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Saving Ballina's Koalas

Saving Ballina's Koalas

KOALA rescuer Maria Matthes will be able to save more wildlife while keeping herself safe thanks to a new thermal imaging camera. The $20,000 thermal equipment was donated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), funded by furniture company koala.com, via Ballina MP Tamara Smith. Ms Matthes, who has a member of Friends of the Koala for five years, remembered the fires that affected the area on October 16, 2019. "I saw two koalas up in a tree after the fire went through, and the RFS sprayed the trees so we could rescue the animals, but it was dangerous work," she said.
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Media Release: Member for Ballina announces $17k in funding for Historical Society

Media Release: Member for Ballina announces $17k in funding for Historical Society

Pictured: Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and Ian Kirkland, President, Alstonville Plateau Historical Society Tamara Smith MP announces $17K in funding for Alstonville Historical Society Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina announces $17,280 in funding through the Community Building Partnership for the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society.
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Bushfire Inquiry

NSW Government Independent Bushfire Inquiry

The NSW Government commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season. The Inquiry welcomed submissions from bushfire-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public. Everyone was encouraged to share their experience and tell their story to inform the Inquiry’s work. As NSW Greens Spokesperson for Regional Communities I made a submission on behalf of the NSW Greens. View a copy of my submission here. 
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