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Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

Multi-agency search continues for missing man

NSW Police say a search is continuing this morning for a man who went missing in a creek overnight.

2022 Community Building Partnership Program

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local not-for-profit groups and councils to apply for their share of $400,000 in grants under the 2022 Community Building Partnership Program.

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

Lismore Council votes to workshop temporary dwellings

With so many prongs currently on the disaster response fork, it's hard to know if Lismore Council is robbing Peter to pay Pauline as voting on leapfrogging issues means there is a possibility that everyone could lose – or win.

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don Dale prison in the Northern Territory. Despite a recent Royal Commission into this prison recommendations have not been implemented and the cruelty, abuse, intimidation and blatant racism continues to destroy the souls of families and incarcerated children.

The federal government has the power to intervene – it hasn’t. This incarcerated Indigenous child, no matter what he tells his mother, isn’t alright and Australian settlers are unconsciously socialised to live on stolen land. The history of genocide cannot be forgotten. We live in false consciousness; this combination of factors is totally unconscionable and unconstitutional. Australians know deep in their hearts that this ongoing brutality to First Nations peoples must end.

‘Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are alienated from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future. These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.’ (Statement from the Heart) 

The gap widens when addressing Indigenous equity. There have been over 500 deaths in custody since the Royal Commission in 1991. Para-military technologies are utilised in prisons, Indigenous organs continue to be removed from victims. 

Byron Council have ratified the Uluru Charter and the International Charter of Human Rights, complete with a Bill of Rights. As such they hold the power to address homelessness for Indigenous people, be creative and compassionate and develop structural equity for all dispossessed members of society. Byron does not have to be developed according to vulgar bourgeois values. We all face the climate change crisis collectively. We are better than the current model of outdated colonial value systems. We have to all change from the soul, heart and mind. It can be done. We can walk with the wisest, oldest culture on the planet as they lead the way to ecological integrity. Do uphold the Voice to Parliament in our collective Constitution. Civil society can do it. Easy, folks.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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