SOLVE Alliance against meat chicken farms in Spring Creek, Lockyer ValleySOLVE stands for Save Our Lifestyle, Values & Environment. We were here first. Some neighbours farm fruit and vegetables on a commercial scale which will be contaminated by bird faecal matter. Others settled here for quiet enjoyment in retirement. All our tank water supplies will be contaminated by airborne dust from the sheds venting and our health and children's health will decline. A result will be that the value of all neighbouring properties will decline. The developer does not live in or contribute to the area, 1 or 2 new jobs will be created but many more will be lost as fruit and vegetable businesses will cease. A major koala corridor runs along the boundary of the property and chicken shed fans will blow dust and faecal matter directly onto the corridor 24 X 7. There are many obvious faults with the development application that have been overlooked and when brought to the attention of local and state bureaucrats, they are refusing to even consider reviewing the decision. There are 20 neighbouring farms & small acreages that surround the site, but dust, odour and noise will permeate further than just those properties. The developer has similar farms in other districts and is known for not following court orders to comply with conditions of approval. He has nevertheless been allowed to continue operating as local authorities are unwilling or incapable of compelling compliance. This operator does not live on site, nor is he interested in operating to industry best practice and bird welfare would be low in his priorities. This is a moneymaking venture affecting many residents and the heart of the operation is the maltreatment of sentient creatures. It is abhorrent and an abomination that we do not want in our district, a district that the local council promotes as a clean and green 'salad bowl'.
Save the Penguins of Lipson Island!Lipson Island may be more important as a bird rookery than we know. While Centrex's report predicts the colony to be in decline, it does so simply because this is the trend at other monitored sites in South Australia. This assumption was made without conducting a formal count of the existing Little Blue Penguin population on Lipson Island. As this is the northern most Little Blue Penguin colony in Spencer Gulf, we believe this assumption to be irresponsible. It demonstrates the company's lack of will to show due diligence with their environmental assessment of the project's impact, and a reluctance to accept responsibility for future impacts to the colony and other present rare, vulnerable and endangered species.
Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RNWhere else can an Australian audience get the variety and depth of views and visions and above all the stimulation of such a range of ideas? Where else is there such a range of respected specialist journalists who cover everything from arts to science and religion to rock? Why is the ABC accused of left-wing bias when it shows opinions of all spectra and gives voice - although not as much as it could or should - to those who don't have access to commercial media. Why don't the Board and your minister develop pride in this unique and irreplaceable institution and those who work for it, instead of white-anting and undermining the amazingly talented a dedicated staff? There is no place for Information and enlightenment in the categories below but the ABC covers them all so I've ticked them all!
Save our Nambucca Heads Public Recreation Spaces from Residential DevelopmentWe object to this rezoning proposal for the following reasons: This precious tiny green space (0.87ha), that includes a natural water course supporting thousands of frogs, birds, echidnas and other native wildlife, currently zoned Public Recreation, and proposed for rezoning to Medium Density Housing is adjacent to 390,000 sq m of undeveloped land already zoned Residential. Surely, this space should be retained as Public Recreation or Environmental (E3). Note - It would probably be a superb site for a community garden! Koala's and Green & Golden Bell Frogs have been heard in the adjacent forested area, and kids for more than 3 generations have played in this space. As per Item 4. of the "Gateway Determination- Nambucca Amendment 21" Item 4 - we request/insist on a public hearing to address all our concerns and that of neighbours that are also affected by this rezoning. Please - Lets do this for our children, and their children! Who knows how much of our Public Recreation spaces will be lost to Residential development?
Stop the trade of kangaroo meat to ChinaStudies show that the grazing pressure of one kangaroo is equivalent to just 0.15 - 0.2 of a sheep, and is minute when compared to cattle. In practical terms this means that the damage on grazing lands attributed to kangaroos has been grossly overestimated by as much as 470 per cent. “This would mean that kangaroos are a much smaller component of the ‘total grazing pressure’ than is generally accepted.” The current commercial slaughter is cruel, unjustified, unscientific, and is devastating to Australia’s kangaroos . Research has established that kangaroos are not in epidemic / “plague” proportions, that farm waterholes play no part in increasing kangaroo numbers, that few joeys survive, in fact only 25%, survive to adulthood. The kangaroo killing industry has been protected as if it were a national saviour of Australia’s rural economy, supported by a series of myths which no one ever bothers investigate. The industry claims that kangaroo grazing contributes to 30% of grazing pressure, when this is totally untrue. A female kangaroo and joey have as close a bond as primates. Each decade, over 30,000,000 are killed, leaving one million orphaned joeys, to die from chilling, starvation, attached by feral animals, each year. Kangaroos are not killed hygienically in an abattoir and injuries are not monitored at the point of kill because the kill is un-policed. There is no potable water, to wash knives, hatchets, the ute, hanging hooks for inside the chiller boxes. Kangaroos are shot in the outback at night in unhygienic conditions, disemboweled among the faeces of other animals, dirt and dust and insects. In 2009 Russia banned kangaroo meat due to hygiene issues. Raw kangaroo meat can carry hydatids, nematodes, parasitic worms, and other bacterial fungal and viral diseases, such as salmonella and E-coli. Wake up Australia, while there’s still time to save your wonderful kangaroos.
Save the Regent HoneyeaterCessnock Council in NSW Australia has just approved industrial development which will destroy part of the bushland breeding habitat of the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. The Council wants to approve more industrial development. You can help by asking the Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, and the Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, to protect the habitat of the Regent Honeyeater. In recent years our local bushland has been one of only two locations where breeding has occurred. With only 350 - 400 of these shy birds left we have to act now before its too late! We want Minister Parker and Minister Hazzard to create a Regent Honeyeater National Park so this critically endangered species always has a home. The previous NSW Government rezoned the bushland for industrial development after lobbying by property developers. Too much of Australia's wildlife has become extinct because of past poor decisions. Please help us save the Regent Honeyeater from becoming the next Australian species to become extinct. Please sign my petition. James Ryan, President of Friends of Tumblebee
Don't drill for oil near Kangaroo IslandThe marine areas in question are home to a significant number of protected marine mammals including the rare Shepherds beaked whale, Australian sea lions, and fish stocks of importance to our community, all of which are at risk by the seismic blasting Bight Petroleum proposes. Recent reports conclude that over 70% of the species surveyed in the exploration region, likely to be affected by seismic blasting, would not have been detected by Bight Petroleum’s observational attempts during testing. It isunacceptable that these undetected species of marine mammals and fish would be at risk of injury and deathfrom this proposal. We call on you to uphold the decision by the former Minister for Environment to impose a “controlled action” on this proposal. The decision had undergone extensive review by the Department for Environment, and was the subject of a previous petition of short duration raising over 22,000 signatures. Please listen to the community and uphold the right decision
Stop culling the WA sharks!Experts do not agree that plans to cull sharks will reduce shark attacks. “[W]ill culling sharks actually reduce the risk of an attack? The answer is no.…Pre-emptively killing sharks is a response based on emotion rather than of scientific data”, wrote Ryan Kempster, Shark biologist at University of Western Australia, and Shaun Collin, Winthrop Professor at the School of Animal Biology and the Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia1. The Department of the Environment lists nine shark species inhabiting Australian waters as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable and culling plans would not only drastically affect their populations but the surrounding marine ecosystems. In Western Australia, the White Shark (or the Great White Shark) is listed as “rare or likely to become extinct”2 and in 2002, the Australian Government came up with a Recovery Plan to promote the conservation of this species. But now the White Shark it is at great risk because the Western Australian Department of Fisheries has listed the white shark as the main cause of fatal shark attacks WA. Please sign the petition and tell the WA government that to stop plan to cull sharks. Sources: 1 Ryan Kempster and Shaun Collin, “How to prevent shark attacks”, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/how-to-prevent-shark-attacks-20890, 29/11/13 2 The Australian Government Department of Environment, “Carcharodoncarcharias — Great White Shark”, Biodiversity Species Profile and Threats Database http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=64470, 16/07/13 3 The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Recovery plan for the White Shark, http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/recovery-plan-white-shark-carcharodon-carcharias, 2013
Stop shark culling!Sharks are essential to maintaining the natural balance of oceans ecosystem. Sharks prevent prey from over-grazing vital habitats. Sharks are worth MILLIONS in tourism revenue. Sharks are good indicators of ecosystem health. How many sharks are getting killed a year? 100 million! By who? US, and you and I know we don't want that on our conscience. How many people are killed a year by sharks (in Australia) ? Over the past 50 years, there is an average of 1 a year. The chance of you being killed by a shark is 1 in 3,748,067. As Australia's population is around 21 000 000. then there is a 6 in 21 000 000 chance that you will be the person being declared dead after a shark attack. You have more chance of dying from a ballpoint pen or getting stung by a bee etc. Wouldn't it be better to spend tax payer's money on education? Why does the WA government even have rights to kill these sharks? Sharks are protected!
Save Rushcutters Bay open space? No new developments at Rushcutters Bay ParkThe proposed developments eg skateboard park is not in character with the park and will reduce the much needed open spaces from an already overcrowded area! Parking in the area is at a premium and we don't need more facilities being added that will not help local residents! Already there is a large established community that will be deprived eg fitness trainers ,picnickers,yoga classes, dog walkers etc
Keep Australia in Australian Hands! Stop selling Australian farming land to overseas interestsAustralia risks losing control of its wealth-creating agricultural assets. The Federal Government is not paying sufficient attention to the issue of global food security, Austrlian agricultural jobs and the rising cost of living. Instead they are craving an instant hit of tax rather than securing the future assets for our children. Kidman and Co, Australia's biggest private landholding, which includes the world's largest cattle station, is up for sale, including eleven cattle stations covering more than 100,000 square kilometres of Australian land, including all stock and equipment. And the Federal Government is allowing sale to overseas interests! "Australia has more foreign investment land than any other nation. In fact, in the last three years the foreign investment of 50 per cent foreign-owned or greater has gone up by around 25 per cent. For anything with partial foreign investment it's gone up by 11 per cent. So we've had an exponential growth in foreign ownership in our agricultural assets in Australia." Barnaby Joyce, Nationals MP, Minister for Agriculture, Nov 2015 Recent sales of prime cattle and farming land is driving up the cost of milk and meat for Australian families. "THERE are fears the price of dairy products and baby formula are set to soar after Treasurer Scott Morrison rubber-stamped the sale of the nation’s biggest dairy farm to Chinese business interests. Mr Morrison yesterday ruled the $280 million acquisition of Tasmania’s 17,800ha Van Diemen’s Land Company by Chinese billionaire Lu Xianfeng’s Moon Lake Investments could go ahead after consulting the Foreign Investment Review Board." Daily Telegraph 24/02/16
No To Wallarah 2 Coal Mine!It has been shown that the mine will significantly effect the underground water flow within the Dooralong Valley. It will interfere with endangered species including the Charmhaven Crabapple and squirrel gliders in the area. It will cause significant noise and dust penetration to the nearby residential property of Blue Haven (less than 300 metres from the coal conveyor system and coal loading facility). It places at risk significant commercial enterprises being developed by other land owners in the immediate area and it removes both legal and actual access to a number of privately owned land holdings.
Save the Menindee Lakes Animal SanctuaryIf the eviction notice is not overturned, over 100 animals will be left at the mercy of recreational shooters and left without the proper care provided by the MLAS. The MLAS cares for orphaned joeys and other native wildlife and also serves as a sanctuary and rescue home for abandoned, abused and neglected livestock (goats, sheep, cows, pigs) and similarly abused domestic animals (dogs, cats, birds).
Stop the Kidman Pastoral falling into foreign handsForeign countries are buying up our good agricultural land. The Kidman land is 2.5% of our good agricultural land, twice the size of Belgium. When in foreign hands, the grain and food from this land will flow straight into another country and taxes will not be paid. It will make any laws about land management that our government passes very hard to enforce. See also http://www.afr.com/real-estate/selling-kidman-to-the-chinese-is-complete-madness-says-dick-smith-20160125-gmdqp1
Stop the catastrophic destruction for Palm oilDeforestation, destruction of habitat and species and a health hazard to large parts of Asia. The head of the Global Carbon Project at the CSIRO, Pep Canadell, said the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in 2 million years, because of the 1 billion tonnes of carbon released by the fires in a two-month period. A lot of it has to do with growing palm oil trees.
We want the Archway 1 Theatre Company & Arts Studio to stay in the Bicentennial Park Arches.!The community have been incredibly supportive and very excited for the existence of a theatre space & arts studio under the Archways, in the Park lands. The Archway 1 Theatre Company and Art Studio have been inundated with offers from local residents to help, insisting that we remain in the same location and continue what we do, because it is a great concept that is much needed for the community park and we have a great track record of providing a service to our community, with FREE art classes for adults and children, FREE Drama classes, Poetry in the park, Free Dog portraits, Pancake breakfasts in addition to our art exhibitions and theatre plays. The community have expressed to us directly that they feel our arts space and art studio fulfill a need for them. A well managed arts space that compliments the park and is accessible to the community. The benefits of providing a space for parents and their children for example, who frequent that particular area of the park daily, due to its proximity to the children's playground, cannot be overlooked. Dog walkers alike, have found our initiative to be a welcomed addition to their daily enjoyment of the park. Cyclists have also expressed gratitude at the convenience of being able to literally pull up on their bikes and grab a coffee. For the culturally and artistically inclined, we offer something unique to the existing surrounding sporting fields and natural surrounds. Our theatre productions have a local following, with supporters who have endorsed the merits in the work we do. We have been a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival two years in a row. We source many local actors, directors and crew to work on productions and we provide space for artist talks, film nights, rehearsals, exhibitions, fashion shows, photo and film shoots. Our arts space is an additional destination for light rail commuters, tourists or visitors to the area, as a place of interest along their inner west journey, alighting at the Jubilee Park Oval. We are also considered a reassuring safe haven, for people exercising or walking dogs late at night in the park, as we are open late for theatre rehearsals or artist talks. Supportive comments include; "We have been waiting twenty years for this to happen!" "Thank God you're here!" "WOW, just WOW! This is amazing and reminds me of New York." "I wish I knew you were here, when my kids were at school, they're all grown up now." "I am so HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY and excited that you are here!" (82 year old local resident- Patty) "It's about time you guys did this here!" "OMG! This is exactly what I thought should be here." "I normally never visit this part of the park, but now I do." "This is awesome!" "Hey, this is great! Reminds me of Europe." "So glad you guys are here! We are going to come and see some theatre." "Finally, good coffee!" "I am going to tell all the mother and parent groups you guys are here." "I'm going to mention you guys in the local school newsletter." "I can't believe I can walk out my door and down to the park, to watch theatre and have a coffee."
NEEDED: New Mainstream Media Entity For PerthPerth's media is managed externally and there is nothing organic about the issues raised, no pride in the news that is published and no engagement from the wider community due to an apathetic opinion towards change for our city. The majority of Perth is without a representation in the media and with the growth in the State's population, it's about time we had one.
Stop Toondah Harbour DevelopmentWho remembers fishing trips, football games and Sunday sessions at the Grandview Hotel in Cleveland? What legacy do you want to leave your kids? The area behind the Grandview Hotel stretching down to the Stradbroke Island Ferry terminal and down to Star of the Sea Catholic School has been approved for development. This will mean an 800 berth marina and 15 storey high apartment blocks. We enjoy this space because we have fought for it over the years, will you fight for it now for the future generations?
Save the White-Bellied Sea Eagles on Swan BayThe White-Bellied Sea Eagle is one of our most endangered bird species. It is estimated that there only one hundred pairs left in Victoria, where it is listed as "Threatened". As well as the parent birds, two fledglings have been observed in the nest on the shores of Swan Bay. The White-bellied Sea-Eagle is sensitive to disturbance when nesting and may desert nests and young if confronted by humans or exposed to human activity. The Eagles have a flight path of several kilometres when foraging for food. That flight path lies along the foreshore of Swan Bay. Approval of a Microlight Training Facility within 2km of the nest and immediately adjacent to the foraging flight path will create a significant risk of disturbance to these birds. In addition to the noise factor, White-Bellied Sea Eagles are known to perceive aircraft as potential predators. And microlights flying across the foreshore have the potential to create a perceived barrier on the White-Bellied Sea Eagle's flight path thus disrupting foraging. Although the applicant has proposed a numbers of conditions designed to avoid disturbance, these are not deemed to be sufficient to guarantee the survival and proliferation of these birds. And these conditions are seen as impossible to enforce - particularly for external pilots using this proposed airfield. The appearance, nesting and breeding of White-Bellied Sea Eagles is a very rare event. There is relatively high level of uncertainty about disturbance impacts on this species. Caution should be taken to make absolutely sure that there is no negative impact. In the absence of certainty the application should be rejected.
Stop dogs illegal killing!Thousands of street dogs are captured and illegally slaughter in Romania month after month. The euthanasia of street dogs was suspended by a Romanian Court in 2014, however the killing continues! The responsible institution to capture and shelter the dogs made public statements, admitting the killing of 20,000 strays in just 7 months! Because corruption and authorities' indifference, the situation is out of control. Raising international awareness about these animals tragedy might be the start of a change! We need every signature we can get to become a stronger voice for these voiceless and defend less beings, exposed to a barbarian treatment! Join us to ask the EU Commission to demand Romanian officials to respect the laws, the Court decisions, the animals rights!
INQUIRY INTO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION (BSL) IN QLDAuthorised Officers of Local Governments have the authority to seize a suspected dangerous breed from it's owner and impound it at cost to the owner to conduct a 22-point visual test to determine if it's an American Pit Bull Terrier. The breed certificate nor any DNA tests can influence the decision of the council to decide if it's destroyed at the owner's expense. This can happen under the current legislation without the dog even being involved in any anti-social behaviours or attacks on other animals or humans prior to the test! Family dogs are being seized and put down without any proof of the breed (aside from a "visual" test lacking any scientific merit) or prior incidences that would deem it dangerous, and at the owner's expense!! It’s not the breed that makes a dog dangerous; it’s the irresponsible attitude of the owner. Indeed, it is the deed that should be punished, not the breed.
BAN "LIVE EXPORT"Because producers, politicians and the community are being deceived by an industry that puts profits over ethics and welfare. After nearly 20 years in Egypt and 18 years in Indonesia, investigations have repeatedly revealed that all the live export industry has done is endorse the use of brutal slaughter devices, condone un-stunned slaughter and ignore the cruelty that inevitably results.
Ban Rodeo and Animal Circus Events in the HawkesburyIn a "civilised" society, how can such barbaric practices still be going on? How is it that jerking a 3-4 month baby calf to a stop with a rope around their necks, to be slammed to the ground and tied up is something that is ok and encouraged at rodeos? How can we still have lions kept in cages their whole lives and force them to perform and be crated around the country to make money for some greedy business man. We need to rethink our values and see if our actions line up with them. If the world is so against animal cruelty, why is it still happening so much? Animals deserve the same right to live a free life as we do. They would NOT be doing these "tricks" in the wild. They are not born to perform for us. Other than the obvious suffering they would go through being kept in conditions NOTHING like what they would be living in if free in small cages and enclosures. These animals have been seen by myself and many other activists pacing the areas they are enclosed in. There is no way to regulate how the animals are trained, we cannot see what goes on behind closed curtains and to make these animals do something so unnatural it is obvious that they are being forced. Horse and cattle are tormented into acting wild for the show, a flank strap is tightened when the chute opens around their sensitive flank area to make them buck uncontrollably from the pain. Around 4000 horses and bulls are used in the over 600 rodeos held around Australia each year, in addition to an unknown number of calves and steers. Rodeos in most states are self regulated, meaning that only a small fraction of animal injuries and deaths ever become public knowledge. "The immorality of rodeos extends to the arrogance of the riders and their attitude to the animals, and to the way the audience is demeaned by watching such a tawdry spectacle." (Vet attending an Australian rodeo). via Animal Liberation Victoria http://www.alv.org.au/issues/10.php Please, we need this cruelty to stop for the animals and for the future generations to know compassion over cruelty. Thank you COEXIST
Save Mulgoa Heritage Valley from Fernhill Estate developmentIf the Fernhill Estate development is approved under the Heritage Conservation Incentive Clause it will set a precedent in NSW which could be used to apply for more subdivision approvals of Heritage listed properties throughout the whole of NSW. What will be left for our future generations if we do not prevent this type of subdivision? As Elders we need to be Custodians of this land and prevent developers from robbing our future generations of their history, their heritage and their environment. "When something precious is lost it is gone forever". PLEASE ADD YOUR VOICES SO WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!
save the sharks!!the sharks are innocent and have rights. We go into there home and we kill them over it. it is very wrong and should not be legal. would you like it if someone strolled into your home and killed your parents. we have the police to catch these murderers but the sharks do not. SAVE THE SHARKS!!!!
Oppose Firearm display and Sales at HuntFest NaroomaPeople who live in the Eurobodalla Shire do not want to see the prolification of firearms and ammunition. If this application is approved it would promote the use of firearms in our community and also encourage children to think using a weapon is fun. The more that firearms are made accessible the more chance of injury and death. Help our community to feel safe and protected and not create a similar gun culture to that of the USA.
stop whaling around the worldThis is important because, imagine if we didnt have whales in the future, imagine what it would be like without whales, these beautiful creatures are just like us, if we deserve to live, so can they.This is important because Whales are very important to us. Imagine a world without Whales! Whaling is cruel, the demand for whale meat is falling and we can’t be certain that whale populations can survive all the hunting as well as the other threats they face without hunting! But, despite bans on commercial whaling and the trade in whale products, Japan, Norway and Iceland still kill 2000 whales between them each year and also continue trade in whale products – it has to STOP.
Stop Puppy Farms!When puppies are born in puppy farms, the owner will try to sell it for profit. It could be through online, newspapers or even through pet shops. RSPCA estimated that 95% of puppies sold in pet shops are born in puppy farms. Also, if you buy a puppy born in a puppy farm, you are possibly getting a sick puppy. In puppy farms, they do not care about the puppies and dogs' health, they just want money.
Reject Halls Creek as an Identified Growth Area on the Sunshine CoastThe possibility of development at Halls Creek has been considered by the Caloundra City Council and the Sunshine Coast Council since the early 2000's and has consistently been rejected. The right of our Local Government Authority to make planning decisions with regards to areas under its control should be respected. The development of the Halls Creek area would negatively impact on the character, amenity and lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast in several ways: It would impose unacceptable and irreversable risks to the Pumicestone Passage, which is already under stress from existing and approved development. The Inter Urban break between the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay would be reduced to the detriment of local wildlife and the character of our region, as a community of discreet communities, would be severely impacted. It would not integrate with the existing and planned rail and road transport network and it would undermine the vitality of the Glasshouse Country towns along the railway corridor.
Investigate and bring to justice the killers of the wombat massacre in Glenbog State ForestWombats may not be an endangered species of animal yet, but they, too, are an Australian icon, unique, and loved and treasured by all Australians. The purposeful killing and murder of wombats on this scale is outrageous and cold-hearted. Imagining wombat families panicking, then slowly suffocating and dying in their burrows which loggers turned into their own graves is brutal and horrendous. Considering this was done because of laziness and the pursuit of financial profit, is heart breaking and reckless. We cannot let this go without an investigation, and without the alleged perpetrators being brought to justice. More information at: http://theglengogblog.wordpress.com/ Please also visit the campaign's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheGlenbogBlog Please share the shortcut link to this petition with your friends and colleagues: https://www.communityrun.org/p/wombats
Revoke the NSW Shark Meshing ProgramThe shark meshing program (SMP) is a lethal shark mitigation policy that has been in place since 1937 in NSW. It is managed by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fisheries NSW and contractors (fishers) carry out the program. The nets are set on 51 most popular beaches from Newcastle to Wollongong. The nets are 150m long and 6m high and are set in 10-12 metres of water. Sharks are able to swim over them and around them. The nets are random and indiscriminate killers of marine life and it is reported that 17,000 marine animals have been caught in shark nets in NSW although NSW Fisheries dept reports state that this figure is an underestimation of total numbers of animals caught due to poor historical data collection. The nets do not keep people safe from sharks. Shark / human interactions have occurred on beaches where shark nets are in place. The 2009 DPI fisheries review into the SMP stated that “the rate of shark attack has remained the same both before and after meshing commenced”. In contradiction to this the DPI fisheries NSW has claimed that “the SMP has been effective at providing a safer environment for swimmers”. However the NSW fisheries scientific committee (FSC) which is tasked with critiquing the program from a scientific standpoint has stated that “this statement is unsubstantiated because it is not based on a scientific comparison between meshed and unmeshed beaches, of shark numbers, interactions or attacks, the FSC requests that the SMP remove the statement" from the previous four annual reports of the SMP which it has failed to do. Fatal shark incidents are tragic events however with increasing medical technology and quick response first aid the vast majority of shark incidents are survivable – this was not the case back in the 1930’s when the NSW program was first put in place. We believe that the low numbers of shark bite fatalities on meshed beaches is more likely to be attributable to the presence of lifeguards who are able to detect sharks, close beaches and provide fast medical assistance in the event of a shark incident. Sharks are in their natural habitat and statistically the chances of being bitten by one are extremely low. Sharks kill on average 5 people worldwide per year, however people kill over 100 million sharks per year. Many of the animals caught in beach nets are now considered endangered as such the SMP is now listed as a key threatening process for the following marine animals: humpback, minke and southern right whales, Australian fur seals, dugongs and three species of endangered marine turtles, critically endangered grey nurse sharks and vulnerable great white sharks. Killing endangered animals in their ocean home for the purposes of increasing the safety to people who are visitors is unacceptable in this day and age. A federal Australian Government environment department report in 2005 titled ‘Death or injury to marine species following capture in beach meshing (nets) and drumlines used in shark control programs’ lists some 99 species of marine animal who have been victims of shark control programs, of these 99 species 73% are now listed on the IUCN red-list as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered or are classified as data deficient, or not assessed yet so we don't know if they too belong on the red-list. As animals and ecosystems face increasing environmental pressures, governments are obligated to ensure programs which threaten vulnerable and endangered species are replaced by less harmful measures to ensure human safety. noNSWsharkcull is campaigning for the removal of shark nets in NSW as these programs are outdated, and have not been demonstrated to make the ocean safer for people. We instead support public education in how to minimise chances of shark bite and scientific research into the tagging and tracking of sharks as alternative means to reduce the chances of shark bite incidents. We also support research into other non-lethal methods of shark mitigation. These methods will reduce the harm to our many endangered and vulnerable marine species including sharks, turtles, whales and dolphins who belong in the ocean and are fighting for their survival. We should be doing everything possible to protect marine ecosystems as they are more fragile than ever. We need shark control methods that make the ocean safer for people and marine animals including sharks. Sharks as apex predators are vital for the health of the ocean, without sharks scientists predict that the entire ocean ecosystem will collapse. The phytoplankton in the ocean provides up to 70% of the oxygen on the planet for this reason we need to keep our ocean ecosystems in balance. Healthy oceans need sharks and if the oceans die we die.
Allow Durong Dingo Sanctuary to keep all the dingoes they have at present.Dingo Simon’s story. I began Durong Dingo Sanctuary in 2009 (about 50 minutes northwest of Kingaroy), so as to save Mike Noble's dingoes as he had to relocate and couldn't take the dingoes with him. Over the years I have rescued 3 wild pure blood dingoes and given them a safe and enriching home.After getting them DNA’d for purity, the 1st rescued dingo ( I named Angel ) came back as only 75 % pure, so I had her de=sexed. Due to this I have asked Biosecurity to have her removed from my Permit and that the new white pup (Zahra) take her place.Biosecurity said No. Presently I have a permit to have 17, but due to an unplanned pregnancy with Honey this year, she had 4 white pups. Three have been sold (one went to Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough and two went to Halls Gap Zoo in Victoria ) and I want to keep the last one a female, Zahra. But according to Biosecurity Qld I do not have approval to keep her, and it appears they will not increase my Permit limit again. So I am left with the option of putting one to sleep or giving one way. Both options I simply cannot come to do. Biosecurity want me to isolate all the dingoes so no pairs are together or de-sex them. So in order to do that I need to build 5 enclosures at the cost of $8000.00 for materials alone.What they don't understand is that dingoes need companions to touch, play and rest with. Just seeing them through the wire fence is not good enough.Biosecurity consider dingoes to be Exhibits for display and educational purposes only. After having to sell my Droughtmaster Cattle Stud due to the drought sending me to the wall, I then had to sell my cattle yards and then my truck to pay bills. Needless to say I don't have the money to build 5 enclosures and just make ends meet surviving on a Disability pension. I see my role as owner of this Sanctuary is firstly to do my best to save and protect all my dingoes. Secondly to provide a place of education and understanding for the general public to gain knowledge of dingo behaviour and its role in our Environment. I consider it a real privilege to be the only Sanctuary in Qld to keep dingoes under a captive breeding program as all other Zoo’s and Sanctuaries in Qld must de-sex all their dingoes. The dingo is the top order predator in this country and has kept in balance all other animals for over 18,000 years, possibly even 40,000 years, until white man's presence brought all their animals from England. Then chaos began in the journey that we find ourselves in now. The dingo is our only native canine and entirely different in every way from domestic and wild mix breed dogs. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. My name is Elizabeth and I recently had the privilege of seeing these dingoes first hand and had one on one interaction with them suffice to say the experience was life changing; Dingo Simon is passionate and so loving and caring of the dingoes at the expense of his own health. It is rare to come across such a gentle and all-encompassing ambassador for the dingoes, such a treat is in store for anyone who desires to find out more and I recommend that you take the journey out to the Sanctuary and go and experience for yourselves these wonderful creatures that are part of our Australian heritage. Trust me you will come away from there very enriched and humbled by these intelligent and intuitive creatures. Simon desperately needs funds ( and he hates asking for money, however he knows he can no longer take on all the burden of upkeep himself) just to keep these beautiful animals in optimum surroundings and health. Dingo Simon loves nothing more than sharing the experience of the dingoes and gives his vast knowledge and resources unstintingly, that I feel compelled to do what I can to assist him. He needs immediate help in money and resources and to petition Biosecurity QLD to assist rather than hamper his efforts; will you help in any way you can? There are immediate actions you can take to help Dingo Simon with his plight. Firstly email to Minister.email@example.com to allow Dingo Simon to keep all the dingoes and to have open discussions with him and be a lot more helpful rather than hinder what he is doing. Secondly ask your local school to invite him to bring the mother dingo and her pup and talk to the children about the dingoes, there is nothing better than 1st hand education of the young as they are the custodians for the future. Please understand if he were to do this the school will need to pay for his petrol expenses as he just doesn't have the money. You can email Dingo Simon firstname.lastname@example.org. . I know for a fact that Dingo Simon is so grateful for every dollar that comes in to help the cause. Thanking you for your time and interest and action undertaken in reading about the dingoes.You can donate to help Dingo Simon to keep our dingoes pure, by depositing into the following bank account .Durong Dingo Sanctuary.BSB 06 4418Acct 1026 0377.
Save the Warkworth Sands WoodlandThe NSW Land and Environment Court and the NSW Supreme Court of Appeal thoroughly examined the impacts on the ecology, the number of endangered species, and the impact on the neighbouring residents of Bulga.The findings of these courts were that these projects had ABSOLUTELY NO MERIT. RIO TINTO and the NSW Government ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW !
Save our urban bushland and community hospitals.The Frenchs Fotrest site was chosen by labor ? vested interests. The liberals fought against this for years yet after the 2011 election suddenly changed their view Polls of the community suggest over 90% want the hospital at Mona vale. The previous public/private model as at Point macquarie has failed and the taxpayer has paid double for the hospital.Why destroy bushland when a perfectly acceptable cleared site exists at Mona vale, Recently the healing powers of the Mona vale site were extolled by the local members in the media.Millions have already been spent there on a maternity unit and new rehab and outpatient services Why not continue the refurbishment with inpatient services The savings on infrastructure alone would pay for this,
Don't Build a Greyhound Racing Facilty in Logan, QueenslandThis e-petition should only be signed by the residents, workers and businesses in the communities of the City of Logan, Queensland. If you wish to sign the paper version of this petition or if you wish printouts to pass around your community in Logan to sign, please call or text Graeme Palmer on 0412 982 133 to make arrangements. The signatures gathered each month on this e-petition and on the paper version will be presented to the Logan City Council prior to each Ordinary Council Meeting until the land use approval is rescinded. This Greyhound Racing Facility must not be built in Logan for the following reasons: - The Logan City Council decision making process to approve the change of land use for this facility from a sports field and the subsequent use of this decision by the State Government, gave no opportunity for community involvement and rejection of it - Will not enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of our people and families in our communities - Will promote gambling and increase problem gambling - The gambling $billions of wealth lost and the subsequent cost of economical and social damage to our communities will be far greater than the wagering tax revenue, rates and jobs that animal racing gambling will ever support or generate - Does not provide an overall benefit to the communities of Logan - Does not satisfy both an overall community need and an overall economic need of the communities of Logan - Does not legally comply with the fundamental specific outcome of satisfying the community and economic need as required by the Non urban and Conservation Locality and Zones Code in the Logan Planning Scheme 2009 (see item O23 on page 3-419) - Will not strengthen our image of Logan - Will promote animal cruelty and continue the killing of over 17,000 young greyhounds in Australia each year. The 3000 young greyhounds that get to run must run for their lives and many suffer drugs and abuse. Over 2000 are then killed when they do not run fast enough or get injured. Less than 1000 are rescued and make it to good homes. - Will promote organised crime and crime by pathological gamblers - Will foster expansion of the animal racing industry in Queensland and Australia which can only require existing gamblers to gamble more and cause more people to begin to gamble - Is not economically sustainable
stop DEPI from reclassifying pet bird speciesIt is important because if we are prevented from keeping, breeding and importing these species within Victoria we will eventually lose them because of the then forced necessity of having to inbreed, several of the finch species, namely the cordon bleu, and the jacarini are already under threat within aviculture. and who wants to in the future not be able to enjoy the song of a whistling male canary.
Raise awareness about shark finning and make it illegalWe believe that shark finning is a very important issue. We also believe that you are in a position to take action to address this issue. 73 million sharks are killed each year due to finning. They are captured by hooks than dragged on board boats to be slaughtered by getting their fins cut off while suffocating and bleeding. After being finned, sharks are kicked overboard to sink to the bottom of the ocean, finless, defenceless and drowning. Finning is not only inhumane, it also causes some sharks to near extinction. For example, the grey nurse shark is now critically endangered with less than five hundred remaining. Some species of sharks, like the grey nurse shark, only reproduce once every two years. The fact is that we are killing sharks faster than they can reproduce. Finning is unacceptable and your government needs to put it to an end in Australia. Yours sincerely, Signed, Krzysztof Kramarz-Fernandez
Stop culling (shooting) of BrumbiesWe must prevent culling (shooting) of our Brumby in the Snowy Mountains. It is a method that results in extreme cruelty to an animal (remember Guy Fawke's National Park) who is an integral part of our history, heritage, and poetry. Our Brumby has been in the Snowy Mountains region for well over a century and should be admired rather than vilified as vermin to be destroyed. We do not want to be scratching our collective heads in 20 years time asking "what happened to our Brumbies, we can only see them in the museum now"
Increase the Off-Lead Exercise areas for Dog Owners on the Hobart Rivulet TrackFollowing are some points I would like you to consider: My dog remains in effective control regardless of whether it is on or off lead, I have spent many hours training her so that she behaves this way. Blanket rules are being imposed on myself and other owners with similar well behaved animals by the council which is unjust on me and my animal. The concerns for Bike riders, who have hundreds of kilometres of roads where they can ride their bikes, are being placed over dog owners when these riders come into areas where we can exercise our animals off-lead. The Hobart Rivulet is an example. One of your council officers informed me that a current off-lead area is to be enclosed, further reducing our area of use, for the following reason: "The recommendation within the Council’s Hobart Rivulet Park Strategic Master Plan is to make it a fenced dog exercise area to reduce the problem of combining dogs off lead with bikers and walkers." I request that instead of restrictions being put in place that have a negative impact on our dogs, that the council require bike riders to slow down, or dismount and walk through this area of the rivulet track, or use another road. In the Tara Street Development, where a children play area is proposed, I ask the council to consider fencing the child play area instead of our dog exercise area. This would allow dog owners to continue to exercise their animals off lead. Parents could feel assured that their kids don't come into contact with dogs if that is their preference. Kids are also in a secure area and will be unable to walk down into the river where there is a genuine chance of injury or death, especially in winter when the river level rises and the water current is strong. If bike riders are requested to ride slowly or dismount in this area this will also be safer for walkers and children. Just like humans dogs require mental and physical exercise to be happy and healthy. By imposing more and more restrictions on where they can run and play the council is only increasing the risk of aggressive behaviour. Also, the council are only discouraging owners from exercising their dogs, as these restrictions make it harder to get to dog friendly areas. These restrictions do not just apply to the Rivulet, beach access is also a clear example of how the councils policy is making it harder and harder for responsible dog owners. I ask the council to consider removing these restrictions so that dog owners can access the beach whenever they want to and let their dogs exercise off lead. Please also consider places like France, Canada and the UK, where dogs are allowed everywhere. Buses, Trains, Cafes, parks, CBDs and so on. I ask you to question why we as a society are so intolerant towards dogs, when other developed nations are so very tolerant? Can we implement Dog Green Card scheme here in Hobart? So instead of good owners being punished for bad owners mistakes, we are rewarded. This would encourage people to train their animals addressing the concern of other residents before the problem arises. Finally in regards to people being bitten or confronted by aggressive dogs please consider that your restrictions are actually increasing the risk of this because people who don't own dogs are having less contact with them in everyday life. When they do then find themselves in company with a dog, they and especially their children, don't know how to interact with the animal. Usually this results in the dog being badly handled or treated and so reacts in self defence, the dog is not the aggressor in most cases, it is the human who is always nearly 100% at fault. An example of this is where I heard a mother tell her child to hit my dog on the nose if she came near her, possibly one of the worst things that a child could be told as noses are a very sensitive area on a dogs body and if a person hits them there it will hurt the animal and cause the dog to react in self defence to the pain caused. Fortunately the mother said to me "That's the right thing to do isn't it?" and I told her the reason why it wasn't and what her child could do instead.
Preserve Western Port - Stop the Development of Port of HastingsThe expansion to accommodate a projected 3000 ships per year will involve massive dredging, dumping of dredge spoil, land reclamation, risk of oil spills, air pollution, beach and cliff erosion associated with channel deepening, and loss of habitat. This has the potential to destroy the Western Port we know, love, and depend upon. Our beaches, fishing, wildlife, tourism economy, clean air, clean water. Western Port is a wetland of international significance, and Australia has obligations to look after it under the Ramsar treaty. Please take some time to learn about the proposed port expansion and its likely impacts. To stay up to date visit http://preservewesternport.org.au and http://www.wppcinc.org Thanks!
No East West TollwayThe aim of this petition is to show politicians that the local people of the areas affected and greater community do not want this environmentally devastating project. The East West tollway idea is being pushed for the benefit of the big trucking companies who want a quick trip to the docklands at tax payers expense. For the ordinary motorist the toll will be unaffordable. The area from Clifton Hill, Fitzroy through Parkville to Parkville West will be a construction site for up to 5 years, the area carved up into small isolated segments and the subsequent pollution at the end of this will be substantial. Royal Park established 1873 from a grant from Queen Victoria has been under siege for many years from developments such as the Children's Hospital, the Hockey centre and the Commonwealth village. Now, they too are under siege from this proposal. The Children's Hospital stands a few hundred metres from the proposed site. Royal Park (the lungs of the City) includes bush parkland, carefully planned and managed to mimic the original landscape that white settlers saw. It includes wetlands, the zoo, a golf course, sports grounds, a strip of the original woodland, an Urban Camp, a tram and train line. The tunnel is planned to come out from the middle of the park with 2 huge on/off ramps going right, 40 metres from the Zoo and left leading to a widened Flemington Road. Gigantic fly overs will dwarf sports grounds, wetlands, Urban Camp and housing. The tram and tram lines re-routed and woodland razed. The affect on the urban environment will be immense. Over 5000 trees are already marked for destruction in the Park. The wetlands, with its many species of water birds is a fabulous drawcard for visitors will be ruined. Fruit bats, the great pollinators, skinks, frogs, possums and animals in the Zoo will be further traumatised and disappear from the area. I implore anyone who does not know this area, come and have a look. Start at the Native gardens at Gatehouse St and Royal Parade. And then imagine how hell can look like. Facts -9.5 parklands worth $207 million -5,200 trees worth $17 million. Wetlands and water storage (14 % of M.C.C. annual irrigation.
Save the Whales and Protect their Champions!The Australian Government has committed to uphold the agreement not to slaughter whales in the Southern Oceans sanctuary. Minke whales are a protected species. It is a fallacy that scientific research requires these intelligent mammals to be brutally slaughtered. Sea Shepherd is committed to the United Nations World Charter for Nature; surely the Australian government has an international obligation to uphold this charter and protect the lives of not only the whales, but our brave citizens who are defending them.
Inquiry into the effectiveness of breed specific legislation (BSL)The Victorian community deserves to be kept safe from dog attacks by the best possible laws. The overwhelming evidence is that breed specific legislation is ineffective in preventing dog bites and worldwide breed specific laws are being revoked. It is scientifically proven that many factors other than genetics can be attributed to dog bite incidents including early experience, health, socialisation and victim behaviour.
Help save critically endangered Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters in the Hunter Valley!This historical decision could quickly lead to the extinction of two native Australian species of birds, Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters. In order to protect our unique Australian landscape it is vital to preserve this narrow strip of Iron bark trees and Lower Hunter Spotted Gums that are severely threatened in this development proposal. These native trees provide food and shelter for these endangered species on their migration from the currently endangered Tasmanian forests. Help us save our unique Australian environment! Please Read further: Development Proposal - Cessnock City Council, Planning Proposal: Bellbird Heights, accessed 9 February 2014 <http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/online/exhibition/BellbirdHeights2> Scientific facts from the NSW State Government and trusts: NSW Scientific Committee, Swift Parrot - endangered species listing, NSW Environment & Heritage, accessed 9 February 2014 <http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/SwiftParrotEndSpListing.htm> NSW Scientific Committee, Lower Hunter Spotted Gum, NSW Environment & Heritage, accessed 9 February 2014, <http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/HunterGumIronbarkEndangeredFactsheet.htm> Nature Conservation Trust, Spotted Gums Give Clues to Swift Parrots, accessed 9 February 2014 <http://nct.org.au/news-and-resources/news-stories/spotted-gums-give-clues-to-swift-parrots.html#.UvclEpHdBBU>
End Factory FarmingAnimals are suffering horribly in Factory Farms in Australia. They have their tails, teeth and beaks removed and are even castrated, all without pain relief and are kept in confined cages or crates where they can't even turn around. Laws don't protect these animals like they protect dogs and cats, so Codes Of Practice allow cruel treatment and deplorable living conditions. These animals are individuals with different personalities and needs. They are just like all other living creatures, so why do laws say it's ok for them to suffer? Please Help These Beautiful, Innocent Creatures, They Will Continue To Suffer If We Don't Speak Out And End Factory Farming.
Don't log the Nymboida state forestThe Nymboida state forest is the home of many endangered animals such as koalas and black cockatoos. The trucks for this project have also notified the local school bus that they will not stop for them as Glens Creek Road is often not big enough for two cars, instead they have given the school bus a radio so that the bus can know where these huge logging trucks are and get off the windy road before they get hit. I have lived in Nymboida nearly all my life and i have always seen these beautiful black cockatoos flying around, they are such a majestic bird and it's despicable that people from outside Nymboida should come in and threaten our endangered species and the lives of our children. This year my little brother will be catching this school bus and two years ago I used to catch that bus as well and I know just how dangerous Glens Creek Road is, its far too small for even a bus and a car to pass each other let alone a logging truck. This logging project is happening on the border of my family property, all the wildlife will be cleared away and stumps will be left, the delicate ecosystems that extend outside my family property will be destroyed and my once beautiful childhood home won't have the abundant source of wildlife for future generations. Craig Busby, region manager, should be told we don't want our local children threatened by their logging trucks and we don't want our endangered species threatened by the noise of the logging and the destruction of their homes.
Stop Keane Road in ForrestdaleImagine an area of bushland the same size as Kings Park, but with more species of plants, with bushland in better condition and located right on the back doorstep of Harrisdale and Forrestdale. That is what we have in the Anstey-Keane Bush Forever site. It doesn't look like much from Anstey, Ranford and Skeet Roads but once you walk in there and learn where and how to look you will see hundreds of different species of plants. It should be conserved and managed properly, not destroyed by a road through it.