No Decision Yet On Asylum Seekers In Northam

No decision yet on asylum seekers in Northam

Updated Thu Jul 8, 2010 6:02pm AEST

The Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, says the government is working to identify a number of suitable sites to add to facilities already in use, in Leonora and the Curtin Detention Centre, near Derby.

The Federal Government says it will be some time before it decides whether to house asylum seekers in the WA Wheatbelt town of Northam.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has told ABC Local Radio he is still considering the possibility of using Northam's army barracks.

“It's certainly something we're going to look at but it hasn't gone too far yet,” he said.

“We'd be looking not to use things in the town but to use some of the army land there. You'd have to look at a sort of mining camp type arrangement.”

“The next stage if we're serious about it will be going to have a chat with the Northam Shire Council and to go and have a chat with the Premier.”