28.1 C
Byron Shire
December 9, 2021

Skipping 19th century tech

Latest News

Alcohol-free zones to continue in Ballina Shire

Four areas of public land in the Ballina Shire are to stay alcohol-free zones for at least another three years.

Other News

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Voting options on paid parking

Council paid parking in Byron Bay, and National Parks NSW paid parking, has ruined the amenity we once had,...

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Minister causing ‘serious and irreversible harm’ in State forests

North East Forest Alliance have accused the Ministers for Environment and Foresty, Matt Kean and Paul Toole, of dereliction of duty for failing to implement the minimal changes recommended by the Natural Resources Commission.

More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

Issue dividing the community

This bitter division in the Northern Rivers community regarding trains on our tracks or the rail trail could’ve been...

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra

Colin Clarke’s concern for rural Indian children unable to access centralised power grids does him credit but, like their problems with accessing telephone landlines, it’s being solved with 21st-century technology.

Most of India is without landlines and they are sidestepping that technology and going straight to mobiles. Similarly most of India without access to centralised fossil-fuel power grids are sidestepping that technology and going straight to distributed renewable generation.

If Colin cares to do the research he will find the need for redundant 19th century technology is reducing in both India and China so there’s no need to destroy the Great Artesian Basin and/or the Great Barrier Reef in order to create what will shortly be a stranded asset.Welcome to the 21st century, Colin.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Robin, India faces an overcapcity of coal powered stations but much of that relates to financial problems in inneficent state generators brought about by widespread electricity theft, lack of metering and corrupt metering. Middle class people who can afford to do so are going around the poor service and supply problems by installing solar. With better governace of distribution a sharp increase in production and demand would be likely for cheap legal coal-powered power and that would be enormously benficial to its economy and to its efforts to reduce poverty.

    Lack of access to cheap legal power leaves poorer third world people using dangerous cables to steal power or generating heat light and by candles, kerosine, wood and charcoal which are more expensive, less effcient, generate greater overall and point of use pollution, can cause respiratory problems and are a fire hazard. It leads companies and wealthy people having to use inneficent and expenive backup diesel generators during the many blackouts and brown outs, and leads to dispruptions in production.

    While we hope Indians like Australians might in the future meet their energy needs by sustainable power; in the interim, and again as in Australia low income people pay for poorly structured electricty systems. By its exports Australia can help India make the interim transition from dangerous and polluting traditional energy sources to relatively clean and much safer coal power.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Work is starting on Tweed Rail Trail

The Tweed Council section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is a 24km section that stretches from the Murwillumbah Railway Station to Crabbes Creek and work is starting on the construction.

Jo Jo Smith back in town for one show only

It will be a night to remember with Jo Jo Smith back in town for a performance at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club this Saturday, 11 December.

NORPA announces stellar 2022 season

This morning in a special online event, NORPA revealed some of the adventurous, world-class shows that will transport audiences to different worlds in 2022.

Bulwinkle Park, Alstonville closed

Following strong winds overnight that led to the fall of a tree and fallen power lines Ballina Shire Council has temporarily closed Bulwinkle Park, Alstonville.