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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

How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

Goonellabah drive-thru COVID testing this weekend at GSAC

With the community in lockdown, Lismore City Council says it is important for to get tested for COVID-19, even if you only have the mildest of symptoms. 

Are developers threatening court action over controversial Iron Gates development?

Using the Land and Environment Court (L&EC) to exclude effective public dialogue on development appears to, once again, be being used to drive forward development in the Northern Rivers.

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Strange strategy

The strategy applied by Byron Shire Council (BSC) since 2002 is bemusing at best. Firstly a position was created by...

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.

I am getting a little tired of the sweeping statements trotted out about the ‘allopathic medical establishment’ and its ‘obeisance to the pharmaceutical industry’ (Nerada Vantari, letters, 25 August).

Suffice to say that this does an enormous disservice to the countless medical professionals who have devoted their lives to improving and indeed saving people’s lives, not least during the pandemic. I’m also peeved about the smugness that accompanies the self-actualised claims of those committed to ‘alternative lifestyles’ who invariably look down on those lesser mortals who fail to toe the line of health puritanism. There appears to be little understanding here of the complexities of people’s health status and its link to matters of power, wealth, income and education. Looking after oneself is of course desirable, but the ability to do so is far from equitable in today’s Australia. 

Relatedly, referring to questionable data alleging that the majority of those dying from COVID are ‘over 70’ or suffer from ‘pre-existing conditions’ can, if not fully explained and contextualised, run dangerously close to eugenicist thought.

Richard Hil, Mullumbimby

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  1. clearly they are fearful for their health, lifestyle and relevance… the smart thing would be to embrace the communities fight against co-vid, and pivot to providing services to people post-pandemic…


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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.