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Incoming holiday letting rules discriminatory, say residents

Byron Bay resident, Catherine Henniker, told The Echo she lives in one of the parts of the town that has been deemed ‘365 nights for short-term holiday lets’, under new state government rules to be introduced in September.

Delay on clothes-optional beach decision 

Tyagarah Beach will remain a clothes-optional location until at least June 30, after the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) bowed to a concerted campaign from the local naturist community.

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I listened to the Byron Shire Council (BSC) meeting to hear the fate of the Wallum site. Congrats to...

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The clean beach quest is on this Sunday!

Two local beach clean-ups, as part of Clean Up Australia Day, will be held in Bruns and Byron on March 3.

Man missing more than two weeks

Tweed Byron police are asking the public for help finding a man reported missing for more than two weeks.

There is now financial support of up to $750 per week for individuals who have lost work because they have had to isolate – or if you are caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine owing to COVID-19.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the time you can’t work and earn income, because ‘You have COVID-19, for isolation periods starting before 10 January 2022, you must have been directly informed you have COVID-19 by a health official – that you’re a close contact with a person who has COVID-19; you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19; that a child you care for who is 16 years or under, is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19; you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19; you’re caring for someone with disability or a severe medical condition who must self-isolate or quarantine because they’re a close contact of a person with COVID-19’.

From Monday January 10, Services Australia will accept both Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results.

You’ll need to have either: advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional, or evidence you’ve registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with your state health authority. To apply and read more about who can get it, visit Services Australia


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