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April 17, 2021

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Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Other News

HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Methane: the breakfast of champion trees

A research study lead by Southern Cross University scientists has discovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

A coastal hazard assessment study and a coastal management program will be funded as the NSW Government announces over $100,000 for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils under the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

New citizens (from left) Martina Keary, Ann Heiling, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett, Janice Henry, Angelica Battese and Beth McCallum at Richmond Valley's citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. (Russell Kennedy absent).
New citizens (from left) Martina Keary, Ann Heiling, Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett, Janice Henry, Angelica Battese and Beth McCallum at Richmond Valley’s citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. (Russell Kennedy absent).

People from five countries pledged allegiance to Australia at a citizenship ceremony in Casino on Wednesday.

The six ‘new’ Australians hale from the UK, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and the US.

Five women and one man celebrated with friends and family after receiving certificates proclaiming their nationality from Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett.

Cr Bennett offered his congratulations to the Valley’s newest citizens.

‘There’s something special about citizenship ceremonies and it’s not just the welcoming of new residents to our community,’ he said.

‘It’s also the coming together of many nationalities.’

Cr Bennett told the new Australians that by taking the oath of allegiance, they now acquired many rights and responsibilities, among them the right to vote and the responsibility to exercise this right.

He said Australian citizenship was a common bond, involving shared rights and obligations, uniting all Australians, while respecting their diversity.

‘Today is a special day and we are very honoured to have each of you join our region,’ Cr Bennett said.

‘Congratulations and enjoy all that it means to be an Australian.’


New citizens (from left) Martina Keary, Ann Heiling, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett, Janice Henry, Angelica Battese and Beth McCallum. (Russell Kennedy absent).


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