People power and a quick response by staff at the Lismore Base Hospital has ensured that the milk contract for local hospitals has been returned to NORCO.
State Labor has publicly thrown its support behind a Byron Shire Council plan to officially name the new Ocean Shores sportsground in honour of Australia’s first indigenous judge, Bob Bellear.
The opposition has taken a swing at the state government’s handling of rural health, using Lismore Hospital as a base from which to launch its ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ campaign this morning.
On Tuesday, Labor introduced legislation in the NSW Parliament to create tough new fluoride laws it claims would ‘override the anti-fluoride movement’ and effectively force councils like Byron Shire to fluoridate their water.
The NSW government is deliberately delaying medicinal cannabis applications from doctors for patients with terminal illnesses and other serious medical conditions, driving many into the black market to source the medicine.
A reduction of 33 police officers in the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has prompted Labor to ask Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) to explain why his government had overseen the reduction.
NSW shadow minister for the north coast Walt Secord has launched a blistering attack on Tweed Shire Coalition councillors in parliament, blaming ‘gravy stained property developers and real estate agents’ for seeking to increase height limits at Kingscliff.
An eleven point bipartisan flood blueprint to help Lismore and Murwillumbah get 'back on their feet' following the recent devastation was unveiled by state Opposition Leader Luke Foley on a visit to the region this week.
The state opposition has accused the government of muzzling its tribute to flood-affected north coast communities in the upper house yesterday. The government has dismissed the claim but the Greens agree the issue should have been given an airing.
The health system continues to be in a state of crisis according to the recent report of the Independent Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly reports.
A 52-year-old West Ballina grandmother faces an anxious wait of up to a year to discover whether she has colon cancer after she was told by Lismore Base Hospital that was the earliest date she could expect to have a colonoscopy despite her sister having the condition.
As the state’s new health minister, Brad Hazzard, prepares to visit north coast hospitals for his first time in the role, his ALP counterpart, Walt Secord, has challenged him to ‘spell out how he is going to fix chronic understaffing across the region’.
Exclusive: Newly minted health minister Brad Hazzard already has a job on his hands after shadow north coast minister Walt Secord wrote to him yesterday demanding to know why a patient with bowel obstruction had to wait 13 hours at Byron Central Hospital’s emergency department.
While negotiations for Byron Shire Council to purchase Suffolk Park’s sports field on Beech Drive are ongoing, there are increasing calls for the land to be gifted, not sold.
It’s not known whether people have come into contact with a blue-green algal bloom at Suffolk Lake but the opposition has criticised the state government for its slow handling of a ‘red alert’ for the outbreak.
NSW Labor has slammed the state government’s bungling of its controversial $16-million shark netting program for Ballina and Lennox Head beaches which were scrapped last month.
NSW shadow health minister Walt Secord today criticised the Baird government for failing to issue an official flu season warning for the north coast. But North Coast Public Health says presentations are 'normal' for this time of year.
It is rare in the cut and thrust of modern politics for politicians to speak well of one another, especially in the chamber. But this speech by Labor’s shadow minister for the north coast Walt Secord, made during a condolence motion on Wednesday for the late Greens MP Dr John Kaye, is so heartfelt and sincere that we publish it here in its entirety as a tonic to all the blather and nonsense being uttered during the federal election campaign.
Former Ballina MP Don Page has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers committee in a move described by opponents as a ‘job for a mate’.
Riot police had to be called to Tweed Hospital recently after a patient on ice broke the 'safe room' window with his head. It is one of a number of incidents that have staff up in arms.
A residents' group dedicated to saving Kingscliff's last remaining beachfront reserve from development has condemned last weeks comments in parliament by Greens MLC Jan Barham, describing them as ‘counter-productive to the cause’.
An ambulance that took more than half an hour to reach an injured football player during a match on Sunday executed a 'perfect response', health minister Jillian Skinner told state parliament yesterday, despite the field being a kilometre from the ambulance station.
NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has come under attack for refusing to consider supporting a high school for the fast-growing Pottsville area on the Tweed Coast.
A proposed state parliamentary inquiry into the closure of public schools in the regions could throw light as to why a long-awaited high school for the fast growing Pottsville area has been ignored, NSW MPs have been told.
In a surprise move, the local health district will close Murwillumbah Hospital’s birthing unit, effective tomorrow (Friday).