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Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, is calling on everyone in the Byron-Ballina region to give Plastic Free July a try.

“Plastic Free July is an opportunity for us all to look at how we use disposable plastics in our everyday lives and to see whether we can reduce our consumption of them,” said Ms Smith.

“We are half way through July and there are lots of wonderful people and groups in our communities who are taking up the challenge. There is still time for all of us to look for products that have little or no packaging, to use reusable water bottles, try cloth bags instead of plastic or paper, and to recycle. 


The Industry, Investment and Regional Development parliamentary committee that I am a member of conducted a Shark Inquiry in 2015.

Our report was tabled in parliament a few weeks ago and it is really worth a read.

The report recommends moving away from shark meshing and embracing new ecologically sustainable technologies.

The report also recommends that the government trial shark spotting at appropriate locations in NSW. 

Download the Management of Sharks in New South Wales Waters 


Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, proudly walked with the Aboriginal community in Ballina yesterday to celebrate the start of NAIDOC week.

Ms Smith said, “With this year’s theme ‘Songlines: the living narrative of our nation’, it was very special to be connected to our Bundjalung Aboriginal Community and share in their ancestral connection to country.”




Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith is delighted to announce Ballina High School student Jenique Sines has received the 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year Award for the Ballina Electorate.

 “Jenique is an outstanding young woman who is involved in many social and academic activities that support community,” said Tamara Smith.

“Jenique has been involved in the Aboriginal Student Leadership Program since 2013, received the Leila Roberts Award for Academic Achievement in 2015, has a scholarship from Roads and Maritime Services and a traineeship with ANZ Bank.”AboriginalStudent_of_the_Year_2016.jpg


 Media release

28 June 2016

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, and Greens MP David Shoebridge today attended the launch of the Bundjalung Ballina Grandmothers Against Removals.

 With one in ten Aboriginal children in out of home care, Grandmothers Against Removals are committed to implementing a set of guiding principles that empowers Aboriginal communities to make decisions over the welfare of children.



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