Investigations into fig tree ongoing

Media Release

8 March 2018

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed efforts by Ballina Shire Council to try to preserve an historic fig tree in Castle Drive, Lennox Head.

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Government questioned on West Byron

Media Release

7 March 2018

Tamara Smith with Protect Byron protestors

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP today asked the Planning Minister Anthony Roberts during Question Time if his government would act on the concerns of the Byron Bay community about the social, environmental and economic impacts of the mega development application for West Byron.

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Regional launch pad part of Sydney Startup Hub

Media Release

5 March 2018

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today visited the Sydney Startup Hub as a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development.

The Committee is conducting an inquiry into support for start-ups in regional NSW.

“I toured the Startup Hub facility, and was able to speak informally with regional start-up operators there,” said Tamara Smith.

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Greens call on Woolworths to exit pokies at Westower Tavern

Media Release

2 March 2018

Greens call on Woolworths to exit Westower Tavern pokies

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has today called on Woolworths to phase out pokies at its Westower Tavern venue in West Ballina.

This follows allegations by whistleblowers that staff at Woolworths-owned hotels have been spying on gamblers in order to boost profits.

Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says whistleblowers have revealed that Woolworths’ hotels keep databases of customers who gamble, including their habits and behaviours.

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Bangalow Food Hub DA withdrawn

Media Release

28 February 2018

Plan of Bangalow Food Hub

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed news of the withdrawal of the Bangalow Food Hub development application.

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NAPLAN results no longer linked to HSC

28 February 2018

Tamara Smith
Member for Ballina
Greens Education spokesperson

 

I welcome the NSW government backing down from its plan to prevent students who didn't reach minimum standards in NAPLAN Year 9 results from getting their HSC.

I spoke at a protest against this policy in Sydney last year and it is good to see results from the campaign that teachers, parents and unions launched last year against this move.

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Support seafood country of origin labelling

Media Release

15 February 2018

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she supports legislation which would make country of origin information on seafood products compulsory.

"This legislation is in line with the foodie ethos in the Northern Rivers area where we have a strong interest in buying local food," said Tamara Smith.

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Woolworths Mullumbimby to ban the bag

16 February 2018

Media Release

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is congratulating Woolworths Mullumbimby for choosing to end providing single use plastic bags to shoppers from 4 April this year.

“The Mullumbimby branch will be among the first Woolworths stores in New South Wales to be single-use plastic bag free from 4 April, ahead of other stores which will be ending single use plastic bags by 30 June.”

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Ban harmful pesticides

Private Member's Statement

13 February 2018

NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES

Bee on a yellow flower. Bees can be killed by pesticides.

 

One of the most important icons in my electorate is the Big Prawn on River Street at the western entrance to Ballina. The prawn represents the once thriving prawn industry of the Richmond River. Like the oyster industry in Ballina, the prawn industry no longer exists to the extent it once did. The primary reason is the poor state of the health of the Richmond River. In 2014 the Richmond Ecohealth Project revealed that the Richmond River has an overall health grade of D. The grades range from grade F in the Wilsons River and upper Richmond River estuary to grade C in the headwater streams of the catchment.

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NSW has the highest rates of pokie losses in the land

Tamara Smith
Member for Ballina

8 Feb 2018
Published in Byron Shire News

Opinion: NSW has the highest rate of community losses on pokies in Australia

Last weekend I got to meet the wonderful Reverend Tim Costello (pictured left below) who was in Byron to see the first hotel in NSW remove gaming machines from its premises. In case you missed it - the new owners of the Byron Beach hotel have taken poker machines out of the pub because they do not support the harm that pokies are doing to communities like ours.

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