Statement from the Mayor, Cr Murray Emerson:
“Council is aware of allegations of alleged right-wing extremists gathering in the Grampians and around Halls Gap over the recent long weekend.
As the specifics of this group’s behaviour are under investigation by Victoria Police, I cannot comment on individual actions by those involved.
I take this opportunity, however, to condemn these kinds of groups in no uncertain terms.
Our shire, our region, and our country are no place for hate, bigotry, or any ideology that seeks to divide our people or sow hatred in our communities.
The disturbing images that have come from the group in our region over the weekend should not be taken lightly and I hope those responsible face consequences before the law for bringing this kind of hateful rhetoric to our beautiful region.
The Northern Grampians shire and our neighbouring shires are communities that pride ourselves on inclusivity and welcoming people from all over the world, no matter their race, ethnicity, nationality or background.
To those that seek to come here with any attitude or behaviour that attempts to put others down or denigrate anyone, I say to those people you are not welcome here.”