Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Clean Energy Funding at Risk under Turnbull, Labor

18 August 2016

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith has joined in condemning the plan by the Turnbull Government to strip more than $1 billion from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen also failed to rule out passing the cut yesterday morning on RN Breakfast.

"Labor talks about clean-energy but is failing to back it up with any action and instead is refusing to commit to supporting ARENA.  Stripping $1 billion in funding would leave emerging technologies with very few other places to go to get grants to test out their business ideas,” said Ms Smith.

Shark Barrier Shelved

Shark Barrier Shelved at Lighthouse Beach

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith will be seeking a meeting with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to discuss shark mitigation alternatives following the announcement that the shark barrier trial at Lighthouse Beach will not go ahead. 

“The company installing the barrier, Eco Shark Barrier advised DPI that it was unsafe to install due to adverse environmental conditions. It is the third time they have tried to install the barrier,” said Ms Smith.

“I will be meeting with Mayor David Wright, the Department of Primary Industries and other stakeholders as soon as possible to discuss alternatives to ensure the safety of swimmers and surfers at Lighthouse Beach.”

Tamara Smith: Ban the Bag Second Reading

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today delivered the Second Reading speech for the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill.

The proposed legislation would ban retailers from supplying single-use plastic shopping bags to consumers so as to reduce the impact of plastic bag litter on the environment, including the marine environment, where plastic bags contribute to the deaths of sea life such as turtles, dolphins, whales and seals.

“As the NSW Greens spokesperson for the Marine Environment I am pleased to bring before the House the Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill 2016 which delivers on the Greens commitment during the 2015 State election campaign to introduce a bill to ban single-use light-weight plastic shopping bags in NSW by the end of 2017,” said Ms Smith.

“It is estimated that over 4 billion plastic bags are used in Australia each year.

“The lightweight plastic shopping bags provided by retail outlets are often referred to as ‘single-use’ because once supplied, they are typically not taken back to a retail store by the consumer for re-filling. They are a one-off convenience but they are many lifetimes of impact on our environment.

Shark Attack Pack to be introduced

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is welcoming the introduction of Shark Attack Packs at Wategos Beach, Byron Bay.

The Acute Shark Attack Pack is a medical kit developed as part of a shark spotting study at Wategos Beach which is supported by local MP Tamara Smith, Byron Shire Council and Sea Shepherd Australia.

The packs are designed to help save lives at beaches which have been known to have shark sightings, particularly at remote beaches where medical assistance might take longer to arrive.

Give Plastic Free July a Try

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, is calling on everyone in the Byron-Ballina region to give Plastic Free July a try.

“Plastic Free July is an opportunity for us all to look at how we use disposable plastics in our everyday lives and to see whether we can reduce our consumption of them,” said Ms Smith.

“We are half way through July and there are lots of wonderful people and groups in our communities who are taking up the challenge. There is still time for all of us to look for products that have little or no packaging, to use reusable water bottles, try cloth bags instead of plastic or paper, and to recycle. 

Shark Management Report Released

The Industry, Investment and Regional Development parliamentary committee that I am a member of conducted a Shark Inquiry in 2015.

Our report was tabled in parliament a few weeks ago and it is really worth a read.

The report recommends moving away from shark meshing and embracing new ecologically sustainable technologies.

The report also recommends that the government trial shark spotting at appropriate locations in NSW. 

Download the Management of Sharks in New South Wales Waters 

Tamara Smith celebrates NAIDOC Week 2016

Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, proudly walked with the Aboriginal community in Ballina yesterday to celebrate the start of NAIDOC week.

Ms Smith said, “With this year’s theme ‘Songlines: the living narrative of our nation’, it was very special to be connected to our Bundjalung Aboriginal Community and share in their ancestral connection to country.”



Aboriginal Student of the Year

Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith is delighted to announce Ballina High School student Jenique Sines has received the 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year Award for the Ballina Electorate.

 “Jenique is an outstanding young woman who is involved in many social and academic activities that support community,” said Tamara Smith.

“Jenique has been involved in the Aboriginal Student Leadership Program since 2013, received the Leila Roberts Award for Academic Achievement in 2015, has a scholarship from Roads and Maritime Services and a traineeship with ANZ Bank.”AboriginalStudent_of_the_Year_2016.jpg

Grandmothers Against Removals launch

 Media release

28 June 2016

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, and Greens MP David Shoebridge today attended the launch of the Bundjalung Ballina Grandmothers Against Removals.

 With one in ten Aboriginal children in out of home care, Grandmothers Against Removals are committed to implementing a set of guiding principles that empowers Aboriginal communities to make decisions over the welfare of children.


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