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April 11, 2021

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A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

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inGrained Foundation grants program returns

In its third year, the inGrained Foundation’s Northern Rivers Large Grants Program returns with a $100,000 funding pool, ready to support a diverse range of local not-for-profits.

Another greyhound death in Casino

Another racing greyhound, Slim Pickings, has died at Casino. This is the third racing greyhound death in the Northern Rivers so far this year, and the second in Casino, putting a renewed spotlight on greyhound welfare.

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

New food donation campaign launched

A new campaign is set to make a big difference in helping to reduce waste and provide more food security for our region.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Lilac house bound by red tape

Mullumbimby resident Nicole Haberecht is facing a $3,000 fine and the prospect of repainting her house after Council made a demand that she change the colour after it was painted a shade of lilac.

In September this year, 6.6 kW system was installed on the rooftop of Wildspace at the Mullumbimby Commons using COREM’s ‘rotating funding’ model. Photo supplied.

Support for local community-owned renewable energy projects received a boost after Splendour in the Grass donated nearly $10,000 from its carbon offset ticket opt-in scheme to COREM (Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby).

Splendour’s $9,309 brings the total available funds to more than $22,000 for community associations wishing to fund solar installation on their host sites.

In 2018 Splendour shifted its carbon offset ticket opt-in to local initiatives within the region to ‘allow a more tangible and quantifiable outcome for the festival’s long running carbon offset program,’ a Splendour spokesperson said.

‘We are proud to continue supporting local community groups like COREM to develop long-term sustainability solutions’

COREM vice president Dave Rawlins said community groups struggle to cover ever-increasing energy bills and ‘this donation allows our organisation to fund four more local projects,’.

‘Instead of lining the pockets of big energy retailers who sell polluting electricity COREM’s revolving model demonstrates there is an alternative that works.’

‘Once these projects are built, the entire revolving fund will return enough money to support another two projects every year without the need to fundraise, showcasing the power of community-owned renewables to recreate the local economy.’

One of COREM’s key goals is to help transition Byron Shire to 100 percent renewable energy using the community ownership model. It helps achieve this through a revolving fund where interest free loans are given to community solar projects – savings made from the solar electricity generation repay COREM and benefit the community association while growing the revolving fund. This fund has now installed 55 kW of solar PV over seven local sites.

To apply to the COREM Revolving Community Energy Fund go to corem.org.au


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