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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

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The 29th annual Ernies a shocking look at misogyny

Has lockdown made misogyny worse? We could find out tomorrow when the 29th Annual Ernies Awards for sexist remarks give out their gongs

Editorial: Jabby jab jab jabb

As of this week, NSW reached the double vaccination target of 80 per cent!

A history of ‘freedom’ and the Northern Rivers vaccine divide

Among the many myths about the COVID-19 vaccines is a belief they contain live virus that a vaccinated person will shed in social and intimate circumstances. Along with many other vaccine myths, this belief is contributing to a significant divide in the Northern Rivers community.

Government secrecy around health advice defended by local Nats MP

The NSW Liberal-Nationals government’s attempt to block transparency around its health advice with the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney last June will now become public.

Staff cuts at Murwillumbah mega school

The NSW Teacher's Federations says that the proposed merger of four schools in Murwillumbah will result in the loss of at least 19 teaching positions.

Big Rob: ‘no comment’

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 04 December, 2021. Candidates have until noon on Wednesday, November 3 to register with the NSW Electoral Commission.

Stories about "Gasfield Free Northern Rivers":

Metgasco CEO quits with $330,000 golden handshake

Junior gas explorer Metgasco has accepted the resignation of its CEO Peter Henderson as part of a strategic review that could see the company wound up before the end of the year.

CSG opponents to converge at Lismore council chambers

Anti-coal seam gas activists will converge in Lismore today as the NSW Planning Department arrives to brief the Lismore City Council on the draft North Coast Regional Plan.

Gasfields back on the agenda for northern rivers

The towns at the centre of the struggle against CSG two years ago have been left out of a consultation program for the state government’s draft North Coast Regional Plan.

Metgasco returns to Dobies Bight

Just weeks after selling its northern rivers CSG licences to the state government, Metgasco’s trucks have been spotted at its former Corella site at Dobies Bight,

Metgasco gone: shareholders accept govt buyback

Metgasco shareholders have voted to accept the NSW Government’s $25 million CSG licence buyback offer which means the northern rivers will remain gasfield free and protected by community.

Metgasco shareholders set to vote on buyback plan

Members of Gasfields Free Northern Rivers are embarking on what they hope will be a final trip to Sydney to watch the outcome of a critical vote of Metgasco shareholders on Wednesday.

Government offers to buy out Metgasco licences for $25m

The NSW Government has struck a $25 million deal with junior mining company Metgasco that could see the Northern Rivers area finally free of the threat of gas fields.

Rock Valley residents turn out in force against CSG

Saturday afternoon saw nearly 300 people pack the Rock Valley hall, protesting Metgasco's imminent return to the area. It also prompted a call for the resignation of Lismore MP Thomas George from his nearest rival at March's election.

What happened to Thomas George’s CSG promise?

Opponents of coal seam gas mining are calling on Lismore MP Thomas George to explain why a major exploration licence is still active in the northern rivers region. Their demand comes as a Byron shire councillor is attempting to ban any council investment in CSG.

Outcry against Metgasco’s north coast plans

Politicians from the Greens to the Nationals have responded emphatically against gas miner Metgasco’s announcement that it plans to use the courts to force an unwelcome return to the northern rivers.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

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.