June 06, 2018

Students show their green flair

Tamara Smith MP with Bridie Cullinane

The inaugural schools' Green Innovation Awards were held at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore this week and I was delighted to be a guest. The awards are the brainchild of Bridie Cullinane (pictured with audience members), who is an environmentalist, Trinity alumni and local chiropractor. The idea behind the annual event is to harness students' brilliant ideas and inventions for us to achieve more environmental sustainability.

Students from Mullumbimby Public School entered their Waste Warriors program which followed a waste audit with Byron Shire Council. The students took matters into their own hands and from the six-bin recycling model through to their chickens, worm farms and food gardens this school is rocking it in the waste category.

Saint Ambrose Catholic School demonstrated their water recycling system and Empire Vale Primary School entered their "Sweet as – Sugar as Biofuel” project using performance art and scientific data to wow us all. Located deep within the Sunshine Sugar belt, children of cane farmers looking at creating biofuel from sugar cane is both authentic and future focused.

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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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