News

Hue provides our true solar dues

A COUPLE of weeks ago this paper proudly trumpeted Lismore's potential as the solar capital of the world, citing previous stories which brandished the 2480 postcode as the number one solar user in NSW.

Which wasn't a lie. Not at all. It's just that it didn't tell the whole truth, not like the facts captured by a beautiful bit of visual journalism published online by www.guardian.co.uk.

The map's interactive data, taken from Clean Energy Regulator figures and analysed by solar lobby group and Lismore consultant SunWiz, showed instantly that we lagged behind our Queensland neighbours in the solar stakes. We were coloured in salmon but the Tweed was more of a vermillion. That's how good they are at harnessing the sun.

Another nice online map, created by the folk at Regional Australia Institute found the Northern Rivers ranked third out of 55 national regions for the transparency of our local government. This heartening bit of pixelated truth can be found at regionalaustralia.org.au.

Pictures do paint a thousands words, and as someone who has mortgaged her life away in HECs debts to learn the quaint and almost redundant art of writing, I should be railing against the visual medium.

But instead I welcome the data-rich visual era. I welcome students sharing Instagrams of protests and gigs. I welcome interactive maps which tell the whole truth and rely on numbers rather than weaselly words.

Mostly I welcome a world without the hubris of the major metro papers, which have the gall to tell the government what to do with its leader, and do so in the half-truths of the printed word.

If you have a camera or a social media account, you have a story to tell, and I don't care if you put me out of a job.

But in the interim could you please send me your bits of digital truth. I would love to share them even if they are illustrated by a few inadequate words.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Dreams and culture in them there hills...

Sophie Moeller, Lismore Echo Editor. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Hall's stories bring local history alive through song and dance

Local Partners

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

WATCH QTV: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!