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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day 2021

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Ballina Australia Day Awards nominations open

Do you know someone worthy of recognition in Ballina Shire? Award nominations are now open in categories including community-based activities, sport and the arts.

Creative definition of affordable housing before Byron Council 

A development application is (again) coming before this week’s planning meeting, which attempts to use ‘farm stay’ accommodation to provide affordable housing for students enrolled in agriculture-related courses.

As the Byron and Tweed shires enter their first day of a snap lockdown, NSW recorded 1035 Covid infections to 8pm last night, announced NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Additionally, NSW had five deaths in the last 24 hours, all between 50 and 80 years old. 242 Covid patients are currently in ICU, from all age groups, according to Dr Chant.

No new cases in Northern NSW have been detected in the last 24 hours.

A Sydneysider, a member of a film crew who has since been charged with breaches of Public Health Orders flew into Ballina on September 18 who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. They attended different a number of venues in Kingscliff and Byron Bay. This person is fully vaccinated.

The Premier also announced that 83 per cent of NSW have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine, and 54.2 per cent have received two doses. The double-dose percentage is likely to reach 80 per cent in mid-October, according to the Premier.

As students prepare to go back to school on October 25, a significant number of children in NSW have been vaccinated.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service, Victor Dominello, also introduced the vaccine certificate and how it will work.

Every person vaccinated will have their vaccine certificate integrated on the NSW Service app in order to make it easier when checking in a venue.

When checking in venues, ID and vaccine certificate will be visible on the same page of the NSW Service app.

The design and app are not ready yet, and Mr Dominello and his team are still working on it.

This will be implemented on October 6 for two weeks as a trial. It will be tried in regions on aged care facilities, clubs, and pubs.

For now, vaccine certificates can be found on the Medicare app and downloaded on the Google or Apple wallet.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in...

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

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Outcry over closure sees two Tweed Council libraries reopen their doors

Library branches at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah will reopen for limited hours from today, after Tweed Shire Council agreed to fund the additional cost of administering the NSW Government’s latest public health order.

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Lismore school closed and COVID venues of concern and –...

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

Update 14 October: Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to COVID-19. ‘Students and staff identified as close contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period and follow the NSW...

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Lismore Councillors vote to seek urgent changes to the NSW Government...

Residents in regional areas and local government area representatives, are already straining under what appears to be the Sydney centricity of the NSW Roadmap

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Richmond Tweed libraries only open for Click & Collect until December

All Richmond Tweed Regional Library branches and the Mobile Library will be offering free Click & Collect and online services only from today until December 1.

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COVID Venues of Concern update October 11

October 11 – Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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The say ‘beer’ a lot press conference on NSW opening up

Today the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet hosted a press conference at Watson’s Pub in Sydney's Moore Park. The theme of today's conference was certainly more about business and beer than health and a line-up of business-orientated speakers was clearly emphasising...

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The vaxed and non-vaxed rules of the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council says that Stage 1 of the NSW Government’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions will begin today, (Monday 11 October), requiring changes to some Council operations.

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Sneetches with stars and Sneetches behind bars

Apart from the fact that some people have a valid reason for not being fully or even partially vaccinated, today, the precious lambs become sheep and the others are goats, that is, Sneetches with stars and Sneetches behind bars.

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Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

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Charges after cars damaged in police pursuit – Coffs Harbour

Police say a man has been charged following a pursuit, where a number of cars – including an unmarked police car – were sideswiped on the Mid-North Coast yesterday.