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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Community bar – not

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I couldn’t believe what I was reading in The Echo: a plan to turn an ‘iconic’...

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay.

It is an absolute pleasure to be able to write a letter supporting the reported solar-energy initiatives of Repower Byron and Beyond Zero Emissions. This is exactly what needs to be done. Big solar-thermal units built inland, in combination with the localised use of efficient – and that means unsubsidised – panels.

It must be added that it is essential for the nation to re-focus industrially on energy-technology production, and we must not kid ourselves we are succeeding if we are subsidy (ie tax-dollar) dependent.

We must build our own energy future. End the imports. End the subsidies. Gently but firmly, folks. Since our federal governments are embedded with fossil-fuel industries, and hostile to effective change, it is these local initiatives and businesses supplying them that will create the future.

But having said that, let me finish with delight. Wave energy seems to be progressing nicely, solar is well underway, and the electric vehicle is here to stay. You beauty.

 


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