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New digs for Bangalow Lions Club

After 30 years of using a makeshift shed at the Bangalow Showground for their bar and barbecue, the Bangalow Lions Club have opened their newly constructed Lions Kiosk.

Cartoon of the week – 28 July, 2021

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.

Saddle Road land snapped up for $10m

A picturesque property in Brunswick Heads that was once slated to become an eco-village may become a light industrial precinct after the owners sold it to a developer for $10 million. 

A disappointing limbo? Byron candidates on delayed council elections

Mr Dey, incumbent Mr Lyon and four other mayoral candidates were already busy campaigning for the top spot when NSW Local Government Minister Shelly Hancock delayed the election for a second time.

Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Were the weekend’s ‘Freedom Rallies’ based on science?

A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controversial ‘Freedom Rallies’ – Let’s break it down and present some context.

Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

Manus Island refugees.

Highlighting those that have been forgotten by the Australian Government as they languish in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (PNG) Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) recently hosted an on-line forum presenting information about Operation#NotForgotten.

The forum featured guest speakers Glenn and Meryl Jackson from Canberra Refugee Support Group who presented information about Operation#NotForgotten – a project to resettle asylum seekers in Canada.

‘In the face of apparent total abandonment by the Australian Government, Operation#NotForgotten is a glimmer of hope for some of the 400 asylum seekers who are still detained on Nauru and in PNG. These men and women have been in limbo for seven years and most are suffering both mentally and physically,’ Linda Dillon, a committee member of BR4R, pointed out.

Operation#NotForgotten is a project by two Canadian non-profit organisations, Canada Caring Society and MOSAIC. The organisations plan to sponsor up to 200 refugees to resettle in Canada. These are refugees who are ineligible for the Australia–United States arrangement because the US does not accept people from certain countries.

Canadian volunteers are trained to provide the necessary support for the refugees when they arrive in Canada. The Australian community is the major contributor to funding Operation#NotForgotten.

BR4R last year contributed $2,000 to support fundraising for one refugee,’ said BR4R President, Ruth Henderson.

‘We would like to do more as the cost for each person to go to Canada is $18,000. This amount ensures their support when they get there.’

Operation#NotForgotten is endorsed by the Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International. Partners in Canada, Australia and around the world will be raising funds to cover the cost to settle in Canada. Donations have already started, with enough for about 50 people already raised. One man from Manus has settled in Vancouver and another will be travelling to Canada very soon.

Donations can be made to BR4R: www.BR4R.org.au.  You can specify that you wish the donation to go to Operation#NotForgotten.

Donations can also be made through the Refugee Council of Australia.

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Ballina Shire Council supports application for new croquet club

The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park. 

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Northern Rivers responds to cal for COVID-19 testing

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Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.