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September 21, 2021

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Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Other News

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

Byron’s vaccination level one of the lowest in NSW

The Byron Shire has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination levels in the state, according to Federal Government figures, suggesting that a significant proportion of the community may be reluctant to get the jab.

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.

Byron’s CBD heights limits pushed – again 

The developer behind a new, multi-storey motel to be built in central Byron Bay has applied to further increase the height of the building, despite having already been allowed to exceed the maximum height limit for that part of town.

How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection ?

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Looks like we’ve passed through the most recent ‘reign of terror’, at least for now. No, I don’t mean Schoolies Week but the police response to it.

Driving past Simmos service station opposite Byron Bay Police Station I saw three burly police with a screaming teenage girl’s head pinned to the pavement. Disturbing echoes of America where police overkill has become the new normal.

The sound of sirens, flashing lights ahead and in the rear view mirror, parking inspectors dishing out fines willy-nilly, surveillance cameras everywhere.

Standing on a rock to catch a fish to take home for dinner is now a criminal act throughout most of Byron Bay, despite the twin facts that not a shred of scientific evidence was produced to show it was causing any harm to the marine environment and that these spots had been part of a sustainable marine harvest by local families for millennia. I can’t catch my own fish for dinner but I can go buy factory trawled fish from distant oceans in Aldi, which somehow constitutes progress in marine conservation.

Meanwhile thousands of cigarette butts enjoy a daily tidal ride from the sand into the wild ocean. For a place still trading on it’s reputation as a bastion of free thinking Bohemianism we sure have become a community used to suckling on the teat of state sanctioned force and pecuniary coercion. Magic happens?

Steve Shearer, Lennox Head.


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  1. Give the police a break. They are peacekeepers and there’s no point in trying to keep the peace in dangerous places where there isn’t any. Far more efficient (and safer) for them to keep the peace in places where there’s plenty, like Byron schoolies and Mardi Grass.


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