At this Thursday’s meeting, Byron councillors will vote upon extending special payment arrangements for ratepayers affected by COVID-19 to the end of the year.
Everyone agrees that this virus pandemic has changed everything. Questions must be answered now that will remake everything: do we need office buildings, how do we relate to our neighbours, our pets, and our devices, international travel, coughs and sneezes in public places. Is Daniel Andrews God or Lucifer?
The Byron Shire and the Northern Rivers are well known for their abundent range of illegal dwellings, additions, and converted garages.
If you have pre-existing health conditions, or you are associated with people who are at risk if they contract COVID-19, the impact of other people not taking basic COVID precautions can be highly stressful.
Eight hundred people were considered homeless in each of the federal government electorates of Richmond and Page, according to the census data from 2016. That was before the impact of Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.
To sail or to stay? That was the decision that Craig Plummer and Claudia Schick from Bangalow had to make when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and they sailed into an Indonesian port, from Thailand.
Dr John Langford-Smith, West Ballina With an Australian case fatality rate of 1.1 per cent for COVID-19, it is tempting to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is not that serious, and that the actions of politicians are disproportionate to the threat the virus... Read More →
As of yesterday there were 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland with five of them being treated in hospital. This has led to a tightening of the NSW QLD border and charges being laid.
The impact of COVID-19 on the border towns of NSW and Queensland is having a significant consequences with delays in crossing the border as well as being a challenge for the integrated communities as they move forward.
The recent case of COVID-19 detected at Ballina-Byron Airport appears to have involved a young woman wearing a face mask, raising hopes that the virus may not have spread into the community.
While New Zealand declares itself COVID-19 free this week, Australia, particularly Victoria and now NSW residents, are bracing themselves for fresh cases of the virus.
The identification of a new case of COVID-19 arriving at Ballina airport earlier in the week has reminded everyone in the Northern Rivers that the threat of COVID-19 transmission is not contained within city limits.
A passenger on a flight from Melbourne to Ballina has been confirmed with COVID-19.
Local councils have lost significant revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as it hit local communities with the closure of businesses and loss of jobs.
Community groups that are looking to help support people and communities recovering from the recent swathe of crisis that have confronted Australian’s can now apply for grants through the Northern Rivers Community Foundation.
The border crossing between NSW and Queensland will become stricter from midday on Friday with a mix of checkpoints and hard closures between the states.
Cuts to Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, during a time when media outlets across the country are closing and cutting staff has been roundly criticised. Local MP Justine Elliot has joined the criticism condemning the Morrison Liberal-National government for it’s budget cuts.
Electricity emissions in Byron Shire were reduced by 21 per cent in April this year, while private transport emissions were estimated to have reduced by 50 per cent to 75 per cent over the month of April.
Looking at how communities are responding and what help they need to build resilience and capacity to cope now and into the future is a key aim of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) and its recently launched Resilience and Regeneration Fund.
Creatives need the community to get behind them. That’s the message from Emmy winning and three times Grammy nominated recording artist, Toni Childs.
Wayne Jones, chief executive Northern NSW Local Health District, says he is extremely positive about the way our region has adhered to the COVID-19 regulations and how well health services have adapted to be ‘COVID ready’.
What is the fear that immerses us to such a degree that we become immobilised? I felt that fear in the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the news actually started to make me feel ill, so I turned off the news and tuned in to my life.
Oliver Dunne, Byron Bay In the past few days, the NSW government appears to have changed direction on managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, this has left many who had praised its performance and its ‘slow and steady’ strategy feeling... Read More →
The Byron Central Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has condemned the NSW government plan to freeze public sector workers’ wages that will also include police and teachers wages.
The number of cases of COVID-19 has reduced for the Northern NSW Local Health District.