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Global Ripple Op Shop in Byron destroyed by fire

The much-loved Global Ripple Op Shop in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate has suffered major damage in a fire that also struck Byron Bay taxis and the Suby pop up cafe.

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Migrant workers exploited and ripped off

Unions NSW say that a firewall between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Home Affairs is needed to protect migrant workers from deportation when they report exploitation, as new data reaffirms rife underpayment across Australia.  

Council imposes development restrictions on Linnaeus

The plan to rezone part of Broken Head’s Linnaeus Estate in a bid to prevent further development proposals on the site has taken a step forward, with Byron councillors unanimously supporting the move.

Fingal Foreshore Park ready for holiday fun

The Tweed Shire Council is very happy to unveil a new playground at Fingal Foreshore Park that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Tweed coastal village.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers. 

Cartoon of the week – 30 November 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

NNSWLHD cases to November 17, 2020, by likely source of infection.

There have been no new confirmed cases of NSW-acquired COVID-19 reported in Northern NSW Local Health District residents since 25 July, 114 days ago.

Over the weekend, one new overseas-acquired case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a NNSWLHD resident, bringing the total to 61.

This latest case is a Byron Shire resident who acquired their infection overseas and has recently returned to Australia. This person is currently in hotel quarantine in Sydney, and was included in the NSW tally on 14 November.

The person will be released from isolation once health staff confirm that it is safe to do so.

Acting Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District Lynne Weir, says that across the District, more than 80,000 tests have now been done, which is a great achievement from our community.

‘We continue to urge anyone with even mild symptoms to come forward for testing. Get tested on the day you get symptoms – don’t wait to see if they go away. Assume it’s COVID-19 until proven otherwise by a test, and remember there is no limit on how many tests you can have.’

Testing is quick, free, and easy, and most people receive their test result within 24 hours. Our hospital – based testing clinics are open seven days a week.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

• If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay. Remain isolated until you receive your test result.

• Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.

• Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

• Wear a mask when using public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in shops, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back.

To find your nearest testing clinic visit: nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-toprotect- yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

 

 


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