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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Invasion, Survival and Mourning Day

Why does 26 January create so much anger, sadness and frustration? Because it’s a day that is not inclusive. It’s a day that celebrates inequality in this country. It’s a day that says 97 per cent of our population can celebrate the injustices done to thousands and thousands of innocent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the name of advancement and expansion of the British Empire.

Big centuries scored across the region as cricket season builds

Alstonville has come off second best to Tintenbar East Ballina in their two-day match at Hill Park Oval in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League, thanks to a century from Abe Crawford. TEB chose to bowl and it didn’t take long for their first strike as Alstonville opener Ryan Pearce was trapped lbw for a third-ball duck.

The majority of new COVID-19 cases in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) were in the Byron Shire in the 24 hours to 8pm December 28.

Byron Shire saw 100 new cases followed by Tweed Shire with 51, Ballina Shire with 30, Lismore Shire with 19, Clarence Valley Shire with eight, and both Richmond Valley and Kyogle Shires with four each according to the NNSWHD.

‘Thirteen of those cases are being treated in hospital, with two of those in the ICU,’ they stated on their website.

Current cases

Overall NSW has seen 11,201 new cases with 61 people currently in ICU according to the COVID live website.

COVID Live states that Byron Shire currently has 1,017 active cases while Tweed Shire has 223, Ballina Shire 252, Lismore Shire 209, Clarence Valley Shire 188, both Richmond Valley Shire 48, and Kyogle Shire 33 active cases.

‘People are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 at the first sign of symptoms and isolate until a negative result is received,’ a spokesperson for the NNSWHD said.

‘All Northern NSW hospital testing clinics are operating under usual operating hours over the holiday period. Clinics run by other organisations may have different hours in the holiday period, so please check their websites first.’

‘If you do not have symptoms, it is advised to take a rapid antigen test as an additional precaution before going out, particularly if socialising in groups of people or anywhere it may be difficult to socially distance. Information on how to use rapid antigen tests is available on the NSW Government website.’


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

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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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COVID-19 update: May 9

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COVID-19 update: May 6

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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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Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.

Lismore City Council’s awards ceremony

Sophia Watt was named Lismore City Council’s 2023 Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Police find body of missing Elanora woman

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Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.