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COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

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Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Nathan Jones says he wants to see Tweed Council ‘working together’ for positive outcomes

Nathan Jones is one of two ungrouped candidates in the 4 December Tweed Council elections. Nathan says he has many years of experience in accounting and teaching and has based his campaign on reducing government with his headline campaign being ‘No State Governments means no border wall’.

Vale Mullumbimbian, Noel Ernest James

A Mullumbimbian through and through, Noel James was born in Mullum on April 3, 1928, in what seems to be a world away from today, but in his words, ‘it was only 93 short years ago’. 

Cartoon of the week – 24 November, 2021

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Stop logging core koala habitat at Cherry Tree State Forest 

If it was private land it would be considered core koala habitat so why are the NSW government allowing Cherry Tree State Forest to be logged?

COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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Deforestation forum in Byron Bay

A free workshop to discuss new laws that are accelerating deforestation across NSW and how communities can restore environmental protections will be held on Thursday, July 26, at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay.

Local Nationals MLC defends ‘biodiversity’ laws

Local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has defended his government's newly introduced acts which environmentalists say will open the gate to large-scale land clearing, threaten vulnerable species and ‘significantly weaken wildlife, soil and water protections.’

‘Broad-scale land clearing’ bill could be introduced this week

The Baird government’s controversial Biodiversity Conservation Bill, which opponents say could potentially see 300,000 hectares of koala habitat cleared in the northern rivers alone, could be introduced to parliament as early as this week.

NOROC slams Baird’s proposed tree-clearing laws

Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils , the peak body for the region’s local government organisations, has made a damning appraisal of the Baird government’s proposed new biodiversity and land-clearing laws.

Biodiversity Bill a path to extinction

Kate Smolski , Chief Executive Officer , Nature Conservation Council of NSW Many people in NSW may not know that Premier Mike Baird is rewriting...

Baird’s ‘war on trees’ comes to Lismore

A community meeting in Lismore has called on the Baird government to ‘end its war on trees’ and to increase protection for local bushland, wildlife and the climate by strengthening nature protection laws.

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Telling girls they don’t like STEM halves their involvement at any age

Even children as young as six can develop ideas that girls don’t like computer science and engineering as much as boys – stereotypes that carry over into teenagerhood and contribute to gender gaps at university, according to a study published in PNAS.

Women Who Lead team focus on housing and environment

Letitia Kelly is heading the Independent Group F, Women Who Lead ticket in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections.