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COVID update for January 24

Dr Kerry Chant spoke to the media this morning with a COVID update saying that in terms of our hospitals, we've currently got 2,816 People in hospital including 196 People in ICU, of whom 69 are ventilated.

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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

Cartoon of the week – 19 January, 2022

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It is The Byron Shire Quiz!

It is The Byron Shire Quiz!  How much do you think you know about the Byron Shire? Ross Kendall challenges you to...

Ballina’s Citizen of the Year announcement to be livestreamed

As COVID 19 continues to make life complicated for people on the Northern Rivers and beyond, Ballina Shire Council has decided to livestream its Australia Day event, including the Citizen of the Year announcement, from 9am on Wednesday.

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

Vale Byron girl, Patricia Marcia Dailhou 

Patricia, better known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Byron Bay in 1933 and was the second eldest of nine, to Horace Cecil Vernon Freeman (better known as ‘Bluey’) and Dorothy Lulu Freeman (nee Daniels). 

Stories about "Kings Forest":

Rate increase proposed for Tweed’s Kings Forest

Tweed Shire Council is applying for a special rate variation (SRV) of 4.35 per cent for the new Kings Forest subdivision.

Kings Forest hospital site not shovel ready: Tweed MP

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) has cast doubt on claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (ALP) that Labor’s preferred site for the new Tweed Hospital is ‘shovel ready’.

Koala campaigners oppose Kings Forest hospital call

The prospect of locating a hospital on prime Cudgen farmland has a seen group of locals jumping into bed with developer Leda Holdings, which is making a play to have the hospital at Kings Forest.

Tweed’s Kings Forest open day: Monday June 11

An open day at the Kings Forest development site in Tweed Shire this Monday, June 11 will be considering the possible relocation of the new Tweed Valley Hospital site to this location.

Fire burns out 50ha at Kings Forest

A fire that has burnt out more than 50 hectares of mostly grassland at Depot Road, Kings Forest, has been brought under control overnight, according to the Rural Fire Service.

Tweed koalas worse off under revised township plan

Survival of endangered koalas in and around the Cudgen Nature Reserve next to the proposed Kings Forest township would be threatened under a plan by the developer to reduce offset habitat and food trees.

‘Devil in the detail’ of north coast plan: EDO

Environmental advocacy lawyers EDO believe the threat of resumed CSG exploration on the north coast is relatively small but are very concerned about the fate of development outlined in the draft North Coast Regional Plan on dwindling koala populations.

Tweed Coast Road’s scenic values threatened: mayor

Tweed Shire Council has paved the way for a major service-station complex on the Tweed Coast Road opposite the entry to the Kings Forest township development for 5,000 homes, despite fears it will spoil the road's scenic values.

Kings Forest gets green light to clear Wallum Sedge Frog habitat

Chris Dobney’s article in Echonetdaily of 25 May 2015 was headed Kings Forest gets green light to clear koala habitat. Unfortunately, they have also got the green light to clear the vulnerable Wallum Sedge Frog (WSF) habitat.

Tweed-Byron koala project recognised

A program to help save Tweed coast koalas, which currently face threats on a number of fronts, has been recognised nationally as a groundbreaking initiative.

TGA grants provisional approval to oral COVID-19 treatments

At last, some good news on the COVID front: the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the first oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years, the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.