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June 21, 2021

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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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Young animators shine on Ballina’s big screen

A group of up and coming local indigenous animators were excited to see their first films on the big screen at Ballina Fair Cinemas on Tuesday night.

‘Technically no longer human’ – can mRNA COVID-19 vaccines meld with your DNA?

It’s becoming increasingly common to see social media posts claiming that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which include those made by Pfizer and Moderna, could alter a person’s DNA.

Laugh-a-Minute founder Richard Jones with Ms Yardley who runs Ballina’s weekly Laughter Yoga classes. Photo supplied.

In tough times, Laugh a Minute for Mankind has never been more needed.

The idea was brought to fruition by Richard Jones, who came up with the idea of broadcasting a minute of laughter over the radio after pausing for a minute’s silence on Remembrance Day in 2014.

‘No doubt you’d be feeling a little unsettled considering all that’s being going on already in 2020,’ he says.

‘Bushfires, flooding rains and now a virus pandemic, not to mention gloomy economic forecasts and toilet roll turmoil’. But now, he is teaming up with another local laugher, Meredith Yardley, and they both firmly believe that we must make time in our lives for a laugh.

‘Laughter has so many physical and mental health benefits that people don’t realise just how important it is for our wellbeing’ says Ms Yardley, who runs Ballina’s weekly laughter yoga classes.

Laugh-a-Minute for Mankind

The Laugh-a-Minute for Mankind idea has been ratified by the UN as an activity to celebrate the International Day of Happiness, on March 20, and 2020 marks its sixth year.   

‘We all know just how contagious the Coronavirus is, but one thing’s for sure, laughter is even more infectious, and thankfully spreads joy and happiness to all those in earshot,’ said Mr Jones.

Bay FM will again be playing a minute of laughter over the radio at 1pm on Friday, March 20.

Mr Jones and Ms Yardley encourage all those near a radio or streaming device to tune into 99.9 BAY FM and join in the laughter.

‘It’s free, it’s fun and it makes you feel good – if only for a minute,’ said Mr Jones. ‘And it’s one community unity event that the Coronavirus can’t shut down.’


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Lantern parade and fiery finish a blast

With just under 5,000 people including performers, workers, schools and volunteers, the 2021 Lismore Lantern Parade and accompanying festival was a sold-out event celebrating light.

Art headed for the bin after Lismore competition

Making rubbish look great is the outcome of a resent art competition in Lismore – Indigenous art, koalas, rainbows, bats and lorikeets all feature in artwork that will soon be printed onto new bins in Carrington Street.

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.