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A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

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Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

Excessive onanism

Former coroner David Heilpern’s confession last week that he mistakenly recorded a death as from ‘onanism’ rather than aneurism...

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

Printmakers make their mark at Tweed Regional Gallery

A new exhibition featuring the work of some of Australia’s leading printmakers has been installed and is ready to be enjoyed by visitors when the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre reopens tomorrow.

Strange strategy

The strategy applied by Byron Shire Council (BSC) since 2002 is bemusing at best. Firstly a position was created by...


If you saw 2015’s outstanding Rams, you will be aware of the significant part played by landscape in Icelandic cinema. Benedikt Erlingsson’s taut, ironic and doggedly optimistic film takes it further by making it and the culture it has spawned the subject of his call to arms. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a militant greenie – the first time we see her she is firing an arrow into power poles in order to shutdown a factory. Like a knitting nana on steroids, she is single-handedly taking on the boardroom barons who would ride roughshod over the environment and the traditional ways of life that it has sustained for generations. In contrast to Halla’s activism, her twin sister Ása is a touchy-feely yoga teacher who believes that chanting and reciting self-absorbed platitudes can change the world – their incompatible approaches dovetail into a resolution that is wildly contrived but absolutely satisfying. But before that, a media compliant with establishment views portrays Halla as a terrorist and a threat to national security. As authorities intensify their search for her with drones and helicopters (the US and Israel join the hunt), Halla learns that her application to become an adoptive parent has been approved and that a little girl from Ukraine is on her way to Reykjavik. Can she be both saboteur and mother? How will she align the personal with the political? A three-piece combo (tuba, accordion, drums) is present at every crucial moment, playing the part of a Greek chorus, as is a Spanish tourist riding his bicycle, the innocent bystander who can’t help getting caught up in events. It is heartening to be reminded that there are other peoples scattered across our besieged planet who are waging similar backs-to-the-wall campaigns against the dehumanising, soulless machine of globalisation. Halla’s fight might never be won, but she and her ilk are not going to die wondering. We are grateful to the Byron Bay International Film Festival for bringing to town Geirharðsdóttir’s inspiring movie. Don’t miss this one – it’s a beauty.

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Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.