Next Meeting: Thursday, 8th August 2109, at 7.30pm

At the parish centre, Hampton Uniting Church, 17 Service St, Hampton
Visitors Welcome

Speaker: Rebekah Holt
Topic: Reporting on Onshore Detention in Australia

Freelance journalist with the Guardian and Crikey.com.

Rebekah’s bio (in her own words)

Rebekah Holt is a journalist and psychotherapist originally from New Zealand now based in Melbourne. In her previous NZ life she was a Chief of Staff in television news, a spokesperson for the NZ Police and very bad at dealing with volunteers for several political parties who employed her. She can regularly be found explaining New Zealand to Australians and vice versa. In between writing on politics and media she is usually pitching another story to some poor editor about Australias’s onshore detention centres.


Bayside Council unanimously  adopts the Refugee Welcome Zone Initiative, thanks to the tenacity of BRASA Member Judy Carroll:

Bayside Council RWZ Photo (2)

L to R Geraldine Moore, Judy Carroll (both BRASA), Mayor Councillor Laurence Evans and Rebecca Eckard, Refugee Council of Australia.

This move was initiated by Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association and the declaration was signed on the 22nd June, 2018.


Glen Eira City Council  Mayor, Cr Tony Athanasopoulos, signing the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration:

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Other items of interest:



The very popular Tamil Feasts at the Merri Table Cafe at Ceres Environmental Park East Brunswick recently won the Refugee Employee award for 2016. They have now added Friday nights to their weekly schedule of Tamil Feasts. For a night of great food, great atmosphere and the knowledge that you are helping a worthy cause, why not plan to treat yourself and your friends to a night out at Tamil Feasts.

Click here for more information: 


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Human Rights Day, 10 Dec 2017. 

Click here to see the report




ausflag-flipausflagAUSTRALIA DAY 2017

“The Great Aussie Barbecue Stopper” is a 2 minute 30 second video depicting a suburban Australia Day barbecue. Touching and funny at the same time, you’ll find yourself uplifted by the spirit of the people at this  unusual Australia Day barbecue.

Production team: Steve Moore, Greg Jones, Geraldine Moore, Guy Little, Lexie Neylan.
Recording, drone photography and editing: Mayflymedia.com.au
Song “Sweet Freedom” composed and performed by The Scattered People, with the kind permission of Brian Procopis.
Participants: Members of the Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association and friends.