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September 21, 2021

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

NRPP transparency questioned over controversial Evans Head Iron Gates development

Concerns have been raised over the transparency of the process of the Northern Rivers Planning Panel (NRPP), by which it reached a decision, in relation to the Iron Gates development in Evans Head, to ‘accept the amendment of the application under Clause 55 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations 2000’.

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Goonellabah drive-thru COVID testing this weekend at GSAC

With the community in lockdown, Lismore City Council says it is important for to get tested for COVID-19, even if you only have the mildest of symptoms. 

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With this year’s Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) rate notices now served upon many rural properties, ratepayers must again ask themselves why they should pay these concocted fees, mostly for services that are denied.

Since 1980 I have consistently opposed these ridiculous demands by government authorities. After six court summonses and an aborted auction of my 12ha rainforested valley in 2003, these qangos have now wasted at least $10,000 in costs over 32 years for a measly $1,700 from me.

In Lismore Court at 9.30am on Thursday 29 March I will appear yet again to defend my right to not be defrauded of my assets to support a self-serving, hubristic cattle qango who spend your rates on feathering their own nests before offering some tokenistic services that should be provided by the Department of Primary Industries, as in every other state. I hope others will support my stand.

If you have no livestock, do not pay, complain to MPs and the bureaucratic bullies who run these authorities, and finally defend your rights in court, for then the debt collector cannot come after your property.

If you need advice on how to protect yourself from this extortion racket, visit this website: www.rurallandsgroup.net.

Russell Preston, Brisbane

The Department of Primary Industries has just released a review of the LHPA – www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/about/legislation-acts/review/lhpa. Whether or not the government adopts any of the recommendations remains to be seen. – Ed


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.