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

Emergency services

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

COVID-19 update: restrictions extended by a month

The State's COVID-19 restrictions have been extended for a month, as another 29 people with the virus passed away.

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

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.

Kindness to animals recognised in Tweed Shire Australia Day awards

The care Amanda Philp has provided to numerous animals on land and from the sea has seen her recognised as Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year.

Stories about "dragon boats":

Rainbow Region Dragon Boaters among Australia’s best

Monica Wilcox  The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat club produced impressive results up against the country’s best teams at the 2018 Australian Dragon Boat Championships held...

Rainbow Dragons workshop inclusion

Monica Wilcox  Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club is once again breaking new ground in the local sports arena. Earlier this month, while Lake Ainsworth was awash...

Flannelette flair of Kyogle a winner in dragon boat regatta

The competition was intense among the sixteen sports teams during the recent Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club’s regatta at Ballina. But no team surpassed the...

Dragon boaters put Tweed on the map

The Mt Warning Dragon Boat Club has put the Tweed on the global rowing map after it scooped the medal pool at the recent crews world championships in Italy.

Dragons raise the bar in paddling

So far, 2014 represents significant advances in competition standard and personal bests for the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club. These results are not an overnight success. It is due to the club’s commitment to constantly improving its coaching techniques and its members’ depth of skills.

Try dragon boating on the Bruns

The Mt Warning Dragon Boat Club has recently held two very successful come and try mornings on the Brunswick River.

Boats paddling in Ballina

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club is hosting its inaugural regatta at Shaws Bay, Ballina. The event will be opened with a welcome to Country...

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.