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Queensland Parliamentary Annexe disturbed by Extinction Rebellion protest

This morning, October 13, a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion disrupted the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane.

Frustration over library closures as other businesses face opening dilemma

Tweed Shire Councillor James Owen (Liberal) has expressed frustration over the closure of Regional Tweed Library (RTL) network to the public until 1 December, particularly those in Murwillumbah, Tweed and Kingscliff. Similarly other businesses in the region are facing the same question of if opening up is worth the risks.

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Corruption, neither noble, nor unavoidable, nor the fault of the ICAC – the NSW premier messed up! Our premier has...

COVID-19 update in Northern NSW

From 8 pm yesterday, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Northern NSW. Nine cases have been identified...

NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity

Confused and anxious when it comes to ambiguous and complex COVID-19 laws? You are not alone.

Tackling mosquitoes together in Ballina

Following its successful launch late last year, Northern Rivers councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit are once again running Tackling Mosquitoes Together, a behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and local communities.

My 93-year-old mother is in residential care in Ballina and despite the fact that the Ballina LGA has no cases of COVID-19, she – and the 144 others in the RSL Florence Price Gardens – are locked down. Family and volunteer visits are forbidden.

The RSL’s policy is determined on active COVID cases within a radius of 100km. Despite the fact that all staff and residents are fully vaccinated there is no information on when the lockdown will finish, or indeed if it ever will. With the real possibility of the virus being within that 100km zone for the foreseeable future, are all these old dears to be locked down forever, when all they want in their remaining days is time with family?

Ross McGregor, Newrybar


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Charges after cars damaged in police pursuit – Coffs Harbour

Police say a man has been charged following a pursuit, where a number of cars – including an unmarked police car – were sideswiped on the Mid-North Coast yesterday.