October 19, 2018

Ambulance for Alstonville under consideration

A full time ambulance station for Alstonville will be considered by the Minister for Health says Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP. 

“I have spoken to the Health Minister Brad Hazzard and he has agreed to look at the information I have provided to him about the need for an ambulance station in the Alstonville-Wollongbar area,” says Ms Smith.

“Alstonville and Wollongbar have a combined population of over 8,000 residents, and are reliant on ambulances coming from Lismore or Ballina, a minimum wait time of 15 – 20 minutes when every second counts.

“Towns with similar or smaller populations like Yamba and Maclean have their own ambulance stations and paramedics, so I think the residents of Alstonville and Wollongbar need the same level of care.

“The Fire and Rescue Service Community First Responder Unit at Alstonville do an amazing job in responding to medical emergencies and the community is grateful to have them, but they are not able to transport patients, which means in most cases an ambulance is still going to be called out,” said Ms Smith.

The people of Alstonville and surrounding areas have indicated their support for an ambulance station with more than 300 people signing a petition so far.

The online petition is available at www.tamarasmith.org.au/ambulance

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March 15, 2024

The Greens submission to the government's STRA consultation process

Short-term holiday lets are tearing apart the social fabric of the region. With one in four homes being short-term rentals in Byron Shire, it’s no wonder we have a housing crisis.

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January 18, 2023

The regions being most impacted by short-term rentals (Rent News)

The oversupply of short-term rentals is often touted as one of the leading causes of the rental crunch, but new data reveals some areas suffer more than others.

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January 18, 2023

Position on holiday letting (Byron Echo)

Given the broken promise by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government on allowing Council to regulate the short-term rental accommodation (STRA) sector in the Byron Shire, The Echo asked NSW Labor what they would do if elected in March.

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