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Outreach officers to visit northern tablelands.



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Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Outreach officers to visit northern tablelands

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be in the northern tablelands region soon as part of a regional outreach visit.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Kevin Andrews said the outreach trips planned for Inverell, Armidale, Tamworth and Gunnedah were a great way for people in regional areas to sit down and talk about immigration-related issues face-to-face with DIAC officers.

‘The Australian Government places great importance on providing services to regional areas and these visits are a large part of that,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘These visits attract a range of people, from farmers to small business owners, community groups to individuals, who might want information or just someone to talk them through a complex matter.

‘While the department has a great deal of information available over the phone or on the Internet, some people prefer to speak to officers face-to-face, and these visits are about meeting that need.

‘In the past, the most popular topics related to citizenship, work visas, visas for family members and how to propose and sponsor refugees,’ the Minister added.

DIAC officers will be in:

• Inverell on Wednesday, May 9, from 9am to 12.30pm. Appointments will be at Flanders House, an annexe of the Inverell RSL Club, 68 Evans Street, Inverell.

• Armidale on Wednesday, May 9, from 2.30pm to 5pm. Appointments will be at Hughes House, 141 Faulkner Street, Armidale. Bookings for Inverell and Armidale appointments are essential - phone Northern Settlement Services on 6771 3975.

• Tamworth on Thursday, May 10, from 9am to 5pm. Appointments will be at the office of Tony Windsor MP, 259 Peel Street, Tamworth. To make an appointment, phone 6761 3080.

• Gunnedah on Friday May 11 from 9am to 11.30am. Appointments will be at the office of John Anderson MP, 206 Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. To make an appointment, phone 6742 3155.

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