16.5 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2024

A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Latest News

Sweet and sour doughnuts

Victoria Cosford ‘It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a sweet tooth,’ says Megan. I’ve called in at the pop-up...

Other News

It’s MardiGrass!

This year is Nimbins 32nd annual MardiGrass and you’d reckon by now ‘weed’ be left alone. The same helicopter raids, the disgusting, and completely unfair, saliva testing of drivers, and we’re still not allowed to grow our own plants. We can all access legal buds via a doctor, most of it imported from Canada, but we can’t grow our own. There’s something very wrong there.

Reclaiming childhood in the ‘device age’

A century and a half ago, the visionary Henry David Thoreau declared people had become ‘the tool of their tools.’  In this device-driven age of smartphones, social media, and artificial intelligence, few observations could be seen as more prescient. 

Not enough letters like this about Gaza in The Echo?

The Echo’s studied indifference to the plight of the Palestinians and its reluctance to publish letters on the subject...

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Paul Watson has his say on Sea Shepherd ousting

Regarding your article concerning the split in Sea Shepherd. I established Sea Shepherd as a global movement, not as an organisation, controlled by a few men. It was a democratic association of independent national entities

Rebuilding communities from Lennox and Evans Head to Coraki and Woodburn

In February and March 2022, our region was subject to a series of weather events that causeed one of the nation’s worst recorded flood disasters. The economic impact of a natural disaster can be felt far beyond the damage to housing and infrastructure.

A day for fun at Pottsville. Photo supplied.

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.

Over 50 families from Burma, Sri Lanka, Iran and Afghanistan who now call Brisbane home, enjoyed their visit to Pottsville Beach, the markets, and park.

Pottsville Refuge Support Group spokesperson Ian Hamilton said the annual event had been cancelled during the COVID pandemic and it was a relief to have the families visit Pottsville again. ‘The sun was shining as kids and adults took to the waves under the watchful eye of Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesavers. We had been hosting this event for a few years before COVID hit and it was always so well received by the refugees and asylum seeker families so it was disappointing to have to cancel it for two years running.

The Brisbane lockdown

‘These families weren’t able to leave Brisbane during lockdown. This year we were determined to have the families back to Pottsville to have a day out where they could enjoy themselves.’

Chris Miranda from the Refugee Association of Logan said refugees and asylum seekers valued the efforts of groups like the Pottsville Refugee Support Group. ‘The people we work with in Logan have often experienced trauma and disadvantage, so being welcomed and embraced by people in local communities means a lot to them. Some families we work with still have no work or study rights while on temporary visas.

‘There are so many local community groups in Australia supporting refugees and asylum seekers and this gives us hope and confirms that our communities are caring and supportive.’

Photos supplied


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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. What a caring community. We allow refugees to visit our beach for a few hours.
    We won’t allow them to live here, because, you know we have to protect the Byron environment and culture.

    • Pottsville isn’t Byron, it’s actually the Tweed shire, and they do live here, just in Brisbane. I wish the same care was given to those born here that still have no homes from the floods and those that still can’t work because they do not won’t a Covid jab.

    • Caring community one hand, as opposed to harsh government policy that has nothing to do with “protect the Byron environment and culture”, on the other hand

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Foodie road-trip paradise: Harvest Food Trail

Calling all food and farm enthusiasts, the iconic Harvest Food Trail is happening soon, over four days from May 2-5. It’s your chance to...

Buzz Byron Bay, brewing unforgettable moments with a tuk-tuk twist

In the charming coastal haven of Byron Bay, where laid-back vibes meet bespoke experiences, there’s a new buzz in town – literally. Enter Buzz...

Cape Byron Distillery release world-first macadamia cask whisky

S Haslam The parents of Cape Byron Distillery CEO Eddie Brook established the original macadamia farm that you can see from the distillery at St...

Heart and Song Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra with soprano, Gaynor Morgan

Join us for an enchanting afternoon as Byron Music Society proudly presents ‘Heart and Song.’ Prepare to be immersed in a program meticulously crafted by the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra, showcasing a world premiere composition. Well-known soprano, Gaynor Morgan, will be premiering a setting of poems by Seamus Heaney and Robert Graves, skilfully arranged for soprano, harp, cello and string orchestra by prominent Northern Rivers musician Nicholas Routley.