eNews update Australia Day


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.

Then from 1pm till 3pm I will be attending a Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Cultures at Main Beach, Byron Bay, hosted by the Sisters for Reconciliation. (The event itself runs from 11am -3pm).

It is also the 80th Anniversary of the call for the 26th of January to be known as the Day of Mourning - read more about this historical event here.

For other events happening around the Northern Rivers click here and for events around the country click here.

Warm regards


Tamara Smith 
Member for Ballina


Lennox Head Sand Mine

I want to thank Ballina Shire Council who responded to my request to extend the public submission date on the Sand Extraction operation at Lennox Head.

The new date to get your submissions in for this development is 26 February 2018. More information can be found at the No Sand Mines for Lennox Facebook page and the Ballina Shire Council website.

If you want to make it clear that we do not want this mine on our coastal floodplain please make a submission and please sign my No Sand Mine petition.


Lake Ainsworth

Just a reminder that submissions on the future of the area surrounding Lake Ainsworth close on Monday 29 January. 

For tips on how to make a submission visit the Lake Ainsworth Interest Group page.

* To see all the consultation documents relating to the 'Lake Ainsworth Improvement Works' and the new parkland visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au and go to the Part V files in the "Documents on Exhibition" section.

You can send your submission via email to council@ballina.nsw.gov.au with the subject line Submission: Project File Reference ‘Part V 22.2017/12’

or deliver a letter to:
The General Manager 
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450 BALLINA NSW 2478.

Make your submission before 4.30pm Monday 29th January 2018.


You can read transcripts of all Tamara's speeches, questions and debates in Parliament here

For regular updates and to discuss the issues affecting you, the Northern Rivers and NSW, like Tamara's Facebook page


Tamara and her team are available to help with concerns you may have about any local or state issue. Call us on 6686 7522 or contact us.