Government finally responds to demand for solar

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...

Greens introduce new bill to end exemptions allowing LGBTIQ discrimination

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.

Ambulance needed for Alstonville - Wollongbar

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 on funding

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...

Regional roads suffer while Sydney gets gold plated roads

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...

Funding to save Coastal Cypress Pines at Bruns

Media Release 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...

Community opposed to West Byron

Community voices its opposition to West Byron Almost one thousand Byron residents have voiced their opposition to the West Byron mega-development in a survey by Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith. “Local residents have demonstrated time and again their opposition to the West Byron Mega Development, and after consulting with...

Action on deadly Alstonville intersection

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP today met with a group of local traffic  and road safety representatives to discuss action on the Bruxner Highway intersection with Ballina Rd, Alstonville.

Kudos to Plastic Free Boy Arlian

Congratulations to the Northern Rivers companies and people who have made it to the Green Globe Award finalist list - including Suffolk Park youngster Arlian Eckert, aka Plastic Free Boy, seen here with his mother, Karin. "I am very proud to see our region so well represented in many of the...

Local koala populations at risk

Photo: A dead koala at the side of Ewingsdale Rd Byron Bay July 2018, courtesy Friends of the Koala  Our local koala populations continue to be at risk from vehicle strikes as well as from disease and habitat loss.  Content warning - Heartbreaking footage from 2017 of a koala trapped...

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