Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is congratulating Woolworths Mullumbimby for choosing to end providing single use plastic bags to shoppers from 4 April this year.
“The Mullumbimby branch will be among the first Woolworths stores in New South Wales to be single-use plastic bag free from 4 April, ahead of other stores which will be ending single use plastic bags by 30 June.”
One of the most important icons in my electorate is the Big Prawn on River Street at the western entrance to Ballina. The prawn represents the once thriving prawn industry of the Richmond River. Like the oyster industry in Ballina, the prawn industry no longer exists to the extent it once did. The primary reason is the poor state of the health of the Richmond River. In 2014 the Richmond Ecohealth Project revealed that the Richmond River has an overall health grade of D. The grades range from grade F in the Wilsons River and upper Richmond River estuary to grade C in the headwater streams of the catchment.
Opinion: We have the highest rate of community losses on pokies in Australia
Last weekend I got to meet the wonderful Reverend Tim Costello (pictured left below) who was in Byron to see the first hotel in NSW remove gaming machines from its premises. In case you missed it - the new owners of the Byron Beach hotel have taken poker machines out of the pub because they do not support the harm that pokies are doing to communities like ours.