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New Lismore refugee support group starting up

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Australians are known for their generosity when supporting other in need and there are many local stories of people helping one another through the floods, fire and COVID over recent years. Now a local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

‘We are looking forward to, and very keen to host and welcome as soon as possible one of the many refugee families that are desperately waiting to get a chance to make a new start with their lives,’ said a spokesperson for LRRS.

‘The first goal of the new LRRS is to raise enough funds and find suitable accommodation locally for a refugee family, which most likely will be coming from South America. Look out for fundraisers being held in your community. Any way you can support this initiative and any donations large or small are greatly appreciated.’

Lismore Region Refugee Settlement works under the umbrella of CRISP (Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot), and is also a part of ‘Sanctuary’, the local organisation that helped so successfully settle and support African refugees a decade ago.

‘The present members of LRRS are a diverse group of concerned citizens from Lismore and surrounding villages and towns. Anybody who is interested in supporting this initiative or just would like some more information, please call 0427 003 609 and leave a message,’ said the spokesperson.

Donations can be made through Shout for Good or by scanning this QR code.

Click QR code to make donations for the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS)

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  1. Commendable indeed.
    But how many of the previous Africans assisted by the 2010 group have actually stayed in our area and integrated?
    Probably very few from my observations.
    Most appear (unfortunately) to have gravitated to capital cities.

  2. So rather than refuging to the next stable country in South America, they are going to cross half the planet to get to a white country. That’s called economic migration. That’s like me turning up in Switzerland and calling myself a refugee from a poor, totalitarian regime. Compared to Switzerland, Australia is poverty stricken and dictatorial.


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