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December 9, 2021

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Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a...

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Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

Obstruction claims over holiday letting rejected by Planning Dept

The NSW Planning Department has hit back at suggestions that it has obstructed Byron Council’s attempt to limit short-term holiday letting in the Shire.

Independents clear winners for Byron LGA elections

While the Greens and Labor saw declines in their first preference votes, it was the independents who appear to...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners...

Public school teachers across the region are on strike today

Hundreds of public school teachers and principals across the Northern Rivers will strike today )(Tuesday December 7) over what they say is the Government’s failure to address unsustainable workloads and uncompetitive salaries which are contributing to growing shortages of teachers. 

Pedalling towards better health

A new study estimates that millions of lives could be extended if people rode bicycles rather than driving cars.

‘What the world needs now is LOVE’, said Gabrielle, Noah, Alex and Blake, who were in Byron for New Year’s Eve. Photo Jeff Dawson

Moderately large crowds celebrated the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 throughout north coast towns.

Overall, police say they were generally pleased with crowd behaviour locally and throughout the state.

Yet in Byron Bay, social distancing on the streets and parks was rarely adhered to, while venues had mandatory COVID-19 protocols in place.

Meanwhile, physical distancing in public and mask wearing ‘when unable to keep 1.5 metres away from others’ is being advised by local authorities. The reminder comes as parts of Sydney enter mandatory mask restrictions owing to COVID-19 clusters.

Victoria is also affected.

Mask wearing advised

Director North Coast Public Health, Paul Corben says, ‘To reduce risk of transmission, residents and visitors to the region should continue to present for testing if they have even the mildest of symptoms’.

Free testing, without appointment, is available at Byron Central Hospital. The hospital is located on Ewingsdale Road.

Mr Corben says, ‘People are asked to practice physical distancing when out and about, wear a mask when unable to keep 1.5 metres away from others, wash their hands regularly, comply with public health advice about mass gatherings and special events and follow COVID Safe directions when visiting local venues’.

According to Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District, there have been ‘No new confirmed cases of locally acquired COVID-19 reported in Northern NSW Local Health District residents, since July 25’.

‘Two new cases have been recorded in Lismore City Council area on January 3, [and they] acquired their infection overseas’.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

And just like that the border opens (next Monday)

In a Ministerial press release, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Queensland borders will re-open to domestic hotspots from 1am, Monday December 13.

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COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international...

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 2 December. Northern NSW Local Health District, Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, said the case is located in the Lismore Local...

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New COVID exposure site on the Gold Coast

Queensland Health says that a public health alert is being issued for contact tracing locations on the Gold Coast.

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COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African...

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

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COVID weekend summary: Aquarius and a new Tweed case

The Northern NSW Local Health District is encouraging residents and visitors to Byron Bay to get tested for COVID-19, after being notified of a number of confirmed cases in the area during the last week.

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

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What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

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Two new COVID cases on the Tweed

The Northern NSW Local Health District Northern NSW Local Health District have announced this afternoon that there were two new cases of COVID-19 reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 21.

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COVID fragments at Banora Point and Kingscliff and new venues of...

The Northern NSW Local Health District is urging residents in the Tweed Shire, particularly in the Banora Point and Kingscliff areas to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in sewage samples.

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