The prospects for Tesla’s proposed 250MW ‘virtual power plant’ in South Australia look significantly brighter after the success of its first trial and an enthusiastic response from the South Australia government.
Just when you might have thought you were getting a grip on the tin full of worms masquerading as the government’s energy policy, along comes yet another authoritative report.
As I grew up I was intrigued by the notion of subliminal advertising – the possibility that I could be influenced by a message I didn’t even know I was receiving. I was assured it had been made illegal as it was unethical.
Flying foxes live life large across the landscape. They are the chief pollinators and seed carriers for many species of forest trees.
By the beginning of 1993 The Echo had outgrown its A4 page size, and our first large-format edition appeared in March that year. The increased work combined with the ritual of putting the paper to bed on Monday nights became quite stressful.
On one side of the Warrego highway is a huge brown paddock of dirt. And I mean huge; not so much a paddock as a landscape. It stretches as far as the eye can see.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in a report on how electricity consumers have been ripped off by network companies, generators and retailers, has targeted rooftop solar for the most dramatic action.
Bed bugs have bit my butt. What a joyous fleshy target. I imagine them on their late-night Grecian feeding frenzy, drunk on the blood of a stupid Aussie traveller. It’s unbecoming for a lady to scratch her arse but I don’t care.
There’s an old saying in the Northern Rivers: If you’re out in the bush and you find yourself scratching the same place twice, you’ve probably got a tick.
Longtime Byron resident and environmental advocate Edith Evelyn Franks (nee West) has passed away peacefully at the age of 92 surrounded by the love of all her family.
Scott Morrison has inched forward to another interminable episode of tweaking the tax. This time it’s the scales of the returns the states get from the commonwealth’s GST, but, as always, do not hold your breath.
In the mid-nineties the local newspaper scene was heating up almost as much as the always feverish local politics.
Can you imagine a world where leaders inspire people with actions based on the common good? Sure, it’s a fantasy, more Marvel Studios than Parliament House.
On November 30, 1987 – thirty years ago – Monash University hosted the inaugural Greenhouse conference that was to start planning a response to the global warming that scientists had been warning of since at least the 60s.
I think about sex a lot. Being a woman that’s supposed to be unusual. It’s supposed to be men who think about sex. There’s a statistic that says men think about sex every seven seconds. Thats about 8,000 times a day.
At first blush it might sound like a no-brainer but when energy distribution companies are involved, nothing is quite what it seems, argues Giles Parkinson.
Bill Shorten’s decision last week was a real shock – but it was the second decision, not the first, that was the surprising one.
Is it too late to regenerate the earth? Call of the Reed Warbler by best-selling author, long-time farmer plus PhD in social change Charles Massy shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and... Read More →
Have you been wondering what to check out at the Byron Writers Festival? Take a look at what some other locals are looking forward to...
During the 1987–91 term of Council an application was made to develop a large site at Broken Head as an ‘academy’.
‘I wouldn’t want to have lived at any other time,’ Ms Dee says, wiping some beetroot dip onto her little triangle of flat bread. ‘The world is much more conscious now.’
There’s one saying I particularly hate: it’s ‘pull up your socks’. It kind of refers I guess to a sense of self-reliance and comes from an era when you were just expected to suffer quietly and not make your life’s... Read More →
The roll-out of large-scale solar power in Queensland – and the continuing rapid uptake of rooftop solar by homes and businesses – is starting to have an impact on electricity prices in the state, even sending them into negative territory in the middle of the day.
John Howard announced that he was running on incentivation – a word that even his colleagues could not comprehend. Malcolm Turnbull has turned to aspiration, which is at least literate, but seems to be equally hard to interpret.
In the early 90s ICAC made some findings in relation to north coast councils that certain arrangements were ‘conducive to corruption’. This term was discontinued after the extremist pro-development lobby loudly complained