Northern Rivers Echo

Solar households and businesses could receive higher prices for the power they feed-in to the grid, following release of a new draft tariff by IPART.

The benchmark feed-in tariff will more than double, and help customers negotiate a better deal from energy retailers.

IPART’s draft determination of a fair value for solar more than doubles the previous tariff of 5.5 - 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour, proposing an increase to 11.6 - 14.6 c/kWh.

When shopping around customers should consider all aspects of a retailer's offer, including charges, feed-in tariffs, discounts, late payment fees or early exit fees.

The final tariff determination will be issued in June following consultation. View IPART’s draft report at https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Energy/Reviews/Electricity/Solar-feed-in-tariffs-201718


Great news for farmers as NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean scraps fees for quad bike training.

Farmers who complete the approved training course also receive a free helmet – valued around $120 – for use on their quad bikes. These changes underline a further saving of $230 for NSW farmers.

Farmers should visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au for more details. Groups of 6 or more can receive on-farm training.


Households are invited to participate in the NSW Government’s first Great Food Waste Study, which will go fridge to fridge in NSW homes, to paint a clearer picture of the types and amounts of food people waste.

We're asking households to participate in a study to get a better read on how much food they waste every year, so we can develop programs to reduce food waste. To be part of the study, visit: www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/GreatNSWFoodWasteStudy

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577