Ataus Samad, Kerry Perrie, Peter O’Dwyer, Susan Watkin and Rachelle Arayan with Burmese migrants in Biloela.
Ataus Samad, Kerry Perrie, Peter O’Dwyer, Susan Watkin and Rachelle Arayan with Burmese migrants in Biloela.

New residents get helping hand

SETTLING into a community is paramount for new migrants, and a local organisation is making sure they have all the help they need.

Gladstone Multicultural Association Inc. (GMAI) committee members recently were in Biloela to share that knowledge and information with migrants.

The community meeting was hosted by Ataus Samad, the Rural Employment Assistance Project (REAP) co-ordinator for ACCES Services Inc.

Community representatives from the state school, the church and women’s group attended to generate a feeling of connectedness.

GMAI was represented by its president, Peter O’Dwyer and vice-president Susan Watkin, Kerry Perrie, chairman of Women Connecting Women (WCW) and Rachelle Arayan, volunteer social worker.

“The strategic value of supporting mothers and women resettling in a new community is vital in these initial discussions,” Perrie said.

“We all know the negative impact an unhappy and disengaged mother can have in a critical time like resettling in a new community.”



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