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January 18, 2022

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Community the big winner at Rotary Duck Race

The Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina was full of colour on the weekend for the 30th Rotary Duck Race. The event has raised a quarter of a million dollars for charity over its history in Ballina.

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Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.

Govt offer pandemic payments 

There is now financial support of up to $750 per week for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

Man dead after Lismore stabbing

NSW Police say a man has died, and two others have been injured, following a stabbing in Lismore overnight.

Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays it on the line for the unvaccinated

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

Is your water off in Lennox Head?

Ballina Council says that water supply is temporarily unavailable to properties on Pinnacle Row, and parts of Ballina Street, Lennox Head due to a water main break on North Creek Road that occurred this morning.

Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances the night away

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

Video Sharon Shostak

For some people Australia Day means friends and family, for others it’s remembering the sacrifices others have made. For many it’s just another reason to party. Aboriginal people increasingly are finding new ways to mark the day with a positive spirit. At Byron Bay’s Main Beach this year, local Arakwal people created a celebration of survival.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful work as usual Sharon. The Australia day Uke book has been very difficult for me to reconcile my true feelings about out history. So many feelings to consider respectfully. I love the gentleman John Lazarus’ comments about moving ahead in the spirit of reconciliation…. acknowledging the past and fixing the future.

  2. I find it so sad that so many people in this video, and through out this country, do not seem to know about, or had as part of the school curriculum, the disgraceful invasion, genocide and subsequent dehumanisation of these proud, clever and resilient people that began on this date. I don’t think many people at all seem to know that Aboriginal people were classed as ‘fauna and Flora’ till 1967. That terra nullius was a huge lie, and overturned only in 1992 ( Eddy Mabo’s fight). To say ‘We didn’t have anything to do with it’ is shameful and ignorant.
    We need to educate and remind other Australians about this attrocity, and find another day that is non political to celebrate unity and pride. Not a day of violence and imvasion.

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