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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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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Listening to the truth tellers

Colonisation and invasion didn’t just happen 250 years ago at Botany Bay, it happens every day in a country that has been stolen from the traditional owners.

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.

Slowmo

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

More government support needed for nurses

What would it take to keep our nurses and paramedics from resigning en masse as the current crisis in the NSW health care system worsens?

Emergency services

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

Storylines – Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1972–2022 – the power of patience

As the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy draws near, the attention of the nation is again being drawn to the lawns of Old Parliament House. However, this time the actions of the few do not encompass the views and needs of First Nations people.

Stories about "Essential Energy":

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Four-hour power outage in Byron

More than two thousand two hundred homes were without power last night in the Byron area, including Tyagarah and other coastal suburbs.

Essential Energy 80-hour strike averted

The Fair Work Commission yesterday terminated the Electrical Trades Union’s (ETU’s) planned protected industrial action in regional NSW, including the north coast.

Power dispute: 60 jobs on north coast face axe

The state opposition has waded into the industrial dispute between the state-owned electrical supplier Essential Energy and its workforce in which around 60 jobs are set to be axed from north coast depots.

Energy jobs could still be lost, despite ruling

Members of the Electrical Trades Union on the north coast could still face redundancy despite a court ruling on Friday that the methodology used to justify them was flawed.

Federal, Goonengerry still blacked out after storm

Nearly 200 north coast Essential Energy customers are still without power this morning and the electricity supplier admits it has only managed to reconnect 40 so far today.

Linesmen to be felled in mass redundancies

CFMEU members working for Essential Energy say response times to power outages are likely to be impacted by a company plan to slash more than 700 jobs across the state, with at least 45 earmarked to come from the north coast.

Privatisation ‘behind lighting-price hike’

Massive price hikes to the cost of public lighting paid by local councils is part of the National Party’s plan to fatten up Essential Energy for privatisation after the March 2015 state election.

Councils to be slugged for street lighting

Northern Rivers councils are facing massive hikes in street lighting charges in a move described by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell as ‘night-time robbery’.

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.