March Bega Valley on Saturday

March Bega Valley organiser Anna Reilly (third right) rallies the Illawarra Bega TAFE Campus community services certificate IV and diploma students (from left) Tanya Anderson, Jayne Davies, Tracey Escreet, Lies Paijmans, Bianca Wilson, Alexandra Storm, Laura Wilcox, Glenys Cody, Nina Levido, Faye Harrison, Letitia Carroll, Julie Sanders and Andrew Lund.

March Bega Valley organiser Anna Reilly (third right) rallies the Illawarra Bega TAFE Campus community services certificate IV and diploma students (from left) Tanya Anderson, Jayne Davies, Tracey Escreet, Lies Paijmans, Bianca Wilson, Alexandra Storm, Laura Wilcox, Glenys Cody, Nina Levido, Faye Harrison, Letitia Carroll, Julie Sanders and Andrew Lund.

COMMUNITY groups around the country will come together on this weekend to participate in the March Australia rallies in over 40 locations, including all state capitals, to protest decisions and policies of the Federal Government.

Rallies will also take place in regional centres, including tomorrow in Bega.

March Australia Bega Valley organiser Anna Reilly said a good turnout is expected, since she believes many locals are upset over financial cuts made in the May budget. 

“They think money matters more than people, and that's just wrong,” she said. 

“People are angry and we're marching to let them know, because they're ignoring us.

“Their policies on the environment, health, education, workers' rights and refugees, for example, are not what most Australians want.”

In Bega the rally will take place at 12pm on Saturday at the Bega War Memorial Gates, walking to Littleton Gardens.

“We marched in March, we marched in May and we joined with unions and other community groups at the Bust the Budget rallies in July,” March Australia member Loz Lawrey said. 

“Now we're marching in August. 

“We are a network of regional groups working together to help people send a strong message of protest to Tony Abbott and his government”.

Mr Lawrey said that March Australia is not focused on any single issue, but aims to raise awareness of the many issues that are causing concern throughout the community.

He said one issue is the changes to unemployment benefits, which will only be available to younger Australians for six months out of the year.

“Making people apply for two jobs each business day is not about supporting people and helping people find work, it's about punishing people for needing help in the first place,” he said. 

At the rally in Bega there will be music in the gardens beforehand and a raffle to raise funds for the public liability insurance on the day.

There will be speakers for the environment, Indigenous affairs, health, education, women, youth, refugees and other issues.

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