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August 18, 2022

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Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

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A long and chequered career in cooking

When she was just 16, Elizabeth Jackson was kicked out of a home economics class – not because she burnt a pot or had a collapsed sponge, but because she made a black wedding cake.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Mirabelle’s game 

A magical quest is taking place in Lismore Quad from August 15–23. Deep underground, right beneath the town (and...

Power of the people

Katherine (Letters, 3 August) asked ‘can the power of the people compete...’? The answer is in the recent federal election:...

West Ballina locals concerned about new flood risk

A large group of West Ballina residents are alarmed about a DA which has been submitted to Ballina Shire Council by the Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon Drive. The proposal, for a STEM and Digital Technology Centre, is planned for a well-known flood-prone area which previously acted as part of a large retention pond.

Mud benda rant

Regarding last week’s Splendour Festival and all the ‘haters’ out there. I took along a few seriously fun-deprived teenage...

Mobile nuclear power plants will be based on a 1961 to 1965 designs created in the US. Photo Wikimedia commons.

Mobile 100MW nuclear power plants have been proposed by the NSW National Party.

The latest miniaturisation technology that has seen electronic circuitry reduced from physical nodes to nanoscale impulses in quantum space has had astounding impacts on the relatively macroscale equipment needed to generate nuclear power. Such equipment has become so small it is now possible to build bus-sized nuclear reactors that can be deployed, as needed, to address gaps in the power grid.

Byron’s Greens councillors have indicated support for the proposal, and hope to involve the Shire in the early stages of the pilot scheme, which will attract multi-million dollar grants. A spokesperson for the local Greens said nuclear plants are not only less polluting than coal fired power stations, but being mobile means they spread the risk fairly among the population.

State and federal Greens later issued a statement disassociating themselves, ‘as always’, from Byron Shire councillors.

A little April Fool fun.

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  1. Nuclear power plants are and will remain unsafe regardless of size shape or form, this is a proven fact.
    What are these people thinking?

  2. The Greens support this……… we could have dozens
    of the little buggers to total up to a full-blown monster
    — YIKE! ‘I’m in pieces, bits & pieces.’ Well done,
    National Party.. Cull the population; why not!

  3. A pinch and a punch, for the first of the month…. The shame is that Thorium salt reactors are far safer than Uranium reactors. But closed minds that are totally against Nuclear power will never see that.

  4. Is this an Echo April fools..
    I read one a few years ago in one of the mainstream publications advertising underwater property for sale in Sydney Harbour complete with photos of what the homes would look like..
    I think that tops almost all the echo ones I’ve seen..we love them…

    Fools like us…

    Love & blessings

  5. Here’s a comment
    When the heart of the collective mass has shifted to more than 70% open much like the hand sanitiser being sold .. & the ego value of the collective has dropped to 15% allowing the other 15% to be on the way there..
    you let me know. We’ll have a chat.

    It’s a volatile energy source if it’s uranium based & once again shows just how little human beings are willing to own the mess on this planet.

    Love & blessings

  6. What a strange article! The claims made about these “mobile small nuclear reactors” are completely fanciful. These reactors do not exist, are just in the planning stage for use by U.S. military. Even more fanciful , the article’s claim – “the pilot scheme, which will attract multi-million dollar grants.”. Just where are these grants to come from? The cash-strapped Australian government? The Russians? The Americans? The Chinese? This entire magical unicorn the Small Nuclear Reactor business is quite unable to attract investors. It’s only hope is to be funded by the tax-payer. I note these unnamed Green proponents talk about “spreading the risk fairly among the population” So they understand that there’s a risk of dangerous radiation, and still think it’s all fine – a very strange attitude for a supposedly environmental group.

  7. You are p..ing into the wind James. Stupidity and ignorance has a half life orders of magnitude greater than the half life of Thorium.
    “Love and Blessings”


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