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Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Federal Government grants for infrastructure improvements – Tweed

Tweed Shire Council today announced more than $3.75 million in Federal Government grants for 10 infrastructure projects in the area.

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Stories about "solar power":

Sun and shade in the same carpark space

Looking to the future, one might ask the question why all Australian outdoor carparks don’t have solar powered generating shade cover.

Power to the people and the Bowlo

The Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club is the most recent community organisation to benefit from a no-interest loan scheme for solar.

Electric vehicles becoming more popular

With Electric vehicle (EV) use on the rise, the possibility of a fossil fuel future when cars are solar-powered, is drawing ever closer.

Planet Watch: A hot topic – Energy in the age of global warming

Australians have now experienced some of the devastating impacts of what a global heating of just one degree looks like. We must decarbonise our economy, and the earlier we do this, the less painful and costly it is going to be.

New campaign demands ‘Solar for All’ Australians

More than one-third of Australians are locked out of access to clean energy from the sun because they rent, live in apartments, have unsuitable rooftops, or cannot afford the upfront cost of solar panels.

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.

Been thinking about going off the grid? Here’s some firsthand advice

Thinking about going off grid? ‘Do it!’, says local filmmaker David Lowe.

New solar system at Murwillumbah pool to save 200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually

Two hundred tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved each year at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre in Murwillumbah thanks to the installation of a 486-panel solar system.

Booming solar market to deliver ‘Hazelwood + Liddell’ by 2020

New data has confirmed 2018 as a spectacular year for solar in Australia, with a total of 3,775 megawatts (MW) installed of large- and small-scale solar installed over the 12 month period – a near tripling of 2017 installations. And things are not about to cool down.

US Republican renewables visionary set to inspire Australia

The Republican mayor who transformed his struggling Californian city into the ‘solar capital of the universe’ has just been confirmed to visit Australia to inspire local councils to join the global renewable energy revolution.

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.

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 is it a prime example...