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More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

Pineapples from Bangalow

Bangalow Farm is located just outside the Bangalow township and has the typical red volcanic soil that makes farming...

Want to make your own nest box and help with bushfire recovery on Friday?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are running a nest-building workshop in one of Australia’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Nightcap Range, ‘to create homes and hope for wildlife’.

Dad’s army called to arms as hospitality staffing crisis worsens

So dire has the shortage of hospitality staff in Northern NSW become, that the local chapter of the NSW business chamber is calling on retired workers to dust off their aprons and help out.

Dogs need control

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

Power goes out on the Far North Coast

Essential Energy says that just over 21,000 homes and businesses on the Far North Coast were affected by unplanned outages on Saturday night, following the severe storms that swept through the region.

The peak body representing the public service in NSW says independent funding for the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is needed now, ‘so the corruption watchdog can focus on its investigations rather than trying to find annual budget savings’.

Public Service Association (PSA) general secretary Stewart Little says, ‘Every year, budgetary pressure sees ICAC forced to go cap in hand to the premier for supplementary funding’.

He says the corruption watchdog is ‘hamstrung in its ability to sniff out corruption or run multiple investigations’.

‘The Berejiklian government is whittling it down to its smallest size in three decades’.

It comes as ICAC recommends that premier Gladys Berejiklian’s former lover, disgraced former NSW MP Daryl Maguire, face possible criminal charges for giving false evidence during a long-running inquiry into serious corruption within Canterbury Council.

During ICAC hearings in October 2020, prosecutors exposed phone calls between the pair that inferred deals around Badgerys Creek and a visa scheme where Chinese nationals would secure a regional migration visa, but not turn up to work. 


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Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

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COVID case sends Mullum High teachers and students into isolation

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