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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

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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.

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

776 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

There’s no shortage of positive COVID-19 cases in the Northern NSW Health District with the current count likely to be an underestimation of the numbers due to the overwhelmed testing capacity.

Is your water off in Lennox Head?

Ballina Council says that water supply is temporarily unavailable to properties on Pinnacle Row, and parts of Ballina Street, Lennox Head due to a water main break on North Creek Road that occurred this morning.

Why is Modern Monetary Theory important?

Since the federal government has no nominal limitations on spending, it means that it can always afford to buy anything for sale in its own currency, including labour. As such, unemployment is a political choice, not an economic imperative.

Northern NSW Local Health District COVID update for January 14

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 8pm last night, January 13, there were 905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the District – this figure does not include positive rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the reporting period.

Stories about "dog attack":

Man fined $3,000 for dog attack

An elderly man was forced to defend himself with a walking stick when he was attacked by a dog in East Lismore last November.

Owner of menacing dog fined over Federal attack

Byron Shire Council has won a court case against a dog-owner whose pet bit another dog while unmuzzled and off the leash, despite already having been warned about his animal.

Dog attack in Mullum caused injuries

Kelvin Davies, Mullumbimby. I would like to thank the friends and people unknown to me who came to my assistance when I was attacked by a dog near the corner of Dalley Street and Burringbar Street in Mullumbimby on Monday, 19 December.

Dog owner fined $5,000 over attack in Byron park

The owner of a dog which attacked and bit a woman in a Byron Bay park last year was fined $5,000 in Byron Bay Local Court yesterday.

Kadina’s killer dogs escaped electric fence

Two domestic dogs that killed a flock of lambs at Lismore’s Kadina High School on Tuesday morning had escaped an electric fence at the property where they were being held.

Byron court jails menacing-dog owner

The owner of a dangerous dog that mauled and seriously injured a woman at Byron Bay’s Roadhouse café in July has been jailed for six months after appearing in Byron Bay local court on Friday.

Grave robbers in Suffolk Park

Jane Fellows, Byron Bay. I was moved and saddened last Friday to see a grave at the Alcorn Street end of the Byron to Suffolk Park cycle track, opposite the beach entrance.

Dog owner charged after savage attack at Byron shire cafe

The owner of a dog that attacked a Byron shire café worker and bit off part of her nose is facing a fine of up to $77,000 and five years in jail.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Emergency response for our emergency responders

We need our nurses. Right now, they are the most important workforce in the country. Not politicians or real estate agents or tradies or miners. Nurses. Paramedics. Hospital doctors.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

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TreadLightly on the planet by recycling school shoes

Most Aussie parents know how quickly kids either grow out or wear out of school shoes. They either get handed down or thrown in the rubbish – adding to the millions of shoes that end up in landfill each year

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Become a Friend of Loft with their new local loyalty member program. Enjoy member-only benefits and offers, invite-only events, and something special for your birthday. Member...