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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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XR to protest outside NAB tomorrow

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Lismore and their supporters say they will protest at the Woodlark Street branch of the National Australia Bank (NAB) from 12pm tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14.

Stories about "Last Drinks At 12":

Last Drinks at 12 not divisive: detractors are simply intransigent

Tony Brown, Byron Bay. I was once again afforded the honour of being invited by the large and courageous Last Drinks at 12 Byron community group to participate in their meeting of supporters on 4 December 2013.

Mayor breaks ranks with Greens over Last Drinks

A rift has emerged within the Byron Greens, with the local convenor Tom Tabart criticising mayor Simon Richardson for failing to support Last Drinks at 12.

Last Drinks attacks Byron NYE plan

The Last Drinks at 12 coalition has taken the extraordinary step of opposing Byron Shire Council’s plans for a safe and sober family New Year’s Eve, which it has described as ‘a very costly, reactive approach’,

Byron mayor calls for more police on NYE

Carefully laid plans for a safe and family friendly New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay are in tatters after Roads and Maritime Services have withdrawn permission for roadblocks at entry points to the town.

Sobering reading

Dr David Moss, Byron Bay. The Australian National Council on Drugs report, which was released this week, makes for pretty sobering reading

No compromise on Last Drinks at 12

Mick O’Reagan, Last Drinks at 12. Last Drinks at 12 has not reached any agreement with the Byron Shire mayor to water down its position of ceasing the supply of alcohol after midnight.

Alcohol-violence working group formed

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson says the new group needs to 'develop a whole-of-town response', to Byron's alcohol-fuelled violence, 'rather than fighting over individual aspects'.

Public defender call over liquor bids

Former Byron shire mayor Jan Barham has urged an alcohol forum in Sydney to establish a public defender's office under the liquor law so communities can fight any unwanted bars, nightclubs and bottle shops.

Queensland drunk cops $550 fine

A 27-year-old drunk Queensland male copped a $550 on-the-spot fine for refusing to leave Cheeky Monkeys when he was ordered to by security staff and police.

Byron Bay’s club scene snubbed

Byron Bay’s late-night club scene has come under fire in an airline magazine while its alcohol-fuelled violence has been noted in the Northern Territory parliament.

State gov’t services failing to keep up with regional population growth, says independent Ballina councillor

Cr Cadwallader told The Echo on Thursday she’d be asking council staff to pursue the matter of policing resources in the shire after last month winning majority council support to pressure the government on the future of Lennox Head Public School.

Update: Lismore going into lockdown at 6pm

Lismore local government area (LGA) is going into lockdown for seven days from 6pm tonight following a positive case of COVID-19 in Goonellabah yesterday.

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COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student at Goonellabah Public School testing...