Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for the North Coast, and Greens Clarence Valley Councillor Greg Clancy, say the Nationals Member for Clarence and his party are out of touch.
Council elections would be occurring this week but it got caught up in the world series pandemic event. Instead, our benevolent NSW govcorp overlords have put it off for a year. Yet an election this week would have brought fresh new energy to local politics – it’s clearly needed.
None are suffering financially more than those in the arts and entertainment industries and there has been very little in the way of government support for those whose full-time income relies on creative work.
The local Green councillors you elected in 2016 have little interest in protecting or enhancing the environmental credentials of this region and do the bidding of wealthy developers, Council planning staff and the National Party.
We are in a crucial time of species extinction and destruction of our natural environment.
Ian Cohen – Times are grim with hip-pocket elections delivering a conservative government, resultant environmental destruction and social dislocation.
Just days after Lismore City Council approved an extra 20 greyhound race meetings each year, new figures released by the Greens indicate 700 dogs have died since the ban on greyhound racing was lifted by the NSW Government.
The NSW Greens have claimed gun owners are amassing private arsenals, with 50,000 guns registered on the north coast alone. Greens MP and Gun Control Spokesperson David Shoebridge said one person in Ballina owns 237 guns.
An estimated 1,500 homes zoned residential now let full-time as tourist accommodation. A Labor and Green councillor reject plan by former mayoral candidate Matthew Hartley to shut down ‘illegal’ holiday letting.
Greens organisers say they have collected nearly 200 signatures so far for a petition calling for NSW planning minister Rob Stokes to return the ‘fatally flawed’ coastal policy back to Byron Shire Council for re-drafting after the September elections.
At just 18 years-of-age, this election is the first time Kudra Falla-Ricketts has been eligible to vote. Like many first timers, Kudra was very happy to have a chance to have her say about how this country is run.
Though his political career is officially done and dusted, Bob Brown still has plenty of clout when it comes to talking to voters about the Greens
The Greens campaign HQ in Mullumbimby has expanded, and moved from Santos Health Foods to the old bank building just down the street
The decision by state and federal ministers on Thursday to define ‘free-range’ as up to 10,000 birds per hectare is a win for intensive egg producers and the National Party over consumer rights and animal welfare, according to the Greens.... Read More →
A long-time North Coast hemp grower doubts whether a Greens bill to legalise hemp foods will have any effect on changing the law banning the sale of hemp foods.
North coast Greens have slammed the Australian Government’s announcement that it would invest $15.4 million over four years to fund a fossil fuel research centre, describing the Coalition as 'climate vandals'.
Legislation to ban single use plastic bags has been introduced into both houses of NSW Parliament. Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Greens Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi yesterday introduced the bills in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.
Tweed residents and the Greens want a public inquiry into how public land is being transferred to the Gold Coast Airport, allowing the runway to be extended.
The leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, spent yesterday in the northern rivers as part of his national tour after starting his day with an early appearance in Sydney before flying into the Gold Coast.
A committee of politicians appears set to endorse legislation to legalise medical marijuana and the establishment of a single national regulator for the drug.
Pockets of rainforest are precious elements of the natural beauty and biodiversity of the north coast. Yet the 10/50 clearing laws have resulted in massive clearing which has not only has decimated beautiful local bush - such as occurred last year at Fingal Head – but has created a major safety risk as people assume a false sense of security as a result of removing their trees.
The NSW Greens are leading a push to end the use of drug detection dogs without a warrant on public transport, at festivals, bars and in Kings Cross in Sydney.
Labor has come under attack for stitching up a deal with the Coalition government to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. The Greens say the deal will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.
Opponents of coal seam gas mining are stepping up their protests and calling on the Coalition government to discard its gas plan.
A former railway worker believes sections of the region’s railway network could be reopened for commuter services despite a state government-commissioned report saying it would cost up to $900 million.