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May 23, 2024

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Homelessness service funded – but only for a year

With 2024 Street Count data indicating a 16 per-cent increase in rough sleepers in Byron Shire, the NSW government has responded to say that the previously-announced Assertive Outreach team will receive $1.3m in funding for a year.

Other News

Fed gov’t doubles funds for local road repairs

Local governments across the state are to share in $1.2 billion worth of commonwealth funding for local roads over the next five years.

Cabarita Beach powers up with new EV fast charger

The future of sustainable transport is rolling into northern NSW with the opening of a new electric vehicle fast charging station at Cabarita on the weekend.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

Wombat burrows provide critical shelter for other species

A new study, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, found wombat burrows help other animals by providing critical shelter for numerous species following severe wildfire, and may even be an important source of water.

Flood 2022

I congratulate Lismore’s Trinity College work experience student Bella Clay on her article (Echo, April 26), relating her family’s...


The latest information supplied from Byron Shire’s Water and Recycling on future operational plans contains the term ‘renew’ numerous...

Did you have a wonderful experience with a local nurse or midwife?

Nurses and midwives – where would we be without them?

Nominations are open for the  2023 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery, Healing Heart Awards. If you have been cared for by an outstanding nurse or midwife in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD), now is your chance to celebrate them!

Consumer Appreciation Award

Members of the public are being invited to nominate nurses and midwives who have demonstrated outstanding care or contributed to improved health outcomes, for the Healing Heart Consumer Appreciation Award.

The annual NNSWLHD Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards acknowledge the contribution and dedication of nurses and midwives working in hospitals and health services across the region.

NNSWLHD Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Katharine Duffy says the awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate nurses and midwives for their significant contribution to patients and to our broader communities. ‘I encourage anyone who has had a great experience with a nurse or midwife anywhere across our region to help us celebrate the great work they do by nominating them for the Consumer Appreciation Award.’

Enormously challenging few years in health

‘It’s been an enormously challenging few years in health, and our nurses and midwives have been at the front line doing a fantastic job of caring for our community through the COVID pandemic and the devastating floods of 2022.’

Nominations are now open and close at 5pm on 14 May 2023. To submit a Healing Heart Consumer Appreciation nomination, visit the NNSWLHD website.

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Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

New witnesses in long-running kambo inquest

Proceedings reopened in Byron Bay Courthouse yesterday in what is expected to be the final stage of the long-running coronial inquest into the death of Jarrad Antonovich.

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Causes of death

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