We need to reflect on the history of January 26th because we cannot start to heal as a nation until we can genuinely acknowledge the past. I want to celebrate our national day at a time that unites all Australians rather than a day that causes so much hurt to many Aboriginal people.
On January 26 in the morning I will be attending the Ballina Shire Council Australia Day ceremony at Lennox Head and meeting new Australian citizens afterwards.
Then from 1pm till 3pm I will be attending a Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Cultures at Main Beach, Byron Bay, hosted by the Sisters for Reconciliation. (The event itself runs from 11am -3pm).
It is also the 80th Anniversary of the call for the 26th of January to be known as the Day of Mourning - read more about this historical event here.
Member for Ballina
Lennox Head Sand Mine
I want to thank Ballina Shire Council who responded to my request to extend the public submission date on the Sand Extraction operation at Lennox Head.
If you want to make it clear that we do not want this mine on our coastal floodplain please make a submission and please sign my No Sand Mine petition.
Just a reminder that submissions on the future of the area surrounding Lake Ainsworth close on Monday 29 January.
For tips on how to make a submission visit the Lake Ainsworth Interest Group page.
* To see all the consultation documents relating to the 'Lake Ainsworth Improvement Works' and the new parkland visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au and go to the Part V files in the "Documents on Exhibition" section.
You can send your submission via email to email@example.com with the subject line Submission: Project File Reference ‘Part V 22.2017/12’
or deliver a letter to:
The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450 BALLINA NSW 2478.
Make your submission before 4.30pm Monday 29th January 2018.
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