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New COVID-19 cases in Byron, Kyogle and Casino

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.

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Biggest corporate greenwashers revealed by Greenpeace

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, most of Australia’s highest-emitting companies that have implemented net-zero emission commitments do not have any will to meet their target.

Cartoon of the week – 22 September, 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.

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

Electrici-wee? Getting energy from wastewater

Could we ever use urine to power batteries? An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new catalyst for urea reactions.

Lismore coming out of lockdown

At midnight tonight (Wednesday 22 September) lockdown will be lifted for the Lismore local government area (LGA).

Getting annoyed with NSW Farmers naming ‘rights’

The Annoying Vegan has become more annoyed today with what they see as the NSW Farmers getting on their high horse about the use of the words ‘meat’ and ‘milk’.

Stories about "TOOT":

At a gathering of trainspotters

On a cold wet Wednesday evening in March, a small band of committed train activists gathered at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. It was billed as a major event: a public meeting to launch a new company, Northern Rivers Rail Limited (NRRLtd), and to share its grand plans of bringing trains back to our tracks.

TOOT still fighting to save the rails

The issue of rail travels and resurrecting the lines on the far north coast have been the subject for debate, often very heated, since May 15, 2004, when the last XPT train left Murwillumbah station, putting an end to 110 years of rail transport in the region.

Commemorating rail in Lismore

Commemorating 125 years since the opening of the Murwillumbah to Casino railway line and 15 years since its closure the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group and Trains On Our Tracks are gathering at the Lismore railway station on Saturday May 11.

Multi-use rail doesn’t rule out trail

Basil Cameron, Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT).  Okay. I get it. There are some disciples of trail without rails who continue to present blinkered views...

The Byron Line: visionary proposal or harebrained scheme?

Byron mayor Simon Richardson has released a ‘vision document’ proposing a ‘multi-modal’ approach to the future use of the railway corridor in Byron Shire. But the plan has been knocked down before it’s even been launched.

Call for council candidates to support return of rail

The Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) is calling on candidates in north coast council elections to announce their position on the reinstatement of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.

Government too close to road builders say rail protesters

A spokesperson at protest held on Friday (April 1) to return rail to the northern rivers has accused the government of having too close a relationship with the major road building companies.

Support swells for north coast commuter rail

Supporters of a return of rail services for the north coast, emboldened by the recent failure of controversial rail-trail plans for the region, are growing in numbers.

Rail trail funding heads south

The much debated rail trail for the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line will not go ahead any time soon, with the state government instead choosing to put its seed funding into the Tumbaruma line in the state’s south.

Track removal, public transport major issues for Byron voters

Ripping up the railway tracks emerged as an unpopular move from the Ocean Shores meet the candidates night, held on Monday.

The circular economy in action

Life Cykel is a versatile, forward thinking and high ethos company that focuses on harnessing the circular economy and the great potential that mushrooms possess to create quality products for human, and planetary, health.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 September, 2021

Byron Writers Festival co-presents a special online event with acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen. 

Organic local Koala Tea

Koala Tea has won several awards over the years and has been inducted into the ACO Organic Hall of Fame.

Organic Forrest

Pioneers of the organic food movement, David Forrest and Sue Mangan have been farming in Federal since 1978.