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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

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Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

Not enough ICU beds

My best mate lives in a country town in the UK. Over the last year, she estimates around 10...

Byron’s CBD heights limits pushed – again 

The developer behind a new, multi-storey motel to be built in central Byron Bay has applied to further increase the height of the building, despite having already been allowed to exceed the maximum height limit for that part of town.

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

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More than 500 take part in regional housing taskfoce meetings

The state’s planning minister says more than 500 people across regional NSW took part in his department’s Regional Housing Taskforce virtual roadshow earlier this...

Nationals MP calls for emergency response to housing crisis

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis [Nationals] called for emergency orders in response to the NSW housing crisis on Tuesday as part of an online regional housing taskforce meeting.

Government cancels in-person Northern Rivers housing crisis meetings

The state government’s regional housing taskforce meetings due to happen in Ballina next week have been shortened and shifted online.

Ballina Shire Council prepares affordable housing strategy, state and fed govts accused of ignoring elephant in room

In the wake of yet more record-breaking real estate price growth on the Northern Rivers earlier this month, Ballina Shire Councilor Ben Smith says state and federal politicians have failed to take on the elephant in the room.

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety of hats. Jon Summers, Suffolk Park

The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why...

Viruses

Viruses are organisms at the edge of life and possess genes, evolve by natural selection, and reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves through...