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September 29, 2021

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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.

Other News

Large Wilsons Creek Community Title given green light

Plans for a 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek will proceed to the next stage of the planning process, without further amendment, despite the community expressing concerns around flooding and traffic safety.

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.

Pre-Accelerator program on offer

Those seeking to start a business, or with an early-stage business are encouraged to apply for one of four subsidised program places through the Sourdough Business Pathways Pre-Accelerator Program.

Biggest corporate greenwashers revealed by Greenpeace

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, most of Australia’s highest-emitting companies that have implemented net-zero emission commitments do not have any will to meet their target.

Byron Shire Councillors vote to raise CBD height

The developers of 33 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, came to last week’s Council meeting asking for permission to breach the building height limit in Central Byron by 38 per cent.

Old Byron Hospital advisory group seeks members

Eight members for an advisory group are being sought to help shape a new ‘social impact-focused community hub’ at the Old Byron Hospital site.

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

It was unpleasant to see Lapdog Lyon’s face on local TV the other night lashing out over the drongo who travelled to Byron and elsewhere while infected with COVID. It’s easy to dump on out-of-towners, but his nibs fails to notice wrongdoing right under his nose – or at least fails to say anything about it, lest his election prospects be damaged. Ambition is persuasive.

He might look closer to home in relation to COVID breaches too. I noted at the May Council meetings the physical distancing rules were ignored, especially by the anti-5G crowd, who evidently felt insecure about being too far away from fellow gang members. Then there was this mysterious chap who pointedly sat down right next to me. I’d never seen him before and assumed he was some street-person asserting his right to be entertained. Turns out he was Sarah Ndiaye’s partner. Don’t ask me why he sat there, of all the legitimate seats available, but I have my theories.

If Lyon is serious about the threat of COVID to local businesses and wants to pose as their champion, maybe he should get out among them and point out their continuing slackness in the process of customer registration; many don’t have pen and paper available for those who don’t have phone apps but still want to be traceable.

Also there are those bemusing creatures who wear a mask over their mouth but not the nose. They obviously haven’t noticed that most COVID testing is nasal, meaning presumably that the nose is where the bug concentrates. So I expect to see Cr Lyon out there cracking the whip instead of just posturing for the cameras.


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