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Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

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School return comes with COVID-19 measures

Today is the official first day of term one in most NSW schools and as students and parents prepare to start the school year, there are new guidelines in place to manage COVID-19 infections.

Far North Coast Comedy

Lots of comedy to laugh out loud at

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.

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. 

Meet the new Byron Chamber president

Jason Bentley, founder and owner of Art & Wine Co Byron Bay & AURORA AR/VR, has taken the reins as president of the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Emergency services

Owing to my carelessness on 19 January, I had a serious bike accident that resulted in loss of consciousness...

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Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Keith Williams announces Labor team for Ballina

Ballina Cr Keith Williams has announced his team for the much-delayed local government elections in December, in which he hopes to become mayor. This time he's running on an ALP ticket, and not as an independent.

Labor call for social housing, declines to commit on climate

Labor were out in force in Byron last Friday highlighting that action is needed to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.

Labor shuffles itself around not governing

Unlike the sociopaths in the Coalition party who represent the one per cent, Labor’s problem will always be trying to be a party for all seasons. And those seasons are becoming more chaotic and extreme owing to climate change. 

The race to the bottom in Australian politics

The last federal election saw a disunited LNP with no plan for climate change and almost no policies re-elected with a slim parliamentary majority

Labor reaffirms position as Coalition shadow on fossil fuels

Faster than you could say George Orwell, it was revealed clean energy actually meant gas, and the head of the expert panel was to be none other than Grant King, the former CEO of Origin Energy (aka the people who fracked Queensland and created a fiery spa bath in the Condamine River).

Alternative facts? Labor MP says Northern Rivers fire station temporarily closed, fire chief says untrue

Member for the Blue Mountains Trish Doyle last week told media the regional station was closed so fire-fighters could go to a community outreach program in Ballina.

Richmond candidate Q&A

Responses from five of the eight candidates for the May 18 election are as follows. There was no reply from Morgan Cox (Christian Democratic Party...

Albanese: new Tweed hospital, ‘planning gone wrong’

It was a busy morning outside the Kingscliff TAFE today as Anthony Albanese MP held a doorstop press conference to discuss the Nationals' plan for the new hospital on the community at Cudgen.

Action against Adani coal heats up

Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have over 30 actions planned leading up to an Australia wide protests on June 30 demanding that no new coal projects be approved in Australia.

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.