Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.
Greens Education Spokesperson and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith says news that a numeracy and literacy test may be introduced for Year 1 students is yet another distraction by a test-obsessed LNP and a sound bite against a backdrop of under resourcing for early intervention in schools.
An important initiative taking place in my electorate is the biobridges project, which aims to preserve our unique World Heritage listed natural environment. The Northern Rivers is an area of high conservation and biodiversity value, with rich varieties of plants and remnant Gondwanaland treasure spots as well as unique species of animals. Our natural heritage, which we must fight to protect from overdevelopment, is of vital importance not only because we need our waters and rivers, food-growing and agricultural areas that sustain us physically but also because they provide us with economic and employment opportunities, prosperity and a wonderful lifestyle.
ABOVE: A student speaking at the protest outside NSW Parliament.
Greens Education spokesperson Tamara Smith MP spoke at a rally outside NSW Parliament in Sydney today to protest the NSW government’s new HSC policy which prevents students receiving their HSC if they have not achieved competency in their NAPLAN results in Year 9.
Photo: Panel at the Renters’ Forum on 25 August at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay organised by Tamara Smith. Left to Right: Jenny Leong, Panel MC and Greens MP for Newtown (in Sydney), Mary Flowers from Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures, Estelle Graham, CEO of Anglicare North Coast and John McKenna CEO of North Coast Community Housing.
Having a home is a basic need. It’s more than simply having a roof over our head. A home is where we make memories with our families, our friends. It’s where we feel safe and comfortable. It’s where we will create connections with our neighbours and our community. We create our life around our home.