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Byron and Tweed lockdown to end at midnight!

The lockdowns in the Byron and Tweed local government areas will end at midnight tonight, with no further cases having been detected in either area.

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Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Tony’s reflections as king of the Macadamia Castle

Looking back on 14 years at the Macadamia Castle, Tony Gilding says the important things to him were the conservation of the animals and the development of staff.

NSW Farmers want ‘meat’ to be removed from use on plant foods

NSW Farmers are calling for clarification of the vocabulary for alternative proteins and they have submitted a motion to the Senate Standing Committee to review the use of meat vocabulary on plant-based products.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Equitable allocation

In properly-scrutinised vaccination rollouts it is to be expected that vaccines are used as a device to protect the...

Stories about "Elders":

Seniors speak of lockdown angst

Global Health Aging Research Professor, Bei Wu, at New York University, says mental health problems caused by isolation and loneliness are magnified for seniors and exacerbated by lockdowns and other restrictions.

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020

Relationships Australia is working with families to negotiate the complex issues related to ageing and to reduce the incidence of the abuse of older people across Australia.

Recovery optimism in Lennox Head and Ballina

As the Northern Rivers slowly emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, real estate is one of the markers of the recovery. The signs are looking very good, with buyer sentiment strong and vendor confidence returning to the local market.

A wonderful way to connect for our isolated elders

A new letter-writing initiative is poised to bring a meaningful connection to thousands of older Australians who are feeling lonely or isolated during COVID-19.

Aboriginal elders share their stories

In a project organized by the North Coast Institute of TAFE, 21 Aboriginal Elders from throughout the Bundjalung nation were brought together over a 20-week period to share stories of their life, culture and history.

Murwillumbah TAFE offers new course to meet pharmacy skills shortage

Murwillumbah TAFE has introduced a new course to meet the growing demand for local pharmacy services brought about by COVID-19.

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a second time

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

Why Nuclear Will Bomb

Unless you’ve been blissfully slumbering in a very welcome coma, you’d be aware that Scott Morrison abruptly cancelled the terribly important contract we had with France, to build new submarines, in order to get fancy nuclear sink-boats from the US instead (in decades time and at incalculable cost, much like the previous contract). 

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.