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May 13, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

What’s your opinion on the COVID vax?

Even though the Federal government refuses to take responsibility for the slow rollout of COIVID vaccines across the country you can still have your say on its rollout locally.

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby

While I am inclined to agree with Charles MacFarland that nothing will be done about climate change until the brown stuff hits the circulating device in a big way (Echo, last week), he is too pessimistic about what can be done now.

He says that there are no electricity storage ideas ‘even close to being practical’, but the Tesla battery in South Australia, which cost $100 million, earned $15 million in its first year of operation.

That sounds a lot more ‘practical’ than the less-than-2-per-cent  recently offered by my bank to roll over a term deposit.

Pumped hydro is also a proven technology and already exists on a small scale within the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

Two years ago an Australian National University study identified 22,000 potential off-river pumped hydro sites in Australia with a theoretical capacity of 67,000 Gigawatt hours (GWh).

The report said that Australia needs about 450GWh of storage to support a 100 per cent renewable electricity system.

That’s just two examples of renewables that are proven, practical and affordable, and don’t require drastic changes to our lifestyle.

The kids are right – the problem is our politicians.

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