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Man charged following pursuit – Far North Coast

A man has been charged with driving offences following a police pursuit in the state’s far north.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

COVID update for January 24

Dr Kerry Chant spoke to the media this morning with a COVID update saying that in terms of our hospitals, we've currently got 2,816 People in hospital including 196 People in ICU, of whom 69 are ventilated.

Taxi stolen at knifepoint in Tweed Heads

An investigation is underway after a taxi driver had his cab stolen at knifepoint at Tweed Heads.

First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.


Mark Swivel presents a rousing, ridiculous how-not-to guide on parenting politics and pools in his show Dad Joke.

Simone Whetton on 702 ABC Radio called his show ‘vulnerable, excoriating and hilarious in one loveable mixture!’

So, Mr Swiv…

Why do a show about being a dad?

’Cause we don’t hear much from dads. Near-Dead White Males have so much to answer for.

How has the show evolved?t

More singing. More real-life stories. It’s now like a slightly drunk TED talk.

What are the themes you touch on?

The weirdness of conscious parenting. The train-crash of post-truth politics. The disaster of contemporary slippery-dips. And the theme from Countdown.

What has the experience of being a dad been like for you?

Expensive. Heart-breaking. Beautiful.

How did your son respond to the show?

Aubrey was not available for comment but we’re off on another road trip. He loves buffet breakfasts in budget hotels.

What should people expect from Dad Joke?

Funny stories with the odd insight and poignant bit. A man in the sub-prime of his life singing in the shower.

What’s your fave dad joke?

What’s the bare minimum? … One bear.

What should we expect for your local shows?

Many funs. Light fundraising. People out for a warm laugh, a cold drink and a rally around the good folk at Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and Federal Loves Refugees.

Club Mullum at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services on 18 March, The Club in Burringbar 24 March, and Federal Hall 25 March. Book on swiv.com.au.

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