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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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You Donne good

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I’d like to thank whoever decided to reprint John Donne’s beautiful poem ‘No Man is an Island’...

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Over population

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar ‘Over population’ is seen by some as the main destructive driver causing many crises besetting the planet today. From...

Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

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Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Stories about "Renewable Energy Target":

Planet Watch – Roadblocks to renewables

The Australian political response to the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that governments can act quickly if conditions demand it, even if that means overturning longstanding ideological obstacles.

Australia will benefit economically from acting on climate

In the midst of the climate election there’s been an elephant in the room that all seem to have failed to see – the economic benefits of Australia proactively responding to the climate challenge.

Labor seeks to thrust renewable energy onto centre stage

Sophie Vorrath, RenewEconomy Federal Labor has finally put some meat on the bones of its proposed renewable energy target, with the release of some policy...

Labor picks a winner with 50-per-cent renewable energy target

It seems that the Labor Party has finally had enough of joining with the Coalition in the policies of the lowest common denominator, at least in respect to renewable energy. Labor leader Bill Shorten has finally found a major issue to make a point of difference with Tony Abbott.

Sustainable future ignored by both major parties

Trish Mann, Burringbar. Last week's Echonetdadly featured federal Labor MP Justine Elliot answering some questions about the latest legislation passed in Parliament.

Native forest logging for fuel is not clean energy

Peg Putt, CEO, Markets For Change. Energy retailers and consumers must beware of electricity produced from the logging of Australia’s native forests after the Australian Parliament approved inclusion of native forest biomass into the nation’s Renewable Energy Target (RET).

Call for state-based renewable energy scheme

Greens NSW MP John Kaye is calling for a state-based clean energy scheme to secure a strong future for the industry following what he described as a 'shameful deal' between Federal Labor and the Abbott government to slash the Renewable Energy Target.

Renewable energy deal to cost north coast jobs

Labor has come under attack for stitching up a deal with the Coalition government to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. The Greens say the deal will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.

Labor’s deal with Abbott to hurt renewable energy on north coast


Dawn Walker, The Greens. The Abbott-Labor deal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 to 33,000 gigawatt hours per annum by 2020 will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.

Big coal wins again as policy bastardry continues

Coalition and Labor agree on a big cut to renewables target, but they have not put an end to the policy bastardry that has marred the last 18 months. Big coal, as usual, is the biggest winner.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.