• 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 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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  • Request to Abandon Plans to Clear Fell Coupe FD053A.
    The petition of the undersigned residents of the Wynyard area draws to the attention of the House the proposed clear felling and burning of Coupe FD053A in Lapoinya. The most recent Three Year Wood Production Plan indicated that this coupe will be cleared in 2015/2016. This coupe is principally comprised of juvenile growth, which will not be ready for harvesting for another 30 years, along with old growth and mature growth stands. There are few Category 1 and Category 3 sawlogs in the coupe. The forest provides habitat for a range of species, including the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-Tail Quoll, Wedged-Tail Eagle and Goshawk, as well as Giant Freshwater Crayfish. If FD053A is clear-felled as proposed, the wood will likely be sold at a loss as woodchips and peelers. As Forestry Tasmania will fail to return a profit on the coupe, this loss will be borne by the taxpayer. Allowing such a loss is fiscally irresponsible. More significantly, allowing the destruction of habitat, damaging local tourism potential and compromising recreational activities such as horse riding, bushwalking and birdwatching in the absence of any overriding public economic interest is socially, environmentally and politically irresponsible.
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  • Stop global sand mining & Save the 'Bunyip bird' of Australian mythology!
    To conserve the Australasian bittern a high level of protection is needed in areas where they are known to be found. This species has declined rapidly because they depend on vegetated freshwater to survive. With an estimated population in Australia of only 250 to 800 adult bittern, in March 2011 the Australasian Bittern was listed by the Australian Government as endangered. They are also listed as endangered internationally in the IUCN Red List.
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  • We want the Archway 1 Theatre Company & Arts Studio to stay in the Bicentennial Park Arches.!
    The community have been incredibly supportive and very excited for the existence of a theatre space & arts studio under the Archways, in the Park lands. The Archway 1 Theatre Company and Art Studio have been inundated with offers from local residents to help, insisting that we remain in the same location and continue what we do, because it is a great concept that is much needed for the community park and we have a great track record of providing a service to our community, with FREE art classes for adults and children, FREE Drama classes, Poetry in the park, Free Dog portraits, Pancake breakfasts in addition to our art exhibitions and theatre plays. The community have expressed to us directly that they feel our arts space and art studio fulfill a need for them. A well managed arts space that compliments the park and is accessible to the community. The benefits of providing a space for parents and their children for example, who frequent that particular area of the park daily, due to its proximity to the children's playground, cannot be overlooked. Dog walkers alike, have found our initiative to be a welcomed addition to their daily enjoyment of the park. Cyclists have also expressed gratitude at the convenience of being able to literally pull up on their bikes and grab a coffee. For the culturally and artistically inclined, we offer something unique to the existing surrounding sporting fields and natural surrounds. Our theatre productions have a local following, with supporters who have endorsed the merits in the work we do. We have been a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival two years in a row. We source many local actors, directors and crew to work on productions and we provide space for artist talks, film nights, rehearsals, exhibitions, fashion shows, photo and film shoots. Our arts space is an additional destination for light rail commuters, tourists or visitors to the area, as a place of interest along their inner west journey, alighting at the Jubilee Park Oval. We are also considered a reassuring safe haven, for people exercising or walking dogs late at night in the park, as we are open late for theatre rehearsals or artist talks. Supportive comments include; "We have been waiting twenty years for this to happen!" "Thank God you're here!" "WOW, just WOW! This is amazing and reminds me of New York." "I wish I knew you were here, when my kids were at school, they're all grown up now." "I am so HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY and excited that you are here!" (82 year old local resident- Patty) "It's about time you guys did this here!" "OMG! This is exactly what I thought should be here." "I normally never visit this part of the park, but now I do." "This is awesome!" "Hey, this is great! Reminds me of Europe." "So glad you guys are here! We are going to come and see some theatre." "Finally, good coffee!" "I am going to tell all the mother and parent groups you guys are here." "I'm going to mention you guys in the local school newsletter." "I can't believe I can walk out my door and down to the park, to watch theatre and have a coffee."
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  • Support the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
    The Clean Energy Finance Corporation provides finance for new investment in renewable energy projects. It is also operating at a profit of around $200 million per year. Yet the government is intent on abolishing it. It makes no economic sense, especially at a time when most other countries are fast tracking renewable energy projects. I have a face to face meeting with Joe Hockey, who is my local member and I would love to have your signature to bring a petition to the table.
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  • STOP high rises on The Gold Coast Spit
    The Spit is a vitally important community, tourism and environmental asset. It is a space for people to recreate and a break from the built urban density that is Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, leading to an environmentally significant recreational area defined by Marine Stadium, Doug Jennings Park and Federation Walk. It is vitally important to OPPOSE high rise development on The Spit for 10 main reasons: 1. one approval means the floodgates are open - goodbye low rise Mariners Cove, goodbye low rise Sheraton and watch EVERY other development go upwards - think of the money in this upwards land grab for developers and the losses it poses to the amenity of the Spit and Broadwater surrounds; 2. the GC Local Area Plan Map 26.3 (LAP), which is a product of community consultation and GCCC urban design planning, shows 3 storey height limits for the southern Spit area; 3. developer proposals to flout the LAP plan reflect greed alone; enabling high rise development dramatically increases their return upon investment, regardless of the community, local infrastructure and environmental impacts; 4. all developers who purchased southern Spit lands KNEW when they did so that height limits apply; 5. the community has consistently opposed increasing height levels for decades based upon a range of important issues and this is reflected in the outcomes of the Vision 2020 process; 6. height limits reflect the desire to frame the Broadwater appropriately: it is a precious community and environmental resource and surrounding it with high rises (once Southport became a high rise prime development area (PDA)) disregards its significance as well as increases pressures such as density, traffic, environmental and infrastructure footprint and the like; 7. height limits reflect the fact that traffic density in the area is already significant and increasing population in the area is just not practical; in particular, the traffic within Main Beach and to The Spit every weekend illustrates this fact; 8. importantly, the southern Spit accommodation represents a differentiated tourism product for the Gold Coast which MUST be protected. That is, it is high end, exclusive and expensive accommodation zone which caters for those who do not want a high rise experience. Yes, Justin Beiber stayed in Surfers - but U2 and Bruce Springsteen did not - they stayed at Versace and the Sheraton respectively. Why? Because a low rise, on the beach/ Broadwater experience is something to savour even for billionaires - and our tourism entities should be protecting that, not allowing it to be destroyed; 9. developers are free to construct high rises throughout the western side of the Broadwater in the Southport PD area; at present the hospital site remains open for development- Sunland are free to tender to construct their plans there which will of course yield all of the employment benefits they claim for their project; and 10. finally, we all know that one high rise means every developer will push for high rises from one end to the other of The Spit. GCCC propose draft amendments to the Town Plan (2015) which will facilitate high rise development on The Spit - see zone map 27 Southport (http://cityplan.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/pages/plan/viewerpdf.aspx?vid=10117) . We must protect this precious tourism, community and environmental asset from private exploitation - no matter what our political representatives say or do.
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  • More Parking in Elwood
    1 car share pod reduces cars in a neighbourhood by 14 - that is 13 more car parks. To reduce parking demand, increase air quality (by reducing reliance on cars) and reduce emissions. Also increase usage of Walking, Cycling and Public Transport therefore increase investment by the Council in these safer, more children friendly transport methods. Let me know in the comments if you are a member of a car share, and which one please.
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  • GDF SUEZ pay your $18 million debt to the Country Fire Authority
    Multinational corporation GDF Suez relied on other people to fight the fire their negligence caused, yet are refusing to foot the bill. Despite the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry finding that an fire disaster at the mine was totally foreseeable, GDF Suez did not make any plans to deal with such an incident. In fact, before the fire occurred, GDF Suez actually removed firefighting water pipes from their mine - despite their important safety infrastructure in preventing an out of control fire. To this day GDF Suez has not paid any compensation to victims of the fire. I find it outrageous that a multinational energy company would refuse to pay for the efforts of a volunteer-based organisation that did so much to help them in their time of need. GDF Suez needs to pay their $18m debt to the CFA immediately! You may remember that last year, the Hazelwood open cut coal mine burned for 45 days, smothering the Latrobe Valley community in toxic smoke and ash, and causing devastating effects to people’s health. The fire was one of the worst industrial disasters in Australian history – residents in Morwell were forced to abandon their homes for their family’s safety, and many people continue to suffer poor health since the fire. The cost of the fire has been estimated at over $100 million, and ongoing health studies into the long-term health impacts on residents that you helped get off the ground last year are expected to reveal some shocking results. For years, GDF Suez has profited from mining and burning coal in the Latrobe Valley. The very least they could do is start to cover some the costs of the coal disaster that they should have seen coming and could have prevented. You joined us to help set up the health studies into the Morwell mine fire. Now join us as we pressure the rich multinational company responsible for the Hazelwood mine to pay their dues to the CFA.
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  • Stop the trade of kangaroo meat to China
    Studies 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.
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     Maryborough Historical Original Town Site is under threat of destruction as the FCRC wish to turn it into a new development site  Small businesses losing trade and closing their doors because of the relocation of the Maryborough Outdoor Markets  The foreshore of Hervey Bay has had its native vegetation removed causing erosion.  Disabled Parking Laws have been overruled by the Mayor instructing his Parking Officers to turn a blind eye to illegal disability parking.  New Road Works on Main street were not carried out in accordance with the provision of Disability parking Bays in accordance with Australian Standards AS2890.6  Road way into the Airport now classified as a council car park which affects the availability of Blue Disability Parking Permit holders rights.  The Mayor wants to close off the Esplanade to motor vehicles forcing tourists and visitors to park in the back streets then walk to the beach.  150 year old Fig Trees that form a canopy over the Esplanade are under threat.  Other vegetation along the Esplanade has been removed and destroyed in order to please the Business owners of apartments, hotels and other eateries to enhance their customer’s views of the bay  No current Shoreline Erosion Management Plan  No Foreshore Master Plan  FCRC has granted $10 Million to a sporting complex until 2017 yet sporting clubs are being bullied /forced to move from current location.  FCRC has neglected the rate payers maintenance needs in local parks and lake areas in order to spend the money on areas frequented by tourists.  FCRC wasting money on already existing parks that don’t need anything done to them whilst other communities require them urgently.  FCRC wasting money by repairing a rock wall three times and still is not constructed properly.  FCRC has closed meetings on the Monday before the Public Meeting on the Wednesday and most decisions have already been made  FCRC will not listen to the residents / rate payers - our protests and objections fall on deaf ears.  FCRC intends to relocate the Pialba Memorial Hall and Pialba Railway station which are a great part of Hervey Bays Heritage. Both Buildings are listed on the Local Heritage and Asbestos Registar  FCRC approves upgrades to roads that have been attended to within twelve month period.  This Council appears to look after the Business sector of town and has plans of turning Hervey Bay into another Gold or Sunshine Coast.  FCRC granted approval to their Business Buddies to make improvement to their eateries built on public owned Council land on the foreshores without any proper consultation with the rate payers, one business owner has now applied to extend his eatery from the beach out through parkland to the Esplanade and convert his business now into three separate identities, begs to ask the question as to what the mayor and his boys club are getting in order to pass this building application.....a free cup of coffee....I think Not...!!  People have moved from Interstate and big cities to escape to a sea change they don’t want what the FCRC are pushing for.  People are selling and moving because of the high Council & Water Rates ,the increasing crime rate and the increasing ongoing high unemployment rates.
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