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Tweed Council to start nappy rebate scheme but defer Cudgen Creek Masterplan

The last Tweed Shire Council meeting saw the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme adopted by councillors, the rail trail impacts...

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Pushing-Up for mental health in June

Australia’s largest fitness-based mental health event, The Push-Up Challenge, is back in 2023, encouraging Australians to push for better mental health.

Search and rescue exercises in Ballina this weekend

Marine Rescue NSW will take part in the first of three regional Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX) on the NSW North Coast at Ballina this weekend.

Call for rails on the steep slope of Tweed rail trail after cyclist’s fall

On Sunday a 75 year-old man fell down the steep side of the Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail near Crabbes Creek and breaking his hip. 

The humpbacks are heading north

Multiple pods of whales have been spotted off the coast from Seal Rocks to Coffs Harbour in recent days as the northern migration humpback plods its way to warmer waters.

A very full weekend at Byron Music Festival

Byron Music Festival has announced the full epic lineup for its (mostly) free satellite events to be held throughout...

Flood trauma? Free women’s mindful healing workshops available

It has been a tough run in the Northern Rivers from drought to fire to pandemic to flood – so there is quite a bit to deal with for many of us. 

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people to get tested for COVID-19 after another 66 new cases have been confirmed in the district to 8pm last night, December 18.

Northern NSW Local Health District, Chief Executive, Wayne Jones, says get tested at the first sign of symptoms and isolate until a negative result is received.

Local Government Area number of new cases are in

  • Byron 49 – total active cases – 346
  • Ballina 8 – total active cases – 72
  • Lismore 3 – total active cases – 35
  • Tweed 4 – total active cases – 33
  • Clarence Valley 0 – total active cases – 7
  • Kyogle 0 – total active cases – 3
  • Richmond Valley 2 – total active cases – 5

This brings the total of currently active cases to 501.

Mr Jones says there are currently two COVID-positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW. ‘We urge anyone in Northern NSW who develops symptoms such as a runny nose, a scratchy or sore throat, or is generally feeling unwell, to get tested and isolate immediately, even if you are fully vaccinated.’

There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. Find a clinic on the NSW Government website or contact your GP.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 update for New South Wales

Let’s not forget that Covid-19 is still a big issue in our community with 31,935 cases reported across Australia in the last week – an average of 4,562 cases per day.

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Five graphs you need to see before the Global Carbon Budget...

The Global Carbon Budget is about to be refreshed, giving the world a critical insight into how efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are (or are not) progressing.

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Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

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

SW Police are urging festival-goers at this weekend’s music festival to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, whilst also being aware of COVID-Safety measures.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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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60% of Ballina Council investments in fossil fuel aligned companies

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Flood trauma? Free women’s mindful healing workshops available

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Grant for innovative Birthing on Country program

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When western medicine doesn’t work 

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