• SOLVE Alliance against meat chicken farms in Spring Creek, Lockyer Valley
    SOLVE 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'.
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  • Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RN
    Where 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!
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  • Save the Leigh Creek Coal Monuments
    Bucyrus Erie and the Leigh Creek lookout was established as a monument and is a monument that must remain in the region lest we forget everything we almost learned.
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  • Stop our government legislating to empower speculators to force strata home owners to sell
    It's applicable law in NSW from 30 November 2016 & it will be law in Western Australia next year unless you act against it before the WA election in March 2017. Property industry lobby groups are currently pressuring the Queensland government to introduce similar legislation. Property professionals especially lawyers will also benefit significantly from the work that it will generate for them so there's no organisation speaking out against it. The government claimed on its website (Q&A) that it has engaged with strata owners in its consultation process via Strata Community Australia WA. Strata Community Australia WA does not represent the interests of strata owners but those of property industry professionals that stand to benefit from the increased work for them that this legislation will cause. The government & property professionals are right in saying that the Strata Titles Amendment Bill is wanted by the majority of people. However hidden in it is the RETROSPECTIVE Termination of Schemes part that will enable 75% of strata unit owners in a strata to force the remaining 25% to sell to them at market price. You can find out here exactly what the W.A. government is planning here https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/titles-and-surveys/strata-reform/termination-of-schemes The government bureaucracy talk of empowerment, democracy, transparency, checks and balances is all very noble; but ultimately, the fundamental principle of a property owner's sovereignty is under attack. Until now this was sacred except in exceptional circumstances where new infrastructure deemed vital to maintaining a city's functioning and future prosperity was needed. This power was rightly confined to government entities. Now a property developer's wish to construct some more towers on prime land such as your favourite beach backed up by sufficient dollars to win over 75 per cent of owners is sufficient to allow diminution of existing property owners' rights. Of course there will be many strata unit owners who see a chance for an unexpected windfall from these new rules.  No doubt that many speculators are in the process of buying into blocks with a view to flipping their property on to a developer at the earliest opportunity. There will also be owners who bought a property as a long term hold under the old rules and won't appreciate having their assets realised without their consent. In my situation, in a strata building of 28 units that a building inspector has certified that it's in a good condition, 3 speculators that own 21 units can force the other 7 owners to sell to them at market price. The higher density zoning means that the whole (the land on which the current strata building sits) is worth many times more than the sum of the parts (each strata unit) so the speculators will benefit significantly from the sale of the strata land to developers. The high rise redevelopment is targeted to foreign buyers. Shame on our government to expect you to defend your country but it allows you to be forced off your land. Land to which you have property rights since the time of the Magna Carta over 800 years ago. I believe that I must fight for my lands rights now or I'll be left with a bit of cash while the local community will be left with a high rise redevelopment for sale to foreigners where I once had my single storey home unit of 25 years in front of Cottesloe beach. Don't be deceived by the government promise that the law will protect the vulnerable and it will be fair & equitable. Even the minister responsible has admitted that it's a complex legislation. Complex because it's impossible to protect bonafide strata owners from abuse by speculators. Despite this the government insists that the rights of all owners will be adequately considered through a procedure and fairness review by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). How is this believable when there is no requirement in the legislation . In the end speculators will always win because they can afford better lawyers than you. Proof of this are all the DAP decisions against local community interests. Stop the Strata Law Kink is no different to Keep Cott Low, Stop the DAP or Rethink Perth Freight Link. This is where the local community of normal people & small businesses are not only abused by the vested interests of big government, big business & big unions but also intellectually insulted by their lobby groups that insist that it's all for the greater common good.
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  • SAVE THE LAVERTON LINK CENTRE FOR "KIDS AT RISK"
    The Link Centre is key in turning lives around for those kids who have struggled in our normal school system. These are bright, special kids who sadly have faced difficulties due to bullying, trauma, mental health issues or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program works. Centre Manager Rasheel Kaur said that out of 41 students enrolled last year, 38 per cent went on to do year 11, 33 per cent undertook vocational training programs and the rest returned for another round. Rhonda Collins, manager of Altona-based youth homelessness service Latitude, said it made no sense to close a centre with a proven track record. “It is the only alternative education setting that young people … have access to in the area” -“It’s a proven model, it has a high retention rate, young people have re-engaged back in to mainstream schools.” If we don't catch these kids at this vulnerable age there is a high probability they will never reach their full potential. It is crucial this centre stays open and continues it's important work.
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  • Heritage Housing Pain in Australia
    Australia's heritage system is set up so that certain individual property owners are forced to bear the costs of heritage conservation for the rest of the general public. It is not fair, or ethical and some people are cracking under pressure of this large financial burden. The individual heritage property owner is often put at a large financial disadvantage through serious devaluation of property price (by over 25% on average calculated by Herron Todd White – Australia’s largest independent property valuation and advisory group in Australia) (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2006, Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places - Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No.37, Canberra, Media and Publications Productivity Commission, p.164, Box 7.3), higher maintenance or restoration costs due to the requirement for specialised tradespeople, additional administrative costs, limitations on the ability to modify or adapt the property and limitations on the ability to develop the site. What usually then occurs is that heritage listed properties are often neglected and run into disrepair. So, not only does Australia’s heritage system cause financial devastation to hundreds of families, but it doesn’t even work to conserve our heritage! This needs to change. There are more progressive heritage systems employed by other countries (in particular Colorado, USA) which work, and Australia needs to follow their lead. Their private heritage property owners have adequate financial support and great tax incentives, so people try to nominate their own property to be on their national heritage register! People look after their heritage property because it is in their best interests to. This is unlike the situation in Australia where heritage funding is minimal and therefore the reliance is on owners of heritage properties to pay for all/most of the bill and suffer the devaluation in their property value. Resentment against heritage listing is increasing in Australia, and without financial help people will naturally neglect their heritage listed property because it just costs too much. It's time to take a stand, so please support our campaign by adding your name below and click on on 'Good vs Bad Heritage Systems' at http://heritagepainoz.my-free.website to learn more.
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  • Fix Pension Poverty
    The Age Pension is inadequate. A third of Australians aged over 65 live in poverty. The current rate of pension is not adequate for pensioners who do not own their home or have assets outside the home. Unable to afford rent, power, dental and medication expenses pensioners are taking extreme measures to make ends meet. Like relying on charities to provide food, spreading a single meal over multiple sittings and bathing in cold water. Pensioners with teeth problems are mashing food because they can’t afford to go to the dentist. We believe this deprivation is not acceptable in one of the richest countries in the world. We can and should do better.
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  • Stop the Debit Card trials . Stop the Privatisation of Social Security Payments to Indue
    The Cashless Welfare Debit Card takes away a person's right to choose where they shop, how they pay their bills and does affect where they live. Indue control how payments are made instead of you, your banking and bill paying abilities are affected when you are forced to change to either Centrepay or Indue to make your regular payments. You have to ask permission and provide proof of your bills to Indue Some payments are not accepted on the Indue Card or Centrepay ( Some Car Loans, parents have been forced to hand cars back after defaulting due to Indue unable to allow funds for payments) and you are expected to manage those accounts on your 20% allowance to be paid into your nominated bank. Rents are a problem, especially 3rd party rents, periodic leases, and private rentals, as we have seen many people being left behind in rent, late fees, new charges to change to other methods of paying and some made homeless due to Indue not allowing enough cash to pay their rent. Breach notices and debts, snowballing as other bills fall behind trying to catch up. 80% is restricted to the Indue Visa debit/credit card. Leaving people having to "beg" for approvals to normal things they used to be able to do. Online shopping is restricted, no Ebay. Gumtree, Paypal, Woolworths Online or access to enough cash to be able to purchase secondhand items from Facebook sites, friends, markets etc.Family debt is also a problem to be able to repay loans from families. Most people on some sort of payment for example, a student rely on being able to buy secondhand text books, pay cash room rentals etc, bus trips, with the indue Welfare Debit card there is not enough accessible cash allowed to do such things. Most people on newstart, share accommodations, rent rooms, share houses and utilities and pay cash for those expenses, they also rely on cash for transport on regional buses, secondhand clothing etc. Many people on the card are also working , parents working or partnered with working partners too, we have seen many workers put on this card because they don't have 38 hrs a week full time We have seen across all sites, but most recently the Hinkler site is seeing people struggling as we saw with the first 3 sites, mental health decline, anxiety, stress, depression, sense of worthlessness as people are stigmatised when using the card, public comments when people are seen using the card like " oh that's one of those cards for druggies and alcoholics etc, oh that's that druggy card" etc. When the majority of people forced onto this card have no such problems. How does someone pay their mortgage on Indue??? Mixed info , we know of a farming family who had to change mortgages only to find setting up their mortgage with a new bank they still couldn't pay their mortgage, have now had to work a work around to keep their home,trusted to pay their employees, yet put on the card because they receive part family payments! Some people access cheaper items on Ebay or other online services, like home shopping, many DSP are not able to get out all the time to buy things on a card, at an approved place, We all know there are people in our communities , working and non working that have issues with drugs, alcohol, gambling. This card targets not only those on social security with such addictions, but blankets the majority that do not have any issues, addiction nor financially other than struggling on below poverty line payments and does not address the problems over all in society with the same issues for working people, who can continue to drink, drug and gamble their income away, thus affecting their families too. We would like to see the card scaled back to people on a voluntary basis, with proper supports put in place to help people, Costings should the gov't expand to taking over the Basics Card recipients across the NT and other regions will add up to $233 Million up to 2021 if the Morrison Gov't continue to roll this now program out/ That kind of money could provide good services for those that need it in the community, Housing, Rehabs Councelling *Emergency housing rental crisis funds have been cut as of 1st of Jan 2019 in the Hinkler region, leaving people struggling when Indue does not pay their rents with no where to go for help from losing their rentals! Australians are all supposed to be covered under law equally, The Cashless Debit card see aussies forced onto the card stripped of rights and protections under the social security acts that have been suspended to allow Indue to take over their payments, Privacy, Dignity, Autonomy, Self Determination and Human rights breaches leave card recipients as lesser citizens no longer protected under the law, and stigmatised to be made out to be somewhat lesser for receiving social security payments, combined with the punitive Robodebts, Work For the Dole, Path Traineeships, Parents Next and Job Agencies now more interested in punishments and compliance than helping people get jobs, or receive supports with dignity, The lie if it works just like a normal debit card needs to be called out, along with the media and certain ministers pushing that the card is aimed at Drug, Alcohol and Gambling and Intergenerational Welfare, when none of it is true, It's about control of people and profits for Indue, nothing more,
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  • Upgrade Dickson shopping centre in accordance with the Dickson Master Plan 2011 and 2016-17
    Dickson group centre is the main northern gateway to the national capital and serves an unusually large population catchment, providing important health, library, postal, banking, public transport, retail, recreation, restaurants and a wide range of other commercial services to the whole of North Canberra and many parts of the ACT/NSW sub-region. The centre is in urgent need of maintenance, shoppers are regularly experiencing harassment, and local businesses will face extremely difficult trading conditions once the centre's major carpark is fenced off. Now is the time to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to deliver the quality and integration of facilities that the Dickson Master Plan promised.
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  • NO SHORT-TERM LETS NEXT TO OUR HOMES - WE WANT NEIGHBOURS NOT STRANGERS
    NSW LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT JUDGEMENTS: "Mixed-Use is FUNDAMENTALLY INCOMPATIBLE." BUILDING STANDARDS, NSW FIRE & RESCUE plus DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CRITERIA AND LEGISLATION ARE BEING IGNORED. ONE SET OF RULES FOR NSW TENANTS AND OWNER/OCCUPIERS, NO RULES FOR THOSE USING HOMES FOR HOLIDAYS. There is an AFFORDABLE HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS CRISIS STATE-WIDE. THE RIGHTS OF ACCREDITED ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS ARE BEING IGNORED. SHORT-TERM LETTING STRIPS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE VALUE OF OUR HOUSING. HOMES NOT HOTELS...COMMUNITIY BEFORE PROFITS...NEIGHBOURS NOT STRANGERS www.neighboursnotstrangers.com
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  • Saving Wee Waa
    Please watch our Saving Wee Waa videos they have been viewed 360 000 times, and sign this petition to show your support for real environmental outcomes and rural communities. Wee Waa is a small town with a population of less than 1800 people based in North West NSW, it is 90% reliant on Agriculture, be that irrigated or dryland cropping and livestock production. On average 80% of the flow in the Namoi River goes to the environment in flows out the end of the system. The Murray Darling Basin Plan proposes to remove more water from Wee Waa which will have harmful impacts. The water the government wants to take from Wee Waa, will not reach the downstream target sites. Here it keeps kids in school, people in jobs and businesses going. We are asking the Murray Darling Basin Authority, State and Federal governments to take into account this is the third water reform that has impacted Wee Waa. The additional socio-economic impacts on Wee Waa will put our town into permanent drought. We want real environmental OUTCOMES - please help us request the Government fund the complimentary measures such as fishways, carp eradication, cold water pollution, resnagging and restocking native fish in the river to ensure the future of the Northern Basin.
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  • Fix Telstra internet speeds in the Bellingen Shire!
    I work from home and need the internet to carry out that work. Telstra is charging me for a service they are unable to provide. I know many other people in the Bellingen Shire are being affected. I can't seem to get Telstra to take any action to fix the problem by myself so here I find myself asking for support and the voice of people suffering similar Telstra woes and maybe together we can effect a change.
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