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Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Adam says it’s time for a Sunday bus for north Byron Shire

As many people are aware, there is no public transport in the north of Byron Shire on Sundays, making it difficult for people, young people in particular, to get to where they want to go. Adam Luck has decided to take action on this problem. 

Wombat burrows provide critical shelter for other species

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Angels Beach Drive, East Ballina temporarily closed today

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David Bradbury, Wilsons Creek

It was disturbing to read of Sue Harrison’s shabby treatment at Byron hospital owing to lack of staff on duty (Echo, February 8). It’s not staff’s fault. We were promised the world with our new hospital by Northern Rivers Health chief Chris Crawford, who rode over local opposition with his ‘Big is Best’ grand plans, then retired on a golden-handshake super to join his wife on her six-digit state parliamentary income plus perks as our MLC.

All courtesy of us the mug taxpayers. Leaving our fast-growing community a hospital with no theatre, no helipad, unable to guarantee local new mums a bed for delivery in the new maternity wing. Not even able to afford to have on hand any deadly-snake antivenin. Or staff trained in how to use it.

Two weeks ago, friend George Kyprianou, a fit firefighter from Brunz, was bitten by a baby tiger snake on our Wilsons Creek property while helping me put away the chooks. After 20 minutes he knew something was wrong as his breathing and heart pace quickened and he broke out into a sweat.

His wife drove him straight to Byron hospital where he was immediately put onto the machines and monitored. After six hours George was transferred by ambulance to the Tweed at 3am. No poisonous snake antivenin at Byron, he was told. ‘Too expensive’ and it has a short shelf life. Cost of the antivenin? $300.

In our old hospital in Mullum, much quicker reached than Byron now, antivenin was on hand because we are surrounded by snake territory. When a child dies from a bite from a deadly brown, a Clarence roughscale or tiger snake, will State Health then allow Byron hospital to stock the antivenin?


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