April 9th, 2019
Another win for community as second West Byron development rejected
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed the decision by the Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP) to unanimously refuse the proposed West Byron development application to subdivide 9 lots into 282 residential lots at Ewingsdale Rd and Melaleuca
March 11th, 2019
Students complete flag project for new High School
Ballina Coast High School now has a set of brand new flags for ceremonies to go with their brand new buildings.
Students Chloe Pratt and Lachlan Miller took part in the Youth Frontiers programme and decided their project would be to gather new flags to be used at on
February 19th, 2019
Tamara Smith MP to meet WASP at Wollongbar skate park site today
A skate park for skateboarders, scooter and bike riders has been proposed as a facility for young people in the Alstonville-Wollongbar area for many years.
Since 2015 the group Wollongbar Alstonville Skate Park (WASP) has been encouraging young people t
February 18th, 2019
What about the babies- Mandated midwife and nurse ratios needed
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP welcomes any increased investment in nurses, midwives and health in NSW by the Premier but is critical of the government’s timing and its lack of detail.
Ms Smith said “The Premier has announced increased numbers of
February 11th, 2019
Another victory for Byron residents – government backflip on holiday letting
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 area
February 4th, 2019
Victory for Byron Bay residents as West Byron development rejected
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP today welcomed the decision by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel to unanimously reject the West Byron development application for a 387 lot subdivision near Ewingsdale Rd.
“I thank the Northern JRPP for it
February 1st, 2019
Ballina MP Tamara Smith calls for compulsory acquisition of West Byron site
State Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has called on the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Environment and Heritage to compulsorily acquire the land in West Byron that is currently before the Northern Planning Panel for development
January 24th, 2019
New ATV for Shelly Beach Surf Lifesavers
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP today officially presented Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch with a new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to be used by surf lifesavers at Shelly Beach, East Ballina.
Ms Smith said the Surf Life Saving Club received $18,700 from the Commun
January 18th, 2019
Greens Committed to Funding Injection for Roads in Northern Rivers
Greens State Member for Ballina Tamara Smith and Greens Candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson are committing to needs-based funding for roads and parks in regional NSW and an injection of $195 million to address the backlog in road maintenance across
November 28th, 2018
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 stude
November 26th, 2018
Alstonville Swimming pool gets diving blocks upgrade with $10k grant
Diving blocks to give Alstonville swimmers competitive edge
Members of the Alstonville Amateur Swimming Club will have a competitive edge over other clubs in the Northern Rivers area with new starting blocks installed at the refurbished Alston
August 30th, 2018
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
August 17th, 2018
No more shark nets a win for science
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today welcomed the announcement by Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair that there will be no shark nets off Ballina’s beaches this summer following two failed trials.
“I congratulate the Minister on developing a shark mitigation pol
August 9th, 2018
Office of Environment and Heritage declines to save Fig Tree
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today received a letter from the Office of Environment and Heritage declining to recommend an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) for the Moreton Bay Fig Tree at Castle Drive, Lennox Head.
The Heritage Division said in its
August 6th, 2018
Shark policy should be guided by science not polls
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said today the NSW Government should listen to the science on the ineffectiveness of shark nets, not make it a popularity contest.
"The Primary Industries Minister said he would be guided by science when it came to shark mitig
July 30th, 2018
Loss of 200 year old fig tree a loss for Lennox Head
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith is disappointed more could not have been done to save the Moreton Bay fig tree at Castle Drive, Lennox Head, which some estimate to be 200 years old.
Ballina Shire Council started to cut down the large tree down this morning
July 26th, 2018
New holiday letting laws could mean the end of our communities
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says proposed legislation expected to be voted on in August could mean the end of communities as we know them in many areas of Byron and Ballina.
“The short term rental accommodation laws proposed by the Liberal
July 16th, 2018
Give Meerschaum Vale and Wardell residents a fair go
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will support Meerschaum Vale and Wardell residents as they discuss their concerns at a meeting tonight with representatives from the RMS and its subcontractors.
“Residents from Wardell feel the RMS has not listened to thei
July 3rd, 2018
Bangalow Men’s Shed celebrates project completion
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will tomorrow join Bangalow Men’s Shed President Brian Mackney and Men’s Shed members to celebrate the completion of project work at the shed funded by a 2016 Community Building Partnership grant of $45,000.
The project included
June 22nd, 2018
Tamara Smith to join tennis great Pat Rafter at Ballina Tennis Club opening
Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will join Pat Rafter at the official opening of the Ballina Tennis Club extension and inclusion project this Sunday.
“I am delighted to meet former world number one singles player Pat Rafter for morning tea
June 19th, 2018
Tweed, Byron and Ballina Community Transport the winner in Budget
Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith today welcomed aspects of the NSW government’s Budget.
“I welcome the following much-needed investments in this electorate:
· $49.6 million to finish Ballina Coast High School
· $4.5 million for the Bal
June 19th, 2018
NSW Government winds back protections at sanctuary zones in 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.
June 14th, 2018
Small guesthouse operators could face extinction under new holiday letting laws
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith will tomorrow meet with guesthouse operators from the Byron Shire area to talk about changes to short term holiday letting legislation.
“I will be talking with a large group of guesthouse operato
May 29th, 2018
Alstonville Hockey Celebrates Local Sport Grant
The Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has announced the Alstonville Hockey Club is to receive $5,000 from the NSW Local Sport Grant program.
“The grant is to subsidise player uniforms and membership fees in order to ensure hockey is an affordable sport for as many peopl