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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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Toilet-to-tap ‘best water in Oz’

Congratulations, Casino! Casino is to represent Australia in an international competition after being voted as having the ‘best-tasting tap...

Poatree

In another room now Somewhere… Somehow… Move again in five days’ time. Getting used to the rhythm. Getting used to the rhyme. Huge...

What does Australia Day mean?

Another Australia Day. Another divisive polemic about the date, the day, and its meaning. Those who seek to change the date argue that 26 January signifies the beginning of Britain’s invasion of Australia and the violent expropriation of Aboriginal lands.

More government support needed for nurses

What would it take to keep our nurses and paramedics from resigning en masse as the current crisis in the NSW health care system worsens?

Ballina community leaders honoured

Koala conservationist Maria Matthes was named Ballina's Citizen of the Year in yesterday's Australia Day Awards, which were closed to the public but livestreamed from the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.

Storylines – Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1972–2022 – the power of patience

As the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy draws near, the attention of the nation is again being drawn to the lawns of Old Parliament House. However, this time the actions of the few do not encompass the views and needs of First Nations people.

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Editorial – More Byron Shire council candidate Q&A!

Where do candidates stand on disused railways and pay parking? Are they to the left of Chairman Mao Zedong, or the right of Genghis Khan?

Parking changes looming for Byron Shire

Byron Council will explore the possibility of increasing parking meter charges and introducing pay parking into Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Bangalow, as a way of potentially obtaining more revenue from visitors to the Shire.

Paid parking review on the table for Byron Shire Council

Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

Keep free parking at LBH – HSU and Saffin

The Health Services Union has called on Lismore City Council to reconsider a decision to cancel free all-day street parking at Lismore Base Hospital.

Paid parking at Lismore Base

With so much controversy over the parking at Lismore Base Hospital, those opposed to the fees were glad for a reprieve over recent months during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, but that is about to change.

Paid parking for the whole shire

A Hunter, Bangalow The whole Shire should have paid parking. The benefits of which would be welcomed by all residents – better roads, and visitors paying...

Greens finally buckle and agree to Bruns parking data

Last Thursday’s Council meeting was again brutal and unrelenting, yet there were some positives, with items being voted upon including a Bruns traffic assessment, a 5G summit, and the adoption of Council’s operational plan.

Parking review update for Brunswick Heads

The spokesperson for the Brunswick Heads Chamber is urging those interested to lobby councillors and attend Council’s June 27 meeting.

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.