News

Reclaim Australia rally organiser plans next move

THE organiser of Hervey Bay's Reclaim Australia Rally is already planning the group's next event, with a meeting to be held on Thursday to discuss the next step.

Mandy Chapman said she was thrilled with the rally turn-out on Saturday, estimating about 500 people were at the event at the Torquay foreshore.

MORE ON RECLAIM AUSTRALIA

Rally opponents took to Facebook on Monday to question the group's attendance figure of 500, with some suggesting there was no more than half that figure.

But members of Hervey Bay's Reclaim Australia Rally Facebook page defended the figure, with the page's administrator insisting close to 500 had turned up.

Protesters prepare to make their way along Torquay beach on Easter Saturday.
Protesters prepare to make their way along Torquay beach on Easter Saturday. Alistair Brightman

"I was very happy with the turn-out," she said.

"We still have some things to iron out; we will prepare better and be more prepared for the next one.

"It's baby steps."

Richard Ball was also at the rally and was a vocal part of the counter-protest group.

"My thoughts on this anti-Islam rally today is that it's probably just a bit uninformed," Mr Ball said.

"A whole lot of people marching there and they think they are marching for Australia but they've been creating their opinions from what they read on Facebook this morning probably rather than actually getting their own world view and looking at the situation," he said.

"I think that when you're living in a place that has less than 1% Muslims, to have a march down a beach pumping your fists in the air, it's just bullying."

On Monday the administrator of the Reclaim Australia Rally - Hervey Bay Facebook page called upon its members to "uphold the integrity of the page" as arguments broke out between rally supporters and opponents.

"No name calling, be respectful and open to conversation," the post read.

"I am proud of our openness and maturity to this point."

 

Topics:  halal hervey bay islam islamophobia muslim protest rally reclaim australia



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Burrum horsewoman Edna Cairns to be saluted

TRUE BLUE: The late Edna Cairns will be honoured at a Burrum District Active Riders Sports Day  on Sunday.

"She was just such a fantastic horsewoman."

Cane farmer to be cut off from water supply

HIGH AND DRY: Walkers Point sugar cane farmer Norm Muller amongst his cane fields on Beaver Rock Rd.

"That's our income for this year," he said.

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!