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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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COVID-19 update: restrictions extended by a month

The State's COVID-19 restrictions have been extended for a month, as another 29 people with the virus passed away.

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.

Lismore Citizen of the Year 

Recognising her tireless work in helping people living with Parkison’s Disease Di Lymbury was awarded Lismore Citizen of the Year. 

NRAS about to kick off 2022 adoption days

Local animal charity Northern Rivers Animal Services has kicked off 2022 with a bang, with more cats, kittens and puppies needing homes in Ballina than you can shake a rescuer at.

From border to border – an ocean pools odyssey

Three women on a mission plan to ride their eBikes along the NSW Coast from the Victorian border to the Queensland border and visit ocean pools on the way in a quest to raise money for three deserving charities.

Gratitude

I join with Lynne West, Gerry Gleeson, and Magenta Appel-Pye (Letters, December and January) in asking The Echo to...

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Regulated rural weddings and events edge closer

Weddings, events and function centres in Byron Shire’s rural areas could be soon regulated after councillors voted last Thursday to send their planning proposal to the state government for Gateway determination.

Hinterland under threat

Rhonda Ansiewicz. Federal.  The recent community consultations with regard to proposed LEP amendments to legalise weddings and other commercial events in the Byron hinterland were a...

Hinterland weddings and events – a free for all

From the right to a peaceful lifestyle to the demands of commercial interests – Byron Hinterland is under pressure to develop as the dollar value of the area sky rockets.

Byron businesses expect wedding boom after YES vote

For the hundreds of locals making a living from Byron’s wedding industry, the big ‘Yes’ result in the same-sex marriage survey wasn’t just about rights and recognition.

Weddings odyssey

Madeleine Green, Myocum There are creative ways to make a dollar in Byron. Turn your place into a holiday destination. Turn your place into a...

Talofa ridgeline wedding venue approval overturned

A Supreme Court ruling that banned a wedding function centre from the Byron hinterland ridgeline last month said councillors who approved the venue were acting outside the terms of their own LEP.

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.