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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

Other News

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

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XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

Northern Rivers Mud Trail this weekend

Local ceramic artists will be opening their studios across the Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires over the weekend, as part of the Northern Rivers Mud Trail.

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.

National Road Safety Week pledge.

It’s National Road Safety Week and Ballina Shire Council is appealing to drivers to take the road safety pledge, so that others can survive.

‘It is important that everyone remains safe on our roads and there are practices we can all change to help,’ said Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer for Ballina Council and Transport for NSW.

‘Speeding is the major factor in crashes in Ballina Shire and the majority of people involved are locals.

‘Drivers need to remove distractions and not put people at risk by speeding,’ she said.

Drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead

With 1,200 people losing their lives each year on Australian roads, and 44,000 being injured, Ms Carpenter said we can reduce these statistics by being aware and changing our habits.

‘It is vital to remain focused and present whenever you are behind the wheel.

‘A simple strategy is to drive as if your loved ones are on the road ahead,’ said Ms Carpenter.

For Road Safety Week, you can take the pledge online to Drive So Others Survive, at roadsafetyweek.com.au.

You can also show your support by:

  • wearing a yellow ribbon, or tying one to your vehicle
  • refreshing your knowledge on roundabout rules
  • slowing down, and keeping to the speed limit
  • not using a mobile phone while driving

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partners in road safety and the Australian Government.

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