In mid August terrible news was reported when there was an incident of civil unrest in a number of outlying villages in the Zumalai sub-district that led to the stabbling murder of a policeman and the burning of around 100 houses. We have information that a number of families have found shelter in the Church in Zumalai town. Calm has been restored but a number of families have been left without homes. The people of Zumalai have asked for help with some emergency funding for food and clothing. A member of the Friend of Zumalai-Kiama Council NSW is organising a fundraiser and we will pass on the information when it is available.
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