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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

Byron Shires wildlife corridor 

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Warning: Northern Rivers Rail Trail not ready yet

Love or hate it, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is under construction and the community is being urged to wait until it is safe for public use.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported for Northern NSW Local Health District in the 24 hours to 8pm 1 November making it the third day with no CVOID cases detected.

Mask wearing

The importance of social distancing and mask wearing was once again emphasised by Wayne Jones, Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD).

‘We urge our community to continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours, whether you are meeting close friends or family, visiting businesses and venues within the local area, or travelling further afield.

‘Please continue to wear a mask where required and stay 1.5 metres apart, particularly in indoor settings, wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser, and always check in using the Service NSW app.

‘The Service NSW app now let’s you know when you’ve been to a venue on the same day as a person with COVID-19. You will need to enable push notifications to allow these alerts to appear.’

Unless you are contacted by NSW Health, people who receive a case alert on the Service NSW app will only need to monitor for symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop. More information about these changes is available on the NSW government website.

NSW Health will continue their current contact tracing procedure and will continue to contact people who are close contacts who need to take further actions.

Get tested

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.

Mobile vaccination clinics

New mobile vaccination clinic dates have been announced for the Northern Rivers region. The mobile vaccination van, a collaboration with Social Futures, will visit Goonellabah, Kyogle and Woodenbong, after visiting locations throughout the Tweed Valley.

  • Murwillumbah: Knox Park, Murwillumbah (southern end) Wednesday 3 November, open from 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Goonellabah: Goonellabah Football (Soccer) Club, Reserve Street, Goonellabah (near tennis courts) Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November, open 9.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Kyogle: Visitor Information Centre, cnr Anzac Pde and Summerland Way, Monday 8 November, open 9.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Woodenbong: Woodenbong Park, Unumgar Street, behind Public Hall, Tuesday 9 November, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

These clinics are providing Pfizer vaccinations for anyone aged 12 and over. No appointment is needed. Please bring your Medicare Card if you have one. Other NSW Health clinics in Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Lismore and Grafton are also providing walk-in and booked appointments. Find your closest clinic at the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.


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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

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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

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COVID-19 update: May 9

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

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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.

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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

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