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Media Release
28 May 2016

The member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP welcomes the announcement of $4 million in funding to improve facilities for the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. 

“Since I was elected we have seen a huge increase in infrastructure spending in the Ballina electorate and it is so overdue,” Ms Smith said.

Spending increases have included:

  • $88 million spent on the construction of Byron Central Hospital
  • $92 million spent on upgrading the Pacific Highway between Pimlico and Teven.
  • $200,000 in grant funding to Marine Rescue NSW to support the construction of the Ballina Marine Rescue Tower

The $4 million in funding to improve facilities at the airport is to accommodate increased visitor numbers in the Ballina and Byron areas.


Media Release
26 May 2016

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith today expressed her disappointment with the announcement today by Dr Ron Manning, Executive Director, Health Emergency and Aeromedical Services for NSW Ambulance that the new Westpac Rescue Life Saver Helicopter base would remain in Lismore.

“When you consider that this service is there for hundreds of thousands of people in communities around the New South Wales Northern Region, don’t we deserve the very best?” she said.

“I have been persuaded by the information about fog and flooding as inhibiting the capability of the helicopter rescue service to attend critical accidents and emergencies.”

“As I’ve said before, the service saved my daughter’s life when she was 18 months old and the thought of any family losing a loved one because the service cannot take off is unimaginable.”

“We know the paramedics and pilots of the helicopter rescue service are world class. I would have liked to have seen a helicopter base in a world class location to support their great work.”


Media Release 
25 May 2016

Douglas Austin of East Ballina and Colin Zwan from The Pocket have both completed 50 years of service as a Justice of the Peace for New South Wales (as of 2015).

They were today invited to a morning tea to present them with their official certificates of recognition from the Attorney General of New South Wales. Douglas Austin brought his wife Wilma and daughter Diane to my office to share in the celebration of his extraordinary commitment to our community.  Colin Zwan was unable to attend at the last moment and I will be marking his achievement at a later date.


Media Release
18 May 2016

Tamara Smith, Greens MP for Ballina, last night hosted an event for the public to hear from adventurer Steve Posselt  about his work around the world raising awareness of climate change and his most recent trip travelling across the world in a kayak.

“Steve Posselt is an adventurer and author who spent months in 2015 travelling from Canberra to Paris by kayak to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. It is my pleasure to be able to welcome him back home and to share his experiences with everyone else in the Byron – Ballina area who is also concerned about climate change,” said Ms Smith.

“I recently represented the NSW Parliament at the Pacific Parliamentary Women’s forum in Samoa with 60 female MP’s from Pacific nations and all that anyone could talk about was the impact that climate change is having right now on the economies and well-being of Pacific Island communities.


Media Release
4 May 2016

Greens MPs Dr Mehreen Faruqi and Tamara Smith today called on the New South Wales government to release all documents relating to the Ballina Koala Plan.

Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, is calling on other parties to support a motion she has introduced into the NSW Legislative Council to force the NSW Government to release all documents associated with the controversial Ballina Koala Plan, which has been heavily criticised by ecologists. 


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