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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

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Labor NSW spruiks healthcare worker incentives as QLD continues to poach

More than a thousand nursing graduates and students have received offers under Labor’s NSW Tertiary Health Study Subsidy Program as part of state efforts to counter staff shortages.

Freemasonry looks to its future

Meet the Freemasonry Grand PooBah of Lodge Cavanbah in Byron Bay, Nick Towers.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: It’s a Sign

Someone is taking down signs. You know who you are. Right now, I bet you are sitting at home with a bunch of corflutes from the Byron Comedy Festival, and a bunch of other local events, feeling powerful in your sad fight against fun.

Labor’s gas failure?

I can’t understand how Labor can commit to gas for the future while the UN Secretary-General said last year...

Once Upon A Time

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Art of Change raises $40,000

The 'Art of Change' auction, held on Saturday night at the Byron School of Art in support of Mandy Nolan's campaign for the seat of Richmond, was a resounding success. The event attracted 150 people and raised an impressive $40,000 through the sale of donated artworks.

Though the lockdown will end later today, there will still be strict protocols in place regarding COVID-19 in the Greater Brisbane area from 6pm today to 1am 22 January.

Restrictions in place after the 3-day lockdown

Queensland Health say that from 6pm 11 January, restrictions during the 3-day lockdown will ease in the Greater Brisbane region, which  includes: City of Brisbane; City of Ipswich; Logan City; Moreton Bay Region, and; Redland City.

People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:

Map of the local government areas comprising Greater Brisbane: Moreton Bay, Brisbane City, Ipswich city, Redland city, Logan City

Face masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare
  • airports and travelling on planes.

Queensland Health recommend you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.

Read about face masks: how to use, wear and change.

Home confinement and movement

Queensland Health say you can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.

Gatherings

  • Gatherings: Up to 20 people in homes and public spaces. This number includes those who live with you.
  • Weddings: Up to 100 attendees. No restriction on dancing.
  • Funerals: Up to 100 attendees.

Businesses and venues

This includes places of worship, conventions centres, etc. There are no restrictions on businesses opening under a COVID Safe Plan.

  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed
  • All businesses may now have:
    • one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors
    • one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.
  • Dancing is not allowed except at weddings
  • Funerals and weddings can have up to 100 attendees
  • The seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres is 50 per cent with a COVID Safe plan
  • The seated capacity of indoor concert venues and theatres is 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is greater, with a COVID Safe plan

Events

Indoor events/sessions within events:

  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 500 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50 per cent seated capacity or one person per 4 square meters (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.

Outdoor events/sessions within events:

  • Fewer than 1000 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • 1000 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local public health unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan.

Visitors to aged care, disability accommodation services and hospital

Restrictions remain in place for visitors to:

Get tested

If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

 


 

Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Fresh air federal funds for Northern Rivers schools in need

Eighteen schools in the Northern Rivers division of Richmond have received $25,000 each as part of the federal government’s School Upgrade Fund, Labor Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said last week.

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COVID-19 pandemic has cut life expectancy globally

COVID-19 reversed earlier trends toward longer life expectancies. During the pandemic, life expectancies globally dropped by 1.6 years according to a new study published in the Lancet medical journal.

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COVID-19 update for New South Wales

Let’s not forget that Covid-19 is still a big issue in our community with 31,935 cases reported across Australia in the last week – an average of 4,562 cases per day.

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Five graphs you need to see before the Global Carbon Budget...

The Global Carbon Budget is about to be refreshed, giving the world a critical insight into how efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are (or are not) progressing.

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Public transport mask mandate to end

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

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

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Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

What do young people want and what do they think needs to change?

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Conciliation meeting over Broadwater floodplain development terminated

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