2017 Community Survey

Re-imagining our region

In 2015 Tamara Smith surveyed the community to hear your thoughts and ideas about the issues she should be focussing on as your State government representative.

The results showed that the top three local issues for those who responded were: Coal Seam Gas, Marine Sanctuaries and West Byron. The top three other issues were the Environment, Climate Change and Renewable Energy.

This year Tamara Smith wants to hear about your vision of the future for our region and how we can re-imagine living here in a sustainable and prosperous way.

Please fill out the survey to have your say and to be in to win great prizes!

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Shark nets kill another dolphin off Ballina

9 February 2017

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith, today expressed sadness at the continuing unnecessary deaths of marine life in shark mesh nets off Ballina and Evans Head.

The shark mesh nets off Ballina beaches have claimed a second dolphin, with a bottlenose dolphin reported dead in the net off Shelly Beach, the first dolphin was reported dead in the net off Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head in the previous month’s report from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

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Have your say on NSW Koalas

Have your say on declining koala populations.

An information session on the NSW Koala Strategy will be held on Tuesday 7 February at 4.30pm at the Gordon Pavilion Function Centre in Lismore.

If you cannot attend, visit NSW Koala Strategy for more information or to make an online submission.


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Smart cities and suburbs program

Local communities are encouraged to have their say before January 20 to help shape a Federal Government program on developing technology solutions for rollout across Australia.

Communities of all sizes will be able to apply for funding under the program. The Federal Government looking for digital and data solutions which solve everyday urban problems and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered Australia-wide.

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AG Report Raises Education Concerns

15 December 2016

Greens Education spokesperson Tamara Smith, MP, is asking what is happening to teachers in the workplace after concerns were raised in the NSW Auditor-General’s latest report.

“The report shows a massive increase in workers’ compensation claims, particularly psychological injuries.  What is happening to our teachers and other education staff? The onus is on the Department of Education and Communities to address this systemic issue,” said Ms Smith.

The total number of claims relating to psychological injuries has increased by 32.5 per cent, from 467 in 2014–15 to 619 in 2015–16.

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Community Building Partnerships grants announced

13 December 2016

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today welcomed the announcement of $300,000 total grant funding for 18 projects in her electorate as part of the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.

The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities.

 “I am pleased to receive this funding for the wonderful projects going on in our community. The funding will help create more vibrant and inclusive communities and deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes,” said Ms Smith.

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Private schools don't need more government funding

Media Release
6 December 2016


Greens education spokesperson Tamara Smith has today condemned Labor’s views announced in the Sydney Morning Herald that over-funded private schools should have their funding maintained at the expense of disadvantaged public schools.

“Labor is no longer interested in supporting everyday Australians whose children go to Public Schools, instead they are committed to continuing to give limited public money to the wealthiest private schools.” Said Ms Smith

“The main concept of Gonski school funding is to lift the performance of disadvantaged students,” said Tamara Smith. 

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People power wins the day for Suffolk Park

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed the announcement by Byron Shire Council that it will purchase the Beech Road education land in Suffolk Park, retaining it in community ownership.

"This is a victory for the Suffolk Park community and another example of people power that we as a community in the Northern Rivers area are world renowned for," said Ms Smith.

"What a cost, though, to our already stretched local council and thus a cost to our community. When you consider that the space had historically been planned to be used for a school why should the community have had to pay $900,000 to buy the land to keep it as social capital?”

"This is a government that has made more than $16 Billion from privatising our inter-generational resources. Forcing a community to buy land that has already been earmarked for the community is not exactly largesse. "

“Thank goodness for the willingness of our community to stand up loud and proud for what is right,” said Ms Smith.


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Biodiversity laws speech

Tamara Smith speech to NSW Parliament on the



 I speak on behalf of The Greens in debate on the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016. These are cognate bills. The Greens do not support the bills. There are no surprises there. The Greens proposed 60 amendments in the other place that attempted to redeem the legislation. That says much about the extent of the problems with this legislation. Even though 60 amendments were proposed, in an attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, none of them were passed.

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Science not shark nets


I speak on behalf of The Greens on the Fisheries Management Amendment (Shark Management Trials) Bill 2016, which will enable the trial of shark mesh nets along the North Coast of New South Wales. The bill gives the Minister for Primary Industries the power to approve trials of mesh nets in New South Wales for five years without approvals under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and the Fisheries Management Act 1994.

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