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Save Lennox Fig Tree

Media Release 
12 December 2017

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Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed Ballina Shire Council’s decision to delay cutting down a large fig tree at Castle Drive, Lennox Head, pending a Council meeting this Thursday.

“This is a beautiful iconic tree believed to be about 200 years old. Everything possible should be done to protect it.

“I’m urging Ballina Shire councillors to please save this wondrous tree. There is a sad irony about losing one of the oldest fig trees on ‘Fig Tree Hill’.

“We rely on Council to protect the natural resources and beauty of what makes Ballina Shire special, including the rural buffer zones around our villages and our wonderful trees."

“I support Councillors to discuss all possible options to save this tree rather than getting rid of it, to preserve our heritage and environment,” said Ms Smith.

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24 November 2017

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The NSW Government is pushing ahead with the outdated technology of shark nets despite results from last summer's six-month trial in the same region showing:

  •            the shark nets caught and/or killed 244 marine creatures during the course of the trial, including rays and endangered turtles; and
  •          SMART drumlines deployed in the same area caught far more target sharks, and almost no by-catch.

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MEDIA RELEASE

23 November 2017

The start of a second North Coast Shark Net Trial marks the beginning of six months where dozens or even hundreds of harmless marine creatures are likely to be caught or killed, with no proven additional safety for swimmers and other beachgoers, say Greens MPs Tamara Smith and Justin Field.

The NSW Government is pushing ahead with the outdated technology despite results from last Summer's six-month trial in the same region showing:

  •            the shark nets caught and/or killed 244 marine creatures during the course of the trial, including rays and endangered turtles; and
  •          SMART drumlines deployed in the same area caught more target sharks, with far fewer sharks deaths and almost no by catch.

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Policing on the Plateau

22 November 2017

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today praised the work of NSW Police who arrested a suspect for breaking and entering in Alstonville just hours after the offence was committed.

 

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Media Release

15 November 2017

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the 'Yes' result of the Marriage Equality Survey announced today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The ABS asked ‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ and reports that 61.6% of those surveyed responded ‘Yes’.

“This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country – I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples,” said Ms Smith.

“Saying ‘yes’ to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community.”

“My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result,” said Ms Smith.

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