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Removing death threats

AUSTRALIA IS currently considering legislation to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is concerned that the Australian legislation contains loopholes allowing for use of cluster bombs under certain circumstances. Cluster bombs, ...

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Nature at your service

UNITINGJUSTICE Australia has produced a collection of worship and education resources for Church members to coincide with World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June. Themed as Nature at your service, the free resources include tools for educational use, theological refl ections, liturgical resources, sermon starters and activities for children and families. Established in 1972, World Environment Day is celebrated annually ...

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UnitingCare formalises reconciliation commitment

UNITINGCARE QUEENSLAND formalised its commitment to reconciliation with the launch of a Statement of Commitment to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 1 February. The RAP will build on the work that the organisation has already undertaken across its agencies and services in working towards closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes price on carbon

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to legislate for a price on carbon, with the support of the Australian Greens. National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the agreement is an essential step in encouraging industry and households to reduce carbon pollution and shift to less damaging energy sources. “It’s absolutely appropriate to send a price signal to industry ...

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Blue Care residents return home

The 100-plus residents of Blue Care Townsville Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility returned home today, after spending three nights in the evacuation centre at Ignatius Park College. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley said a major clean up of the facility at Pallarenda is underway, involving army personnel, Blue Care staff and volunteers. “The army descended on the site ...

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Early reports are good for Blue Care in Cyclone Yasi

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Blue Care is pleased initial reports are that people in most parts of the destruction zone are doing well and all but one of the key facilities remain operational. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said there were still concerns for people in Tully and for how the Blue Care Garden Settlement Aged ...

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Residents/staff safe and sheltering in Townsville evacuation centre

Residents and staff of Blue Care Townsville Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility at Pallarenda are safe and sheltering in the evacuation centre at Ignatius Park College. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley said the Townsville City Council’s Disaster Management Team advised Blue Care to evacuate the facility this morning due to the threat of flooding. “Since the early hours ...

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Client wellbeing a priority for Blue Care FNQ

As Queensland prepares for Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Blue Care is taking unprecedented steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people in its care. Across the state, Blue Care employees have been working with local disaster management groups to ensure there is enough fuel, food, medical and power supplies for the days ahead. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley ...

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UnitingCare Queensland thanks communities, clients and their families for help during the floods

UNITINGCARE QUEENSLAND Chief Executive Officer, Anne Cross has extended her overwhelming thanks to the people of Queensland for their support of its services Blue Care; Lifeline Community Care and UnitingCare Health during the recent flood crisis. “I am extremely proud and grateful to all our staff and volunteers who worked so tirelessly to provide care to our clients, residents and patients ...

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Major agencies in Brisbane urge the halt of material donations for flood victims

Major community agencies in the Brisbane area are urging people to hold off on donating items of material aid specifically for people affected by the floods. Lifeline Community Care, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Pauls and Volunteering QLD are asking people to delay donating material goods intended for flood affected people because they currently lack the ...

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