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Two deaths in Northern Rivers in previous 24 hours, 29 across the state

There were another two deaths reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to  8pm 26 January with 44 people in hospital and five in ICU.

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Emergency services

Owing to my carelessness on 19 January, I had a serious bike accident that resulted in loss of consciousness...

Cartoon of the week – 26 January, 2022

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Two deaths in Northern Rivers in previous 24 hours, 29 across the state

There were another two deaths reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) to  8pm 26 January with 44 people in hospital and five in ICU.

How two local farmers’ markets are supporting young farmers

With everyone talking about the empty shelves in the supermarkets at the moment, it’s reassuring to know we have...

Sunrise paddler with Rainbow Dragons offers new era for seasoned campaigner

Former long-distance paddling champion Brooke Harris has found new sporting life with the Rainbow Dragons and likes to take advantage of the new 6am Sunrise session in Ballina.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 January, 2022

There's still loads of stuff on in the Byron Shire and beyond

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Nearly $100k injected into north coast events

Up to $95,000 will be invested into far north coast events through the NSW government’s 2017 Flagship Event Fund, while funding to support the region’s ailing infrastructure has been promised ‘at a later stage.’

Prawn Festival is a tasting plate of fun

Ballina’s Prawn Festival kicks off tonight with a degustation dinner at Spinnakers Restaurant, featuring the popular crustacean, and continues throughout the day tomorrow at Missingham Park.

Vaccinating koalas against chlamydia

Koala chlamydia affects 60 per cent of koalas that are admitted to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and is having a significant impact on koalas in the region. The figures have continued to rise each year.

Lismore Citizen of the Year 

Recognising her tireless work in helping people living with Parkison’s Disease Di Lymbury was awarded Lismore Citizen of the Year. 

RAT upcycling available in Mullum

Most of us have been far more concerned about how to get hold of rapid antigen tests (RATs) over the past few months than what happens to the plastic testing kits after use.

Bill will not prevent social media trolling: Law Council

The nation’s peak law advocay legal body, The Law Council of Australia, is calling for a nationally consistent approach to law reform as ‘the best defence against social media defamation’.