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We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

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Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

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Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

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Stop motion animators needed

Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced digital animators with demonstrated experience...

A group of local volunteers who helped out during Ex-Cyclone Debbie have received a national distinguished team award. Pictured is Tammy Jones with her award. Jasmine Jones-Calvert (far front left) and Marie Rogers is pictured next to Jasmine. Photo Jeff Dawson ‘Oh Yes, I’ll Take another Award, Thanks’ Dawson.

Northern Rivers and Tweed Valley emergency services teams have been recognised with distinguished teams awards for their outstanding work during the Ex-Cyclone Debbie event in 2017.

The awards were  presented at the Red Cross Annual Conference in Sydney on October 12.

Red Cross Emergency Services Liaison Officer Kerrie Gray said despite personal affected the team members worked tirelessly, manning the seven evacuation centres established across the impacted region, with some volunteers spending the night onsite to help people whenever they arrived.

‘Once the evacuation centres closed, the team members started their work in the recovery centres, providing personal support and comfort to victims and providing invaluable local knowledge to the departments and agencies working alongside them.

‘The recovery centres remained open for eight weeks with Red Cross Emergency Team volunteers on shift for the entire period.

‘The work was long, tiring, and often distressing but the professional and caring approach of the volunteers was maintained throughout.

‘The work of Red Cross volunteers throughout this period was inspiring and a true reflection of Red Cross’s fundamental principles.’

And with summer upon us, Red Cross is encouraging the public to take some simple and practical steps to protect themselves against natural emergencies.

Preparation advice

‘The more prepared you are for emergencies and disasters the less stressful they become. 1) Create an emergency plan; 2) Build your own survival kit; 3) Start a conversation with people you care about; 4) Download the Red Cross Get Prepared app (for iOS and Android).

‘Get Prepared can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play or by visiting www.redcross.org.au/prepare.’


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