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.
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has today cautiously welcomed RMS changes to the Bruxner Highway intersection at Alstonville.
“However these measures are a band-aid for the real problem, which is that the intersection is not fit for purpose. A full interchange should have been built in the first place," she said.
A full time ambulance station for Alstonville will be considered by the Minister for Health says Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP.
“I have spoken to the Health Minister Brad Hazzard and he has agreed to look at the information I have provided to him about the need for an ambulance station in the Alstonville-Wollongbar area,” says Ms Smith.
Byron Shire residents have had their concerns about extreme levels of short term holiday letting ridiculed by Planning Minister Anthony Roberts in Parliament today, said Member for Ballina Tamara Smith.
“I asked the Minister for Planning during Question Time if the Liberal National government would allow Byron Shire Council to limit unregulated short term holiday letting to 90 days due to the negative impacts that holiday letting is having on the community,” said Ms Smith.
The NSW government has finally listened to households who want to invest in solar power to bring down their high electricity bills, says Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina.
“The NSW government is funding a solar program to help low-income households get a solar power system which will bring down their electricity bills long term and help the environment through clean energy generation,” said Ms Smith.
The Greens NSW have announced that they will introduce a Private Members Bill to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act next week. The Bill will remove the exemptions that allow private educational authorities and religious organisations to discriminate against members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is calling on the state government to deliver a long overdue ambulance station for Alstonville and Wollongbar as part of the increase in 750 paramedics and ambulance control centre staff over the next four years.
Greens call on Education Minister to hold the line for NSW
Greens Education Spokesperson and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP today joined the NSW Primary Principals’ Association, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, the NSW Teachers Federation and the NSW P&C Federation in calling on the NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to hold the line on needs-based funding for schools. (see letter below)
Gold plated roads in the city means regions miss out
The NSW Nationals have abandoned rural voters, with announcements this week that just $50 million will be spent on fixing blackspots on rural roads this year, while a mind boggling $16.8 billion will be spent on Westconnex in Sydney, according to Greens MPs.
Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina, has welcomed $166,000 in funding to be used to save an endangered ecological community of Coastal Cypress Pines at Brunswick Heads in Northern New South Wales and three species of large forest owls that live in the area.
Ms Smith today asked Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton at Question Time to preserve the Coastal Cypress Pines in the Terrace Reserve at Brunswick Heads and prevent damage to them from large vehicles and intensive year-round camping.
“In response to the concerns I raised today and in May this year, funding has now been awarded under the state-wide Save Our Species program to secure threatened plants and animals in the wild in NSW,” said Ms Smith.