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October 4, 2022

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Surf films make a splash at Byron Bay Film Festival

Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.

Other News

Businesses launch campaign against holiday let policy

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Chemicals left by first stars in the universe may have been detected by the Gemini North telescope

The chemical remains of the earliest stars in the universe may have been discovered by astronomers.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

$8.5m allocated for upgrade of Goonellabah to Wollongbar Road

Funding to investigate and upgrade the Bruxner Highway between Goonellabah and Wollongbar has been allocated by the Federal and NSW State governments.

Woman dies in multi-vehicle crash near Lismore

A woman has died in a multi-vehicle crash south-west of Lismore yesterday.

Bioenergy facility funding rejected

Mayor Michael Lyon is downplaying a funding rejection for Council’s much touted Bioenergy Facility proposal by a federal government agency, claiming other funding sources are available.

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre at Murwillumbah. You will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres (TRAC) at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and South Tweed. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council says that Stage 1 of the NSW Government’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions will begin today, (Monday 11 October), requiring changes to some Council operations.

Under Stage 1 of the roadmap, which kicks in across the whole of NSW on Monday, all patrons attending some Council facilities, will be required to be fully vaccinated* (or hold medical exemption). This is in keeping with the latest NSW Health public health order, which takes effect on Monday.

The Public Health Order has impacts for Council operations and business areas, including the imposition of density limits for events and venues, requirements to ensure face masks are worn, taking adequate precautions not to allow unvaccinated adults (more than 16 years of age) onto certain premises, work from home arrangements, and directions for stay-at-home orders if a person becomes infected with COVID-19.

In keeping with these new requirements, Council has developed a comprehensive plan which requires changes at some of Council’s customer-facing facilities from Monday, including:

The requirement to be fully vaccinated to enter the following facilities: 

•    Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres (TRAC) at Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and South Tweed. 

•    Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

•    Tweed Regional Museum 

•    Indoor venues at Council’s cemeteries 

•    Community centres at Banora Point and Tweed Heads South and Kingscliff Hall

•    Markets that are Council approved on Council land 

•    Visitor Information Centres

•    Village community halls, places and spaces where they are used for certain activities including recreation facilities, weddings and funeral services

Council’s auditoria at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads hold an additional requirement to ensure a child under the age of 16 attending these facilities must only do so if accompanied by a fully-vaccinated adult household member.

Vaccination status will not be required at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre (tip) which will continue to operate under COVID-Safe conditions for domestic and commercial operations. Tweed JUNKtion Tip Shop will remain closed.

Council meetings will be held in the Harvard Room at Tweed Heads Administration Office. Anyone wishing to attend in person must pre-book their seats due to capacity restrictions. Meetings will also be livestreamed. Details on how to book or join the livestream are available on Council’s website

Library branches at Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff will be restricted to Click and Collect services only. The ‘Click and Collect’ service allows library members to reserve and safely collect library items. The following library services will be not be available: Family History and Research Centre, access to PCs, programs, printing services and physical browsing of the collection.

Essential services including water and kerbside waste collection services continue to operate as normal.

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry urged the community to work together with Council to ensure the safety of all. ‘There’s no doubt the next few weeks and months ahead will be difficult as we all come to terms with these new restrictions,’ said Cr Cherry.

‘Now is the time we must all stand together, be kind to one another and allow some extra time and consideration for others, particularly our frontline Council staff who are doing their best to serve our residents.

‘We are almost at the finish line and have done so well to get this far – together we will get through this difficult period.’

For any queries, the community is encouraged to call our Contact Centre Team on (02) 6670 2400, chat online or email: [email protected]. Any issues can be reported online via our Report a Problem webpage or direct message us on Facebook.

Keep up to date with closures and service impacts on Council’s COVID-19 Emergency Dashboard.

For more information, visit the NSW Government website.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

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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.


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.


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.


It’s National Volunteer Week

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


COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.


COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.


COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests


COVID-19 update: Friday, April 29

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, 28 April, 398 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region, including 74 positive PCR tests and 324 positive rapid antigen tests.


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  1. Case numbers where the Coronavirus is concerned mean absolutely nothing unless we are told their ages, whether or not a PCR scan was used, whether they were vaccinated or not and whether they were wearing toxic Chinese masks. We also need to know if the patient had comorbidities. Let’s take a look at Tweed Shire cases. Oh wait a minute we haven’t had one generated in in this area. Yet we are still treated as though some plague has hit the shire. Now we are faced with medical apartheid and a sub- class of Australian citizens who have chosen not to be jabbed. This is an insidious way to punish the unvaxxed and is discriminatory in the extreme.


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