30 years of Koori Mail devastated by Lismore floods
[by Christine Howes]
For the first time in 30 years Australia’s national Indigenous newspaper, the Koori Mail, will be unable to publish next week.
The fortnightly paper, owned by a collective of five Traditional Owner groups from the Bundjalung Aboriginal communities of northern New South Wales, is produced in Lismore.
General Manager Naomi Moran said staff have accessed to the building and confirmed two levels of the three-storey building, next to the levee on Magellan St, was under water.
Two senior staff members, including editor Rudi Maxwell, have lost their homes.
“We are down but we are not out,” Ms Moran said.
“Not publishing for the first time in 30 years was a difficult decision to make but we are all affected by this.
“Our local Bundjalung communities have become our priority for now, they have all been affected by the devastating impacts of this flood.
“We are extremely concerned for their welfare and have been working hard to support them in their hours of need.”
A Go Fund Me page and bank details have been widely shared through the Koori Mail social media networks.
“We are accepting donations on behalf of our mob for temporary accommodation, medical supplies, baby supplies, food vouchers, drinking water, clothes and camp gear,” she said.
Koori Mail Bank Account Details: BSB 082707 A/C 983761600
Please keep an eye on social media for further updates.
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