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Phew, 2020 is behind us… now for 2021

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Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

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Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

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A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

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Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

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‘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

Cult Covid

John Scrivener, Main Arm A careful analysis of Cult Covid must clearly distinguish between four separate and distinct yet interconnected categories of phenomena, namely 1) a virus, 2) an illness, 3) a media hyped narrative, and 4) government imposed restrictions....

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Ballina Airport responds to Melbourne COVID scare

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has introduced new health measures for travellers arriving from Melbourne, after several Melbourne venues were linked to a confirmed COVID case.

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Human activity, climate change risk more pandemics

New research has revealed climate change, environmental degradation and human activity are creating a perfect storm for more deadly pandemics like COVID-19. Scientists from the University of Western Australia (UWA) say COVID-19 has highlighted the critical need to reduce human impacts...

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Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

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Keep free parking at LBH – HSU and Saffin

The Health Services Union has called on Lismore City Council to reconsider a decision to cancel free all-day street parking at Lismore Base Hospital.

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Access to capital critical for small business

Many businesses and in particular small business, have been really struggling under the weight of COVID-19 and with the rollback of Jobkeeper, things have just gotten tougher.

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Meaningful lockdown more satisfying than busyness

New research shows people who pursue meaningful activities – things they enjoy doing – during lockdown feel more satisfied than those who simply keep themselves busy

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UK variant of COVID-19 linked to hotel cleaner

Queensland Health says that the partner of the quarantine hotel cleaner who tested positive to the UK variant of COVID-19 on 7 January 2021, has also tested positive to COVID-19.

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Former MLC critical of councillors in NYE aftermath

Former Greens MLC Ian Cohen has lashed out at councillors for their lack of preparation for NYE.

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Tweed mayor supports Brisbane lockdown

The Mayor of Tweed Chris Cherry says she supports the swift action of the Queensland Government in introducing a 3-day lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area in response to a COVID-19 case.

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