West Byron development submission guide

Do you want to #ProtectByron from the two West Byron megadevelopments?

The Byron Young Residents Alliance have developed a handy 3 step submission guide:

1. Make a submission to Byron Shire Council before THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2018

Email your submission to: submissions@byron.nsw.gov.au
• Development Application #1 - Email subject: Development Application: 10.2017.661.1 - Various Properties (Local Landholders)
• Development Application #2 - Email subject: Development Application: 10.2017.201.1 - Various Properties (Villaworld)

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Ban harmful pesticides

Private Member's Statement

13 February 2018

NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES

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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.

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We have the highest rates of pokie losses in the land

Tamara Smith
Member for Ballina

8 Feb 2018
Published in Byron Shire News

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.

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Grants for local environmental projects

Grants available for local environmental projects

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is encouraging community groups and councils to apply for the NSW Government's 2018 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program.

"The aim of these grants is to protect and restore ecosystems and care for the habitats of rare and endangered plants and animals.

“The grants deliver funding to local grassroots environmental projects to protect and restore a wide range of environments.

"Community groups, not-for-profit and government entities such as Councils are all encouraged to apply,” said Ms Smith.

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Greens call for Special Commission of Inquiry into Roads and Transport

Media Release

05 February 2018

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, and MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, are calling for a Special Commission of Inquiry to look into Roads and Transport Projects.

Dr Faruqi has written to the Governor seeking a Special Commission of Inquiry to look into systemic issues plaguing Transport and Roads projects across NSW, including bungled projects, inflated benefits, cost blowouts worth tens of billions, the targeting of public servants and the billions of dollars being poured into projects against the advice of this Government’s own experts, with deliberate attempts to hide information from the public.

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Four koala deaths in four weeks

Media Release
31 January 2018

Four koala deaths in four weeks at Meerschaum Vale

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Photo: A sick koala and its offspring take refuge on fallen trees at Meerschaum vale - credit: Suzanne Whiteman

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, has seen evidence that four koalas have died in the past four weeks at Meerschaum Vale, near the construction of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

“I am saddened and appalled at the loss of Ballina’s koalas, not through disease but as a result of traffic and the disruption caused by highway construction,” said Ms Smith.

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eNews update Australia Day

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Australia Day

We need to reflect on the history of January 26th because we cannot start to heal as a nation until we can genuinely acknowledge the past. I want to celebrate our national day at a time that unites all Australians rather than a day that causes so much hurt to many Aboriginal people.

On January 26 in the morning I will be attending the Ballina Shire Council Australia Day ceremony at Lennox Head and meeting new Australian citizens afterwards.

Simultaneously the Invasion Day Rally at Lismore Court House Zadoc St will be happening from 9am. For more information about the Invasion Day Rally please click here.

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eNews Update

12 January 2018

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Lake Ainsworth is one of the jewels of the Northern Rivers area, it is a beautiful freshwater lake stained brown from tree tanins and it is close enough to the beach that you can go for a swim in the sea and then a dip in the lake.

Ballina Shire Council has done a lot of planning work to try to ensure the lake and the area around it is protected for the future and part of that protection involves closing the road on the eastern side and developing it as a parkland and recreational space. 

I want the lake and its surrounds to be protected and preserved in the interests of the wildlife living in and around it and so that future generations can enjoy its natural beauty. The lake is also a tourism destination that we need to ensure is kept clean and safe for visitors who contribute to our local economy. 

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Shark net shame for Government

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - TAMARA SMITH AND JUSTIN FIELD

10 January 2018

The NSW Greens are calling for an early end to the North Coast Shark Net Trial following the release today of data that again shows the ineffectiveness of the nets at catching target sharks.

During the first five weeks of the Second NSW North Coast Shark Meshing Trial (period ending 31 December 2017):

*             only one target shark caught, a bull shark;

*             54 marine creatures caught, with 24 dying in the nets; and

*             16 rays, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle all perished in the nets.

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Community Building Partnerships grants 2017 announced

Media Release

18 December 2017

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today welcomed the announcement of $300,000 total grant funding for 23 projects in her electorate as part of the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.

The program enables NSW Government funding for new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities

 “I am delighted to have been able to prioritise so many worthy projects in our community that will create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,” said Ms Smith.

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