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The Voice

I’ve been ruminating and researching on how best to support a ‘Yes’ response on the Voice referendum. I always...

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Witches in the Starcourt

A new year is here! It’s a time for women all over the region to pick up their brooms and set their witchy intentions for 2023. There is no finer time and place to do it than with your Country Witches, comedian Mandy Nolan and singer/songwriter Áine Tyrrell. 

Tweed Council celebrates citizens new and old

Yesterday Tweed Shire Council celebrated members of the community, old and new, with an award ceremony. The Citizen of the Year award went to refugee advocate Joan Henderson of Urliup.

Editorial – Quick! Tax the wich and tax them, vewy wuffly

Oxfam delivered a stark message in its current annual report, Survival of the Richest, which focuses on global wealth distribution and inequality.

Edjamakashun pledges from NSW election candidates

NSW election candidates make their case for improving poor education standards  With Labor think tank, The McKell Institute, outlining a...

The Voice

I’ve been ruminating and researching on how best to support a ‘Yes’ response on the Voice referendum. I always...

Ocean Shores swimmers power to strong results at regional swimming competition

A group of seven athletes from the Ocean Shores Aquatics swim team took part in the annual Country Regional...

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Standards committee favours power distributors

Jim Beatson, Byron Bay. In response to Giles Parkinson's article Lithium-ion battery storage may be banned in Australian homes, about eight years ago, when installing...

ARENA tender suggests solar PV costs to fall below $A100/MWh

Hybrid projects that include both solar and wind and other energy technologies feature among the 22 projects shortlisted for a total of $100 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, writes Giles Parkinson.

Hunt’s carelessness forces Australia into damage control

Australian environment minister Greg Hunt ran the gauntlet of committing a significant faux pas on Tuesday, forcing the Australian delegation into damage control for fear of derailing the critical Paris climate talks.

Should Australian households quit the electricity grid?

To quit the grid, or not. Suddenly, it’s a choice that households in regional areas, towns, and even in the suburbs of our major cities, are going to be able to make. Battery storage is offering possibilities never before considered by the mainstream.

Coal industry assets are the penny dreadfuls of new economy

It seems that one dollar, a greenback, or even just one euro can go an awfully long way in the coal industry these days, writes Giles Parkinson.

Renewables set to win fight for energy future

In a major new report, global investment bank Citigroup has defined the current battle between cheap oil, and renewables like wind and solar, to be so fundamental it will define the future of energy.

Is this the last hurrah of the far right in Australia?

If the Queensland election tells us anything about politics in Australia it is that the stranglehold of the far right over the conservative arena in Australia is being broken, writes RenewEconomy editor Giles Parkinson.

Solar Impulse plane to circle globe on just solar and storage

Am ambitious project to try and ‘do the impossible’ – and fly a plane around the world without a single drop of fuel will begin in late February, writes Giles Parkinson.

EU’s biggest utility dumps conventional generation

Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the dramatic new strategy of E.ON, Europe’s largest utility, which on Monday announced it was dumping conventional energy generation.

AGL Energy calls for renewables target to be scrapped completely

As speculation increased that the government and Labor would agree on a compromise that would result in a significant hair-cut to the current target, AGL intervened in the debate by saying that was not good enough

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Cheeky Cabaret returns!

Following the Cheeky season is some incredible live music, including Ella Hooper: Small Town Temple tour, Libby O’Donovan – cabaret singer extraordinaire, Stella Donnelly: Flood Australian tour, Liz Stringer and William Crighton co-headlining in a powerhouse performance, and the house is thrilled to announce the fabulous Tim Rogers & The Twin Set coming in April.

Nudging into a Smarter Summer

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! 2023’s summer continues with a lineup that’s guaranteed to have you deliciously dancing from the moment you arrive. 

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.