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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

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

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COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection ?

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

From Lismore XR to multi-faith ARRCC – now is the time for climate action

From XR to religious multi-faith networks the call is becoming stronger for real action on climate change.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

Dan Reade, Ocean Shores

If you’ve ever witnessed life in a large argumentative family, there will eventually be someone who will shout ‘Just stop it will you!?’ This is how many readers are feeling right now with the endless arguments relating to all things COVID. We are exhausted and want our beloved Echo paper back.

There are so many other issues to explore; climate change, species extinction, plastic pollution, human rights, fossilised energy policies, just to name a few. And keep an eye on what our government is doing whilst we are all so distracted!

To The Echo, thanks for presenting such informed reason and rationale. If people haven’t got it now, they never will! COVID doesn’t care what people think. A ‘public health order’ is simply and exactly that! Public = everyone, Health = the health of all, Order = It’s compulsory!

These inconvenient rules are recommended by experts to actually protect us from the virus. Their expertise should be celebrated and we should follow their advice! Many things in life are controlled legally for good reason. We might not agree with it all, but you simply have to get on with it.

So to The Echo and its readers, I say STOP, take a breather and select a new cause to champion for the greater good and/or the planet. There’s plenty to choose from!


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A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.