The new member for Ballina, Greens MP Tamara Smith, will be sworn in at a parliamentary ceremony today.
She will also be the party’s spokesperson in the areas of Marine Parks and Fisheries, Regional Development and Small Business.
Ms Smith told ABC radio she wants to change the way the Greens are seen by voters and that the party was not ‘anti-development’ but ‘pro-sustainable development’.
‘Sustainable development and indeed renewable energy and things like that… could be boom industries for us,’ she said.
North coast-based MLC Jan Barham has taken on a massive portfolio of 13 separate areas: Aboriginal Affairs, Ageing, Community Development and Resilience, Crown Lands/ Disability Services, Family and Community Services, Housing, Social Housing and Homelessness, Mental Health, North Coast, Population Movements, Regional Arts, Regional Wellbeing and Equity, and Tourism.
Fellow upper-house member Jeremy Buckingham, who has also been very active on the north coast around mining and CSG issues will represent the party on these issues as well as: Agriculture, Health, Mining, Murray Darling, Primary Industries and Trade, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service, Spokesperson on Regional Renewable Energy, Sport, Upper Mid North Coast, and Western NSW.