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Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

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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!

Byron Council to introduce car-free Sundays in the centre of town

Byron Council has taken a further step toward getting cars out of, and pedestrians into, the centre of Byron, by voting to introduce car-free Sundays.

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Lismore Council set to increase fees, cut costs in a bid to balance budget

Lismore City Council is set to increase fees and charges and cut spending in an attempt to overcome a $19.5m operating deficit.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago,...

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Nats MLC explains power policy

Nationals MLC and Ballina state election candidate Ben Franklin has responded to comments by Labor Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin that Labor will legislate lower power costs for consumers.

Saffin blames Nats for inflated power costs

A state Labor government would re-regulate electricity prices and bring down costs to consumers, according to Lismore candidate Janelle Saffin.

‘Shameless’: cheap energy option for consumers being buried

Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy For all the talk about the National Energy Guarantee and how it is supposedly addressing the energy ‘trilemma’ of cost, emissions and...

How to slash electricity prices … in just five minutes

Today the Australian Energy Market Commission – the national rule maker – is expected to deliver its initial verdict on a call to change the settlement period for Australia’s wholesale electricity market, a move its supporters say will lead to a significant reduction in prices.

Ausgrid sale great for everyone except consumers

The sale of a 50 per cent stake in Australia’s biggest network operator, Ausgrid, to two Australian super fund managers has been hailed in just about all media quarters as a really good deal. But is it really?

Five things we learned last week about the election campaign

The Coalition and Labor agree on one thing: both claim to hate the Greens, and deep down both are terrified of the Greens' ability to match science with policy, particularly when it comes to climate change.

Australia facing ‘prosumer’ energy revolution: regulator

The Australian Energy Regulator says the energy market faces a revolution in coming years from customers with the ability to generate and store their own electricity. And it warns that unless they are allowed to fully participate in the market, many will simply walk away from the grid.

Nats capitulate over ‘poles and wires’ sell-off

North coast National Party MPs, who went into a party-room meeting yesterday vociferously opposing a sell-off of the states electricity distribution assets have failed to can the plan but now argue they have achieved a reasonable compromise.

Bright Sparks’s power saving shocks manager

Joseph Sparks, who works at a Ballina service station, recently showed his employer how to save thousands of dollars on energy bills that were crippling the business.

Stand-alone solar power: cheap, efficient

Being off the grid is a bit like sailing overseas on a small boat instead of booking onto a cruise ship, more challenging, sometimes less comfortable, requiring personal input (sometimes at an inconvenient time) but rewarding, even fun.

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the mental health pressure that the...

Highway traffic delays after truck rollover north of Byron

There have been two highway crashes north of Byron this morning.

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.

Cocaine bust in Byron Shire, 7 men arrested

Police say two separate investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area have led to charges against seven men.