AGL’s decision shows that CSG is unviable

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has pointed to AGL's decision to divest coal seam gas assets in Western Sydney and the Hunter Valley as a clear sign the industry is unviable on the North Coast.

AGL today announced it would sell a number of coal seam gas licences under the NSW Government's buy-back plan and will not proceed with it Camden Northern Expansion.

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A change to the law needed to cancel CSG licences

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has said the failed CSG-buyback plan demonstrates legislation is needed to cancel coal seam gas licences across the Northern Rivers. 

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said, “We are now at the 30 June deadline on the Government’s licence buyback process and it is clear that PEL 445 has not been bought back and Metgasco is continuing to pressure the Government to give it police protection to start drilling again. We need a circuit breaker.

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Government must keep Ballina Budget Promises

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has called on the Baird/Grant Coalition Government to keep their election promises for the Ballina Electorate in this year’s State Budget which will be handed down tomorrow.

Ms Smith said, “The Government made a number of significant promises to the electorate of Ballina for important community services and infrastructure, and I expect them to live up to those promises in the Budget. I supported many of the commitments made by the Government during the campaign.

Government’s Election Promises

During the 2015 Election Campaign the coalition made a number of major promises to the Ballina electorate including the following:

Promise

$ committed

Details

Ballina High Schools

$40m

Commitment to upgrade high schools in Ballina

Alstonville High School

$1.5m

Grant for upgrades to the school from the Innovative Education, Successful Students program

Waterlily Park – Ocean Shores

$250k

Upgrades to the park to include new play equipment, pathways, shade and eating areas as well as dredging the lake and cleaning the drains that flow into the park.

Byron Central Hospital

TBD

$1.5m was included in 2014/15 Budget to start construction. Total estimated cost is $80m

Boating infrastructure

$2.78m

10 projects under the state-wide $14m per year NSW Boating Now program were identified in the Ballina electorate.

Recycling Centres in Ballina and Byron

$220k

Commitment under the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative which is a $465.7m fund over 5 years.

Green Bin Program for Byron Bay

$745k

Commitment under the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative which is a $465.7m fund over 5 years.

 

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Greens’ bill to ban coal seam gas will provide certainty

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham and Greens MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith today launched a new private members bill that will legislate to prohibit coal seam gas across NSW, saying it was time for NSW to act decisively and move past the fractious coal seam gas debate, ban the industry and move forward with clean renewable energy projects.

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Greens pledge funding support for Alstonville Community Preschool

Greens candidate for Ballina, Tamara Smith has thrown her support behind the campaign to secure a permanent site for the Alstonville Community Preschool.

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Greens pledge to buy Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores and build new 2.4km shared pedestrian and bike path along Balemo Drive

Greens candidate for Ballina, Tamara Smith has announced that she will push for the Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores to be purchased by the State Government and turned into Crown Land for community use if elected on March 28.

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Byron Bay Public School – Greens pledge fully funded $15 million for new classrooms

Greens candidate for Ballina, Tamara Smith and Upper House MP, John Kaye announced their party's pledge of $15 million to build new classrooms to replace substandard demountables at Byron Bay Public School and a forward commitment of another $50 million for the development of a new primary school in Suffolk Park, and planning for the expansion of Byron Bay High School.

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Greens launch plan to care for our environment

The Greens have today launched their plan to protect the environment. Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has stated that environmental protection had slipped to the lowest priority under the Baird Government.

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Greens announce $100 million plan to tackle Domestic Violence

Green’s candidate for Ballina, Tamara Smith and Greens NSW MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi launched their comprehensive plan to end Domestic and Family Violence outside the Byron Shire Women’s Resource Service located at the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre.

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Greens announce funding for Water Lily Park, Ocean Shores

Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina has announced a funding commitment of $100,000 for improvements at Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores.

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