Last Saturday according to the Sunday Age newspaper in Eltham, a leafy northern eastern suburb of Melbourne where I live "The battle for Eltham" dubbed by the newspaper was won by the butterflies which carried the day.
The battle was between pro and anti refugees groups but what the small anti group of protestors encountered adorning the surrounding trees and footpaths were 8000 beautiful depictions of colourful butterflies. This was the predawn work of locals wanting to express symbolically their welcome to the 120 Syrian refugees soon to be accommodated in a section of an aged care facility. The pictures of police standing guard on the pavement under a blanket of large butterflies looked was quite amazing.
The refugees are to be housed for 2 years in a separate section of St Vincent's aged care facility which was previously derelict but now renovated for their use while they re-establish themselves.
Protestors put up signs "Protect elderly in aged care" but the renovated independent units are separate to the high care section and only families will be occupying the units and no single men. Others have voiced concern these units could have been used to alleviate shortages in aged care. But demand is specific only to high care and there is no shortage of independent units in the shire.
In our local Catholic church parishioners have been very active for a number of months organising donations of essential household goods for designated units so that the refugees feel welcome.