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Calls to reverse NSW anti-protest laws

The harsh sentencing of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco for stopping a lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April this year has led to a range of protests and the call to reverse NSW anti-protest laws by lawyer and Greens NSW Legislative Council Member Sue Higginson.

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Global Ripple Op Shop in Byron destroyed by fire

The much-loved Global Ripple Op Shop in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate has suffered major damage in a fire that also struck Byron Bay taxis and the Suby pop up cafe.

The last curtain…

By Alan Goldstein  For twenty-one years, on the second Saturday of the month, Federal Films has brought our diverse community...

Fingal Foreshore Park ready for holiday fun

The Tweed Shire Council is very happy to unveil a new playground at Fingal Foreshore Park that celebrates the rich cultural history of the Tweed coastal village.

Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

Father of Julian Assange to speak in Mullum tonight

John Shipton, father of detained Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, has returned briefly to his beloved home-away-from-home on the Northern Rivers to reunite with supporters.

Celebrating the life of Jack Paris Crittle

Young DJ and keen surfer, Jack Crittle, was tragically killed in a car accident last week. A celebration of his life will be held this Monday, 12 December at 10am.

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Health workers say new AGL board must act on climate

A shareholder revolt at AGL’s AGM this week saw the appointment of four new directors, suggesting climate apathy will no longer be tolerated by one of Australia's biggest polluters.

Fossil free future needs government and business to step up

The Australian government may continue to fantasise that they don't need to reduce the production of fossil fuels but businesses are moving to reduce their carbon footprints without them. 

The Coal Monster’s victims could dwarf the impacts of COVID-19

Healthcare workers staged a climate ‘die-in’ in Melbourne this morning with leading public health advocates, healthcare workers and community members are taking action outside the offices of what they say is Australia’s biggest climate polluter, AGL.

Smart meter challenge results in removal 

An Echo reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, has told of their difficult – yet finally successful – experience of getting a smart meter uninstalled at their home.

AGL invests in world’s largest battery-storage virtual power plant

AGL Energy has announced plans to develop what it describes as ‘the world’s largest battery storage ‘virtual power plant’ in South Australia, in a foretaste of what many expect to be the energy system of the future.

Energy transition can happen ‘overnight’ says AGL

So, just how fast can the transition to a clean energy economy occur? Is the 50 per cent renewable energy target proposed by Labor for 2030 too fast? Or are the 100 per cent renewable energy scenarios for 2030 prepared by research academics too slow?

AGL eyes ‘virtual power plants’ in link with battery storage developer

Australian energy utility AGL Energy has spent $A28 million snapping up a minority stake in US-based battery storage solutions provider Sunverge as it seeks to accelerate its push into distributed generation and rooftop solar and storage and smart software.

Labor welcomes AGL decision on Gloucester

Luke Foley and Adam Searle, NSW Labor. Energy company AGL’s decision to cease CSG activity in Camden by 2023 and not proceed with the Gloucester Gas Project has been welcomed by the NSW Opposition.

AGL pull-out from Gloucester CSG project ‘a massive win’

Energy provider AGL has made the expensive decision to quit gas exploration and production, including several controversial CSG projects.

Toxic tankers back on northern rivers roads

In the lead-up to the festive season, CSG miner AGL has confirmed it is again using tankers to haul toxic wastewater via the Pacific Highway to Queensland for processing, prompting local anti-gas groups to query if the company is prepared for a potential accident.

Tweed Council secures environmental water sharing during drought

Two items at last week's Tweed Shire Council meeting highlighted the commitment of the council to sharing water with the environment even during low-flow and drought periods. 

Celebrating the life of Jack Paris Crittle

Young DJ and keen surfer, Jack Crittle, was tragically killed in a car accident last week. A celebration of his life will be held this Monday, 12 December at 10am.

Mullum’s Federation Bridge closed again tonight

Mullum and hinterland residents and visitors are reminded that Federation Bridge will be closed again tonight from 6pm to 4am for repairs. 

Changing the world with non-violent action

‘Nonviolence  is an intensely active force when properly understood and used.’ These are the words of Gandhi, the man who led nationwide campaigns in his country to ease poverty by creating a movement of resistance that contributed to ending British Rule in India.