Residents call to 'bring them here'

RAINY VIGIL: Daylesford and District's Rural Australians for Refugees Group members hold a vigil in wet weather last Thursday afternoon to remember refugees.
RAINY VIGIL: Daylesford and District's Rural Australians for Refugees Group members hold a vigil in wet weather last Thursday afternoon to remember refugees.

Daylesford and District’s Rural Australians for Refugees Group members gathered for an hour of somber vigil in Vincent Street last Thursday.

The vigil was held to mark five years of Australia’s off shore detention policy and the Australian Government’s decision to detain asylum seekers off shore on Manus Island and Nauru.

Rural Australians for Refugees is a grassroots movement that calls on the Australian Government to seek solutions to address the international asylum seeker crisis. It urges the government to seek solutions on a regional, national and global level. Last week, asylum seeker support groups across Australia held vigils to mark the time the policy has been in place, while protesting the damage done to hordes of innocent people and to remember those who have died while in offshore detention. 

Members of Daylesford and District’s RARG group spoke to passersby to explain why they were there.