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COVID update Friday, October 29: one new case and fragments in Byron and Mullum STP

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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

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Reclaiming childhood in the ‘device age’

A century and a half ago, the visionary Henry David Thoreau declared people had become ‘the tool of their tools.’  In this device-driven age of smartphones, social media, and artificial intelligence, few observations could be seen as more prescient. 

Third village for Alstonville Plateau?

A proposal to assess the viability of a third village on the Alstonville Plateau was discussed at Ballina Shire Council's last meeting.

Funds sought to complete clubhouse

Byron Bay Football Club may finally get the funds to complete its new clubhouse, with Byron councillors to consider loaning the club $200,000 at this week’s meeting.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.

Invitation to get to know the real Nimbin

The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) say Nimbin's annual festival will kick off with the launch of a very special audiovisual book on Friday 3 May, 'Out There: a potted history of a revolution called Nimbin'.

Ballina Greens announce ticket for 2024

Aiming to build on their two existing councillors, the Ballina Greens have announced their team of candidates for the upcoming Ballina Shire Council elections, set for 14 September this year.

The Northern NSW Local Health District has announced that there was one new case of COVID-19 reported for Northern NSW Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 October.

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, said the case is in the Casino area of Richmond Valley Local Government Area (LGA) and is linked to a cluster of cases in the Mid North Coast associated with a funeral held in Lions Park, Nambucca Heads on 23 October.

Anyone who attended the funeral is asked to isolate immediately, get tested and
remain isolated until they receive a negative result or are contacted directly by NSW
Health.

The North Coast Public Health Unit is working to assess whether people who attended
the funeral will be classified as close or casual contacts.

The total number of cases in NNSWLHD since 16 June is now 123.

Sewage detections in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Residents and visitors in the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas are asked to be
vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop, following
the detection of fragments of the virus in sewage samples taken from both sewage
treatment plants on 26 October.

‘This is the second consecutive detection for the Byron Bay treatment plant,’ said Ms Weir. ‘The last recorded case in the Byron Shire LGA was on 7 October.

‘Even if you are fully vaccinated you should get tested and isolate immediately if you
have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms – a slightly runny nose, a scratchy or
sore throat or generally feeling under the weather.’

The Byron Central Hospital testing clinic on Ewingsdale Road is open seven days a
week, from 9am – 5pm.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. 


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Fresh air federal funds for Northern Rivers schools in need

Eighteen schools in the Northern Rivers division of Richmond have received $25,000 each as part of the federal government’s School Upgrade Fund, Labor Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said last week.

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COVID-19 pandemic has cut life expectancy globally

COVID-19 reversed earlier trends toward longer life expectancies. During the pandemic, life expectancies globally dropped by 1.6 years according to a new study published in the Lancet medical journal.

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COVID-19 update for New South Wales

Let’s not forget that Covid-19 is still a big issue in our community with 31,935 cases reported across Australia in the last week – an average of 4,562 cases per day.

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Five graphs you need to see before the Global Carbon Budget...

The Global Carbon Budget is about to be refreshed, giving the world a critical insight into how efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are (or are not) progressing.

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Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

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NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

SW Police are urging festival-goers at this weekend’s music festival to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, whilst also being aware of COVID-Safety measures.

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

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COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

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Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

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