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Tweed Council refuse aged care facility Tweed Heads

The proposed aged care facility at Caloola Drive Tweed Heads (DA20/0712) was refused at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday.

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Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

Of those arrested, thirteen people were charged with contravene a direction and seven charged with obstruct police. Other offences included breach of bail and drug possession.

Eleven people have been released on bail with three people remaining in custody at the Brisbane Watchhouse after refusing to provide any particulars.

Police handed out 21 Public Infringement Notices (PINs) to people for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions in addition to 10 other infringements and issued 11 Move On Directions.

Eight masks were handed out.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents within the restricted Local Government Areas and seek the cooperation of the community to comply with the current Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) directives.

All police actions are intended to keep our community safe from the further spread of COVID.

Whilst the QPS recognises and facilitates lawful protest action this is not the time for protests and police will take appropriate action to protect the community during the lockdown period.

Police will also take enforcement action where necessary against any deliberate breach of the CHO directives.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

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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COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.

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COVID-19 update: Thursday April 28

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, there were 541 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region, including 143 positive PCR tests and 398 positive rapid antigen tests.

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Evans Head, Iron Gates DA public planning meeting coming

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Council acknowledges desire for house relocations, buybacks and land swaps

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