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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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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 January, 2022

There's still loads of stuff on in the Byron Shire and beyond

Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year

Jacqui Boyett, founder of the not-for-profit Global Ripple charity and op shop, is the Byron Shire 2022 Citizen of the Year.

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

$2m upgrade for Kyogle CBD

Kyogle's town centre is going to get a $2.048m facelift, local MP Kevin Hogan has announced.

Bill will not prevent social media trolling: Law Council

The nation’s peak law advocay legal body, The Law Council of Australia, is calling for a nationally consistent approach to law reform as ‘the best defence against social media defamation’.

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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Opinion: Right-wing Nationals under attack in the Northern Rivers

Your final day to enrol to vote for the next state election is Monday, March 4 with polling day set for Saturday March 23 – and your vote could make all the difference.

Cocaine testing welcome but RDT scheme flawed: Greens

The Berejiklian government’s announcement that cocaine will be included in the roadside drug testing scheme is a welcome change to a deeply flawed scheme....

M1 ‘turned into car park’ by police testing

Police admit to turning the M1 southbound into a ‘car park’ on Saturday night when Tweed-Byron and Richmond highway patrol chose to conduct random alcohol and drug testing in the Tugun Tunnel.

Ice, cannabis, guns found during roadside drug test

Police have charged a man with drug and firearm offences, after a vehicle stop on the north coast late last week. About 1.45pm Thursday (June...

RDT opponents could ‘change election outcome’

A member of a Facebook group opposing random roadside drug testing says it has enough support to change the outcome of the election in the federal seat of Page.

Drug-driving acquittal in Lismore puts law in limbo

Controversial roadside drug-testing laws in NSW have been left in legal limbo following the acquittal by a Lismore magistrate of a man who tested positive for cannabis he had smoked nine days before he was pulled over by police.

Cannabis testing is ruining lives say protesters

Activists say they are undeterred that Lismore MP Thomas George was not present when they gathered outside his office this week to protest against the roadside drug-testing regime.

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.