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January 26, 2022

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Listening to the truth tellers

A long time ago my husband had to attend a meeting in Redfern. He works in the health and academic sector and it was a consultation with some First Nations clinicians and community workers. He arrived a little earlier for the meeting to the centre – not your typical clinical setting but a regular house. On arrival he was greeted by an older woman who led him to a table and offered him a cup of tea. They chatted. Had a laugh. She offered him a biscuit.

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Rainbow Temple squeezed by Lismore Council 

For two decades, the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank has stood as a striking reflection of the region’s proudly beating spiritual heart.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Listening to the truth tellers

A long time ago my husband had to attend a meeting in Redfern. He works in the health and academic sector and it was a consultation with some First Nations clinicians and community workers. He arrived a little earlier for the meeting to the centre – not your typical clinical setting but a regular house. On arrival he was greeted by an older woman who led him to a table and offered him a cup of tea. They chatted. Had a laugh. She offered him a biscuit.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

Local comedienne and Meals on Wheels volunteer Sandy Gandhi says that if medical marijuana were legalised in NSW the service could be renamed Deals On Wheels, but seriously, she loves helping out.  Photo Eve Jeffery
Local comedienne and Meals on Wheels volunteer Sandy Gandhi says that if medical marijuana were legalised in NSW the service could be renamed Deals On Wheels, but seriously, she loves helping out. Photo Eve Jeffery

Eve Jeffery

From its beginnings more than 60 years ago, Meals on Wheels has helped make it possible for many elderly or disabled members of our community to continue living in their homes and maintain their independence.

Delivery of nutritious meals, social interaction and a friendly check of a client’s wellbeing by Meals on Wheels volunteers can help people live the lives they choose.

In the course of a year, more than 14.8 million meals are delivered by more than 78,700 volunteers to about 53,000 recipients Australia wide in cities, regional and rural areas.

The Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels service, which operates from Monday to Friday, delivers almost 540 meals per week in the Byron Shire alone.

The service uses the the invaluable help of more than 200 volunteers, about 98 per cent of its workforce.

Meals are delivered to both centre-based programs and residences across the shire.

Food services co-ordinator for Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Fran Leske says that meal deliveries are not the only service provided by the group.

More than food

‘We do lots of other things for people’, says Fran.

‘We do more than just deliver food. We take clients grocery shopping, to the movies, and we have a bus outing once a month. As long as it involves a food component, even a cup of tea and a biscuit, we can be involved.’

For information on how you can become a Meals on Wheels volunteer, phone Fran Leske on 6685 1498, or to find out about services phone Colleen Rake on 6685 1066.


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