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Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.

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Council program helps farmers ditch Roundup

Simon Haslam Cattle grazing uses 88 per cent of agricultural land in Byron Shire, and an education program for local...

Is your water off in Lennox Head?

Ballina Council says that water supply is temporarily unavailable to properties on Pinnacle Row, and parts of Ballina Street, Lennox Head due to a water main break on North Creek Road that occurred this morning.

What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

Interview with Tex Perkins

It is understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of Tex Perkins – a man whose career has included everything from the lilting, dark country of the Dark Horses, to the hard-edged and snarling pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon, through to the evocative soundscapes of the Cruel Sea and beyond... 

COVID Update: Hospitalisations, ICU admissions climb further

There were another 156 COVID-related hospitalisations across NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID patients in hospital to 2,200.

Nurses help patients stay connected

When you find yourself in a hospital, most of us have rushed out the door with our phones in our hands, and without the charger.

On the back of reports that NSW Health has detected Covid-19 fragments in Ballina sewage, Tamara Smith MP has just announced on her Facebook page that it looks like the local lockdown will continue past Tuesday and expand.

‘Just got off a zoom with the Deputy Premier and regional MPs,’ said the Member for Ballina. ‘The LNP are announcing a full 7 day lockdown for all of regional NSW from 5pm today.

‘We haven’t seen the details yet but as soon as I get I will update.’

For residents in the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley LGA’S this will mean that the current lockdown will not be lifted at 12.01am on Tuesday 17 August as originally planned, but will now be extended to 5pm on Saturday 21 August.

Ms Smith said the sewerage traces of Covid in Ballina are a major concern as they are not linked to the current positive cases. ‘Please get tested if you have symptoms, follow the health orders and register to get vaxxed asap.’


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 8pm last night, January 13, there were 905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District – this figure does not include positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the reporting period.

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Record breaking day of COVID deaths as Hillsong sings and dances...

As New South Wales breaks another COVID record with 29 lives lost in a single day, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke to the media this morning with an update on the pandemic.

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The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

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What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

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Govt offer pandemic payments 

There is now financial support of up to $750 per week for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

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Frontline health workers supported

It started, in classic Byron style, with a batch of bliss balls. The homemade treats were whipped up for the nurses at Byron Hospital by local, Sarah Armstrong, after she heard how challenging life had been for them during the Omicron outbreak.

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NNSWLHD ID-19 update for January 10

The Northern NSW Local Health District authorities report that to 8pm yesterday, January 9,  there were 778 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District.

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NSW COVID update and children’s vax rollout

As tennis and Novak Djokovic’s appearance in the Australian Open dominates the COVID news, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet met the press today as children between the age of five and 11 became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Queensland school year to start in February

It was proposed last week and it has now been made official – the start of the 2022 school year in Queensland will move from Monday January 24 to Monday February 7 to avoid opening schools during the predicted peak of the Omicron wave.

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Perrottet: elective surgeries off, booster mandate on and no singing or...

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet met with the media this afternoon to outline restrictions being reintroduced.

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Free KYUP! Project workshops

Empowering our next generation to value and champion their safety and well being through self-worth and self-defence is the mission of the KYUP Project who are running free workshops in the Northern Rivers today and tomorrow.

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.

Man dead after Lismore stabbing

NSW Police say a man has died, and two others have been injured, following a stabbing in Lismore overnight.