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Correcting Dr Tim Devine

Dr Tim Devine makes several impassioned statements in his letter (September 8) about COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccinating children. I...

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A COVID summer: Limited vaccines and unhurried leadership leave Byron exposed

Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 2021

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Water resilience

A number of groups in the Byron Shire have been working our way each month through topics set for...

Teacher shortage sparks campaign

Overseas and interstate STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers will be the target of a new campaign to boost teacher numbers in NSW public schools.

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Tackling cane toads on the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council has put in place a plan to deal with the cane toad population in the area. Along with the not-for-profit organisation Watergum, Tweed Shire has launched a project for collecting toads that will begin in October.

COVID-19 Restriction Checker is an online tool with up-to-date information.

Between states, between regions and sometimes between neighbourhoods, the constant updates to health regulations mean that often we may be in danger of receiving a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) over breaches of the Public Health Act because we just did’t know.

If you’re confused about what you can and can’t do under the constantly changing COVID restrictions the COVID-19 Restriction Checker is an online tool that helps you work out what you need to know about restrictions.

Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess is encouraging people to make use of the checker. ‘It’s been developed by the national, government-owned Healthdirect organisation.

‘It’s regularly updated so you can feel confident that you’re getting the latest information and is useful for people who might be needing to cross borders

There is a lot of information about what you need to know about restrictions for: accommodation; cafes and restaurants; domestic travel; entertainment venues; weddings, funerals and religion.

The site has information from knowing when and where it is mandatory to wear a face mask to carrying your proof of address or visiting friends and relatives.

The resource also offers information about the latest COVID-19 government advice and orders, hotspots, and testing clinics.

Visit www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/activity for more information.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

A COVID summer: Limited vaccines and unhurried leadership leave Byron exposed

Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.

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New COVID-19 cases in Byron, Kyogle and Casino

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

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Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first...

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

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Covid 19 virus fragments in Ballina Shire and Grafton sewage

The Northern NSW Local Health District says fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken from the North and South Grafton sewage treatment plants on 24 September.

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Byron Bay beach party end in PINS and a charge for...

Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.

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Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down...

Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

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Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital – but it’s actually a good thing.

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NSW ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed in crisis

As the Northern Rivers goes back into lockdown once again as a result of people coming to the area from Sydney it has been revealed that the ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed to meet during key crisis points.

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Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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Cartoon of the week – 29 September, 2021

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