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Bangalow health food staff fined for failing to mask-up

Anyone who cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition must now carry proof of exemption.

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Mullum High strike ‘inaccurate’ and ‘misleading’ say Education Department

The Department of Education has accused the Teachers Federation of being inaccurate and misleading following last week’s teachers strike at Mullumbimby High School.

Byron Shire residents urged to get tested

Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the Byron Bay sewerage treatment plant (STP) that services Byron Bay, Broken Head, Suffolk Park, Wategos, and Sunrise areas and the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) are asking residents and visitors to get tested at the first sign of any symptoms.

Byron Council seeks height variation for its bioenergy facility

The bioenergy facility was one of many Council projects identified as being at risk of losing funding, within the solar farm report.

Ballina Hospital

Virginia Black, Byron Bay On calling my friend in Ballina recently, I discovered she was having an asthma attack. Living...

Cartoon of the week – 21 July, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

The new Wollumbin stamp that doesn’t feature Wollumbin…

When Australia Post’s new volcano series was proudly unveiled last week it included an image labelled ‘Wollumbin Mt Warning NSW’.

Stories about "sniffer dogs":

Naked and told to squat in a corner: a 16-yr-old’s Splendour experience

Sixteen years old, lining up to get into a music festival, separated from friends, taken into a tent and forced to strip.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Sniffing out the bigger story on drug prohibition

Last week at about 2.30 in the afternoon I was meeting someone at a pub when two sketchy-looking dudes came into the front bar...

Greens lead push to end sniffer dogs searches

The NSW Greens are leading a push to end the use of drug detection dogs without a warrant on public transport, at festivals, bars and in Kings Cross in Sydney.

Lawyer says police tactics have gone to the dogs

Police are targeting drug driving in a statewide blitz amid claims that motorists are being wrongly targeted because of “imprecise legislation”. They are also continuing to use sniffer dogs in Nimbin and other centres despite studies showing the success rate of detecting drugs is very low.

Drug-dog warrants rely on suspicions

The never-ending war against inanimate objects – in this case drugs – was highlighted recently with police dog operations targeting children as they entered both Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby high schools.

Parents angered at sniffer-dog use in Murwillumbah

Parents in Murwillumbah are outraged after another police sniffer-dog operation targeted school students on their way to school this morning.

Sniffer dogs outside schools a real worry

Kol Dimond, Mullumbimby. For progressive thinkers and advocates of civil liberties alike. the sight of random police and sniffer dog activities at our local high school should send shock waves around the shire.

Anger at police using dogs to target students

The use of police sniffer dogs to target high school students in Byron and Tweed shires has prompted an angry response from local politicians and parents.

Sniffer dogs on the prowl in Byron Shire

Police are this morning conducting sniffer dog operations in Mullumbimby and are expected in Byron Bay this afternoon.

45 Sydney-Ballina travellers exposed to COVID-19

Forty-five travellers from Sydney are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 and continue self-isolation on the Northern Rivers after sharing a flight with a confirmed case.

Local government elections postponed – again

NSW local government elections are postponed again due to the pandemic.

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

COVID traveller at Ballina Airport and North Coast sewage test results

A public health alert has been issued after a positive COVID-19 case travelled on the Virgin Australia flight VA1139 from Sydney, arriving in Ballina on 14 July at 11.45am.