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Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

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Toilet-to-tap ‘best water in Oz’

Congratulations, Casino! Casino is to represent Australia in an international competition after being voted as having the ‘best-tasting tap...

Slowmo

What a debacle we’re experiencing with this government right now – again. After our PM Slowmo was unable to...

Ballina’s Citizen of the Year announcement to be livestreamed

As COVID 19 continues to make life complicated for people on the Northern Rivers and beyond, Ballina Shire Council has decided to livestream its Australia Day event, including the Citizen of the Year announcement, from 9am on Wednesday.

Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year

Jacqui Boyett, founder of the not-for-profit Global Ripple charity and op shop, is the Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year.

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

Gratitude

I join with Lynne West, Gerry Gleeson, and Magenta Appel-Pye (Letters, December and January) in asking The Echo to...

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Win for dog walkers at Evans Head

Evans Head’s Airforce Beach will see and extension to its off-leash dog walking zone by 230m to the south, towards Main Beach, lengthening the total dog walking area from 1.45km to 1.68km.

Dogs attack bush wallaby on Byron’s beach

Two dogs attacked a bush wallaby at the 'no dog area' of the beach, approximately 250m north of Elements of Byron Resort, last Wednesday.

Dog kills wallaby joey

Judith Addison, Byron Bay A swamp wallaby was chased from the beach into the ocean by a cattle dog on Belongil beach last Wednesday. The wallaby...

Welcome to pooch poo beach!

Annie Te Whiu, Myocum. I am lucky enough to call Brunswick Heads beach our 'local'. Like you, I think it's one of the most beautiful...

Dog owners also abused

S. Mabbutt
, Soutth Golden Beach. As a dog owner in this beautiful town I often feel like a second class citizen. I've been abused and shouted at as my dog has peed, sat in the water (in doggy legal bits) or walked on a lead with flowers round her neck.

Irresponsible dog owners

Ralph and Rennie Johnston, South Golden Beach. I'm trying to get my head around the rationale of the persistent local dog owners that use the no-dog beach zones.

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.