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Newsletter for 18 August 2015 - Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Hi everyone

This newsletter is stored here for archival purposes. You can read it by clicking on "read more" below

Welcome to the the 17 people who signed up as supporters at the Bellingen Community Markets.

Thursday Picket of Luke Hartsuker MP's office 
20 August 2015 

Another good turn out for the Thursday picket on 13 August. At 11am we joined the Coffs Climate Action group for their protest which was well attended. The growers market was in full swing so many of us picked up some supplies on the way home. 

Thursday Picket outside every Thursday between 10am  and Noon. 
Bring a placard and join our dedicated team sending a message to our government. 

We seek to keep the pressure up on the government over their horrendous policy. 

Luke's office is at 39 Little St Coffs Harbour. This a weekly event. Coffs Growers market is on at the same time so give our MP a message and then go and support our local producers.

Bellingen Markets  on Saturday 15 August 2015

A big thank you to the volunteers ( Hilary, David, Irene, Judy and Katherine) who joined John and Mike at Saturday’s market in Bellingen. We had a great pitch near to the food and drinks stalls and we had lots of interest from people of all ages. 

The common theme which united everyone was one of utter dismay and anger about the way our government continues to treat asylum seekers.  
People were very ready to sign our petition and to add their names to our supporters list. 
We also sold lots of bumper stickers, T shirts, shopping bags and tea towels, all of which help to spread the message that there are many decent Australians who believe that there can be better, more humane and compassionate ways to deal with those seeking protection  on our shores.

Donations to Chilout
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of people who visited our stall at Saturday’s market in Bellingen. In addition to purchasing our asylum seeker merchandise, visitors put $90 in our Chilout collection tin, which was amazing. We have sent the money  to this important charity, which campaigns tirelessly on behalf of children in detention. 

Response from Chilout

This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for your dedicated efforts in raising awareness and raising much-needed funds for ChilOut’s work! The money you have raised for ChilOut will go a long way to enabling us to continue our fight to end the prolonged and arbitrary detention of children. It is thanks to generosity for groups like yours that we currently intensifying our work to protect the rights of these vulnerable children who come to Australia seeking our protection. As I’m sure you know, there are still over 200 children held in Australian-run immigration and we will continue tirelessly until every last child is released.

Many thanks again and keep up the great work! If there is ever anything you need from me, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Best regards,

Claire Hammerton
Campaign Coordinator
m: 0487 577 034
You can find out more about Chilout by visiting their website at

Coffs Harbour Market Sunday 6 September 2015

Our next market stall will be in Coffs Harbour, at the Jetty Foreshore on Sunday 6th September . 
Please make a note in your diary and drop in to have a chat, or better still, come and give us a hand for an hour or so between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.

 If you can help, please let Mike know by emailing him at: or phone him on 6569 5419.

How many asylum seekers have  died in Detention

We have a new tab on our blog listing deaths in detention.

It is too easy to forget what has happened in the past - Reza Berati was murdered on Manus Island on 17 February 2014 18 months ago, having been sent to that detention centre in July 2013.

This means that asylum seekers have been on Manus Island for more than 2 years and no one has been resettled!

How much longer can the Government delay in resolving the situation?


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