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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

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.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…

Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum

Enova Community Energy is building a first-of-its kind solar garden in the Northern Rivers region. This will allow renters, and others who are locked out of rooftop solar, to be able to participate in the transition to renewables and receive the benefits of solar.

Enova customers will be able invest in solar in increments of 1kW (known as a plot) and receive direct credits on their bill for the value of the generation (less the costs to manage it).

Membership in the solar garden is portable – so renters can still get their rebate if they move home but stay with Enova as their electricity supplier (currently within the NSW service area). Solar gardens, like the one mentioned on The Echo’s front page last week, are an example of a model that puts energy production into the hands of the community and decentralises the energy grid.


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Power outage in Byron Shire

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Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

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School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.