• 'NO' to 11 room boarding house at 213 Bunnerong Rd Maroubra 2035
    1) DA for a 3 storey boarding house containing 11 boarding rooms - potential accomodation for 22 people. 2) PARKING: only 3 parking spots are included. This is not adequate for the number of proposed residents. Parking is already at capacity on Eastmore Place. 3) CONGESTION: additional cars entering and exiting Eastmore Place is a safety issue, and additional vehicle movements pose a risk. Eastmore Place is still technically a laneway, and access is very narrow and does not allow for two cars to enter and exit without difficulty. 4) SECURITY & COMMUNITY SAFETY: Eastmore Place is a family oriented suburban area, with 20+ young children residing on the immediate block. The proposed boarding house has the potential to erode the existing character of the zone through cumulative social effects.
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  • Deliver Dinjerra Primary School redevelopment funding
    Dinjerra is the only State primary school that services Braybrook, Tottenham and Maidstone. The other state primary schools in this area are extremely overcrowded. We have the space to accommodate a rising local population yet we don’t have the buildings required to deliver a modern education, and this is drastically limiting our ability to meet the needs of our community. Dinjerra faces significant challenges due to the diverse make up of our school population. Our students overwhelmingly come from poor socioeconomic households and English levels are far below the State average. To put it bluntly, our kids already start on the back foot and this latest announcement means that our students are being left behind by this Government. If anyone needs a 21st Century school it is Dinjerra Primary School. Unfortunately we are forced to endure run-down,1950s constructed buildings, which provide the opposite of the flexible and dynamic learning spaces our students deserve. We were due to start construction later this year and now we have been left in the dark as to if or when we will get our promised new school. We urge the government to reconsider this funding decision. $7M is not a huge amount of money in the context of this budget, yet to us it means everything.
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  • Newstart Allowance: Forcing People With Disabilities Below The Poverty Line
    How can you bake a pie when you can only afford the flour? Our Government has set unreasonable expectations for individuals living with a disability in Australia to find employment whilst on the Newstart Allowance. "In 2013-14, 510,900 adults with a disability (or 15.8%) and a further 328,100 with a disability that included a core activity limitation (or 17.8%) were living below the poverty line (pp. 34)" (Australian Council of Social Service [ACOSS] , 2016). A person living below the poverty line in Australia is suggested to have a net income of $426.30 per week (ACOSS, 2016). People living with a disability incur additional costs of living such as transportation, pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, adaptation to home or work environments etc. which contributes to the need of our Government to support these individuals and not place them into the unemployment bracket. Although unemployment benefits were originally intended to be interim payments for people temporarily out of work, the harsh reality for Newstart recipients is now very different, especially for people with a disability as many may never gain employment (Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2012). Since the implementation of the Welfare to Work policies in 2006, there has been an increase of people who are considered to have a 'partial work capacity'. This is described as the capacity to work at least 15 hours per week or earn above the minimum wage over a two year period are deemed ineligible for the the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and placed onto the lower Newstart Allowance (NSA) (ACOSS, 2016). According to the Department of Human Services (2017) a person with a disability on the Newstart allowance will receive the following payments weekly: Newstart Allowance: $267.80 Rental Assistance: $66.10 (maximum) Energy Supplement: $4.40 Total: $338.30 This demonstrates that the Newstart Allowance and additional supplements are still $88 below the poverty line for a single adult in Australia. By raising the Newstart Allowance $100 for people with a disability, this will bring them above the poverty line and increase their opportunities to fulfill their roles within our community. References: Australian Council of Social Service. (2016). Poverty in Australia. Retrieved May 8, 2017, from http://www.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Poverty-in-Australia-2016.pdf Brotherhood of St Laurence. (2012). Towards a fair and decent social security system. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwiYpdrkhd3TAhWCvbwKHZIwC7AQFggsMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aph.gov.au%2FDocumentStore.ashx%3Fid%3D905e2705-aa60-4eca-8e0f-ded62357ba5d&usg=AFQjCNFpur32gMVjH4iT2XeZIv5bCZ5T0Q Department of Human Services. (2016). Payment rates for energy supplement. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/payment-rates-energy-supplement#newstart Department of Human Services. (2017). Rent Assistance. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/rent-assistance Department of Human Services. (2017). Newstart Allowance. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/newstart-allowance/how-much-you-can-get
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  • Don't give billions to Adani
    Global mining company, Adani, have been unsuccessfully trying to secure finance for the Carmichael coal mine for years. Now, the Turnbull Government is considering making the Australian public foot the billion dollar bill for Adani's rail line, which will transport coal from the mine to the port. This is despite his promise during the 2016 federal election that there would be no public funding of Adani's mine. This billion dollar loan is risky, reckless, and deeply unpopular. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party oppose it, with Coalition backbenchers Bert Van Manen and Sarah Henderson speaking out. This is public money, that would be better spent anywhere else! Funding our local hospitals and schools would be a good start. Or how about investing in renewable energy projects instead?
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  • Don't give billions to Adani
    Global mining company, Adani, have been unsuccessfully trying to secure finance for the Carmichael coal mine for years. Now, the Turnbull Government is considering making the Australian public foot the billion dollar bill for Adani's rail line, which will transport coal from the mine to the port. This is despite his promise during the 2016 federal election that there would be no public funding of Adani's mine. This billion dollar loan is risky, reckless, and deeply unpopular. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party oppose it, with Coalition backbenchers Bert Van Manen and Sarah Henderson speaking out. This is public money, that would be better spent anywhere else! Funding our local hospitals and schools would be a good start. Or how about investing in renewable energy projects instead?
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  • Don't give billions to Adani
    Global mining company, Adani, have been unsuccessfully trying to secure finance for the Carmichael coal mine for years. Now, the Turnbull Government is considering making the Australian public foot the billion dollar bill for Adani's rail line, which will transport coal from the mine to the port. This is despite his promise during the 2016 federal election that there would be no public funding of Adani's mine. This billion dollar loan is risky, reckless, and deeply unpopular. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party oppose it, with Coalition backbenchers Bert Van Manen and Sarah Henderson speaking out. This is public money, that would be better spent anywhere else! Funding our local hospitals and schools would be a good start. Or how about investing in renewable energy projects instead?
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  • Save YREC - Business Incubator
    Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres Ltd (YREC) is a not-for-profit organisation, established to support the growth and development of small and micro businesses within Yarra Ranges. Established in late 1998 YREC’s infancy was made possible through funding support from the then Federal Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Swinburne University and the Yarra Ranges Shire Council. The success of the organisation has been forthcoming due to the generous support of annual funding assistance from Council, an ongoing lease from the State Government and income earned from leasing office, studio and workshop space. YREC helps those people in the community who have a great business idea, but often lack the resources and support to get a business up and running on their own. In addition to business incubation, YREC has substantial community support. Local community engagement includes Yarra Ranges Council and groups such as Warburton Advancement League, Yarra Ranges Film Society, Upper Yarra Valley Garden Club, Upper Yarra River Reserves Committee and independent business using the venue to share their skills with the local community.
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  • Greatest cut to wages since the Great Depression
    Hard working Australians in the retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be worse off and struggling to make ends meet.
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  • FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR AUSTRALIA
    Unemployment is the prime cause of poverty in Australia and the private economy cannot by itself provide the number of jobs required. It is not a personal problem, it is a national problem and that must be the focus. Under section 23 of the United Nations charter on human rights identify the right to work as a HUMAN RIGHT.It is the responsibility of the national government to ensure that sufficient employment is provided. If it does not come from the private sector then the public sector has to expand to allow this.
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  • Mark McGowan Please Don’t Rezone and Bulldoze Point Peron for Housing
    The Land was transferred from the Commonwealth to the State of Western Australia in 1964 subject to its future use ‘being restricted to a reserve for Recreation and/or Park Lands’. The Proposal will deprive Western Australians of the opportunity to develop a world-class coastal conservation and recreation park that will provide social, health and tourism benefits for both the Rockingham community and Perth’s expanding population. see www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com There is already an approved marina site for Rockingham at Wanliss Street that has wide community support. The Proposal has no social licence with over 13,000 West Australians having signed petitions against the Proposal. Constructing an artificial inland canal system will require ongoing maintenance at high cost to ratepayers and/or taxpayers. Canal developments of this type are outdated and have been banned in two states due to their unacceptable environmental impact and ongoing maintenance issues. The Land includes 43 hectares of ‘Bush Forever’ which will be destroyed, causing loss of habitat, restrictions on public access and permanently damaging cultural and social elements of Point Peron. The Proposal will threaten the ecological stability of nearby Lake Richmond and put groundwater, seagrass meadows, marine water quality, numerous state and federally listed threatened species including the precious thrombolite colony at risk. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com and www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com
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  • Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay Canal Marina
    The proponents for the private canal marina and housing estate on Point Peron (also known as Mangles Bay Marina) have asked the City of Rockingham to take on financial responsibility for the Waterways Management of their canal project. This is soon to be decided on by council According to leading WA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, the proposed Point Peron canal estate will not flush due to small tides and will need expensive ongoing cleaning up. Even the consultants for the proponents have acknowledged that the canals will not flush naturally as required. Consultants for the proponents have also acknowledged that the water quality in the Marina would be poorer than expected. This could increase the risk of algal blooms and fish kills. Canals are banned in several Australian states because of the financial and environmental burden they place on communities. Ratepayers of the Shire of Murray foot a bill in excess of half a million every time the Yunderup canals have to be dredged. The failed canal development at Port Geographe Bay threatened to bankrupt the City of Busselton until the W.A. Government poured in over $30 million of taxpayers’ money. City of Rockingham must not take on the huge financial risk that would be associated with maintaining, cleaning and dredging the canals of the proposed Mangles Bay Canal Marina. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com
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  • Australia/Timor-Leste cement project
    Ensuring this project fully complies with environmental and social requirements is important for two reasons. 1. Limestone mining for the production of cement can have negative impacts on local water resources including degradation of marine and ground water as well air pollution, both of which threaten the delicate 'Karst ecology' in the area and the health of the local subsistence communities. 2. The Australian government has form when it comes to supporting its corporations in their determination to extract resources from weaker neighbours to the detriment of these 'partners'. The most recent example being the ongoing 'negotiation' over shares in Timor sea oil which the Australian government has been forced to reopen after the shabby treatment and spying Timor-Leste was subjected to the first time around was brought to light. While Timor-leste, as a developing nation, requires cement, jobs and investment to aid its development, the long term environmental and health/social damage, including stunted growth in children and the poor financial return to Timor-Leste relative to TL cement and Australia, outweighs the short term benefits. It is also grossly unfair and hypocritical for Australia to profit from the abnegation of its responsibilities as a modern, wealthy power in the Asia pacific region. Australian corporations and their tame governments should not be able to act as though our neighbours where colonies ripe for plunder. If we are sincere in our desire to assist Timor-Leste's development, BGC/TL cement must be required to strictly abide by any health, environmental and social recommendations and split the profits of the operation fairly with their partners.
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