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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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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.

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.

Sunrise paddler with Rainbow Dragons offers new era for seasoned campaigner

Former long-distance paddling champion Brooke Harris has found new sporting life with the Rainbow Dragons and likes to take advantage of the new 6am Sunrise session in Ballina.

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.

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.

A new Mungo needed

A new Mungo is needed to investigate, report and comment, because the major media sure as hell ain’t! When is...

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Local NSW Youth Taskforce member addressing public transport and drug driving

18 young people from across regional NSW, including Francois who  is a year 12 student at Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina and lives in Tintenbar, were selected to join the second NSW regional Youth Taskforce for 2021.

Police ‘disappointed’ with weekend drink-drive blitz results

‘It is disappointing to see so many drivers continuing to drive with drugs or alcohol in their system,’ a media release from Tweed/Byron police read.

Bad driving weekend in Byron Bay

Three people were arrested for either drink- or drug-affected driving in Byron Bay over the weekend, including one driver who allegedly fled after an accident.

Man allegedly caught driving on ice with knife and knuckle dusters

A Lismore man who was caught by police four times allegedly driving while disqualified and under the influence of ice and cannabis was carrying a knife and knuckle dusters when he was arrested.

Man who fell out of car now on drugs charges

Police have charged a man who crashed his car into a tree at Chinderah and then fall out of it onto the ground with multiple drugs charges.

Magistrate questions 12-hour drug driving advice

Lismore magistrate David Heilpern has questioned the NSW Government’s claim that cannabis can only be detected in a person’s saliva up to 12 hours.

Police claims about drugs and accidents false

Name and address withheld. Superintendent Stuart Smith of the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol claimed on the A Current Affair program of 15 February that the north region is 'over represented in drug driving, impaired drug driving resulting in the injury or death of someone' and 'we’ve had numerous dreadful fatalities at the hands of drugged drivers'. Both these claims are false.

Lifestyle terror

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock. The police are still drug testing, knowing that they are not looking for impairment in your driving abilities, and the judges are still disqualifying drivers from driving, which might cause you to lose your job, impacting on families and the development of children, etc. I call that lifestyle terror.

Driver with machete and drugs arrested on four flat tyres

A 30-year-old Molendinar man allegedly driving a stolen car managed to evade NSW police despite having four flat tyres but was arrested soon after crossing the state border yesterday afternoon (Thursday, January 28).

Petition calls on police to end unfair drug testing

More than 4000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW Police to immediately end their flawed roadside drug testing operations.

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.