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September 22, 2021

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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.

Other News

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic...

Hue and cry

Seeing and hearing all the kicking and screaming about our right to choose to not put on masks takes...

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

Alan Brown, Ballina

The Echo must be congratulated for its expanding popularity in this region. It has shown ‘the only way is up’, diversifying its coverage to include interesting and important news stories in the weekly publication of this newspaper covering other shires in this region as well as Byron Shire.

Recently a friend introduced me to a copy of The Echo which I had previously ignored as I believed it only covered what was happening in Byron Bay. Not so! To my surprise, the enjoyment I got from reading a recent edition made me aware of my ignorance up to that time, for I was unaware of the change in the format of this publication.

The weekly publication will now be a regular for me, and from what I was able to gather it is greatly appreciated by many who have previously relied upon other local newspapers, now shut down, denying locals information about what might be going on around them. We have been starved of local events since the shutdown of the newspapers we previously relied upon for news coverage in the area but [ital] The Echo has filled that gap.

It is important that there is an instrument which accurately informs the general public as to what is going on around them and in their local area. A newspaper has historically been relied upon to understand the happenings within the community in which they reside. The printed word is so important and will forever be looked upon to give a true account of what is occurring around us over time and it will stand as a record of the history of the area in which we live.

There is an obvious increase in the advertising too in The Echo as a result of its expanded coverage, and I consider this will increase into the future.

I know that I will look forward to obtaining a copy from now on each week with the expectation that this newspaper will grow – giving us further coverage of items of interest within this region.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.