Refugees face difficulties settling in HUMAN rights advocate and lawyer Nyadol Nyuon spoke of her family’s difficulties of adjusting to a new society after being brought to Australia from a refugee camp in Kenya. Ms Nyuon, who was born in the refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, said the difficulties were faced mainly by her mother, who spoke with “limited English” and had a longing for the place and friends of her birth. Since her family settled in Ballarat, Ms Nyuon has completed a Bachelor Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from University of Melbourne and currently practises in commercial litigation and as community advocate on human rights issues. She said refugee parents would only choose to place their child in a boat if being on the water was safer than staying on land. Ms Nyuon was speaking at the Wednesday 13 March meeting of the Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group held to celebrate 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The declaration proclaims inalienable human rights regardless of race colour or religion. The oration is an annual event organised by the peninsula group. In 2011 and 2014, Ms Nyuon was nominated as one of the 100 most influential African Australians. She is currently a board member of the University of Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Her oration at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington was attended by more than 200 members of the human rights group and the public. For further information about the work, events, newsletter and meetings of the Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group go to mornpenhumanrights.org n At 67pm on 23 May at the Mornington Library noted foreign policy commentator professor Clinton Fernandes will speak about his new book "Island off the Coast of Asia", including Australian government espionage against East Timor and the prosecution pending in the ACT magistrates court.
Neighbourly events COMING events at Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House include a free pizza with friends, 7pm 3April; line dancing from 12.30pm on Mondays; Devonshire tea from 10am Tuesdays ($4); making Boomerang Bags 4pm-9pm Tuesdays; and counselling sessions from 11am Thursdays. The neighbourhood house is at 90 Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza, call 9787 8160.
Players needed THE call has gone out for new players to join the Moorooduc Junior Football Club. Players born in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are being sought for the Bombers’ Under 9 teams. They must have turned seven by 30 April. The club’s media and sponsorship manager Tara Anderson said the emphasis was on player inclusion and fun. “With Moorooduc being such a small town we are hoping to attract interest from the surrounding towns as well,” she said. Registration is $50. Details: email moordooducjfc@ gmail.com or call 0400 638 933.
VIEW club meets
Nyadol Nyuon at the human rights oration in Mornington, top, and Cr Hugh Fraser, Barbara Rimmington, Andrew Viney, Maureen McPhate at the oration. Pictures: Supplied
MEMBERS of the Mornington VIEW Club meet at the Mornington Golf Club, 12 midday, on the fourth Friday of each month. The club is in its 25th year of raising money for The Smith Family supporting disadvantaged Australian children. Call Jenny Watson on 0426 240 573.
LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL WORKS
1–3 APRIL 2019
Upcoming changes to Frankston line Level crossing removal works are progressing along the Frankston line in Carrum. To allow for these works, changes will be in place that will affect the way you travel.
Buses replacing trains On the Frankston line between Mordialloc and Frankston • Monday 1 April until last service Wednesday 3 April Allow extra travel time. Thank you for your patience as we complete these essential works. Local traders are open during works, so please support businesses in the area. For more information visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/disruptions
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