SJA April update#3

Greetings Members and Supporters,

1) Next meeting is our Annual General Meeting June 27 @ 4.30 pm CWA Rooms Pambula. Refreshments provided.
   – All positions will be declared vacant.
   – Nominations must be received before 5 pm June 26 to

2) Volunteer Opportunity #1:  What can I do? How may I help?
  We are looking for someone to manage our distinctive Cyan (Blue) T Shirts.
  This would involve storing (very small space – milk crate size or two, ordering (when required- infrequently) and distributing, mainly at
  If interested this is a small way to help.
  contact Wendy Wait email:

3) Volunteer Opportunity #2:  What can I do? How may I help?
SJA have a finger in many pies……………
Food collection team:
SJA have been  collecting from Aldi and Woolworths (Merimbula and Tura Beach) and Wild Ryes Pambula for around 12 years.
It’s a Friday morning commitment, sign up on a rotating monthly roster – shift swaps possible once you know the setup.
Only rostered every few months.
Work in pairs to collect and transfer food from set locations by car to Sapphire Pantry Eden where it is made available for people in need to
collect. This team are rarely sighted and notoriously media shy, but do a fabulous job behind the scenes.
If this interests you contact Mick on email:

4) SJA Bega sub group event
MSF (Doctors Without Borders) were contacted re
their mission and ongoing work in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

MSF are sending two top staff on Friday 17 May to the Bega Valley to
address pupils at our four local high schools, and also address a public

This free public meeting at the Uniting church Bega will also be a
fundraising evening through donations and a raffle. A free supper will
be provided.

For more information:

5)  Zombie DA’s (Development Applications):
  This issue has been festering in NSW for many years. Zombie DA’s are
historical DA’s that were approved sometimes up to and beyond thirty
years ago.
Because there is no expiry date they can, and are, being reactivated for
development in a very different time – 30 years on.
SJA youth have been very active on this issue for several years via
The video   outlines the
issue locally in Tura Beach.
If you would like to find out more about this and other environmental
issues in NSW use this link:


Russell Jennings

The Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast acknowledge the Yuin
People as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work.
We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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PO Box 352 Pambula NSW 2549