Our community deserves a progressive voice that will represent our interests in the NSW Parliament.
“There’s nothing more important to me than responding to people in our community who are in need. The measure of a good society and a good community is how we treat our most vulnerable. I also believe as an environmentalist and an educator that clean energy is crucial to our sustainability on the planet.”
Tamara Smith is the Member for Ballina in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament and a member of the NSW Parliamentary Committee, Industry, Investment and Regional Development. At election in March 2015, Tamara became the first woman to hold the seat of Ballina and the first Greens MP in a regional seat in any Parliament of Australia.
Tamara’s family has lived in the Northern Rivers region for four generations and she feels a keen responsibility to care for the environment and to stand up for the people in these communities.
Tamara was a secondary school teacher for many years both in Ballina and in the outback and was nominated as the 2007 Ballina Quota community woman of the year for her community service.
Tamara is a solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and has a background in energy law, social justice, aboriginal affairs, public education advocacy and human rights. Her professional experience also includes working with the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and as a regional delegate, organising the campaign against the Howard government’s ‘Work Choices’ legislation.
Tamara stood with many concerned citizens against the industrialisation of the Northern Rivers region through CSG mining and exploration and today this region is proudly gas field free.
She holds State-wide portfolios for the NSW Greens in Education, Regional Development and Renewable Energy. Her electorate covers 1,100 square kilometres of rural and regional coastal landscapes and is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the east coast of Australia.
Tamara believes that the beautiful environment and rural lifestyle on the North Coast is a tribute to the hard work of many people in the community over many years who have worked to protect it from over-development and industrialisation. She continues to support campaigns to protect the Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary, the wild species of the oceans, waterways and forests and to improve the health of the Richmond River.
Tamara acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we live, the Bundjalung people and pays respect to the elders past and present. This land always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
- Climate Change
- Regional Communities (including Regional Development)
- Older People
- North Coast
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