IN THE MEDIA


Greens MPs support for teachers, nurses and midwives, transport workers

Posted on 28 June 2022 An open letter to the teachers, nurses and midwives, transport workers, and unions taking industrial action this week: As the Greens MPs in NSW Parliament, we are writing to express our unwavering support and solidarity for the industrialactions you are taking this week. While we...


Budget 2022: Long term gains, short term cuts

Media Release: 21 June 2022 The budget handed down today by the NSW Treasurer will support women and families over the long term and there are some solid investments in infrastructure in the Ballina electorate. However, in the short term there is nothing that addresses the acute housing shortage or cost...



Community takes control of Short-Term Holiday Letting in Byron Shire

Media Release - 09 June 2022 Community takes control of Short-Term Holiday Letting in Byron Shire Today the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, announced that Byron Shire Council and the Byron community will now have the power to cap short-term-holiday in the Shire. Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina...


The agriculture revolution is here!

Media Release - 25/02/2022   Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and Greens NSW Agriculture Spokesperson recently announced a new Greens Agriculture and Rural Land Use Policy. "After extensive consultation with farmers, ecologists and Greens members I can announce our new Agriculture and Rural Land Use Policy. Our policy draws on...



Scathing report - zero funding went to bushfire-devastated Ballina, Blue Mountains or Central Coast

The bushfire-impacted areas of the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Ballina did not receive a single dollar from stage-one funding through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery packages, a fresh Parliamentary report has found. This is despite those areas respectively suffering bushfire damages of $163 million, $65 million and $4.2 million....


KOALA SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON REAL ACTION

The Federal Government’s move to list the koala as an endangered species is welcome, but much more is needed to ensure the survival of the Australian icon, says Ballina MP Tamara Smith. “Koalas have been listed only as vulnerable for many, many years so while this is progress, it is...



More needed to protect vulnerable people living in residential park communities in NSW

The Member for Ballina says the devil is in the detail in the 48 recommendations of the Statutory Review of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act 2013 that was tabled in parliament on Tuesday 30 November. People who live in residential parks – known as ‘residential (land lease) communities ‘can...


FUNDING ANNOUNCED - 2021 COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina has today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $400,000 in funding for a total of 18 projects through the NSW Government’s 2021 Community Building Partnership Program. “Whilst we have all endured a very difficult year I am pleased that I can announce funding...



Member for Ballina welcomes lockdown lift

Ballina MP Tamara Smith welcomed the announcement that the Northern Rivers can move out of lockdown this weekend, saying that every resident and business-owner will be greatly relieved by the news “With no cases in our area, giving people the freedom to leave their homes, put their kids back in...


Regional NSW lockdown extension

26 August 21 Dear Premier, I write in relation to your announcement this morning that the lockdown of Regional NSW would be extended until Friday 10 September. This announcement is a bitter blow for many in our community. Despite what the media might say, the people of Northern NSW are...



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