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Lismore coming out of lockdown

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At midnight tonight (Wednesday 22 September) lockdown will be lifted for the Lismore local government area (LGA).

‘The stay-at-home orders introduced last week for the Lismore and Albury LGA will no longer apply from midnight tonight,’ said a Northern NSW Health spokesperson.

‘We thank the communities of Albury and Lismore for their co-operation and for coming forward for testing in large numbers.

‘However, these LGAs will continue to operate under some restrictions to ensure community safety. For more information, please visit NSW Health CVID rules website.

‘We need all people throughout NSW to continue to come forward for testing at the first sign of even mild symptoms. High vaccination rates are also essential to’


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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