24.7 C
Byron Shire
February 26, 2021

Tim Costello speaks refugees, April 5

Latest News

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Other News

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Stop motion animators needed

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

Cult Covid

John Scrivener, Main Arm A careful analysis of Cult Covid must clearly distinguish between four separate and distinct yet interconnected...

Tim Costello. Photo supplied.

Aslan Shand

Bringing refugee families together in the current political climate can be challenging, but the need for compassion and understanding of the needs of families and the support they can provide to one another is vital.

Highlighting the importance of family reunification, chief advocate for World Vision Australia, Tim Costello will be speaking at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Friday April 5 from 7.15pm.

Ross Munro from Mullumbimby’s Refugee Family Reunification Project (RFRP) says, ‘The government has imposed visa restrictions, increased costs and made punitive decisions, all of which have resulted in the separation of refugee families’.

‘These policies continue to have serious effects on the health and wellbeing of refugee families,’ he said.

The reunification project has highlighted a number of the ways that families have been separated in Australia. 

One example is a young woman being separated from her husband owing to complications in her pregnancy which saw her brought to Australia while he remained on Nauru.

He is yet to meet his two year old son.

A region of support

‘This is a region where there is support for more generous and compassionate responses to refugees. The RFRP aims to work with a range of refugee support and advocacy groups, faith groups and social justice groups on the far North Coast of NSW to raise awareness and advocate for changes to the federal government’s refugee family reunion policies leading up to the federal elections in May,’ said Mr Munro.

The project is sponsored by the Ballina Region for Refugees, who are a group of pro-refugee community members and professionals who aim to support compassion and humanity towards refugees and seek to ensure Australia meets it international obligations.

For more information on the Ballina Region for Refugees visit br4r.org.au.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Bringing Refugee families together. Wow, that is quite a job as that is everyone outside the original Aboriginal race.
    The Indigenous are the real Australians having been here for 65,000 years.
    We all who are not Aboriginal are but refugees from somewhere else.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.