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Bangalow health food staff fined for failing to mask-up

Anyone who cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition must now carry proof of exemption.

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Cartoon of the week – 21 July, 2021

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Mullum High strike ‘inaccurate’ and ‘misleading’ say Education Department

The Department of Education has accused the Teachers Federation of being inaccurate and misleading following last week’s teachers strike at Mullumbimby High School.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the Week Beginning 21 July, 2021

Still guiding the way to things that will delight you

MP steps into Dunoon Dam debate as county council defends and defies

The Rous County Council has again voted against including a new dam in future water security investigations but new state political pressure suggests the debate is far from over.

Queensland and NSW border – hard closure 1am Friday, 23 July

The Queensland government has declared all of NSW a COVID hotspot and will close its border to NSW at 1am Friday, 23 July for four weeks.

Large bioenergy facility DA before public

A Council proposal for a bioenergy facility at the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), which is also a popular birdwatching location, is now before the public for comment. 

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Two men killed on highway during brawl – Woodburn

Police say they are working to formally identify two men killed when they were struck by a B-double truck on the Pacific Highway south of Woodburn overnight.

Concert of concern for Ballina’s koalas

Jeff Johnson, Save Ballina’s Koalas campaign coordinator. It was with great surprise and sadness that I heard last week that the NSW government/RMS have been digging up Aboriginal sites for artefacts along the proposed Section 10 (Broadwater to Coolgardie) of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.

45 Sydney-Ballina travellers exposed to COVID-19

Forty-five travellers from Sydney are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 and continue self-isolation on the Northern Rivers after sharing a flight with a confirmed case.

Local government elections postponed – again

NSW local government elections are postponed again due to the pandemic.

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

COVID traveller at Ballina Airport and North Coast sewage test results

A public health alert has been issued after a positive COVID-19 case travelled on the Virgin Australia flight VA1139 from Sydney, arriving in Ballina on 14 July at 11.45am.