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Newsletter for 23 August 2016 Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Popup demonstration: Thursday 25 August Nambucca Plaza
Market Stall - 28th August Coffs
Press coverage of Nambucca Heads gathering
Academics for Refugees policy paper
Home among the Gumtrees

Nambucca Heads Roadside Demonstration: Thursday 25th August3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

A reminder that our next roadside demonstration will be this Thursday by the Pacific Highway in Nambucca Heads, adjacent to the Plaza shopping centre. Mike has been honing his new-found skills (?) in painting placards, so there are plenty to go round. Those abandoned election corflutes have come in very useful! Please consider coming to join us, even for part of the time, to demonstrate to the general public that the abuse and mistreatment of asylum seekers must be brought to an end. It would be great to have 10-12 people helping to get the message across. Please email Robin at: if you can join us.
Harbourside Market, Coffs Harbour, Sunday 28th August

Our next market stall will be this coming Sunday at the Harbourside market, which is located near the Jetty foreshore in Coffs Harbour.  John and Mike will be setting up our stall at 7.00 am as usual and are seeking volunteers to help out between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. If you can help out for an hour or so, then please let Mike know by email at:  It would be great to welcome some of our Coffs Harbour supporters. If you are around, do drop by to say hello and sign the petition.
Press coverage of our Nambucca Heads gathering

Following our impromptu gathering last week to protest about the continuing abuse of asylum seekers in offshore detention, attended by more than 30 RAR supporters, we received very good press coverage in the Bellingen Courier Mail and the Coffs Advocate.  Big headlines, great photos and an excellent write-up. A big thank you to John Pollock for sending the reports and photos in double-quick time to the local press.

Academics for Refugees Policy Paper

Last week, a group of academics added their voice to the ever-increasing list of organisations and groups across Australia, calling for an end to mandatory detention and the closure of immigration detention centres. It is not a lengthy document, and is well worth reading. You can find it by following this link.

HOME AMONG THE GUMTREES – Bellingen and Nambucca RAR

Many of you would have heard of this support for asylum seekers and refugees. Basically it offers them an opportunity to experience a period in a country or coastal village.

I am happy be the co-ordinator of this service in our area. I am calling for any volunteers who would like to participate as hosts.

My partner, Georgina and I would like to be hosts but need the support of others as it is important that anyone who visits meets different people and has a variety of experiences. We live at Mylestom so can offer fun on the beach and the river. If you read the links below you will see that the hosts have certain requirements asked of them as the visitors have different needs.

There are no financial requirements, as you will read – just time and appropriate accommodation.

If you have even the inkling of an interest in this, please either email or ring me. I am new to this also so we will explore it together. However, I do believe in being well prepared and well organized.
In your email or phone call give me an idea of:

How many you can accommodate
What setting you will offer – eg, farm, town, coast
What preference you have, if any, for small family, males, females
Whether you can’t offer accommodation but could take visitors for a day out

Once I find that there are enough of us to support a stay, I will contact the organisers for Home Among the Gumtrees


Margaret Henley 02 6655 4613 (evenings mostly) 0414 592 519

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