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My week in Parliament

17 February 2017

It's been a big first week back in parliament.

I spoke on affordable housing and called on the government to legislate that a percentage of all new homes be affordable housing; 

I spoke on the petition to halt the NSW Commercial Fisheries business structural adjustment program and how it is affecting Ballina's fishing community; 


2017 Community Survey

Re-imagining our region

In 2015 Tamara Smith surveyed the community to hear your thoughts and ideas about the issues she should be focussing on as your State government representative.

The results showed that the top three local issues for those who responded were: Coal Seam Gas, Marine Sanctuaries and West Byron. The top three other issues were the Environment, Climate Change and Renewable Energy.

This year Tamara Smith wants to hear about your vision of the future for our region and how we can re-imagine living here in a sustainable and prosperous way.

Please fill out the survey to have your say and to be in to win great prizes!


9 February 2017

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, today expressed sadness at the continuing unnecessary deaths of marine life in shark mesh nets off Ballina and Evans Head.

The shark mesh nets off Ballina beaches have claimed a second dolphin, with a bottlenose dolphin reported dead in the net off Shelly Beach, the first dolphin was reported dead in the net off Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head in the previous month’s report from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).


Have your say on NSW Koalas

Have your say on declining koala populations.

An information session on the NSW Koala Strategy will be held on Tuesday 7 February at 4.30pm at the Gordon Pavilion Function Centre in Lismore.

If you cannot attend, visit NSW Koala Strategy for more information or to make an online submission.



Local communities are encouraged to have their say before January 20 to help shape a Federal Government program on developing technology solutions for rollout across Australia.

Communities of all sizes will be able to apply for funding under the program. The Federal Government looking for digital and data solutions which solve everyday urban problems and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered Australia-wide.


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