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NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Other News

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.


The other day I met a Mullumbimby doctor. As I used to live in Mullum and Mullum was in...

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me...

Who can I trust?

COVID, WHO SHOULD I TRUST ?   I tend to trust people who care, who demonstrate they have no agenda, but to be...

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

Speeding traffic

In Suffolk Park there are a number of problems including getting out of Clifford Street onto Broken Head Road...

Spaghetti Circus performing at Woodford.
Spaghetti Circus performing at Woodford.

Mullumbimby’s  Spaghetti Circus will be enjoying energy from the sun when their new solar panels are installed.

COREM (community-owned renewable energy for Mullumbimby) has raised $11,000 towards installing a 10 kW solar PV installation at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

‘We are very thankful to the community for support and generous donations, and to local Federal MP Justine Elliot and the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme grant of $5000,’ said Rob Passey, COREM Treasurer.

COREM, is working on several projects in its pursuit to support the transition of Mullumbimby and surrounding areas to run on renewable energy. They have partnered with Enova Community and Suncrowd to run a community solar and battery bulk buy program – where information events across the Northern Rivers make buying solar easy and reduce costs through bulk purchasing power.

To date COREM has installed solar PV systems at the Drill Hall (12kW), Mullumbimby Showgrounds (10 kW), Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Organisation (5 kW) and the Brunswick Valley Historical Society Mullumbimby Museum (6 kW). Some savings from the reduced electricity bills at all these sites are returned to COREMs Revolving Community Energy Fund to keep installing more solar.

COREM says to save the date for Renew Fest, May 6 and 7 at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds.

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