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Tamara key to focus on Ballina electorate

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Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021


Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

Jan Barham, Broken Head

I served the community for 17 years as a Greens representative and witnessed a lot of change in government, and not much has been positive. But in the seat of Ballina, with the election of Tamara Smith in 2015, we saw a new focus for our area.

This is because the major parties are spooked when they lose control. But that’s good for democracy and our community. Let’s keep it that way, keep the major parties nervous and ensure that Tamara is back in parliament advocating for our community and potentially part of a team holding the balance of power, rather than the Shooters or Pauline Hanson’s One Nation members.

Tamara’s election made history with the Greens taking a long term National Party seat. It got the attention of the major parties. Don’t be fooled by the promises, what you need is an advocate who cares about this community and is focussed on climate change, the environment and much needed infrastructure and services. A vote for Tamara Smith is the best choice for our area to gain the attention it deserves and deliver a strong, caring and effective member of parliament.

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