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November 28, 2021


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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2021

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Rejected Byron mayoral candidate vows to fight on

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From ‘struggle street’ to Ballina’s only woman running for mayor: Cr Cadwallader’s Echo Q&A

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Cadwallader is the only woman in the shire running for mayor and arguably one of the most competitive candidates.

Community carers and responders program launched

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I know I’m not the only one who has joined the dots between Byron Shire having the lowest vaccination rate in the state and no COVID cases (I don’t care to count those passing through) – and then we look at Melbourne. Are we driven by fear or can we think for ourselves?

Although I was already aware that breathing in carbon dioxide (what we breathe out) is very bad for one’s health, I actually heard it from an ‘expert’ on Radio National the other day. The list of problems was more than I can remember. To make myself feel strong and viral resistant, I’m taking zinc and Vitamin D too. I don’t care to jeopardise my immune system with an injection of something unproven in the long term. But, each to his own. I’m happy with social distancing and I’m not a party person.

And now I’ve just heard more distressing news (yes folks, there’s always more). The disposable masks being worn by people all over the world, and discarded in astronomical numbers to the huge detriment of the planet, especially those that reach the waterways, take 450 years to break down (thanks Radio National again). As well as paper they consist of rubber and plastic. Surprise, surprise. And a word of advice that came with that statistic, if you find you must use the wretched things, cut the elastic that goes around the ears before you dispose of them, just in case they end up getting caught around the head or body of some small creature.
Please folks, feed the positive and try to understand what affect your actions are having on yourself, your fellow citizens and the environment. Love and respect are the answers.

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby

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  1. Let’s revisit the dots joining together in six months . How special all the enlightened folk seem to think they are . Immune from the health issues troubling the rest of the world . Let’s see how accurate that turns out to be .

  2. Bronwyn, Byron Shire’s vaccination rate is steadily climbing so if/when we do have cases, after Sydney is officially unleashed on us, you’ll be able to claim it was because of this increase.

    I don’t know how confident you should be that we have no local cases as four were listed a week or so ago and there is no transparency any more about the how, when, where, why details. It seems our health department has a policy of not frightening the horses. We have also, with few exceptions seen weekly waste water pings since our Sydney real estate prospectors were here and it’s not like we’d have a high compliance rate in the shire with testing.

    Did the RN expert talk about the hazards of breathing in aerosolised SARS-CoV-2?

    Great advice about cutting the elastic off used masks though – thank you. I wear reusable ones.


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