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Mandatory mask

Mandatory mask wearing is not working. Supermarkets can’t seem to enforce this, unfortunately. If like me, you see a...

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Will Sydney’s trash be Richmond Valley’s ‘treasure’

Richmond Valley Council say they have welcomed an announcement by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the Minister for...

What’s with the bollards?

I completely agree with Clive Jeffery when he points out that the new pedestrian crossing near the Commonwealth Bank...

New Mullum Indian

S Haslam Mullumbimby now has its own Indian restaurant at the Mullumbimby Golf Club. Mullum Indian Restaurant is open Wednesday...

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean.  

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety...

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

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RBT and RDT in action on Hinterland Way

Highway Patrol are currently conducting random drug and alcohol testing on Hinterland Way near the St Helena speed camera.

Cannabis testing unjust? Make your vote count

Throughout 2018 there was a significant increase in police highway patrol activity in the northern rivers that has disturbed many residents.

Car hits pedestrian, phone box

Motorists will see higher profile police patrols of local roads together with random drink and drug testing after the annual state-wide Xmas traffic blitz, Operation Safe Arrival, began on Friday. At one accident on Saturday, a phone box was destroyed and a pedestrian thrown in the air.

Police on patrol in Bruns

This posse of police cars spotted in Brunswick Heads yesterday is a timely reminder that highway patrol vehicles are out and about during the school holiday period.

Hemp Embassy president on drug driving charge

The president of Nimbin’s Hemp Embassy, Michael Balderstone, has revealed he tested positive for cannabis during a recent random drug test in the area. The lifelong cannabis advocate says he has yet to decide whether to fight the matter in court.

Drug laws favour the rich

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra.  As Derek Harper pointed out, random breath testing is a scam. However it's even bigger than he thinks. The main target is...

Random drug testing is a scam on behalf of big pharma

Derek Harper, Billinudgel. Once again Byron shire has seen mass Random Drug Testing (RDT) of drivers. The claim by the NSW government and the NSW Police is that it is done for road safety. It is a lie.

RBT & RDT blitz as road toll worsens

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol officers have been out in force since midnight conducting random breath tests (RBT) and random drug tests (RDT), and targeting driver behaviour in a three-day state-wide operation.

Dope trap

Mary Sweet, Billinudgel. On Monday I spent an interesting few hours in Lismore court. I supported a friend of mine who, after being saliva tested, was charged with driving a motor vehicle with illicit drugs in his blood. After testing positive for weed at a roadside testing, he had to go to the police station to take another test, which showed negative.

Saliva drug-test chemicals cause reactions

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores. I am concerned with the issue of random drug testing. I am 62 years old and I don't take illegal drugs.

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic suicide policies, which read like...

Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety of hats. Jon Summers, Suffolk Park