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Do COVID vaccines affect male fertility?

Vaccines do have side effects, but there are some social-media users peddling myths that COVID-19 vaccines cause male infertility and sexual dysfunction.

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Julian Assange: the name that cannot be uttered

Since the news came through I have been keeping an eye and an ear out for further reporting in...

Cartoon of the week – 27 October, 2021

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Another Lismore COVID case

Lismore has seen one new case of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 26 October.

Six new local COVID cases reported

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District to 8pm last night.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

Byron Council staff push to make Unauthorised Dwelling Policy for ‘internal use’

A contentious draft Unauthorised Dwelling Policy, put on exhibition last year by Council, has re-emerged for this Thursday’s meeting. While staff have recommended that the policy become an 'internal' document others are calling for it to be 'abandoned'.

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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

‘Affordable’ units in Mullumbimby set for approval

Byron Shire Council is this week set to approve a new 'affordable housing' development slated for Stuart, Street, Mullumbimby, although just three of the 10 homes will actually be reserved for affordable housing.

Nats take conflicting positions on West Byron

The Nationals’ new candidate for Ballina says he does 'not consider it appropriate' to comment on the issue of the controversial planned West Byron development. But the party's incumbent in the seat is not so coy.

Here & Now #65

I live in a shack under the cliffs. I built it myself when I was a young fella. I'm proud of that. I am not a builder by trade (or by any stretch of the imagination) but I just couldn't come at the idea that I needed to go into debt to have a home.

Another Lismore COVID case

Lismore has seen one new case of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 26 October.

The Richmond River and its bad health

It is no longer a secret; the Richmond River is in bad health. 2021 marked the establishment of a new project, the Coast Management Program...

Toluene found at Mullumbimby’s old hospital site

Yet another contamination concern has been uncovered at the site of the old Mullum Hospital, adding an extra $1.5 million to the already ballooning cost of remediating the land.

Does Lennox lookout need any more concrete?

Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson will attempt to defer the construction of a sealed path at Pat Morton Lookout in today's council meeting.