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September 21, 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

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student...

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.

New COVID – casual contact location – BP Chinderah Southbound

NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.

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.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a...

In my seventy-eight years I’ve seen many changes, not only in Mullumbimby. The thing I notice most is how we now dance to the tune of the biggest idiot.

I personally am very lucky, have had ups and downs but now I’m on the home straight. One of my four sons has bought the property that I was battling to save for their inheritance, what a blessing.

That’s not my only luck lately. Early in 2020 I returned from my usual abode and family in Northern Thailand, the day before the borders were closed because of COVID.

As I intended to stay only a few weeks this would seem a disaster, but what happened next saved my life.

I complained to a doctor that I felt very strange and within weeks was on the operating table for the neurosurgeon to remove a golf ball sized tumor from my brain. Thanks to the amazing medical teams here in Mullum and up at the Gold Coast I’ve returned to my usual self; a hater of injustice.

As well as the injustice I see inflicted upon people in other countries, I see it here in Mullumbimby. Why can’t all local kids buy a home in the area, why is not more land released for housing, why can’t you live in a humpy if it’s safe and clean, why can’t a capable person fix a light switch without a licence… and it goes on and on.

Where has common sense and personal judgment gone? Seems like we all have to dance to the tune of the biggest idiot. Don’t fix your own roof because you might be an idiot and fall off and that’s why it’s illegal because you might be an idiot, and so it goes on. I must say it again, I am so lucky.

Len Hend, Mullumbimby


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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.