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North Coast residents encouraged to get weekend-ready with proof of vaccination

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North Coast residents encouraged to get weekend-ready with proof of vaccination

If you are 16 years or older, you’ll need to show proof of your vaccination or medical exemption when you check in to most businesses.
Everyone is responsible for accessing their own vaccination certificate, rather than relying on their doctor.
You can access your vaccination certificate through your myGov account or ordering it from the Australian Immunisation Register
As the North Coast opens up for business and travel to our region resumes, many venues will be asking to see proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption when you check in this weekend.

“With such a great community response to the call to get vaccinated, we would love to see North Coast residents move around with confidence and know they have the relevant vaccination documents on hand,’ said Healthy North Coast CEO, Julie Sturgess.

‘Each of us is responsible for accessing our own vaccination record and having it available if proof is needed. This is not something our doctor does for us.

‘The quickest way to do this is through your myGov account, where you can download or print your vaccination certificate, or store it on your smartphone, tablet or state check-in app.

‘You can also have a paper certificate posted to you, by ordering it from the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday), but this can take up to two weeks to arrive.

‘If you haven’t organised your certificate already, I encourage you to get online or on the phone as soon as possible, so we can start enjoying our great region and supporting local businesses again.’

North Coast residents who haven’t yet had a chance to get vaccinated can book online through the Vaccine Clinic Finder.

For more information on how to get proof of vaccination or medical exemption, visit the Department of Health.

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Families in turmoil over Covid-19 Ballina Coast High School closure

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Families in turmoil over Covid-19 high school closure

By Samantha Elley

News of a positive Covid-19 case at Ballina Coast High School has thrown some families into turmoil as they come to grips with how that affects their daily routine and sometimes even their income.
One Northern Rivers mother received an email last week when it was announced her children’s school, Ballina Coast, had to go into immediate lockdown.

“I received the email … around 5.30pm stating (my son) was a close contact,” she said.
“I called work thinking I may just need to get a negative result for myself but as I’m an aged care worker and I can’t isolate from (my son), as we are in the same household, I too need to isolate for 14 days.”

The mother and aged care worker said she would need to look up funding offered by the government to help with the bills.

“I can not afford not to be at work,” she said.

She said luckily her husband works away from home, so he will be able to keep on working.
“(My son’s) friends from school are all in the same position, but they have narrowed it down to close contacts, casual contacts and no contact,” the mother said.

“(My daughter) is a no contact and no longer needs to isolate, however, I’m not sure what it means as we are in the same household.

“It’s so confusing.”

Ballina Coast High School re-opened last Friday, October 15 with minimal supervision.
“The safety and well-being of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times,” said BCHS relieving principal Aaron McDonald.
“As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.”

The family’s Covid test results came back negative.

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Latest venues of concern on Northern Rivers

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Latest venues of concern on Northern Rivers

By Samantha Elley
We may be out of lockdown and the state has a vaccination rate of over 70 per cent but that is no time to leave our guard down when it comes to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, according to Northern NSW Local Health District.
While Sydney has been let off the leash and Northern Rivers prepares for an onslaught of visitors at the 80 per cent vaccination level, we still have a number of cases of Covid-19 on the Northern Rivers with venues of concern across a number of areas.
All close contacts are contacted directly and informed as part of normal contact tracing processes and they must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Anyone else who has been at these venues below at the date and time listed is considered a casual contact and they must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Venues of concern by suburb

Alstonville
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Friday, 1 October 10am – 11:15am
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Saturday, 2 October 10am – 11:15am
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 5:30am – 2:30pm
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Tuesday, 5 October 5:30am – 3pm
• Alstonville The Federal Hotel 77 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 10:30pm – 11:30pm
• Alstonville North Coast Recycling Pty Ltd 19-21 Northcott Crescent, 28 September 5.40am – 7.20am
Ballina
• Ballina Coles, cnr Fox & Kerr Streets Tuesday 5 October 7.55pm – 8.05pm
• Ballina Metro Petrol Station, 323 River Street, Tuesday 5 October 8.10pm—8.15pm
• Ballina Ritchies Super IGA, 44 Bangalow Road, Wednesday 6 October 6.50pm – 7pm
Casino
• Casino Outdoor & Disposal 171 Centre Street Friday 1 October 2021 10:30am to 10:45am
• Casino Aldi 133-135 Centre Street Wednesday 29 September 9:10am – 9:40am and Wednesday 29 September 3:10pm – 3:40pm
• Casino Anglican Op Shop 120 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:15pm – 2:30pm
• Casino Lifeline Shop 95 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:30pm – 3:00pm
• Casino Simply U Yoga The Chambers, 98 Walker Street Thursday 30 September 9:00am – 10:10am and Friday 1 October 6.30am – 7:15am
• Casino Scrivener and Webb Pharmacy 89 Walker Street Friday 1 October 3:05pm – 3:15pm
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Friday 1 October 3:25pm – 3:55pm and Sunday 3 October 3.40pm – 4.05pm
Goonellabah
• Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse 799 Ballina Road Wednesday 29 September 4:05pm – 4:25pm
• Goonellabah Coles 44 Oliver Avenue Thursday 30 September 1:55pm – 2:15pm
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Thursday, 30 September 5.10pm -6.50pm and Tuesday 28 September 5.15pm – 6.40pm
• Goonellabah IGA 29-31 Rous Road, Tuesday 28 September 7pm-7.05pm
• Goonellabah Woolworths 2 Simeoni Drive, Tuesday 28 September 6.40pm – 7pm
Grafton
• Grafton Coles South Grafton Bent Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 10am – 11am
• Grafton Coles South Grafton 86-96 Bent Street, South Grafton 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 4:15pm – 4:30pm
• Grafton Big W Duke & Fitzroy Street Tuesday 5 October 4.40pm-5.10pm
• Coles South Grafton 84-96 Bent Street Monday 27 September 2021 9.45am to 9.50am, and 2.30pm to 2.45pm, Tuesday 28 September 4.15pm-4.30pm and Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.20pm to 1.35pm
• Coles Express Grafton 91 Bent Street, Corner Spring Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 12.20pm to 12.30pm
• Coles Liquor South Grafton 94 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.30pm to 1:45pm
• Grafton Australian Community Care Network 117 Fitzroy Street Wednesday 29 September 9.55am – 11.40am
• Grafton Woolworth Shoppingworld, Sunday 3 October, 4.30pm – 5pm
• South Grafton, Craig’s Birdplace, 99 Skinner Street, Tuesday 5 October, 2pm- 2.30pm
Kyogle
• Kyogle Family Support Services Neighbourhood Centre 8 Geneva Street Thursday 30 September 2021 9.00am to 9:30am
• Kyogle Australia Post 149 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 10:40am – 10:45am
• Kyogle IGA Liquor 17-31 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 3:00pm – 4:00pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Tuesday 28 September 11.3am-11.45am, Wednesday 29 September 8.20am-8.25am, Friday 1 October 2:05pm – 2:25pm
• The Espresso Edge, Kyogle, 109 Summerland Way Friday 1 October, 1pm – 1.15pm
Lennox Head
• Lennox Head Lennox Hotel Pacific Parade and Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW, 2478 Sunday, 3 October 6:35pm – 7pm
Lismore
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday,1 October 11:40am – 12:15pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Tuesday 28 September 12pm – 12.15pm, Wednesday 29 September 10.35am-10.40am, Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:50pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 11:40am – 12:10pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 11-16, 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Thursday 30 September 2021 11:15am to 12:15pm
• Lismore Best and Less 137 Keen Street Wednesday 29 September 4:35pm – 4:40pm
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street Wednesday 29 September 5:10pm – 5:15pm
• Lismore Strandbags Shop 31 Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:20pm – 5:25pm
• Lismore Coles Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:25pm – 6:05pm
• Lismore Henry’s Bakery Café 87 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:20am – 10:40am
• Lismore The New Camera House 95 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:40am – 11:15am
• Lismore The Book Warehouse 107-109 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 11:15am – 11:20am
• East Lismore SPAR Shop 1/62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 2:45pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 12/ 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 3:20pm
• Lismore Bunnings, 2 Bruxner Highway, Sunday 3 October 11.50am-12.05pm
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Wednesday 29 September 4.40pm – 5.05pm, Thursday 30 September 1.35pm – 1.45pm
• Coffee Guru, Shop 36 Lismore Square Wednesday 29 September 11.15am – 11.50am
• Pets and Saddles North Lismore, Bridge Street Tuesday 28 September 11.50am – 11.55am
• South Lismore Post Office 73 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.30am – 11.45am
• South Lismore Southside Hot Bread, 89-91 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.45am – 11.50am
• Lismore Ongmac Trading, 86 Conway Street, Wednesday 6 October 11.50am – 12pm
• Lismore ALDI, 44 Ballina Road Wednesday 6 October 9.25am – 10am
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street, Wednesday 6 October, 2.05pm – 2.15pm
• Australia Post Lismore, Conway Plaza Upper Ground Floor, 21 Conway Street Wednesday, 6 October 2.15pm – 2.50pm

Venues of concern by date

September 28
• Alstonville North Coast Recycling Pty Ltd 19-21 Northcott Crescent, 28 September 5.40am – 7.20am
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Tuesday 28 September 5.15pm – 6.40pm
• Goonellabah IGA 29-31 Rous Road, Tuesday 28 September 7pm-7.05pm
• Goonellabah Woolworths 2 Simeoni Drive, Tuesday 28 September 6.40pm – 7pm
• Grafton Coles South Grafton Bent Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 10am – 11am
• Grafton Coles South Grafton 86-96 Bent Street, South Grafton 2460 Tuesday, 28 September 4:15pm – 4:30pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Tuesday 28 September 11.3am-11.45am,
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Tuesday 28 September 12pm – 12.15pm
• North Lismore Pets and Saddles, Bridge Street Tuesday 28 September 11.50am – 11.55am
September 29
• Casino Aldi 133-135 Centre Street Wednesday 29 September 9:10am – 9:40am and Wednesday 29 September 3:10pm – 3:40pm
• Casino Anglican Op Shop 120 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:15pm – 2:30pm
• Casino Lifeline Shop 95 Barker Street Wednesday 29 September 2:30pm – 3:00pm
• Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse 799 Ballina Road Wednesday 29 September 4:05pm – 4:25pm
• Grafton Australian Community Care Network 117 Fitzroy Street Wednesday 29 September 9.55am – 11.40am
• Kyogle Australia Post 149 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 10:40am – 10:45am
• Kyogle IGA Liquor 17-31 Summerland Way Wednesday 29 September 3:00pm – 4:00pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way, Wednesday 29 September 8.20am-8.25am,
• Lismore Best and Less 137 Keen Street Wednesday 29 September 4:35pm – 4:40pm
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street Wednesday 29 September 5:10pm – 5:15pm
• Lismore Strandbags Shop 31 Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:20pm – 5:25pm
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Wednesday 29 September 4.40pm – 5.05pm
• Lismore Coles Lismore Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Brewster & Uralba Streets Wednesday 29 September 5:25pm – 6:05pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Wednesday 29 September 10.35am-10.40am
• Coffee Guru, Shop 36 Lismore Square Wednesday 29 September 11.15am – 11.50am
September 30
• Casino Simply U Yoga The Chambers, 98 Walker Street Thursday 30 September 9:00am – 10:10am and Friday 1 October 6.30am – 7:15am
• Goonellabah Coles 44 Oliver Avenue Thursday 30 September 1:55pm – 2:15pm
• Goonellabah Medical Center 616 Ballina Road Thursday, 30 September 5.10pm -6.50pm
• Kyogle Family Support Services Neighbourhood Centre 8 Geneva Street Thursday 30 September 2021 9.00am to 9:30am
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 11-16, 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Thursday 30 September 2021 11:15am to 12:15pm
• Lismore Henry’s Bakery Café 87 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:20am – 10:40am
• Lismore The New Camera House 95 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 10:40am – 11:15am
• Lismore The Book Warehouse 107-109 Keen Street Thursday 30 September 11:15am – 11:20am
• Lismore Fundies, 140 Keen Street, Thursday 30 September 1.35pm – 1.45pm
October 1
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Friday, 1 October 10am – 11:15am
• Casino Outdoor & Disposal 171 Centre Street Friday 1 October 2021 10:30am to 10:45am
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Friday 1 October 3:25pm – 3:55pm
• Kyogle Ritchies Supa IGA 17-31 Summerland Way Friday 1 October 2:05pm – 2:25pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday,1 October 11:40am – 12:15pm
• Kyogle, The Espresso Edge, 109 Summerland Way Friday 1 October, 1pm – 1.15pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:50pm
• Lismore Big W Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 11:40am – 12:10pm
• Lismore Woolworths Lismore Square Cnr. Brewster & Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480 Friday, 1 October 12:15pm – 12:45pm
• East Lismore SPAR Shop 1/62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 2:45pm
• East Lismore Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Shop 12/ 62 Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre Friday 1 October 2:40pm – 3:20pm
October 2
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Saturday, 2 October 10am – 11:15am
October 3
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 5:30am – 2:30pm
• Alstonville The Federal Hotel 77 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477 Sunday, 3 October 10:30pm – 11:30pm
• Casino Woolworths 165 Canterbury Street Sunday 3 October 3.40pm – 4.05pm
• Grafton Woolworth Shoppingworld, Sunday 3 October, 4.30pm – 5pm
• Lennox Head Lennox Hotel Pacific Parade and Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW, 2478 Sunday, 3 October 6:35pm – 7pm
• Lismore Bunnings, 2 Bruxner Highway, Sunday 3 October 11.50am-12.05pm
October 5
• Alstonville Café 86 on Main Street 86 Main Street Alstonville, NSW 2477 Tuesday, 5 October 5:30am – 3pm
• Ballina Coles, cnr Fox & Kerr Streets Tuesday 5 October 7.55pm – 8.05pm
• Ballina Metro Petrol Station, 323 River Street, Tuesday 5 October 8.10pm—8.15pm
• Grafton Big W Duke & Fitzroy Street Tuesday 5 October 4.40pm-5.10pm
• Coles South Grafton 84-96 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.20pm to 1.35pm
• Coles Express Grafton 91 Bent Street, Corner Spring Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 12.20pm to 12.30pm
• Coles Liquor South Grafton 94 Bent Street Tuesday 5 October 2021 1.30pm to 1:45pm
• South Grafton, Craig’s Birdplace, 99 Skinner Street, Tuesday 5 October, 2pm- 2.30pm
• South Lismore Post Office 73 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.30am – 11.45am
• South Lismore Southside Hot Bread, 89-91 Union Street, Tuesday 5 October 11.45am – 11.50am
October 6
• Ballina Ritchies Super IGA, 44 Bangalow Road, Wednesday 6 October 6.50pm – 7pm
• Lismore Ongmac Trading, 86 Conway Street, Wednesday 6 October 11.50am – 12pm
• Lismore ALDI, 44 Ballina Road Wednesday 6 October 9.25am – 10am
• Lismore Officeworks 250 Molesworth Street, Wednesday 6 October, 2.05pm – 2.15pm
• Australia Post Lismore, Conway Plaza Upper Ground Floor, 21 Conway Street Wednesday, 6 October 2.15pm – 2.50pm

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More Grafton Covid cases uncovered

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QR codes, masks and tests please

More Grafton Covid cases uncovered

By Tim Howard

There will be more Covid-19 cases arising from the four discovered in Grafton earlier this week, but authorities hope a lockdown won’t be needed.
While the rest of NSW is planning how it will come out of lockdown, the Clarence Valley finds itself holding its breath while investigations continue into a cluster that emerged on Tuesday.
Health authorities said contact tracers were still working, but there would be an announcement of more cases on Friday.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis was hopeful a strict lockdown would not be needed to deal with at least four cases that were uncovered Grafton on Tuesday.
“I asked (Northern NSW Local Health District acting CEO) Lynne Weir if it meant we’d go into lockdown, but she said it was too early to tell,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“With the rest of the State opening up on Monday unless there is a significant number of cases, I can’t see us going into lockdown.”
Health authorities have contact tracers investigating the extent of the spread of the disease in the Clarence, but would not put a number on any new cases.
A spokesperson for the Northern NSW Local Health District said NSW Health contact tracers were tracking down contacts and places those infected had visited.
“It there’s a private venue with one or two cases, that won’t be identified, but if it’s a public venue, then it will be named,” the spokesperson said.
A list of close contact venues could be released later today or on Friday.
Behind the scenes health staff in the region have concerns the vaccine mandate could force a number of resignations as case numbers threaten to grow.
One source said at least three nurses at Grafton would resign or have resigned because of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.
But the health district was not concerned about staffing.
Ms Weir said during the early stages of the pandemic, it sourced additional equipment, including ventilators, and we regularly review our stocks and supply chains of resources, including PPE and pharmacy items, to ensure adequate supplies.
“Our workforce has been increased and up-skilled, with more than 265 staff attending surge training in intensive care, emergency care and immunisation specialties to provide additional capacity if needed,” Ms Weir said.
“Between mid-2012 and mid-2021, NNSWLHD increased its workforce by an additional 1219 full-time equivalent staff – an increase of 32.3 per cent including 211 more doctors, 461 more nurses and midwives, and 141 more allied health staff.
“It is important to remember that the vast majority of people who have COVID-19 do not require hospitalisation. Most will have mild disease and be able to isolate at their own home, or have clinical staff support them through community care.”
She said leave requests were also scrutinised carefully to ensure they did not conflict with staffing requirements.
She said the public was able to play a major part in combating the virus.
“To reduce the rate of serious illness, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, vaccination on a national scale is essential,” she said.
“The more community members who are vaccinated against COVID-19, the better protected our region will be from any future outbreaks.”
Mr Gulaptis thanked the Clarence community for its vaccination uptake.
“While our region is seeing a steady increase each week, we can’t take our foot off the pedal if we want to hit the 70 and 80 percent double vaccination milestones,” he said.
“New figures show the Clarence Valley has reached 83.9% single dose and 50.3% double dose and in the Richmond Valley 78.7% have had their first dose and 49.8 their second dose.
“This is comparable with other regional areas. Overall, first dose rates in the region are increasing about 5% per week, which is on par with national vaccination trends.”

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