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Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

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Rapid antigen test shortages across the country

As you’ve no doubt heard, people in NSW are now allowed to test themselves for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT), rather than lining up at a testing centre. There’s just one problem: no one has any RATs.

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

Stop Forestry Corporation causing ‘serious and irreversible harm’ to burnt out State Forests

A leaked report revealed that the independent report from the Natural Resources Commission’s to the NSW government to stop logging areas hardest hit by the Black Summer bushfires had been ignored.

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Vale Craig Ruddy, passionate artist

Internationally acclaimed Archibald prize-winning artist, and revered icon of the Shire, Craig Ruddy, died suddenly last week, leaving a community in shock and mourning.

Community the big winner at Rotary Duck Race

The Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina was full of colour on the weekend for the 30th Rotary Duck Race. The event has raised a quarter of a million dollars for charity over its history in Ballina.

Stories about "flood warning":

Minor flooding expected in Lismore

The SES says that heavy rainfall since Saturday over the Lismore River catchment has caused river rises, and minor flooding is likely in the Wilsons River at Lismore from tonight, Monday night.

Lismore and Tweed evacuation orders in place

Updated, 6.15pm: The SES is directing residents of Lismore CBD, North and South Lismore, Tweed Heads South and West, South Murwillumbah, Condong, Tumbulgum, Bilambil, Chinderah and Fingal to evacuate where safe transit exists and they are able to do so.

‘Perfect storm’ heading for northern rivers

A combination of the tail of Cyclone Debbie and a cold front moving up from the Great Australian Bight has caused the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to warn north coast residents to brace for major flooding tomorrow and into Friday.

Flood warning for Wilsons River

Some 210mm has fallen over the Wilsons River catchment in the 12 hours to 3pm, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a minor flood warning. An earlier minor flood warning for the Brunswick River has been withdrawn.

Flood warning for Richmond River

Update:A minor flood warning has been issued for the Richmond River at Kyogle. An average of 109 millimetres of rain has fallen over the Richmond catchment during the 18 hours to 3pm today (August 24). However, rain has eased since 3pm this afternoon.

Tweed & Byron residents return but North Lismore ordered to evacuate

Updated 6.30pm Sunday: Residents of Tweed and north Byron shires may return home after the SES issued an all clear for those areas. Lismore CBD is now also clear But an evacuation order is still in place for North Lismore.

Get set for a weekend of wet and wild weather

Tomorrow’s planned Love Lennox Festival has been postponed following predictions of strong winds and heavy rain over the weekend, with falls in excess of 100mm expected on Saturday alone.

Weather emergency over says SES

Update 9am Saturday: The SES says the weather emergency on the north coast has passed after the east coast low that battered the region on Friday has moved south.

Caution urged as wet weather settles in

Updated 5:50pm Thursday: Minor flood warnings are in place for the Tweed, Richmond/Wilsons and Brunswick river valleys and a flood watch for moderate to major flooding is current for the Tweed Valley.

Flood watch for northern rivers as tropical low intensifies

The Bureau of Meteorology says up to 400mm of rain could fall over the north coast on Friday and Saturday.

 The exact amount of rainfall will depend on the eventual severity of a tropical low that is currently located over the Coral Sea.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Emergency response for our emergency responders

We need our nurses. Right now, they are the most important workforce in the country. Not politicians or real estate agents or tradies or miners. Nurses. Paramedics. Hospital doctors.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe that there is nothing better...

TreadLightly on the planet by recycling school shoes

Most Aussie parents know how quickly kids either grow out or wear out of school shoes. They either get handed down or thrown in the rubbish – adding to the millions of shoes that end up in landfill each year

Friends of Loft

Become a Friend of Loft with their new local loyalty member program. Enjoy member-only benefits and offers, invite-only events, and something special for your birthday. Member...