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February 26, 2021

Spreading some joy this Christmas

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

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The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

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Super swim challenge accepted

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Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

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.

From left: Marisa Poptie – COO Ballina RSL Club, and CWA ladies: Megan Nicol, Lyn Davidson, Barb Driscoll, Janice Loughrey and Gai Mason.

Ballina RSL Club and the CWA – Ballina Branch, have joined forces to bring Christmas Cheer to the farming families of Gwydir Shire. They are calling this, the Friends of the Farmer Christmas toy-drive.

The Ballina Shire community is invited to help grow a smile for kids in the drought-effected community of Gwydir this year by placing donations of cash or unwrapped gifts, for children up to 12 years of age, under the Christmas Tree at the Club reception. The CWA ladies will wrap and gift-tag all of the presents.

There is a road trip planned to deliver the gifts in early December. ‘We are hoping during November that we have as many gifts dropped off under our tree as possible’, said Marisa Poptie, COO Ballina RSL Club. ‘Cash donations are more than welcome,  and we have a cash barrel set up beside the Christmas Tree’, Marisa added.

This is the second fundraising drive to assist farmers by Ballina RSL Club. Late last year the club delivered pantry items and cash donations to the Armidale region.


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