Put the brakes on the Ellerton Drive Extension proposed for QueanbeyanQueanbeyan City Council proposes to build a 4.6km road to link the end of the existing Ellerton Drive in East Queanbeyan (which runs to the roundabout at the foot of Bungendore Hill) to the Edwin Land Parkway at its junction with Old Cooma Rd at Barracks Flat Creek. The road would have a footprint of 25ha, ranging between 40 to 110 metres wide, and accommodate four lanes and a cycleway. Initially, two lanes would be constructed. The road would involve substantial earthworks as well as a bridge 180 metres long and six metres high across the Queanbeyan River at Barracks Flat. Unique and precious wildlife corridors in Queanbeyan’s natural bushlands will be lost if the Ellerton Drive Extension is built. The road would destroy 19ha of native vegetation, including 44 hollow-bearing trees that provide nesting habitat for many bird species including the Gang-gang Cockatoo, and remove 16 termite mounds used by Rosenberg’s Goanna for laying eggs. The road will also create a barrier for many other animals and increase the risk of wildlife injury and death. The Ellerton Drive Extension would cause noise and air pollution to many residents along its route as well as people living along Edwin Land Parkway, with which the Ellerton Drive Extension would link. Queanbeyan Escarpment and Queanbeyan River corridor would be changed forever. People would no longer be able to enjoy these areas as they do today. The potential to promote tourism based on protecting our natural areas would be lost. Council says the city needs the road to accommodate more vehicles as population grows with new town developments but there are other options. Council has not fully considered ACT transport planning that could make the Ellerton Drive Extension redundant or explored how better public transport services could reduce traffic. Experience elsewhere in Australia and overseas is that you don’t solve road congestion by building more roads. The answer is to divert demand at peak travel times by providing alternatives such as public transport and diversifying the location of jobs. Queanbeyan City Council needs to develop a Sustainable Transport Strategy for the city now, one that includes other options like better public transport and improved connections with Canberra’s transport systems before it decides to build any more roads, including the Ellerton Drive Extension.
TARKINE (TAKAYNA) Wilderness World Heritage Area.More logging coupes are about to be approved by the Tasmanian Government which will further threaten the unique Giant Fresh Water Crayfish, the habitat of a remaining disease free Tasmanian Devil population, nesting area for the Wedge Tail Eagle and destroy ancient Temperate Rainforest areas.
Save Basin Creek Rainforest ComplexLogging is not only damaging the habitat of many rare and endangered species but we will also lose forever a high value tourist asset located close to the Buchan Caves, an already popular tourist destination. We, the community of W Tree, are concerned that the higher values of biodiversity conservation and tourism are being compromised for low quality timber products such as packing pallets and woodchips. We are also greatly concerned for our own safety as it is becoming apparent that clear-fell logging also increases intensity of wildfires. Surely such a beautiful and unique part of Victoria’s natural heritage has a higher value to Australians and to our economy! Please, watch the video and sign this petition to demand the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, to halt the logging of this area and protect the beautiful Basin Creek Rainforest Complex. The future of Australia's natural forest is at stake! References Taylor, C. and Lindenmeyer, D. (2014) "Logging contributed to the Black Saturday fires" - Bush Telegraph, ABC Radio National http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/logging-bushfire-risk/5667208 Torra, M. (2016) "How Australian bushfires became feral and how to tame them". W Tree Promotion and Progress Association: W Tree, Australia. https://www.academia.edu/31339449/How_Australian_bushfires_became_feral_and_how_to_tame_them
NO SHORT-TERM LETS NEXT TO OUR HOMES - WE WANT NEIGHBOURS NOT STRANGERSNSW LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT JUDGEMENTS: "Mixed-Use is FUNDAMENTALLY INCOMPATIBLE." BUILDING STANDARDS, NSW FIRE & RESCUE plus DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CRITERIA AND LEGISLATION WERE IGNORED. ONE SET OF RULES FOR NSW TENANTS, NO RULES FOR THOSE USING HOMES FOR HOLIDAYS. There is an AFFORDABLE HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS CRISIS STATE-WIDE. MALCOLM TURNBULL got rid of his neighbour's short-term lets IMMEDIATELY! 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
Mark McGowan Please Don’t Rezone and Bulldoze Point Peron for HousingThe 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 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
FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR AUSTRALIAUnemployment 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.
Save the iconic forest at the north end of Steve Irwin Way.(aka Friends of Steve Irwin Way Forest)The road was redesigned to avoid most of the forest and the rest of the 744ha of Beerwah State Forest has been gazetted National Park status. The current proposal will clear at least 12ha and damage iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals. This forest contains koala habitat, lowland subtropical rainforest (a nationally recognised critically endangered ecosystem),centuries old habitat trees and unique wetlands. This forest is home to koalas, glossy black cockatoos, giant barred frogs, Richmond birdwing butterflies, Coxen fig parrots, Wallum froglets and other vulnerable declining frog and butterfly species. If this project proceeds we will destroy forever an iconic Sunshine Coast natural treasure and put these ecosystems and species on a downward spiral to extinction.
Australia/Timor-Leste cement projectEnsuring 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.
NO HIGHRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE SPIT!Even if ASF or any other company would pay a fair market price for the land (and we know this would NEVER happen!) the answer to their application SHOULD BE: NO! 1. If the SEAWAY/BROADWATER is meddled with in any shape or form the resulting effect on river tides/sand movement/silting/effect on the ecosystem is anyone's guess? WE CANNOT RISK IT! 2. We need the SPIT and all other open spaces on the Gold Coast to be preserved as our city is full of high-rises, we haven't got enough roads, our public transport system is basically non-existent, traffic is chocked throughout the city 24/7. 3. No development should be allowed north of Sea-World! We need the Spit developed as parkland and for recreation now and for future generations. 4. The Gold Coast, specially the central area where most high-rises are has no park with trees! Our greedy, self-serving council for decades has been selling anything/everything that could be sold... and the raping of the natural environment continues. This city NEEDS a decent large park, such as the Central Park in New York. Humans NEED OXYGEN TO SURVIVE which oxygen comes from TREES! No use to say that the Hinterland has enough trees and oxygen when the coastal winds blow it the other way, away from the coastal region where the high-rises and the biggest traffic exist. 5. ASF and all other companies should once and for all be given the thumbs down as far as the SPIT is concerned!
Save the Upper River footbridge in Kangaroo ValleyThe Upper Kangaroo River footbridge in Kangaroo Valley is a social, cultural and historical icon for the people of Kangaroo Valley, the Shoalhaven and the many tourists who visit here. Children of the valley find magic there; valley locals find solace, beauty and the occasional platypus; tourists to the Valley drive or ride to the Upper River area to cross and marvel at one of the few remaining footbridges left in this area and the magnificent river that runs below it. The bridge has been there in one form or another since the early settlement of the Valley. Until the Gerringong Creek Rd concrete bridge was built, it was the only way people could cross the river and get to their homes in times of flood (and indeed still is, when debris and water cover the concrete bridge as it did in the storms of July 2016). There is no safe pedestrian access on the narrow one lane concrete bridge, so removing the footbridge cuts off one of the loveliest walks in the Upper River area. The footbridge sits hand in hand with the community owned and managed Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall and features prominently in the memories and photographs of all those who have attended events there. The bridge is a tourist destination as evidenced by a mountain of supporting evidence on various web sites and publications including guides from NSW NPWS. This footbridge is part of our social and cultural history, and a vital part of the fabric of our present-day community. It must be preserved!
No fracked gas pipeline through the Northern TerritoryThe NT is a beautiful place, full of thriving cultures and communities. But right now, the NT government has plans to build a massive gas pipeline, cutting through sacred country, to pump fracked gas from unapproved wells across the Territory. Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Station Owners and community members have voiced their opposition to this project over and over again, and voted for NT Labor on their promise to slow down fracking. How can you approve a giant pipeline for fracking projects that haven't been approved, and when you supposedly have a moratorium on fracking?!
Forest Legacy WA ProjectThe Forest Products Commission's Draft Management Plan would allow 1,000 sq km of our SW native forests to be logged. This would enable clear felling operations, over a 10 year period 2014 - 2023. The cost of the plan to taxpayers would be $9m per year plus associated damage to ecosystems. If our forests are dedicated to carbon storage and sequestration (sequestration refers to the capturing of carbon) they can generate an annual income of $16m - $438m. This would protect our forests, endangered fauna and flora and assist the mitigation of climate change.
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'.
Stop Adani destroying our land and our cultureWe are gravely concerned about the push by Adani and the Queensland Government to open up the Carmichael Mine on our traditional lands. Our traditional lands are an interconnected and living whole; a vital cultural landscape. It is central to us as a People, and to the maintenance of our identity, laws and consequent rights. If the Carmichael mine were to proceed it would tear the heart out of the land. The scale of this mine means it would have devastating impacts on our native title, ancestral lands and waters, our totemic plants and animals, and our environmental and cultural heritage. It would pollute and drain billions of litres of groundwater, and obliterate important springs systems. It would potentially wipe out threatened and endangered species. It would literally leave a huge black hole, monumental in proportions, where there were once our homelands. These effects are irreversible. Our land will be “disappeared”. Nor would the direct impacts be limited to our lands – they would have cascading effects on the neighbouring lands and waters of other Traditional Owners and other landholders in the region. And the mine would cause damage to climate, unleashing a mass of carbon into the atmosphere and propelling dangerous global warming. We could not in all conscience consent to such wholesale destruction. Nor could we allow such a project to contribute to the dire unfolding effects of climate change that pose such great risks to all peoples. We know that many other people who care deeply about conserving natural places, vital water resources, the great fauna and flora of central Queensland, and a health planet share our concerns about this mine. When we say No, we mean No.
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 the ABC Science UnitThis is important because the ABC Science Unit is the only source of independent and objective science journalism remaining in Australia. It provides unbiased advice on all the important topical stories, as well as the latest trends from overseas. It is critical that we keep it alive.
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
DUMP PLANS FOR SA's NUCLEAR HIGH LEVEL DUMPFukushima and Chernobyl taught the world that nuclear accidents are very expensive and toxic for generations and leave horrific tragedy in their wake. South Australian Jay Wetherill is currently pushing his Government's plans by using a publicly funded Education Campaign. He and his government are spending public funds to spin the ' it is all proven, scientific and safe' line in his current expensive roadshow. His goal is to place a global HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR RUBBISH DUMP for short term profit in South Australia. He would like to place his own and South Australias' children's children's future at stake and just for money. Speculation and debate about long term finanncial cost / benefits of such an operation for a high level radioactive waste site is that it may prove to be a financial disaster. This is even if their is no nuclear leak, accident or clean up in tens, hundreds, or thousands of years time from today. If Mr Wetherill and the ALP of South Australia succeeded and any of the transported and stored waste containers EVER leak in an unforseen event or are accessed by wrong hands or motives it will prove potentially environmentally catastrophic. YES : SA needs smart new growth industries, not old outmoded nuclear plants spent nuclear waste in our back yard. NUCLEAR IS FOREVER Mr Wetherill- Just not here with toxic waste products please. Let the countries and wealthy energy company's that made the problem find other ways and places to deal with it. We understand their are companies involved in making large money from the real and pressing need to get rid of nuclear waste, it also asists with selling more nuclear power stations in future but we dont want that problem in our home state. As with Pangea back in the 90's the federal government met strong opposition and it stopped the project.. This is not a minor project of political short term consequence, this is a forever problem if your government succeeds in its wishes. DUMP THE DUMP
We call on ABC and SBS to break the silence on the climate emergencyPoliticians tell us they can't take climate emergency action to protect us all from climate impacts until the public demands it. Yet large sections of the public are lulled into thinking it can't be all that bad since neither politicians nor the media are reporting on climate impacts or discussing solutions. Our public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, might be the only body that is sufficiently trusted and powerful to break this impasse by reporting honestly and regularly about climate impacts and climate solutions. The public need to know about current and future impacts in order to be motivated to act, and need to know we have the solutions at our fingertips in order to take action themselves and demand government action instead of 'switching off'. Join us in calling for honest and thorough climate emergency reporting from the ABC and SBS. And when you have signed this petition, please also consider signing the Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation petition at www.ClimateEmergencyDeclaration.org/sign » Read more on www.climatesafety.info/publicbroadcasters (main page) www.climatesafety.info/climateactionstalemate (article) and www.climatesafety.info/radiorelay (radio interviews)
Extend the proposed light rail beyond Hobart and MONAThe Brighton and Kingborough Municipal Councils are two of the fastest growing residential areas in the state and both lie within 30 kilometres of the Hobart CBD, with existing rail infrastructure already running from Bridgewater to Hobart. Given that this rail infrastructure already exists, it only makes sense to use this for passenger rail. It will ease stress on the Brooker Highway and Main Road running through Hobart's northern suburbs, parking space and congestion in Hobart's City Centre will be relieved, and stress on the Southern Outlet between Kingston and Hobart will also ease. Also, given that a light rail vehicle will run on electricity, Aurora and Transend will have an additional main client to supply electricity to and they can afford to lower the unit price of electricity to residents, especially those on lower incomes. Tasmania is also a self-sufficient supplier of hydroelectricity, a clean and renewable energy resource, that can reduce commuter dependence on petroleum-powered buses and cars. An extended light rail system is a good idea for safer and cleaner transport, the environment and commuters on lower and higher incomes.
Tennyson Dunes - Revegetate not decimateThe Tennyson sand dunes are the most significant remnant dune system remaining on the Adelaide metropolitan coast. There is a narrow strip between Grange and Mordun St Tennyson and the Charles Sturt Council want to construct a 3.5m wide shared bike path through it, Ripping out the native pants in favour of concrete and disturbing the structure of this section of the dunes
Save Our Cultural Heritage at Abbot PointOur precious places are under threat from massive coal port expansions, and the coal rail line. If the rail line goes ahead, we will be blocked from accessing sacred rock art sites. Adani's new coal terminal will be built only five metres from the burial grounds of our ancestors. The current system is failing to protect our sites. We need urgent protection for our cultural heritage.
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
NSW Crown Land corruption to be referred to ICAC*Most of our open spaces, our public parks, sporting ovals, our beaches (like Bondi), our headlands, our waterways and our bush, are Crown land. In truth, it is simply “public land”. The right of the general public to use and enjoy our public land is an essential part of our egalitarian society and the Courts have always upheld - under the general law - the public’s rights of access. But that is all about to change. Telling us that new legislation was needed to overcome various management issues resulting from out-of-date legislation, the NSW Coalition has just passed new legislation that will in fact facilitate the greatest privatisation of our public land in NSW history. Please read on if you are interested. The Crown Land Management Bill - rushed through Parliament by the NSW Government on 9 November - was the Government’s response to years of allegations of systemic mismanagement and cronyism in its Crown Land Department (“Crown Lands”) and by local councils. Those allegations (by various community groups) were effectively accepted as accurate and substantiated, first, by Mark Paterson as head of Crown Lands on 22 June 2015 and, second, by the NSW Auditor General on presenting her scathing report to Parliament on 8 September 2016. In his admission last year, Mr Paterson admitted the “systemic issues” identified by his lawyers were so bad as to require staff training “in fraud and corruption prevention”. Paterson's media release is here: https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/81b25fee74db45ee92b75d130638203b.pdf The Auditor General found - as alleged by the community - that countless crown reserves were being used for unlawful purposes, including by businesses well connected to the relevant decision makers. Some 90% of these dodgy deals were done behind closed doors, for peppercorn rents. The Auditor General recommended Crown Lands identify all cases of unlawful uses of Crown reserves by March 2017. The Auditor General's report is here: http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/latest-reports/sale-and-lease-of-crown-land. Then on 13 October 2016, an Upper House Inquiry - brought on by sustained pressure from Crown land community groups - delivered yet another report on Crown land mismanagement. This Upper House report made a series of recommendations as to what any new legislation should include. The Upper House report is here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=2404#tab-reports But it was too late: Minister Niall Blair had already completed his new 208 page Bill. It was introduced into the Upper House on 19 October without even so much as an Exposure Draft. It was debated for the first time - and passed by both Houses - on 9 November. Crown Lands drafted this Bill. It will now become law. The new Act allows: the Minister to declare lawful all these previous unlawful activities (Clause 5.26); private businesses to control Crown reserves and to charge entry fees to public land (clause 2.17); and private business to agree on uses that go outside the uses permitted by statute (clause 5.2). And the Bill automatically provides the Minister’s approval to these businesses lodging a new DA to use - or build on - our public land not only for any statutory use but any other use that is allowed by the terms of their own private agreement (clause 2.23(2)(c)(ii) and 2.23(2)(g)(i)). To have allowed Crown Lands to draft this Bill to allow them to cover up their past mistakes, make lawful what was previously unlawful and to not require the Government’s mates to disgorge their ill-gotten gains, is like allowing the greyhound industry to draft a bill to cover up its own past mistakes. It is basic governance that you never give the job of fixing up a problem to those who were in any way involved in the making of the problem. It is unconscionable and a high form of corruption. It is time for the Government of NSW to start governing for the people, not for its mates. Please check the Updates below for links to more information on the internet. And email me if you have any specific queries or know of any further abuses of Crown land. JBOwens, Crown Land Alliance
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!
Imagine a Greater Wellington National ParkThe current Wellington National Park is currently at usage capacity and inadequate in size for its long term environmental integrity and the future demand on its resources. Our vision is for a world class ecotourism destination that will provide economic prosperity for the Preston region and beyond. It will be a Category II National Park which will enable people to actively engage with nature.
DEFERMENT of CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT BILL 2016It involves 42% of the TOTAL land mass of NSW. What was previously Crown Land or fell under other Acts such as Common Land, now due to be designated as Crown Land, will at the discretion of The MINISTER, be able to be privatised, leased, sold..... to whoever for whatever purpose. Previous Crown Land Management Bills have 'reserved' much Crown Land in a way that this is not possible. Public lands were for public use & were intended to be held in perpetuity. All previous protections will be removed with the passing of this new bill, this COMING TUESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2016. It also includes the abolition of Commons, reserve & other Trusts and the Western Lands Advisory Council. This may effect many public spaces such as parks, showgrounds, pony clubs and commons, such as The St Albans Common (pictured). This Common was granted to the early settlers and residents of The Macdonald Valley, just Nth West of Sydney, by Queen Victoria and has been successfully managed since 1824 by valley residents in accordance with the original deed of grant and at no cost to the government. Think of it this way.... if they were talking about private land.... ask yourself this, "would you be comfortable with having your house land title changed to a license with a mere promise not to revoke it !!!" Any protection of OUR PUBLIC LAND on this new bill, amounts to no more than this..... Full bill here... https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/DBAssets/bills/BillText/3348/b2012-167-d13.pdf
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members who love Glebe. We are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 will negatively impact on the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe by building an off ramp and exit along Ross St. WestConnex will bring over 36000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We want to protect Glebe from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
Mr Abbott Please Don't Slash the Solar SubsidyThe Australian solar industry has been rocked by a Federal Government announcement that the solar subsidy could be repealed or at best, cut by up to 93%. The Abbott appointed Renewable Energy Target (RET) Panel has provided the Federal Government with its recommendations in the “Renewable Energy Target Scheme Report of the Expert Panel” (RET Report) released 28 August 2014. The Abbott RET Report has presented us with two options: 1. The first option is to scrap residential and commercial solar subsidies effective immediately 2. The second option is to slash commercial solar subsidies by 93% and residential subsidies by a third. On page 36 of the RET Report, it states, “that under the current RET scheme, wholesale electricity prices would fall slightly over the period….” The RET Review’s own modelling paints the truth of the matter on page 38 of the report by showing the winners and losers of repealing the RET: • Black Coal NPV revenue increases 65% from $18.4 billion to $30.5billion (+$12.1 billion) • Wind NPV revenue decreases 81% from $17.5 billion down to $3.3 billion (-$14.2 billion) • Solar NPV revenue decreases 90% from $2 billion down to $0.2 billion (-$1.8 billion) So in summary, repealing the RET will: • increase electricity prices • kill the solar panel industry • kill the wind industry • reward antiquated Black Coal Why Tony Abbott has decided to pick this fight is beyond us at Tindo. The RET scheme doesn't cost the Government a cracker as it is the big polluters who pay for the scheme. Why kill the renewable energy industry, bolster up coal and make electricity more expensive? It just makes no sense whatsoever. The RET was first legislated in 2000 by the Howard Government with a 2% Renewable Energy Target. In 2009, the Liberal and Labor parties jointly agreed to the expansion of the Renewable Energy Target up to 20% out to the year 2030. On the back of this bipartisan long term policy and in good faith, the founders of Tindo decided to start up what is now Australia’s last remaining solar panel manufacturer. Tindo has created new jobs and new skills for Australia through its investment in a high tech, innovative and automated manufacturing facility. Uncertainty is a killer for business. Tindo hopes a response confirming the continuation of the RET unchanged is forthcoming swiftly from the Government inline with its pre-election promises and commitments. Tindo understands that over 20,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector are now at risk along with billions of dollars of infrastructure investments being put on hold. As you may already know, Tindo is currently rolling out a new way of delivering solar to the Australian public through a power purchase agreement program. This Tindo program is supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and seeks to create hundreds of new jobs in South Australia just 5km from the soon to be defunct Holden plant. This multi million dollar scheme is launching at the same time the Government is talking about scrapping the Renewable Energy Target. Here at Tindo, we remain hopeful that the Federal Government will not break their election promise by changing the RET. Feel free to send your local member, or even all members of Parliament an email or a letter sharing your thoughts on this matter. Download contact details for all Federal Politicians here http://www.tindosolar.com.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Members-of-Parliament.pdf
Stop Corruption of the Political Process by Global CorporatismGlobally governments are increasingly handcuffed in their ability to address serious threats to our species such as climate change, economic collapse and social inequalities. In order to halt this process political power needs to be devolved, big money taken out of out politics and the political process returned to the people. Our democracies, our civilization and our planet are at stake, all of which will be sacrificed at the alter of short term profit if the people do not resist.
Act now! Chainsaws start felling 229 trees on old high school site on Monday Oct 24, 6.45amA lot of Cockatoos and other birds use the trees. Many of the trees are along the boundary fences. Some believe that their removal is simply for the ease of construction work. We are being force to accept the loss of green open space but do we have to lose the trees too? Another case of The State Premier, Daniel Andrews dismissing his voters out of hand. Minister Merlino, we hope you will listen to the electorate and warn him of his folly.
Plastic Bag Free Whaingaroa-RaglanSingle-use plastic shopping bags pose a major threat to our waterways and oceans, polluting our beaches and harming our sea life. We are known as ‘Raglan by the Sea’—It is up to us as a community to take a stand against single-use plastic shopping bags and do our part for the environment and the ocean at our doorstep.
Heritage Housing Pain in AustraliaAustralia'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.
Save Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - say no to cultural genocide through failed government actionsAboriginal communities are seeking the support of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people to assist in protecting sacred places and cultural sites of importance for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people. We are seeking support through signing this petition and through attendance to the planned rally in Sydney on the 28 November. Peaceful Demonstration – Stop the cultural genocide -Culture Ride Rally 28 November Thursday Sydney Aboriginal people across NSW want to rally against the Government because they don't protect culture and heritage now and the proposed reforms are believed to include even more processes to gag the voice of Aboriginal people and their rights in this State to protect their culture and heritage. On the surface the principle of the reform looks hopeful. In the detail it’s a worry and will reduce Aboriginal rights and voice to a privileged few. Out of growing anger and frustration many Aboriginal people in their communities and homes have decided enough is enough! The system fails to protect and Governments just permit to destroy. Communities have had enough and Elders and groups are asking their Land Councils and other Organisations to provide their buses and petrol costs to enable Elders and families to travel to Sydney to tell the Government Enough is Enough. The Elders in communities believe ‘We need to go back to the old ways and make ourselves visible’. Many Elders were part of the Freedom ride and Land Rights movement. Well the movement has just given birth again for the culture ride!!!!” ‘ what is happening now is the continued and agreement by government to destroy our culture and heritage …usually for money (royalties). They are wiping out our ancestors footprints…. it wasn’t enough to try and destroy our people, it now about trying to make their legacy invisible. The proposed new reform is flawed …it will be a cultural genocide…..under the guide of Aboriginal ownership. There has been so many cases before ICAC, the new reforms will be opening the gates to opportunity for crime and misconduct, rorting and culturally and community suffering….If the government are real about Aboriginal owning our own culture and heritage then we need to have the right to decide the governance under our traditional lores and customs and community not based on a model designed by Western and non-Aboriginal ways of doing things. It’s not about stopping development it’s about saving our culture and heritage. The new reform is a new genocide and one we will not support. It’s about time Aboriginal people stepped up and took control over their own culture and heritage and not be swayed by models developed by bureaucrats which do little to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together in celebrating the diversity of Aboriginal cultures…..our cultures. The new reforms are toothless…..Aboriginal people will again be the loses. No one especially our people would support the destruction of the structures of the iconic and religious structures of the Catholic or Church of England cathedrals or the Synagogues or Mosques yet we (Aboriginal people) are subjected to constant discussions and Government approvals which approve the desecration and destruction of our spiritual places. And even when we share our sacred knowledge we are ignored and the bulldozers or detonators come in. In whatever neat package governments and politicians want to package it …….Its simply cultural genocide. A Modern Day Culture Ride Some supporters of the rally are travelling by private car or bike others are using LALC buses. Elder’s families and individuals are invited to come to meet up in Sydney for the rally. Some are coming to Newcastle to catch the train to Sydney from there it costs pensioners about $2.50 return. This is the second rally of a series of protests as we are sick of the threat and destruction. The community have been making their banners and plan to travel by train and bus and drive to Sydney to meet at Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park and march to NSW Parliament House in Macquarie street Sydney. The permit for a peaceful rally is approved and the street will be cleared for the rally to parliament. The train leaves Newcastle at 7.18 am arrives at central at 9.55 am. The rally gathering will start at 10:00 – 10:30 am and walk to Parliament House Macquarie street Sydney starts at 11:00 am. Everyone who is tired of seeing their Culture and Heritage being destroyed is welcome to attend this peaceful rally. Bring picnic lunch and if you could share this information with families and your network. Let me know if you want more information and I will try to forward your details to the Elders and volunteers organising the rally. Make yourself a banner and come along if you would like to perform. The message is simple - Save Culture and Heritage leave a legacy for future generations
Support Sydney's South East Light RailSydney is on the verge of a light rail renaissance and light rail through Surry Hills to UNSW is a litmus test for the political viability of light rail in Sydney in general. Unfortunately anti public transport forces are cynically generating a fear campaign to oppose the Devonshire Street route. Powerful forces within the NSW Government and the Opposition, and pro-motorway lobby groups, continue to oppose any extension of light rail and the CBD - Kensington light rail route in particular. Nick Greiner's Infrastructure NSW, for example, proposed CBD bus tunnels in an attempt to block light rail in George Street. A small number of residents who will be displaced are understandably angry, because planning consultation was mishandled by Transport for NSW. They should be given adequate compensation for the impact on their lives, but it must be recognised that some displacement for such an important public transport project is inevitable and resumption for light rail will always have a tiny fraction of the impact of the alternative motorway projects. Around the world, hundreds of cities have turned to light rail precisely because it is completely compatible with residential neighbourhoods, heritage precincts, and parkland. The web abounds with information about, and video and still images of these systems. Here a just a few from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzxOwI4yUx0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiNKpzmJ38E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZDpD-kj-Ss And see: Sydney's Light Rail Future http://youtu.be/LGTODl5dMoo
Prioritise Sydney's public & active transport (over the Westconnex).WestCONnex won’t work! Public Transport Will The NSW State Government is proposing to build the WestCONnex motorway: a 33km toll-road around Sydney that will destroy neighbourhoods, waste taxpayer funds, cost families money, increase pollution AND not fix our city’s traffic congestion problems! The WestCONnex proposal involves: • Duplicating M4 lanes from Parramatta to Homebush (Stage 1: construction from early 2015) • Constructing a tunnel from Homebush to Haberfield (Stage 1: construction from mid-2016) • Duplicating the M5 East (Stage 2: construction from 2016) and • Constructing a tunnel between Haberfield and St Peters (Stage 3: construction from late 2018). WestCONnex will mean: More Tolls Previously free roads will become toll ways. A return trip from Parramatta to the city will cost $14 in tolls if WestCONnex goes ahead and drivers will try to avoid them by speeding through local suburban streets instead. Pollution Belching smoke stacks, truck diesel fumes, greater reliance on cars… Do we want to end up like Beijing, described as “barely suitable” for life as smog regularly blankets the city? Congestion As with all new roads, WestCONnex will attract more traffic to the road network, particularly given that much existing public transport is at capacity. Only increased public transport relieves congestion over the long-term. No New Public Transport The estimated $11 billion to build WestCON will soak up all government funds that could otherwise be invested in sustainable public transport for all. Destruction of Bushland and Parks Important heritage bushland and local parks will be concreted over by WestCONnex. Let’s protect what little green and open space inner-west and south-western Sydney has left. Waste With the taxpayers’ funds slated for WestCONnex, the Government could instead build a second SydneyHarbour crossing, equalise all fares on the Airport rail line and build two more stops, fund light rail around ParramattaCity – and still have money left over. The Government is wasting money on building a transport network that doesn’t plan for current or future needs. High Rise WestCONnex is more than just a toll road. It is also part of the Government’s plan to use proposed new planning legislation to increase density in our already overcrowded suburbs. New high-rise buildings in previously low-rise residential areas will spring up, with occupants and their cars swallowing any new road capacity WestConnex initially provides. WestCONnex is not the future we want! What do we want? The future we want is a less congested and more accessible, amenable city. • Let’s spend that $11 billion on a range of considered public transport alternatives that suit our changing travel preferences. • Let’s free up the existing road network for business and people who need it. • Let’s keep our local communities under local community control. • Let’s aspire to overseas cities which have invested in public transport for all. And let’s invest in public transport now, before unaffordable petrol and peak oil makes white elephants of new motorways. We want politicians to listen to concerned citizens, independent transport experts and community groups. What can you do? • Does your local State politician support WestCONnex? Contact their office and let them know you don’t! • Join one of the No WestCONnex action groups and get involved in the campaign. • Follow developing events via Facebook – No WestConnex Public Transport • Follow developing events via Twitter: @westconnex • Receive the latest WestCONnex at http://westconnex.info Email us at info AT westconnex.info Community meetings throughout Sydney enthusiastically passed the following motion “This public meeting rejects Westconnex and calls on Marrickville Council, all local councils on the route, and local Members of Parliament to run a fully-funded campaign against the Westconnex toll road.”
Saving Wee WaaPlease 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.
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members. Our kids go to the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe and we are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 plans to build an off ramp and exit somewhere near Ross St in Glebe. WestConnex will bring over 33000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We love Glebe. We want to protect it from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
Pledge ratify Paris Climate Change targetAlthough we're now 20 years late, excesses of climate change can still be tamed, even if our world is changed, for the worse, forever. How about you enact Drastic Action immediately, before it gets impossibly expensive? Take this pledge so they know you feel Lucky Country is at risk, fast running out of luck. Are big budget jet fighters and submarines any defence against real and present threat of climate change? Please take this pledge.
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
Don't Frack Victoria!Hydraulic fracturing 'fracking' involves the high-pressure injection of millions of litres of water, sand and chemicals into shale cracks. Not only does the process involve huge (and scare) volumes of water, The risks associated with this process are serious. In Australia and the US, fracking has: - contaminated and depleted aquifers and drinking water, - damaged land and habitats, and - caused methane leaks, causing serious air pollution. A large area of southern Victoria is targeted for shale oil and gas exploration and eventual production. A ban on unconventional gas production is required so that our domestic, livestock and food water resources, and our very valuable food production is protected from the very real risks of water and food contamination, as has happened in other spread of Australua and overseas!!. Legislation must be strengthened to protect the precious water in our environmental, cultural, heritage, recreational and food producing areas. Victoria, particularly the higher rainfall areas of the south is fast becoming the food bowl for the rest of Australia, with high per hectare production of milk and meat. This resource could be jeopardised should fracking be allowed to occur.
Support Youth facility at Rushcutters BayThis is a carefully thought out and well researched proposal, the result of 4 years of consultations and campaigning by the local youth community and their parents. The facility is aimed at 5-14 year olds and would be located in an under-utilised section of “no man’s land” within the park hemmed in by the canal, a line of trees and the outdoor gym. The park is very large — over 5.3ha — and the proposed concept would impact less than 2 per cent of this space. The proposal includes a basketball court, ping pong tables and new seating which would be used by younger children as well. The new facility will complement existing recreational activities. Currently there is no local place in Paddington or Woollahra where the children of this age group are encouraged to play outdoors, ie; to skateboard, cycle, chat in groups, climb trees, build cubbies or play handball or basketball. The population of children in the inner city has dramatically increased in the last 10 years and yet the presence of children in their local urban context is largely ignored by the planners and the adult community. In Paddington, all of the children live either in terrace houses with tiny courtyards or in units with no outdoor space, they are not allowed (by the schools) to play in the school grounds after hours, they are not supposed to play in the streets because it is considered dangerous. There are no parks in the area that cater for this age group. So the skaterkids are a marginalised and disengaged group within our community that do already play in the street because there is nowhere else to go. This youth facility will provide these much needed facilities for the Woollahra Paddington Community, in particular for an under represented and rapidly expanding population of 8-14 year olds.
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 Melbourne City SquareMelbourne is now a wonderful tourist city that is a pleasure for residents and visitors alike. There is no need to destroy the city. After 20 years of development, the Melbourne City Square now functions very well, has established trees and is used by a large range of community groups. St Kilda Rd is a tree-lined iconic boulevard. It will take another 40 years to return these to their present conditions. The Melbourne Metro Rail project needs to adopt 21st century engineering practices. Tunnel construction can practically all be completed below ground. There is no need to disrupt the running of the CBD. With hundreds of trees throughout the city to be removed unnecessarily, deeper tunnels will save most of these trees. Politicians and engineers need to be held socially and environmentally accountable. With a truck removing rubble from the City Square every five minutes 24/7 - according to MMRA - the congestion and safety issues to pedestrians and cars is enormous. Let's be smart about this project.