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Hearing Australia urges action on workplace hearing loss  

With more than 1.1 million Australians continuing to be exposed to harmful noise levels in the workplace, Hearing Australia is urging workers to protect their ears from dangerously loud sounds.

Other News

Short films grace the screen from Oct 21

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is back from October 21 to 30 with a ten-day program of premieres, panels and parties.

Consideration of state significant farmland for SUGA development leaves bitter taste

One of Ballina Shire Council’s independents is continuing to argue against suggested expansions of development between the plateau villages of Alstonville and Wollongbar.

Hearing Australia urges action on workplace hearing loss  

With more than 1.1 million Australians continuing to be exposed to harmful noise levels in the workplace, Hearing Australia is urging workers to protect their ears from dangerously loud sounds.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on Trauma

In the War on Trauma we care for hurt people. We understand the importance of safety, of nutrition, of connection to community, of addressing loneliness, of the power of being in nature.  Being locked in jail for drug-related offences doesn’t change the underlying reasons for why someone has addiction issues. It just amplifies the trauma. And amplified trauma leads to drug harm.

Woman critically injured in fight; second woman charged with attempted murder – Tweed Heads

A woman remains in hospital in a critical condition and a second woman has been charged following an alleged stabbing at Tweed Heads yesterday.

Labor leader promises to stop Murwillumbah mega-school merger if they win election

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has promised concerned parents, teachers, and the community that if Labor win the next election they will not follow through with the mega-school merger that is currently underway in Murwillumbah.

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Eve Jeffery

Parents of Australia are learning a new respect for teachers as they walk a mile in their shoes during the COVID-19 lockdown.

St John’s Catholic Primary School in Mullumbimby is a small school community of about 100 students. Almost all are accessing online teaching, and t hose who cannot, for varying reasons, are being supported with non-digital materials.

School principal, Renay Condon, says that staff have been incredibly innovative in how they have modified their approach to learning and teaching.

‘They have done this in a short space of time to ensure our students are supported in learning within a remote environment while being equitable for all,’ she said.

Mrs Condon says another challenge has been ensuring safety for staff and students by maintaining stringent hygiene practices.

Mrs Condon says she strongly believes, given the circumstances, the blended learning approach is working well.

‘We would become complacent if we didn’t continue to pivot and adjust to the continually changing circumstances we are all experiencing.

Sudden change in schooling

‘Generally, families are coping well during this sudden change in schooling, however, some of our families are having to cope with job losses too, which of course adds another complex layer of challenges for them. We have a range of supports available to our families and encourage them to contact us should they need help’.

The creativity of the students, and how they have embraced this change has been inspirational for all the staff, she says.

‘We’ve had the opportunity to get to know them even better, and meet another side of them, which may not often be seen in a traditional classroom setting,’ she said.

‘Just yesterday our staff were watching a young man present Kids News via a video he had made at home.

‘What a star in the making he is! We’ve found most kids love recording themselves, either as a voiceover for the work, or in a video presentation.’

Regular Zoom meetings

Mrs Condon says that the school has regular Zoom meetings, even with their youngest students and their families. ‘These meetings are supporting them to know that, as in all things, we can have good days and we can have bad days, and it is okay to take a break and just “be” as a family. I love the idea that some of our families are keeping connected to friends with Facetime playdates for their child.’

Many children had just started their school career when classes were stopped, but Mrs Condon says she doesn’t believe parents would need to start students in kindy again next year. ‘Students are still learning, and we look forward to safely transitioning back to face-to-face learning.

‘Our teachers have demonstrated how innovative and agile they are, and we are all very excited by how these innovations will be able to enhance the traditional classroom experience for our students.  We all greatly miss our students.’


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.


NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

SW Police are urging festival-goers at this weekend’s music festival to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, whilst also being aware of COVID-Safety measures.


COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.


AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.


COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.


It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.


COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.


COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.


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Don’t forget your life jacket

A statewide waterway compliance blitz has found a that a large number of boaters are failing to carry and wear a lifejacket as requuried.

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

CWA push for improved maternity services

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Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.