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$300,000 for Ballina Electorate announced today through the Community Building Partnership Program

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $300,000 in funding for a total of 16 projects through the NSW Government’s 2019 Community Building Partnership Program.

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Published in Byron Shire news: https://www.byronnews.com.au/news/45-million-boost-to-shires-renewable-energy-capabi/3966821/?cspt=1584062988|2eeac26cb21cbb6ca46f834bc0ccea88

TWO significant renewable energy projects have attracted almost $4.5 million in state funding between them.

Under the State Government's Regional Community Energy Fund, $3.5 million has been allocated to the Byron Bay Solar Farm and Battery Storage Project, spearheaded by Coolamon Energy.

A further $998,000 has been awarded to Enova Community Energy to part fund a new initiative.

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Bushfire Condolences

Transcript of speech in NSW Parliament 06/02/20. https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Hansard/Pages/HansardResult.aspx#/docid/HANSARD-1323879322-109555/link/119

I join my colleague the member for Balmain, Jamie Parker, who spoke on behalf of The Greens, in wholly supporting the motion and extend my deepest sympathies to the victims of the bushfires that swept through our State and our nation.

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Published in Byron Shire News 30/01/20. https://www.byronnews.com.au/news/comment-social-infrastructure-will-determine-our-f/3931826/

I DON’T think any of us feels like we have had a holiday over the usual festive season.

Whether you have been ­affected personally by recent extreme weather events or the worst fires in living memory, every one of us has been ­affected emotionally by the loss of life, the destruction of places we love and the devastating loss of animals and ­biodiversity.

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17 January 2020

When Tamara Smith talks about a ‘gracious U-turn’, Byron readers might be surprised to learn she isn’t referring to drivers waiting patiently on Jonson Street outside the Mercato shopping centre.

The Greens state member for Ballina wants mainstream society to give conservatives on climate change another chance.

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