community connections. Kingston will serve as a place of welcome.

Geoff Gledhill, Mayor

With several new or recently-built medium-density properties available in Dingley Village, Cr Gledhill said that Dingley represented an opportunity that 'will enable residents to remain on the one site.'

Cr Gledhill stated that he beleives this is a change to revitalise the Dingley Village community, especially with the recent re-launch of the local shopping strip.  With 18 of 33 premises currently vacant, and increase to the local population will improve opportunity for local traders.

'Council is pleased to invest in this vital project to strengthen community connections,' said Cr Gledhill.

Ms Whitehead looks forward to welcoming the new residents into their homes before the end of January.

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