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Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

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Deadly fire ants found in Murray-Darling Basin

The Invasive Species Council has expressed serious concern following the detection of multiple new fire ant nests at Oakey, 29 km west of Toowoomba in Queensland.

Invitation to get to know the real Nimbin

The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) say Nimbin's annual festival will kick off with the launch of a very special audiovisual book on Friday 3 May, 'Out There: a potted history of a revolution called Nimbin'.

Some spending cannot be questioned

The euphemisms were flying when Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles announced last week that an extra $50 billion would be spent on our military over the next decade, and that $72.8 billion of already announced spending would be redirected.

Grand opening in Casino on Saturday

Richmond Valley Council says the upgraded Casino Showground and Racecourse will be a major hub for events in regional NSW, with a focus on horse-related activities.

Wallum

It is, at best, amusing, but mostly disappointing, to see The Echo reporting on the mayoral minute to Council...

Cockroach climate

The cockroaches in the Byron Council offices are experiencing bright daylight at night. They are trying to determine whether...

Stories about "solar panels":

Solar panels pose danger in floods, even when power is out

People with solar panels in flood affected areas were warned on Monday of injuries and potentially deaths associated with inundanted electrical systems.

Solar panel and battery recycling grants

As the renewables revolution has accelerated, e-waste problems with solar panels and batteries have emerged. A new round of grants from the NSW EPA aims to prevent these items going to landfill.

ACCC casts shadow over solar scheme

Solar advocates have spoken out about the consumer watchdog’s renewed call for an end to a federal subsidy scheme for small-scale solar projects.

Solar boost for North Coast low income households

The North Coast is one of five regions chosen to participate in a trial scheme to give the benefits of clean solar energy to local households. 

Thought solar was out of your reach? Think again

Have you thought of getting solar? Byron Shire is one of five areas in Australia that has been selected to take part in a feasibility study to see if it could be a suitable location for a solar garden.

Enova is reducing costs for renters

It is not just about reducing electricity bills, it has the added bonus of creating renewable energy and benefitting the environment.

Nothing suspicious about this (Sun)crowd

Chris Cooper, CEO, Suncrowd. After reading Lee Cass’s letter (15/5/17), I’d like to explain a bit about our community solar bulk buy process and ensure...

Solar ‘feed-in’ payments set to double

About 8677 households and businesses in the Lismore electorate alone, and across the state, could soon be eligible for higher prices for the solar power they feed in to the grid.

Bulk buy offer for solar, batteries

A community bulk buy for solar and batteries is being organised for the northern rivers, with the first free event planned for Mullumbimby on Tuesday April 4. It’s a partnership between COREM and Enova Community, who have joined with social-enterprise organisation Suncrowd.

Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she implied that it may largely...