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A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.

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Unsealed roads left off govt road audit

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Byron Sewage Treatment Plant has traces of COVID-19. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Shire Council says there was another detection of COVID-19 fragments in the sewage at Byron Bay last week.  It follows traces of the virus being found in recent samples from the Ballina and Lennox Head sewage treatment plants.

Byron Shire Mayor, Mayor Lyon said this is concerning. ‘People need to keep fronting up for testing so we can continue to get a clear picture of the state of play in the region.’

Testing centres are open at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road at Byron Bay and the Byron Central Hospital.

‘I am so pleased that there have been no new cases of COVID-19, not just in the Byron Shire, but the Northern Rivers, we all know that this can change very fast.’

Byron Shire will remain in lockdown until at least 28 August as outlined in the NSW Government’s public health orders.

‘Our quickest way out of lockdown is to show there is no COVID across the Northern Rivers,’ said Mr Lyon.

‘Like other councils in northern NSW, Byron Shire Council is working through the impacts of the strict regulations imposed at the Queensland border but I assure residents there will be no impact on the essential services we provide.

Information about COVID-19 is available on Council’s website.


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NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

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COVID-19 update: May 16

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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

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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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