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Psychedelic medical trials to begin

A new clinical trial exploring the impact of psychedelic medicines on brain activity has come a step closer to fruition, after being partially funded and granted ethics approval.

Rapid antigen test shortages across the country

As you’ve no doubt heard, people in NSW are now allowed to test themselves for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT), rather than lining up at a testing centre. There’s just one problem: no one has any RATs.

Frontline health workers supported

It started, in classic Byron style, with a batch of bliss balls. The homemade treats were whipped up for the nurses at Byron Hospital by local, Sarah Armstrong, after she heard how challenging life had been for them during the Omicron outbreak.

Djokovic saga exemplifies the joke Australia has become

Tennis Australia officials and a good number of Aussie tennis fans were relieved to hear the ruling made by Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly on Monday that Novak Djokovic can stay in Melbourne – for now.

COVID Update: Hospitalisations, ICU admissions climb further

There were another 156 COVID-related hospitalisations across NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID patients in hospital to 2,200.

Southern Cross University awarded almost $2 million for innovative research

Southern Cross University has received more than $1.94 million in government funding for innovative research at the institution.

New Murwillumbah exhibition inspired by red centre residency

A new exhibition exploring the landscapes and power of Central Australia will open at Murwillumbah's Small Works Gallery this Friday (January 14). Occupy, will feature...

The 2022 Women’s Festival in Lismore wants YOU!

The 2022 Women’s Festival will bring song, dance, conversation, learning and laughter to Lismore City Hall from March 4–8.

Kids art workshop and dance party in Lismore – Jan 14

Lismore Regional Gallery and The Quad are partnering up to put on an art workshop and dance party for kids and their families on January 14.

High-calibre arts about to return

For much of the past five months, the Brunswick Picture House has sat in a restrictive cage of steel ladders and scaffolding.

On your own with the virus, says government

The State Government has left locals to ‘fend for ourselves’ by refusing to reinstate COVID-19 restrictions, despite an extended spike in cases, local MP Tamara Smith says.

Teen who sparked Byron’s July lockdown fined $35k

A teenager who sparked a seven-day lockdown in Byron Bay after travelling to the area with his father who had COVID-19 has been fined $35,000. 

26 new COVID cases in the Northern Rivers

To 8pm 20 December, 26 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery to celebrate local talent with January exhibitions

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in Ballina is presenting four exciting new exhibitions from artists across the region, with collaborative and solo projects exploring material, personal, emotional and environmental landscapes.

Comment: Happy Christmas (COVID-19 is not over)

Dominic Perrotet, Premier of NSW, said, ‘This is all about taking personal responsibility. And the people of NSW are doing just that’. 

Independent Michael Lyon declared winner of Byron Mayoral race

Independent Michael Lyon has been elected Mayor of Byron, promising a concerted effort to solve the Shire's housing crisis. Cr Lyon continues in the role...

Sharon Cadwallader is the new Mayor of Ballina

Independent councillor Sharon Cadwallader has been elected Mayor of Ballina Shire.

Local artists find resilience amidst turbulent times

The abandoned foyer of an old cinema was not where the graduating class of Murwillumbah TAFE’s Visual Arts Diploma course had intended to have their final exhibition.

Byron Council’s new power structure and what it means for you

As counting continues in the local council elections, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of who will hold power in Byron and how this will affect the good folk of the Shire.

Young greyhound becomes seventh dog to die on a local track in 2021

The death of another young greyhound at the Grafton track has highlighted the growing NSW death toll and the mounting opposition to the proposed new Tweed racetrack, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).

Ballina residents asked to help shape the Shire’s future

Ballina Shire Council is reviewing its Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and is urging residents to have their say by completing an online survey before Friday January 21, 2022.

Psychedelic medical trials to begin

A new clinical trial exploring the impact of psychedelic medicines on brain activity has come a step closer to fruition, after being partially funded and granted ethics approval.

Rapid antigen test shortages across the country

As you’ve no doubt heard, people in NSW are now allowed to test themselves for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT), rather than lining up at a testing centre. There’s just one problem: no one has any RATs.

Frontline health workers supported

It started, in classic Byron style, with a batch of bliss balls. The homemade treats were whipped up for the nurses at Byron Hospital by local, Sarah Armstrong, after she heard how challenging life had been for them during the Omicron outbreak.

Djokovic saga exemplifies the joke Australia has become

Tennis Australia officials and a good number of Aussie tennis fans were relieved to hear the ruling made by Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly on Monday that Novak Djokovic can stay in Melbourne – for now.

COVID Update: Hospitalisations, ICU admissions climb further

There were another 156 COVID-related hospitalisations across NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID patients in hospital to 2,200.

Southern Cross University awarded almost $2 million for innovative research

Southern Cross University has received more than $1.94 million in government funding for innovative research at the institution.

New Murwillumbah exhibition inspired by red centre residency

A new exhibition exploring the landscapes and power of Central Australia will open at Murwillumbah's Small Works Gallery this Friday (January 14). Occupy, will feature...

The 2022 Women’s Festival in Lismore wants YOU!

The 2022 Women’s Festival will bring song, dance, conversation, learning and laughter to Lismore City Hall from March 4–8.

Kids art workshop and dance party in Lismore – Jan 14

Lismore Regional Gallery and The Quad are partnering up to put on an art workshop and dance party for kids and their families on January 14.

High-calibre arts about to return

For much of the past five months, the Brunswick Picture House has sat in a restrictive cage of steel ladders and scaffolding.

On your own with the virus, says government

The State Government has left locals to ‘fend for ourselves’ by refusing to reinstate COVID-19 restrictions, despite an extended spike in cases, local MP Tamara Smith says.

Teen who sparked Byron’s July lockdown fined $35k

A teenager who sparked a seven-day lockdown in Byron Bay after travelling to the area with his father who had COVID-19 has been fined $35,000. 

26 new COVID cases in the Northern Rivers

To 8pm 20 December, 26 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District.

Northern Rivers Community Gallery to celebrate local talent with January exhibitions

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) in Ballina is presenting four exciting new exhibitions from artists across the region, with collaborative and solo projects exploring material, personal, emotional and environmental landscapes.

Comment: Happy Christmas (COVID-19 is not over)

Dominic Perrotet, Premier of NSW, said, ‘This is all about taking personal responsibility. And the people of NSW are doing just that’. 

Independent Michael Lyon declared winner of Byron Mayoral race

Independent Michael Lyon has been elected Mayor of Byron, promising a concerted effort to solve the Shire's housing crisis. Cr Lyon continues in the role...

Sharon Cadwallader is the new Mayor of Ballina

Independent councillor Sharon Cadwallader has been elected Mayor of Ballina Shire.

Local artists find resilience amidst turbulent times

The abandoned foyer of an old cinema was not where the graduating class of Murwillumbah TAFE’s Visual Arts Diploma course had intended to have their final exhibition.

Byron Council’s new power structure and what it means for you

As counting continues in the local council elections, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of who will hold power in Byron and how this will affect the good folk of the Shire.

Young greyhound becomes seventh dog to die on a local track in 2021

The death of another young greyhound at the Grafton track has highlighted the growing NSW death toll and the mounting opposition to the proposed new Tweed racetrack, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG).

Ballina residents asked to help shape the Shire’s future

Ballina Shire Council is reviewing its Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and is urging residents to have their say by completing an online survey before Friday January 21, 2022.
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