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This week is Keep Australia Beautiful Week 22 - 28 August 2016 and it's time to bring tidy back. Be a tidy Aussie and look out for a bin near you.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is sponsored by the Department of the Environment.

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18 August 2016

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith has joined in condemning the plan by the Turnbull Government to strip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen also failed to rule out passing the cut yesterday morning on RN Breakfast.

"Labor talks about clean-energy but is failing to back it up with any action and instead is refusing to commit to supporting ARENA.  Stripping $1 billion in funding would leave emerging technologies with very few other places to go to get grants to test out their business ideas,” said Ms Smith.

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Shark Barrier Shelved

Shark Barrier Shelved at Lighthouse Beach

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith will be seeking a meeting with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to discuss shark mitigation alternatives following the announcement that the shark barrier trial at Lighthouse Beach will not go ahead. 

“The company installing the barrier, Eco Shark Barrier advised DPI that it was unsafe to install due to adverse environmental conditions. It is the third time they have tried to install the barrier,” said Ms Smith.

“I will be meeting with Mayor David Wright, the Department of Primary Industries and other stakeholders as soon as possible to discuss alternatives to ensure the safety of swimmers and surfers at Lighthouse Beach.”

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Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today delivered the Second Reading speech for the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill.

The proposed legislation would ban retailers from supplying single-use plastic shopping bags to consumers so as to reduce the impact of plastic bag litter on the environment, including the marine environment, where plastic bags contribute to the deaths of sea life such as turtles, dolphins, whales and seals.

“As the NSW Greens spokesperson for the Marine Environment I am pleased to bring before the House the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill 2016 which delivers on the Greens commitment during the 2015 State election campaign to introduce a bill to ban single-use light-weight plastic shopping bags in NSW by the end of 2017,” said Ms Smith.

“It is estimated that over 4 billion plastic bags are used in Australia each year.

“The lightweight plastic shopping bags provided by retail outlets are often referred to as ‘single-use’ because once supplied, they are typically not taken back to a retail store by the consumer for re-filling. They are a one-off convenience but they are many lifetimes of impact on our environment.

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Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is welcoming the introduction of Shark Attack Packs at Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.

The Acute Shark Attack Pack is a medical kit developed as part of a shark spotting study at Wategos Beach which is supported by local MP Tamara Smith, Byron Shire Council and Sea Shepherd Australia.

The packs are designed to help save lives at beaches which have been known to have shark sightings, particularly at remote beaches where medical assistance might take longer to arrive.

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