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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Maddy Braddon, Lismore

Regional NSW has been having a tough time. If it’s not drought, it’s floods, fires and storms. These disasters are fuelled by the fossil-fuel industry. Coal and gas companies hit communities while they’re down. They opportunistically jump in and offer a handful of jobs and short-term prosperity. This is not future proofing regional Australia; it’s putting communities, farmland and water at risk.

The Narrabri gas project is an example of this kind of backwards thinking by big mining corporations and governments. As a young person (23), I’m extremely concerned about this short sightedness. A recent report found that jobs from renewable-energy investment in the northwest of NSW are entirely possible.

Narrabri is part of the New England Renewable Energy Precinct, set up to attract new investment. There are currently two solar projects proposed. If these and other renewable projects went ahead there would be a reason to stay in rural and regional towns.

We know that fossil fuels are outdated and causing far more harm than good. We are seeing benefits in the northern rivers of renewable energy. I wonder, will our decision makers do what is best for regional NSW by ruling out the Narrabri Gas Project and help create jobs powered by renewable-energy innovation?

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  1. Dont ever hope for the major parties to use climate change as anything but a populist partisan football.

    It’s sad, but it’s TRUE.


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Lismore future councillor information sessions

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