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Newsletter for 17 May 2017 RAR Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Next Market stall at Bellingen Saturday 21 May 2016

Our next market  stall will be at Bellingen market on Saturday 21st May. We are looking for volunteers to assist John and Mike between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.  If you can spare an hour or two, then please email Mike at As usual, we will be giving out information, selling our asylum seeker merchandise, collecting petitions and engaging with the public. A great time, as the election approaches, to promote a more principled, humane and lawful approach to our treatment of asylum seekers.

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Frank Brennan - A Community Forum THIS Thursday 19 May 2016 in Port Macquarie

A Community Forum with Father Frank Brennan, social justice advocate, professor of law and author. 
Thursday May 19 at 6.30pm.
Community members are invited to hear Father Frank Brennan address these issues and to participate in a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday May 19 at 6.30 pm, presented by the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group, the Forum is at Hastings Secondary College (formerly Port Macquarie High School) in Owen St Port Macquarie. Tickets are $20 & $10 concession. Doors open a 6 for a 6.30 start.
see attachment

Next pop up protest is planned for Dorrigo        3-4:30  Thursday 26 May 2016

Calendar for Pop-Up Protests
Thursday 26th May       Dorrigo        Opposite the High School entrance on Waterfall Way as you leave town for Armidale.
Thursday 9th June         Bellingen     Maam Gaduying Meeting Place, in front of the library in Bellingen.
Thursday 23rd June       Bowraville   Venue to be announced.
All times are between 3 and 4:30 pm.
Please would people let me know if they can come at or 0490 314 166
If anyone else has a proposed venue, date and time, let me know and I will add it to the calendar.
I will confirm each event once there are 6 supporters.
I thank everyone who has supported these events to date.
Robin Hesketh    

Simon Tedeschi Recital Sunday 12th June at 2.30 pm
Nambucca Community and Arts Centre
Ridge Street Nambucca Heads

A big thank you to all our supporters who have volunteered to help on the day of the concert. We now have sufficient people to ensure that the event will run smoothly.
We are still looking for two key people for the following tasks:

1. Refreshments organiser. We need  somebody to coordinate the contributions of food for the refreshments at the end of the concert. This involves being the point of contact for people to ring or email to indicate what they will bring to share for the refreshments – cakes, biscuits, nibbles etc. We can then assess whether we need to buy anything in addition to tea, coffee and milk. We have enough people who are willing to help with refreshments on the day.
If  anyone would be prepared to coordinate this, which is not a huge task, then please let Mike know by phoning him on 6569 5419, or email at
2. Raffle organiser. We need somebody to take this on. It involves seeking a few raffle prizes, which could be small items to go in a hamper, a donation of a painting etc etc. We already have enough volunteers to sell the raffle tickets at the concert.... but so far we have nothing to raffle!  So if you can offer a prize, no matter how small, please let Mike know. And if you could offer to organise the raffle.. better still!

Finally, you will find a poster for the concert attached to this newsletter. If you could display a poster at your place of work, your social club or anywhere else where it might be seen by the public, that would be much appreciated.

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New Bishop of Parramatta to tackle perception of Asylum Seekers on Facebook 5 April 2016

Letter from Marlene to Nambucca Guardian on Facebook 1 May 2016

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