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Calls to reverse NSW anti-protest laws

The harsh sentencing of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco for stopping a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year has led to a range of protests and the call to reverse NSW anti-protest laws by lawyer and Greens NSW Legislative Council Member Sue Higginson.

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Besmirching Julian Assange

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Govt corps sign MOU ‘to deliver housing across the region’

Two government-run corporations – Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) and Landcom, have agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which they say will deliver housing across the region.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Incredible screenings at Bangalow Film Festival

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Byron paramedics

Our health services are seriously under-resourced, wait times at emergency departments are out of control, nurses have been on...

The post office bank

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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

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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COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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Mullum’s Federation Bridge closed again tonight

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Changing the world with non-violent action

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