Taste and talent on display at food fest

Big congratulations to the Richmond Rotary Club for once again delivering an amazing Ballina Food and Wine Festival.

The showcasing of so much fantastic food and drink is a great demonstration of the abundance of the Northern Rivers food growing and production industries, and the wide-ranging talent and creativity of its entrepreneurs, not to mention our amazing local musicians.

Well done Jody and Colin in particular, for an outstanding job.

I was very proud to once again sponsor the event, and to enjoy a fabulous day out, as this video by my friend Trish shows.


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Museum extends its comfort zones

The addition of ducted air-conditioning to five exhibition rooms at the museum in Mullumbimby will make life a good deal more comfortable for the many vollies who keep it running, and the thousands of people who visit each year. 

The old Post office building which was moved to the current site in Myocum St is cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and the humidity and extremes of temperature are not good for the wide range of collections at the museum.

It was good to be able to help the Brunswick Valley Historical Society obtain a $10,000 Community Building Partnership Program grant to fund the upgrade.

"The new air-con makes the museum a really pleasant place to visit and linger," said the Society's treasurer, Susan Tsicalis, pictured here with me and president Stephen Hall.


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Calling all sports clubs

Local Sports Grants Tamara Smith Member for Ballina

Calling all sports groups – apply for Local Sport Grants now

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP, is urging local sports groups to apply for the latest round of funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program which closes Friday 24 August 2018

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Everyone for tennis after Pat's visit

I was honoured to be invited to help celebrate the opening of the Ballina Tennis Club extension last weekend. I facilitated grant funding of $38,000 through the Community Building Partnerships Program to help the club with the upgrade of its facilities to make it more inclusive members of all abilities.

Ballina Tennis Club President Margaret Oldham organised a wonderful event, including the appearance of tennis great Pat Rafter, who unveiled a plaque officially opening the new facilities.

Pat was amazingly generous with his time, encouraging the junior players and hitting a few balls around with them long after the ceremony was over.

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Climate change nears tipping point

The Greens are the only political party in Australia calling for a national action plan on climate change, seeking emissions targets to keep global warming below two degrees.

Anything above that will be a disaster for humanity, the Climate Council's Will Steffen told a packed Byron Theatre this week.

He was addressing Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) supporters – the group seeking to engage the whole Byron Shire in building a zero carbon community by 2025 across five key sectors: energy, waste, land use, buildings and transport.

Prof Steffen painted a disturbing picture, with a hike in extreme weather events, submerged coastlines, fresh water crises and massive migration a few of the consequences of a warming planet. Droughts will worsen in several key food-producing areas of the world, including southeast Australia, and rainfall will increase in others, bringing devastating floods.

Some of the impacts, such as the fate of coral reefs around the globe, are believed to have already passed the tipping point.

We  have a narrow window of opportunity to keep the rise in emissions at a survivable level, Prof Steffen said, and the panel discussion that followed his talk outlined some of the things that can be done by individuals to work towards that, including calling upon our politicians to address the situation, installing solar panels and divesting from fossil fuel investments.

Find out more about Zero Emissions Byron here

ZEB talk, with Amelia Hicks, Sue Higginson and  Will Steffen.

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Teven says No Way to asphalt plant

The Teven Tintenbar community is reeling from a proposal to build a toxic asphalt plant in this fragile valley. They need support with letters and also with donations to their fighting fund if you can. 

The proposed site is in a rural zoning surrounded by agricultural lands – a totally inappropriate location for such intensive and dangerous industrial activity. Our green belts are vital for the future of nature-based tourism. They are vital for our food production. And they are vital for the health and sanity of all of us who live in this entire region. Let’s not destroy them any further.

Add your voice at No Bloody Way

And visit the residents' Facebook page here


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JRPP hears strong community opposition to West Byron

Tamara Smith Member for Ballina at the Main Beach rally against the West Byron mega developments

There was a strong community turn out at the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel public meeting in Mullumbimby, with a full hall and a vocal crowd who were overwhelmingly against the mega developments planned for West Byron.

If you would like to take further action, sign my Say NO to West Byron petition.

Here is my statement to the Panel:

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NSW Budget for Ballina

Tweed Byron Ballina Community transport volunteers with Tamara Smith Member for Ballina

Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport has received funding in the NSW Budget announced today.

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Gov't winds back marine park protections

Tamara Smih Member for Ballina urges Protect Cape Byron Marine Park

The NSW Government has given in to the Shooters and Fishers Party by permanently winding back protections at 10 ocean beaches and headlands in sanctuary zones across four marine parks in NSW, including in Cape Byron Marine Park.

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Guesthouses could face extinction under new letting laws

Short term holiday letting needs more regulation in Byron

Short term holiday letting needs more regulation in Byron, not less, says local MP Tamara Smith.

Sign the petition

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