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Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

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Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 2021

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Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

62-yr-old man still missing, possibly on Northern Rivers

Sixty-two-year old mid-north coast man Richard Fogden has been missing for nearly a fortnight and is possibly on the Northern Rivers.

New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The challenging issues surrounding the ‘border bubble’ are causing a lot of confusion and in some cases, headache and heartache for residents in the Tweed area, and last night Tweed Shire Councillors unanimously supported a mayoral minute proposed by Greens Mayor Katie Milne, by Liberal Councillor James Owen and Labor Councillor Reece Byrnes.

In light of advice that the Queensland border may be closed until Christmas owing to COVID -19 and the significant negative health, social and economic impacts this is currently having, it was decided that the Mayor will write to the NSW Premier and the Queensland Premier to request consideration of several options

1. Queensland considers amending the current style of restrictions to revert to the restrictions that were originally in place from March to July.

2. The current NSW and Queensland border bubble be extended to the southern border of Ballina Shire, NSW to encompass this critical economic zone.

3. The current NSW & Queensland border bubble be extended to north of Brisbane, Queensland.

4. That critical workers from Queensland outside the bubble areas be allowed into the NSW bubble areas, in-line with the current allowance for critical workers from NSW being allowed to service Queensland.

5. That the NSW Premier imposes intrastate travel restrictions to the border bubble areas, or at least from any NSW COVID-19 hotspot clusters, to protect rural and regional areas such as the Tweed Shire, maintain the integrity of the border bubble and give confidence to Queensland.

6. NSW commits resources to operate a Northern Rivers bubble checkpoint.

7. Consideration be given to providing increased specialist medical services to be provided in the area for northern NSW residents no longer able to be cared for in Queensland.

8. NSW assists residents with financial support to quarantine in Queensland if required for essential medical, work or other purposes.

9. Further financial support is provided for NSW residents and businesses negatively impacted by the border closures.

10. Queensland provides greater flexibility for compassionate grounds for NSW residents to be with their families in Queensland.

11. Thanks the respective Premiers for their assistance so far.

It remains to be seen what the response will be.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first...

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

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Covid 19 virus fragments in Ballina Shire and Grafton sewage

The Northern NSW Local Health District says fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken from the North and South Grafton sewage treatment plants on 24 September.

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Byron Bay beach party end in PINS and a charge for...

Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.

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Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down...

Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

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Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital – but it’s actually a good thing.

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NSW ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed in crisis

As the Northern Rivers goes back into lockdown once again as a result of people coming to the area from Sydney it has been revealed that the ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed to meet during key crisis points.

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Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

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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.

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