Another victory for Byron residents - short term letting reversal

Media Release
11 February 2019


Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to reverse its one-size-fits-all holiday letting legislation which allows short term rental accommodation for up to 365 days per year in regional areas.

“This is great news for residents of Byron Shire and for Byron Bay who have been so dramatically affected by the large numbers of whole houses available for short term letting for long periods of the year, forcing long term renters out of Byron,” said Ms Smith.

Alstonville/Wollongbar Blackspot Survey results

Alstonville intersection with Bruxner Highway still dangerous - Tamara Smith Member for Ballina

In September, Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina sent out a survey to more than 4,500 households in and around Alstonville and Wollongbar about the Ballina Road and Sneaths Road intersections with the Bruxner Highway.

More than 1,000 surveys were returned and found the majority of respondents felt unsafe or very unsafe at both intersections.

Government inaction on Alstonville ambulance

Ambulance for Alstonville Tamara Smith Member for Ballina

The Liberal-National government in NSW has ignored the wishes of Alstonville-Wollongbar residents and the expert opinions of paramedics with its lacklustre response to a request for a full time ambulance station for Alstonville.

“The response I have received is very disappointing and not good enough for our growing community,” said Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina.

Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund for tourist hot spots

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina has announced she will be taking to the State election on 23 March 2019 a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

“This funding model of a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help alleviate the massive backlog of infrastructure needs and upkeep for roads and parks in high tourism areas in NSW such as Byron Shire,” said Tamara Smith MP.

Alstonville intersection rule concerns motorists

From today, road users exiting Alstonville will no longer be allowed to turn right  towards Lismore out of Ballina Road on to the Bruxner Highway between 3pm and 6pm each day according to a letter sent to residents sent by the RMS and NSW government.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she has received complaints about the rule already.

Mobile Offices December

Tamara Smith Member for Ballina mobile office dates December

Can't make it to my Ballina office? Come for a chat at a mobile office this month. 

As your local member, I'm always keen to hear from local residents.

I know it's not always possible for everyone to get to my Ballina office during office hours so I'm running a series of mobile offices this month throughout the electorate. 

12 month trial for new clothing optional beach proposed

Joint Media Release

Tamara Smith MP Greens Member for Ballina

Michael Lyons Greens Councillor Byron Shire Council

Greens Byron Shire Councillor Michael Lyon is considering a Motion before the next Council meeting to establish a 12-month trial ‘Clothes Optional Declaration’ for the stretch of beach from ‘The Wreck’ north, to the walking track south of Beaumont's Beach House. 

The ultimate goal will be to eventually close Tyagarah nude beach while still providing a space for naturalist activities at Belongil.

Proud to see student protest for climate action

Tamara Smith Member for Ballina protesting to Stop Adani and make climate a priority

Proud to see local students acting on climate change

Students planning to participate in a national school strike this Friday calling for emergency action on climate change should ignore the Prime Minister’s patronising speech on the matter, said Member for Ballina Tamara Smith.

“The idea that schools and students should have less activism - how incredibly out of touch is the Prime Minister to suggest that young people are not activists in their own right?” said Ms Smith.

Water mining inquiry a smokescreen

Water Mining Meeting with Tamara Smith Member for Ballina

Media Release 22 November 2018

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP says the proposal by the NSW government to hold an inquiry into water mining in the Northern Rivers region is a pretense designed to fool residents into believing action is being taken.

“This inquiry is a smokescreen and it is very similar to what the Liberal National government did with Coal Seam Gas,” said Ms Smith.

$330,000 in funding announced for Ballina electorate

Photo: Tamara Smith MP with members of the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters who have received a Community Building Partnership grant of $20,000 to purchase a Lucas mobile saw mill and other equipment.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today announced the electorate of Ballina has secured $330,000 in funding for a total of 19 projects through the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program.

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