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I have chosen to receive a vaccination. Others have chosen not to. Unless we are living in some totalitarian state, that...

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Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

As Lismore local government area comes out of lockdown residents will also be permitted extra reasons to cross the border into Queensland from 1am 23 September.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital – but it’s actually a good thing.

Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

With many many local councils are juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Four-hour power outage in Byron

More than two thousand two hundred homes were without power last night in the Byron area, including Tyagarah and other coastal suburbs.

Essential Energy 80-hour strike averted

The Fair Work Commission yesterday terminated the Electrical Trades Union’s (ETU’s) planned protected industrial action in regional NSW, including the north coast.

Power dispute: 60 jobs on north coast face axe

The state opposition has waded into the industrial dispute between the state-owned electrical supplier Essential Energy and its workforce in which around 60 jobs are set to be axed from north coast depots.

Energy jobs could still be lost, despite ruling

Members of the Electrical Trades Union on the north coast could still face redundancy despite a court ruling on Friday that the methodology used to justify them was flawed.

Federal, Goonengerry still blacked out after storm

Nearly 200 north coast Essential Energy customers are still without power this morning and the electricity supplier admits it has only managed to reconnect 40 so far today.

Linesmen to be felled in mass redundancies

CFMEU members working for Essential Energy say response times to power outages are likely to be impacted by a company plan to slash more than 700 jobs across the state, with at least 45 earmarked to come from the north coast.

Privatisation ‘behind lighting-price hike’

Massive price hikes to the cost of public lighting paid by local councils is part of the National Party’s plan to fatten up Essential Energy for privatisation after the March 2015 state election.

Councils to be slugged for street lighting

Northern Rivers councils are facing massive hikes in street lighting charges in a move described by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell as ‘night-time robbery’.

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.

Equitable allocation

In properly-scrutinised vaccination rollouts it is to be expected that vaccines are used as a device to protect the most vulnerable and otherwise to...

Water resilience

A number of groups in the Byron Shire have been working our way each month through topics set for us as part of OzGreen...

Greed

I write to express my concern with greedy landlords who seem to go by the sandpit mantra ‘they did it, so I can too’. Let’s...

Bioenergy facility

Council continued to downplay the noise from trucks associated with the proposed bioenergy plant in last week’s Echo. This is problematic because noise is a...