• Stop the massive intrusive school camp development on Booloumba Creek Rd
    A development application has been submitted to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council seeking to build a massive and intrusive school camp complex in the quiet heart of the beautiful Mary Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The school camp complex to be built on Booloumba Creek Rd will house over 200 students and teachers and generate significant levels of intrusive noise which will dominate the area day and night, ruining resident’s quality of life and devastating property values. The presence of a dozen massive white geodesic domes for accommodation and an enormous white pavilion will permanently ruin the visual and rural qualities of the area and detract from the experience of visitors to the beautifully scenic area as well as being a permanent eyesore for residents. The venue will also be available to hire out on weekends and school holidays to all manner of groups meaning there will be no respite from the noise and disruption for neighbors and residents. Further, Booloumba Creek Rd is a narrow winding rural road that in several places is only one vehicle wide. The addition of coaches full of students and other heavy vehicles servicing the complex will add significantly to the risks faced by local residents and visitors to the area. This massive and intrusive school camp will completely dominate the entire area, permanently destroy the rural ambiance, wreck people's quality of life and has the potential to damage the fragile ecosystem of Booloumba Creek itself. Please help us to stop this development before yet another quiet corner of the world succumbs to development and exploitation.
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  • Stop the catastrophic destruction for Palm oil
    Deforestation, destruction of habitat and species and a health hazard to large parts of Asia. The head of the Global Carbon Project at the CSIRO, Pep Canadell, said the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in 2 million years, because of the 1 billion tonnes of carbon released by the fires in a two-month period. A lot of it has to do with growing palm oil trees.
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  • Bunnings Warehouse, please ban cancer causing glyphosate weed killers
    For the health of your customers, and I guess it must be important to Bunnings Warehouse, the ban of glyphosate based weedlkillers has to be a wise move. Some have criticized this consensus report from the WHO but truly must not know the meaning of "slow poisoning" or "precaution". So far I can mention that it has been banned from all french gardening centers, Switzerland centers Coop and Migros, German giant retailer Rewe, also the countries of Columbia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and more. There also are about 30 000 health professionals in Argentina (one of biggest user of Roundup) calling for the same ban. moreover a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that widely available commercial formulations of RoundUp, 2,4-D and dicamba can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in common disease-causing bacteria. I suppose that this does not come as a surprise and hope that Bunnings Warehouse will also use the precautionary principle and remove all products containing glyphosate from its shelves. You hopefully also know that the use of these weedkillers depletes the soil and washes down in our rivers, causing more environmental damage and also comes back into our drinkable water (an American study also found that 93% of women tested positive to glyphosate in their breast-milk). I include here a list of links to broaden anyone's knowledge on the matter: http://templatelab.com/iarc-monographs-112-02/ http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/aug/07/supermarkets-garden-centres-weedkiller-ban-cancer-glyphosate-monsanto http://theantimedia.org/more-european-countries-banning-glyphosate-monsantos-roundup/http://www.truthwiki.org/glyphosate/ http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2015/05/30/the-end-of-monsanto/ http://www.naturalnews.com/042553_roundup_glyphosate_breast_cancer.html http://sustainablepulse.com http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/883578 http://www.i-sis.org.uk/glyphosateCausesBirthDefects.php http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/05/30/why-the-netherlands-just-banned-monsantos-glyphosate-based-herbicides/ http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IPTG-1-104.pdf http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/article.asp?issn=2152-7806;year=2015;volume=6;issue=1;spage=45;epage=45;aulast=Samsel http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045%2815%2970134-8/abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25067936 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/#!po=65.0000 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3958316/#!po=61.1111 http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/4/4449 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24434723 http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891584913003262 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23000283 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22120950 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22200534 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20012598 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539684 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx800218n http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486286 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15929894 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451553 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12765238 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12148884 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1638308
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  • Make safe climate a priority in electricity network regulations
    The network regulation proposals by network operators and approvals by the Australian Energy Regulator have immense power to influence how much or how little householders and businesses reduce their carbon emissions. While grid electricity continues to be sourced predominantly from fossil fuels, reducing consumption of grid electricity remains a key means of mitigating climate change. Demand tariffs are being proposed as a means of flattening demand peaks in order to avoid further gold-plating of networks, and as a fair way of distributing costs across all users. While these are worthwhile aims, the downside is that the associated low usage charges are almost certain to slow down the uptake of solar PV and energy efficiency opportunities, resulting in higher levels of carbon emissions than otherwise. The simple fact that demand tariffs have significantly lower usage charges, roughly 10c/kWh lower(*1) than current standard tariffs, greatly erodes the ability of solar PV and energy efficiency measures to 'pay for themselves' in a reasonable time. Modelling by SA Power Networks suggests the uptake of solar PV would be halved by the introduction of demand tariffs to householders and all businesses. By way of an example, SA Power Networks recently received approval for a new regulation that forces any small business with a multi-phase supply onto a demand tariff if they install solar. The public had already contributed $5,213 towards a CORENA Quick Win project(*2) intended to install solar PV for a non-profit community child care centre. This would have avoided 7.3MWh of grid electricity every year, and saved them almost $2,000/year, but the project is now on hold. Inevitably the power bill savings would be much less under a demand tariff, but the main disincentive is the extreme difficulty of estimating its cost-effectiveness and the fear that the switch to a demand tariff might increase their power bills despite installing solar PV. NOTE: Please sign even if you do not live in Victoria or SA. The network operators shown above currently have proposals waiting for approval by the regulator, and if these demand tariffs are approved it will set a precedent for similar approvals for network operators all over Australia. *1: CitiPower Tariff Structure Statement 2017–2020, pp 57-64 http://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/CitiPower%20Tariff%20Structure%20Statement%20proposal%20-%2025%20September%202015.pdf *2: CORENA Quick Win projects: http://corenafund.org.au/quick-win-projects/7-warradale/
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  • Sign Petition to SAVE the "INTEGRITY" of our unique LAKE MACQUARIE CITY, NSW, Australia.
    # LAKE MACQUARIE CITY (202,000 People) is wholly unique in being 90 Villages around a Heart Centre LAKE - the largest saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere. The Lake has a beautiful population of resident dolphins, seals, turtles, sharks, much more ... along with thriving Ecosystems and vital Wetlands. The City leads the World in award winning practical SUSTAINABILITY applications. The CULTURE of our LAKE MACQUARIE CITY does not harmonize with that of Newcastle City. We are building in LAKE MACQUARIE a "CyberSpace Creativity CommUNITY" locally, nationally and globally sharing a CREATIVITY Information+Resources Bank. This encourages, enhances and nurtures New Ideas, People, Project, Products, Programs. Processes, Promotions & Services. There is an abunDANCE of Life in our City with amazing Creative People and their Innovative Enterprising Ventures. As the ancient AbORIGINAL DreamTime Smiling WISDOM says - "without VISION the People and their Creative Projects perish !!!" Every problem is a wonderful OpportUNITY. Let us harness this OpportUNITY of VISION with grassroots 'People Power' Creative Action by our 202,000 LAKE MACQUARIE CITY citizens having a free "VOICE" in our hopeful productive Future.
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  • UPDATE GOSFORD CITY COUNCIL POLICY TO ALLOW VERGE GARDENS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS
    Function 1: Provision of environmental services Like any ecosystem, verge gardens provide the environmental services commonly associated with plants: Filtration of air, Reduction in the urban heat island effect that raises neighbourhood air temperature in summer, Slowing of rainfall runoff and assisting it infiltrate as soil water rather than be lost to the stormwater drain, thus obtaining a use from it before it returns to the water cycle, Provision of habitat for insects, birds and small reptiles, Carbon sequestration in organically-rich soils. Function 2: Making productive use of urban land Kerbside gardening makes productive use of land in urban areas. It puts to practical use small patches of land that are otherwise neglected or planted to simplified plant communities—such as lawn verges—that are unproductive or that may consume excessive water and fossil fuels in their maintenance. Verge gardens offer Council a solution to reducing their carbon footprint in line with Environmental Policy. Function 3: Boosting biodiversity As mixed edible plantings, verge gardens attract insects and other small animal species that interact through food webs. This is the basis of their biodiversity value. Flowering species attract bees, providing habitat for pollinators in residential areas. Function 4: New ways to engage with public space Taking responsibility for a kerbside garden provides a new means for people to engage with public space. In this sense, shared gardens enhance community engagement with public lands and encourages members of our community to take a more proactive role in public space management.
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  • Save Angas Recreation Park
    This is important because this small park is the best park within our small town. It is widely used all year. There is a huge swell of opposition to this plan from one woman who says it is the only place she can let her autistic son run free to the dog walkers who come from all over the Barossa to let their dogs run. Well over half an acre of land would be fenced off and made unavailable to ordinary people simply to please a small bowls club, Subsidising a private club whilst the council claim to have no money for footpaths and other issues of local importance is utter nonsense.
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  • Plastic Bag Free Bondi by 2016
    Bondi is our beautiful home but with the thousands of tourists that descend on the beach over summer and the thousands of plastic bags that this brings, there is great danger of plastic bags going into our waterways and oceans, harming our bird and sea-life and polluting our beaches. We need to take action and stop this from happening.
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  • Reduce the Use - plastic bag pollution
    Australian use 4,000,000,000 plastic bags a year (7,000 an hour) . Most are not biodegradable. They pollute our land and many end up in the ocean. Turtles, birds and fish suffer greatly.
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  • Protect Artarmon Bushland and Village Green
    The Artarmon Reserve and bushland is a much loved and well used space by the residents of Artarmon and Willoughby, local school children and workers in the Artarmon Industrial Area. Residents, with the support of Willoughby Council have spent countless hours restoring the bushland in the reserve. It is now one of the only areas in Willoughby offering a natural bush escape. Sydney Metro is presently deciding the route of the new metro train line. We are not against trains but we are against the unnecessary destruction of our bushland. There are several options for developing the Sydney Metro which are cost effective and entail no impact on our bushland whilst allowing our public transport expand to new areas which are currently not served by trains. We urge Sydney Metro to avoid options which would see the loss of the Artarmon Village Green and station garden as well as a large part of the bushland reserve - and the construction of a large, high embankment which could materially change the remaining bushland and walking tracks not to mention the loss of large Eucalypts.
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  • AN ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS STATEMENT FOR CLUNES
    An EES is vital because only when the community of Clunes has been given access to a full disclosure of any and all risks associated with local mining, can it make an educated decision regarding whether or not it is willing to tolerate such possibly dramatic and negative impacts. This is almost the only opportunity for the community to have input into the planning process. Hepburn Shire can act to request the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, the Victorian State Planning Minister to instruct Mt Rommel mining to produce an EES, which is the biggest asset a community can have to learn about and possibly stop a mine, if the EES indeed proves a mine will create a significant number of major problems for the Clunes community. We, the people of Clunes, really need YOUR assistance now and whilst it will take you under 2 minutes to both sign this petition and then share it on your own Facebook page, to us it can make the difference between the preservation of this exquisite historical town and its decline. Better still, if you would be kind enough to forward this petition to your contacts in email, that would be most appreciated. And for more context... Back in 1851, Clunes was the site of Victoria's first gold strike. The ensuing gold rush brought miners from around the world, and with them a bevy of other industries. While people think of gold mining as what built Clunes, in fact it is these other industries we have to thank for the construction of our historic and iconic Fraser Street, and other historic buildings around the township. It is the hairdressers, milliners, haberdashers, shoe-makers, grocerers, blacksmiths, bakers and barbers who built the town we know and love that is Clunes today. The miners came, took what they wanted, then left. The only real legacy the miners left is the barren, poisoned land at the mine sites on which hardly anything grows, as well as the toxins in the creek that still travel downstream even today - 164 years later. Only recently people were warned against eating fish caught in the Loddon River, due to their containing high levels of mercury carried from upstream historical mining activities. Creswick Creek is a tributary to the Loddon River. While it cannot be denied that today’s Clunes could benefit from more local industry, thus providing locals with employment, will a gold mine in the centre of town meet that need? Apparently not! Mr. Fred Hunt, CEO of Mt Rommel Mining Ltd, stated during his public presentation in April 2015, that they likely will only employ around 20 people, most of them qualified miners and other professionals already employed by his company. Thus it is unlikely to provide new employment opportunities for locals, and the flow-on effect of work for other businesses in Clunes will also be fairly limited. Therefore opening a mine in town will be of limited benefit in that regard. We can draw from the experience of other towns with mines in close proximity. Their residents report suffering a range of negative effects from blasting, increased heavy truck traffic, dust and noise, reduced tourism, and all of this adversely affecting property prices. In addition, the community’s health is at risk from toxins released into the atmosphere by ore crushing, and poisoning of groundwater and waterways from leaking tailings dams, and damaged mental and physical health due to noise and disturbance.. Today, the main industry in Clunes is tourism. Visitors are attracted to our friendly community, our clean environment with a creek running through the centre of town that is home to endangered wildlife and a family of platypuses, and to our beautiful, historic buildings. The tourist industry would be destroyed overnight if pollution or damage is caused by the operations of a new gold mine, which is proposed to be built right in the middle of the tiny township, close to family homes, the creek and the primary school. Even ignoring potential risks from cyanide spillage or submicron dust from processing, the mere action of disturbing the existing tailings from historic mining cannot avoid creating increased toxins to be released into the atmosphere when the contaminated soil is disturbed by trucks and digging.
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  • Bring back the devil: re-wild the Tasmanian Devil on the Australian mainland
    The small mammal fauna of Australia is being eaten by feral cats and foxes. More than 20 native marsupial species face extinction. The devil was found on the mainland until 600 years ago and Australia's top ecologists believe its return could help protect our native animals.They have called for an experimental re-introduction of zoo bred, disease-free, devils onto the mainland. . Meanwhile the devil is threatened with extinction in Tasmania by a deadly facial tumour disease. We have lost over 80% of the wild Tasmanian Devil population to this disease in just ten years. To lose the devil in Tasmania and more mammal species on the mainland would be morally wrong and a profound loss to all Australians. With one action we could help secure a disease free future for the devil and restore ecological balance to parts of the mainland. Tasmania Environment Minister Groom does not want this trial release even discussed. We believe, however, that we have a moral obligation to ensure that local politics do not stand in the way of fighting species extinction. We must act before it is too late. Please register your support and sign up now.
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