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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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1,051 new cases of COVID-19 for Northern Rivers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) saw 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed to 8pm last night...

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

No supply shortage at Byron Farmers Market!

While supermarket shelves around the country are running bare, there’s no shortage of fresh produce at our local farmers’...

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

Stories about "North Byron Parklands":

Arts sector unable to operate, in dire straits: Splendour in the Grass

Organisers of Splendour in the Grass are calling on the federal government to release critically needed funds to assist the arts sector. According to...

Billinudgel Nature Reserve expands

Over 37.15ha of ecologically significant land has been gifted to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve by North Byron Parklands.

Falls Festival gives to RFS

Falls Festival will donate $20 from every ticket sold to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) until midnight of Christmas Eve. 

Parklands wins permanent approval for Splendour, Falls

Falls and Splendour in the Grass festivals will have a permanent home and an increase in size after the state’s Independent Planning Commission signed-off on a $42-million development application for North Byron Parklands. The approval will see both Splendour and Falls increase in size to 50,000 and 35,000 punters respectively .

Public meeting hears of festival site’s expansion plans

A public meeting held by the Independent Planning Commission this week heard that North Byron Parklands wants to see 50,000 patrons at Splendour, 35,000 punters at Falls as well as up to 25,000 at three other events during the year.

Residents group urge limits on large fest site

Two residents groups are urging the public to attend an upcoming meeting by a government agency to hear community’s concerns over allowing a Yelgun...

Yelgun festival site up for final determination

The State Significant application for a permanent home for music, arts and cultural events in northern NSW by North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, has been referred to  independent Planning Commission (IPC) for final determination.

Fields of Healing a long time coming

Local songman Uncle Magpie’s long-held dream of creating a global indigenous festival on the sunrise songline is set to come to fruition this weekend, with the launch of the inaugural Fields of Healing event at the North Byron Parklands in Yelgun.

Parklands donations benefit OS school, sports club

Events site North Byron Parklands, which hosts Splendour and Falls Festivals, has provided financial support to sporting organisations in Byron Shire’s north.

Horses put through paces at festival site

An introduction to endurance horse riding was held last Saturday at the North Byron Parklands site, which showcased the grounds as a multi-use site. Event...

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.