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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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Not enough ICU beds

My best mate lives in a country town in the UK. Over the last year, she estimates around 10...

Farewell Sue – a much-loved Mullumbimbian

You could say that Sue Mallam was destined to run a business in Mullumbimby.

Printmakers make their mark at Tweed Regional Gallery

A new exhibition featuring the work of some of Australia’s leading printmakers has been installed and is ready to be enjoyed by visitors when the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre reopens tomorrow.

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

Puritanical wellness

I am getting a little tired of the sweeping statements trotted out about the ‘allopathic medical establishment’ and its...

Lockdown cells

Michael Lyon, I understand you took the initiative to collaborate with neighbouring mayors in the Northern Rivers to address...

Stories about "schoolies":

Police warn Schoolies ‘Be COVID-Safe’

A message from senior officers at Tweed/Byron Police District for 2020 end of school celebrations is reminding school leavers from across NSW and interstate who have travelled to Byron Bay and other parts of Northern NSW  to stay COVID-Safe.

Mayor: change your plans for Schoolies

At a press conference in Byron Bay this morning Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson, Detective Acting Superintendent Cameron Lindsay and NSW Local Health District's Wayne Jones, met to make an announcement about the upcoming Schoolies week in the town.

Schoolies welcomed in Byron

The number of teens coming to Byron for schoolies week appears to have increased this year but they have generally been well behaved, the organiser of the Apex Park schoolies Hub says.

Schoolies are arriving in Byron for summer fun

Schools out for summer and many of the newly minted adults who have had their final day of school and are heading for a good time in Byron Bay.

Schoolies went well overall, say police

Local police say they were pleased overall with the behaviour of those who attended Schoolies celebrations in Byron Bay over the past few weeks.  Detective...

Schoolies ‘Operation Kimberley’ commences

Senior police have been reminding school leavers to party safely and know their limits during as this year’s NSW schoolies celebrations kicked in over the weekend.

Tamara Smith MP ‘Blows Zero’

Local Greens MP Tamara Smith raised $5,000 with the help of local businesses and festivals to provide the final funding push to purchase a new breathalyser machine for the HUB in Byron to use over schoolies season this year.

Schoolies volunteer call out

With the yearly preparations underway for when schoolies arrive in a little more than two months, BUDDI youth worker Nicqui Yazdi. is appealing for volunteers to step up and help make the event a safe and memorable one.

Byron Schoolies ‘best ever’

Organisers of youth services are busy packing up after a busy schoolies season in Byron Bay and saying it was the best schoolies ever.

Police report ‘steady’ start to Schoolies

Police reported a 'steady night' in Byron Bay on Saturday (November 19), the first night of ‘Operation Kimberley’ their 2016 ‘schoolies’ response with just three arrests over one incident.

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.

Is all cannabis the same? How do its variations impact us?

Are you interested in learning more about the cannabinoids you use? Researchers from Monash University are asking both smokers and non-smokers to help research the variety of cannabinoids and their impacts.

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...