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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.

Other News

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

Vaccination by the mob for the mob at Tweed – No appointment needed

The local mob has come together to ensure that vaccination is available for any of the mob in the Northern Rivers who wants to get vaccinated.

The Greens and Ballina Council

With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December...

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student...

A random breath test is done at the AFP Training Facility in Canberra. AAP Image/Lukas Coch
A random breath test is done at the AFP Training Facility in Canberra. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Offering voluntary breath testing at a range of events in Byron Shire throughout December 2016 elicited the surprise result that older folk blow a consistently higher Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) than young people.

40% of 60-69 year old patrons recorded BAC’s over 0.1 compared to only 8% of youth at Schoolies,’ stated the report by Steer.

Free testing was provided at the schoolies hub in Byron Bay and both Byron and Mullumbimby chamber of commerce events among others.

The report highlighted that ‘regional areas are disadvantaged by a lack of safe transport options. This results in many young people, particularly males, making unsafe transport choices. In the 5 years from 2005-2010 there were 1,367 reported crashes in Byron Shire involving 17-20 year olds.’

The if you are drinking, don’t drive message of the Plan B campaign doesn’t appear to have engaged its intended audience with 90 percent of people intending to drive having been drinking. 65 percent of volunteers taking the test had no idea what their BAC would be while 55 percent of people on green p-plates were over their legal limit.

‘A recurrent theme in breath testing stories is ‘surprise’. Many patrons are surprised how different their estimated and actual BAC’s are,’ stated the report. It further highlighted that having volunteers on site to discuss options with people taking the test is more likely to result in a safe outcome for the individual.

Ranking number one in the state for alcohol related crashes there are an average of seven fatal crashes in the command each year in the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.


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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.