Coffs Harbour March Australia Rally attracts estimated 300
FUNDING cuts to education and health services, lack of climate change action and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers were just some of the concerns aired by protestors at Coffs Harbour's March Australia rally.
The protest took place at the Jetty Foreshores on Sunday, with an estimated 300 people gathering to express their disapproval of budget decisions and various policies championed by the Abbott Coalition Government.
Over the roar of racing superboats in the harbour and the tooting of a 90-year-old train at the station, the placard-waving crowd clapped and cheered the event's guest speakers.
March Australia is a network of 40 regional groups working under the banner of People United For A Better Government.
About 30 anti-government rallies were staged across Australia over the weekend.
This latest series of rallies follow on from the March In March protests held earlier this year.
Slogans on signs included 'Save Our ABC,' 'Learn To Earn, Not Earn To Learn,' and 'Climate Change Action Now - There Is No Plan B.'
While Sunday's Coffs Harbour rally was dwarfed in comparison to the March rally which reportedly attracted about 1800 people, local organiser Claudia Richards was not discouraged.
"We will continue organising a rally every three months or so to ensure these important issues are heard."
Among an array of issues, Claudia raised concerns about the nurse to patient ratio in rural areas and the current review of penalty rates.