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Having ridden both local rail trails I can only say what a pleasure they bring. No cars or traffic noise...

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Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

Cheaper EVs!

Considering switching to an electric vehicle (EV)? The recent Echo ‘Sustainability’ supplement states that the cheapest EV in Australia...

Brad’s Butchery: Byron’s new organic butcher at 130 Jonson St Byron

Brad’s Butchery Byron Bay is a brand-new organic, family-owned-and-operated butcher in Byron with a great range of quality products and a dry-aged beef display room that is equal to the best in the country.

Greenhouse emissions increase by 40 per cent

The Global Nitrous Oxide (N₂O) Budget, released today, reveals anthropogenic (human-induced) N₂O emissions have increased by 40 per cent in the past four decades, with the period between 2020-2022 showing an accelerated rate of growth. 

AI’s invisible bystanders

In her Echo column last week, Mandy Nolan recommended literature for her daughter, including classics like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Keep funky Mullum

In response to the comments of Ed Ahern in last week’s Echo. I would like to say that the...

Stories about "recycled water":

Council steps up with recycled water connections 

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay has connected to recycled water for its toilet facilities and garden irrigation, say Byron Council, ‘which will save an estimated four million litres a year from the region’s drinking water supply’. 

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project 2060 on public exhibition. They...

Ballina’s recycled water essential part of future water planning

At today’s Ballina Shire Council meeting Councillor Jeff Johnson is proposing that the council review the current level of recycled water use across the shire.

The ‘new gold’-diggers: water ‘miners’, desperate farmers and thirsty councils

As local governments across the Northern Rivers announce increased water restrictions, more regional politicians are backing an end to water extraction for the bottled water industry.

Turning on the tap to infinite, clean water

Undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing humans on the planet is access to clean, drinkable water. Especially for those in developing countries, where even groundwater is becoming more and more polluted from ever-growing intense industrialisation.

Ballina turns 900 homes on to recycled water

More than 900 properties within Ferngrove, River Oaks, Ballina Heights housing estates and North Ballina are now connected to recycled water.

Ballina turns on the tap to provide recycled water

The Ballina Shire Council has begun delivering recycled water to 160 new houses around Lennox Head and is hoping to increase that number to 7200 homes across the Ballina Shire. The council will hold an open day at the Lennox Head Wastewater Plant on Saturday.

Lennox Head set for ‘groundbreaking’ recycled water service

In what Ballina Shire Council believes is a first for regional NSW, a groundbreaking recycled water service is set to begin at Lennox Head in July.

Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.