• Boarding House at Beaman Park / 20-22 Wardell Road, Earlwood
    1) The Boarding House is listed with 2 two-story blocks of 17 self-contained single rooms each (total 34 rooms) with balconies. 2) Development is not in keeping with the character of the local Low Density Residential and recreational area due to its scale, dominance, density, location and transient nature of the residents 3) Streetscape and visual amenity: The development is not in keeping with the streetscape or visual amenity of the area. 4) Traffic and Parking: The increased traffic, the insufficient onsite parking for residents and their visitors, together with the cumulative effect of parking and traffic congestion (when added to the current weekend sport, the rugby club, tennis courts and the Imam Husain Islamic Centre) will cause a further escalation of parking, safety and traffic issues for current residents and sport field visitors. 5) Testing revealed the proposed site is contaminated with asbestos, lead, chromium, nickel, copper & zinc - above human health and/or ecological standards. 6) Council should refuse consent as the proposed building height is more than the maximum building height permitted under the environmental planning instrument of Zone R2. 7) The proposed site is in the flood zone and it is possible for contamination of groundwater and the Cooks River if not removed. 8) Development application is 3 lot titles adjacent to Beaman Park facing the sporting fields, cricket training nets and the Cooks River Cycleway. If you wish to comment or a make a submission on the application, you must write to Canterbury Bankstown Council, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie NSW 2194. Council Planning Contact is Alice Pettini for any enquiries on 97899350. Quote DA-137/2018
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  • Plastics MUST be reduced and recycled in Australia NOW!
    The amount of plastic that goes into landfill or directly into the environment, including soils and oceans is catastrophically high. People do not understand that this is an enormous crisis which requires much more leadership in this country. Other countries are way ahead of us and we could learn so much from them!
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  • Byron Shire needs an Agricultural Officer.
    The agribusiness sector in the Byron Shire needs to be recognised as a valuable industry for the region. Byron Shire Council are in their budgetary review phase so now is a critical time to highlight to the elected Councillors the importance of having an Agriculture Officer appointed to better represent the needs and concerns of the farming and agribusiness sector. Some of the key requirements of the appointed Agriculture Officer would be to assist farmers and landholders to : Understand the complexities of the planning rules and regulations. Ensure the ongoing protection of prime agricultural land. Minimise land use conflicts between agriculture and other land uses. Increase utilisation of prime agricultural land for agricultural purposes. Provide access to information and opportunities for new/young farmers Work with industry to attract research and development funding and investment to enhance productivity and scope for employment growth. Ensure strategic planning is made to develop and enhance the local agribusiness sector and. Act as an effective communications conduit between the agricultural sector and different departments within council that may impact, regulate or be responsible for policies and processes that relate to aspects of agriculture or agribusiness.
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  • End Australia's Recycling Crisis - Sign & Share!
    Now is the time for Aussies to contact our politicians and tell them that we are very concerned about the fact that since 1 January, China has refused to take our recyclable waste - this accounts for 30% of Australia’s recyclables. The Aussie government has not put in the recycling infrastructure to support waste processing on-shore but now we are at a crisis. Recyclable waste is being stockpiled in warehouses. Little media and press is covering this story. Australian's love recycling, and are deeply concerned about the impact this waste will have on our environment and communities. We want to make the most of it, and create new jobs and ways of recycling, here in Australia. For a united voice to be heard, we need every Australian to sign and share this petition, and contact your local politicians.
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  • Ban the Bottle
    The UN announced we have a planetary crisis due to plastics. Single use plastics including bottles, are wasteful, polluting and lethal to marine life. Oil and energy are used in the manufacture of plastic drink bottles. Recycling them takes more energy. Now that China has stopped taking our waste in 2018, waste management contractors have reported that the bottles are piling up by the millions per day and are a fire hazard. There have already been serious fires in Victoria of large piles of plastic bottles and legal action by people in surrounding areas resulting in financial loss and health risks. Neither do we have the space in landfill to bury them and that's also not a sustainable solution. We MUST stop the problem at its source. People can bring reusable drink bottles to fill at refilling stations. To keep up to date with some in the world who are banning plastic bottled water see https://www.banthebottle.net/map-of-campaigns/
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  • Minister Frydenberg, revoke Adani's environmental approvals #FrydoStopAdani
    This is critical to help save the Great Barrier Reef and reduce global warming from the burning of fossil fuels, in this case poor quality thermal coal from the massive planned Adani mine, which if in Melbourne would extend from Broadmeadows in the north to Carrum down the bayside . This cause is the environmental fight of our times for Australia. if Adani is blocked, the massive low-quality coal deposits in the Galilee basin may never be able to be mined. Mr Frydenberg is saying he is advised there is no new evidence on which to base a review. We think he refers to advice from his Department in 2016. There is substantial new evidence since then, as stated in legal advice to the Australian Conservation Foundation. We in the Kooyong Climate Change Alliance are his electors. We are doing this as both a street petition and this on-line version. In 2017 we delivered over 900 surveys to him with requests to stop the mine. He said he could do nothing. HE CAN! Please JOIN US in holding the Minister to account. PLEASE ADDRESS A STATEMENT TO THE MINISTER IN "YOUR REASONS" BOX BELOW.
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  • Make Commercial Whaling Illegal
    Killing whales for food has occurred in some cultures for thousands of years, but commercial whaling is quickly devastating the world's whale populations. Commercial whaling involves hunting down these majestic creatures and turning them into barrels of oil for profit. Whales are essential for healthy oceans - they play an important role in the food web and help the oceans deal with the impacts of climate change. Japan is one of the world's biggest whalers. Although they say the slaughter happens for "research", the same research can now be conducted without killing the animals. Most whale populations have decreased by 90% in the last 200 years. If we don't act now to ban commercial whaling, our grandchildren may only see the beauty of whales in museums.
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  • War on Trial - Close Pine Gap
    In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement. As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested. The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap. Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance. Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for ‘unlawful entry’ under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth). That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail. This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates. Five of the defendants are devout Christians. Their faith impelled them to give voice to the teachings of peace and love for humanity and creation found in the Bible. In this case, where Australian citizens were doing no more than praying and peacefully expressing dissent, prosecuting them is not only grossly inappropriate but a shocking waste of court resources. We, the undersigned, urge you to exercise your discretion to direct this punitive, disproportionate and expensive prosecution be discontinued before the matter comes to court in Alice Springs on 13 November 2017. The Alice Springs Peace Convergence takes place on Arrernte land. The ‘kwertengwerle’ (ritual caretakers) of central and eastern Arrernte are committed to closing Pine Gap through a process of Healing, Unity & Peace.
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  • Scott Emerson MP - Reject Adani's billion-dollar handout!
    The LNP's plan to hand over $1 billion to offshore mining giant Adani to build a coal mine is utterly irresponsible. Adani's mega mine will accelerate global warming, and cause irreversible damage to groundwater and the Great Barrier Reef, among many other things. $1 billion for this project is a shortsighted and irresponsible waste of taxpayer money. The world is moving away from fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy. Every major Australian bank has refused to fund Adani because of the environmental impacts and moreover, because it's a bad investment. Finally Adani have a shocking and disgusting track record of environmental destruction, corruption, and tax-evasion. Adani are under investigation right now for siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowed money into offshore tax havens. Public funds should be invested in the community, not a billionaire's dirty coal mine, dirty in more ways than one. Authorised by E Roberts, 3/15 Lamington St, New Farm, Queensland, 4005.
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  • Don't give $18.5 million to billionaire Adani
    The Townsville council wants to waste $18.5 million of ratepayer’s money on a private airstrip for Adani. Adani is an offshore multi-billion-dollar multinational mining giant. Their Carmichael coal mine is a private project intended to enrich the Adani family. Why are the people of Townsville paying for a billionaire’s private infrastructure? If Adani’s project is commercially viable they should be financing it themselves. This outrageous ratepayer handout comes on top of a range of other special privileges governments have given to Adani at the expense of everyday Australians. Townsville is facing problems with its own water supply, but the Queensland State Labor government have offered Adani free and unlimited groundwater. The Federal Government is offering Adani a billion-dollar taxpayer handout to build their rail line. There are many things in Townsville that $18.5 million could be better spent on, including investing in long-term solutions for creating secure local employment or ensuring long-term water security or preventing low-lying suburbs from flooding every King Tide. The last thing we need is $18.5 million of our taxes wasted on a tax-dodging billionaire’s private air strip.
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  • Save the facade, 185 Castlereagh St
    This iconic 1912 building is part of Sydney’s history. It’s housed The Barley Mo, Cahill’s restaurant, the old Windsor tavern and most recently the Windsor. A building that has had publicity in Sydney newspapers throughout its lifetime. When we can build a 100 story building, why can’t we save the facade of buildings that make our city unique and appealing.
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  • Return Community & Residents Rights - Stop Supercar Racing Blights
    V8 car racing outside residential homes is unsafe and unacceptable. The Supercar "Noise Management Plan" recommends residents living on the racetrack "Keep doors and windows closed; seal cracks, doors and window frames using commercial or make shift products. Basic protection measures may include: adhesive sealing strips for door frames and windows , temporary vent seals, under door strip seals/draught stoppers, fill cracks using commercial foam fillers or silicon; remain in back rooms; use hearing protection; leave property during some or all of the race period". Many residents living on the racetrack have no air-conditioning, and cannot afford to go away for the race period. They are faced with living in the above conditions for 3 x 10 hour days. Please note there are at least 3 ladies in the area that are pregnant, one of whom is expecting her baby to born the event weekend. The Heritage Conservation Areas of Newcastle and Newcastle East is wholly unsuitable for V8 Super Car street racing. The race preparations have seriously degraded residential amenity, homes are being damaged and convict hewn sandstone blocks are being sawn up for the benefit of the layout of the Supercars race track. Businesses are suffering some have closed and one successful business has already lost $70000 in takings. To add insult to injury hospitality is being outsourced to Brisbane or Sydney Supercars suppliers. The race will impact negatively on historic houses, buildings, public parks and the inhabitants on, and within, the racetrack. It will impede access to three aged care complexes located within the proposed racing area. There are over 4000 people residing in this predominantly residential area. NCC are unable to guarantee that sound levels are safe for all residents and that there will be no delay in response times to emergency and medical service. Preparations have resulted in reduced public safety and access to major tourist sites including Newcastle Foreshore Park, Horseshoe Beach, The Convict Lumber Yard, The Cowrie Hole, The Soldiers Baths, Nobbys Breakwall, Bathers Way, Newcastle Baths, Fort Scratchley, the Canoe Pool, and Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches. This will also be the case during the event. This race affects every user of the iconic East End in the lead up to and at the beginning of the peak holiday season. Our beautiful peninsula will be scaffolded and barricaded for three months each year and visitors will be discouraged from coming. The vast majority of people would detest having a 3 day car racing event on their street, or in their suburb. Please consider what residents and the wider community have been living through in preparation for, and during, 3 x 10 hour days of this car racing event. Residents are being asked to provide their private details, to a consortium, in order to be "accredited" to enter their own homes. Many residents will also be forced to walk through a concrete and wire structure, less than 1 metre from V8's racing, for over 200 metres just to get to a pedestrian bridge to get out of their home and away from this event. For residents with disabilities or mobility difficulties there is only one entry and exit, with only one lift to help over a thousand people. Supercars refuse to reveal the Sound Report and to add more insult to injury Destination NSW have given no conditions for which Supercars should comply to. We are trapped by this appallling legislation and we will be soon be trapped by an enclosure, and racing cars, circling our homes and suburb. ANALYSIS OF THE MOTOR RACING (SYDNEY AND NEWCASTLE) ACT 2008 (NSW) This is an Act that: 1. suspends the operation of other Acts protecting safety and the environment before, during and after the proposed event; 2. permits the event to be conducted on public land eventhough it would not be otherwise permitted under those other Acts; 3. permits the event to be operated by a private entity without charge and with the aim of making a profit for the private entity; 4. requires oversight of the event by a government agency, but with no right for any other person to legally challenge the competency or quality of that oversight; 5. severely restricts the actions of any other person in and around the public land where the event is being conducted; 6. prevents any other person suffering financial loss as a result of the event from claiming compensation from the private entity or the government agencies permitting the event; and 7. removes oversight of reinstatement of the public space after the event from the local Council and hands it to Destinations NSW, a government department that only has accountability for tourism. If you're interested in knowing more about the comparison of this track location in relation to other s'cars tracks in Australia head to this website https://rightracewrongplace.org/2017/07/07/compare-the-newcastle-circuit/ This video shows some of the destruction caused in preparation for this intrusive and dangerous event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPc_JXgiQB8&feature=youtu.be
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