In this edition of the Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast we’re joined by Dr Penny Egan-Vine, chairperson of the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, in conversation with Renae Schilg from La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga.
In this interview, Penny and Renae discuss the activities of the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, along with the challenges faced by refugee families settling in regional areas and the assistance local residents can provide in helping new migrants settle into the local community. Penny also shares her views on the Gillard government’s ‘Malaysia solution’ strategy for processing asylum seekers offshore in Southeast Asia.
Dr Penny Egan-Vine is a long-time Albury-Wodonga resident and has been a medical practitioner for thirty years working as a grief, loss and trauma counsellor. For fourteen years she has worked specifically with refugees.
The Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group assists refugees to settle in Albury-Wodonga by providing funding and support to new arrivals in order that they can achieve independence and integration into the wider community. The group was formed in November 2004 as part of the Sanctuary Refugee Foundation, an Australia-wide network helping refugees settle into life in Australia. The MVSRG is especially interested in involving local young people in their activities.
Renae Schilg is a first year Bachelor of Arts student of La Trobe University who is interested about both local and international social and political issues. Undertaking a vegan lifestyle, she is also heavily concerned about the ethical treatment of animals. Renae is also a part-time creative artist and a skater in the local roller derby league, Murray River Derby Dames.
The views in this story are those of the interview participants and not necessarily those of Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga.