• Sunday Streets in Sydney
    Sunday Streets calls for main streets to be opened up for the community on Sundays, by taking cars off those streets for the day. Streets can then be used for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, or holding street stalls, festivals or workshops. It brings significant economic benefits to local businesses on high streets as thousands of people come out to explore them. The health benefits of Ciclovia are enormous. Research published in the Journal of Urban Health found a cost benefit ratio of $2.32 in health benefits from San Francisco's Sunday Streets. Local businesses take to the streets by claiming the footpath in front of them. There's live music, arts and culture, and other recreational activities - such as climbing walls, dance, yoga and aerobics classes - staged at various parts of the route. Everyone is able to participate and get some exercise. The original Sunday Streets, called Ciclovia, was developed in Bogota, Colombia in the 1970s and there are now over 100 cities around the world that hold Ciclovia regularly including New York City, Chicago, Berlin, San Francisco, Jakarta, Vancouver and even car clogged Los Angeles. In Bogota it spans 120 kilometres and is held every Sunday and public holiday, while in other cities the route is typically up to 15 kilometres long and held a few times a year. The bigger the better! Check out a video of Sunday Streets in San Francisco: http://vimeo.com/12470723 This petition was developed with Go! Alliance, Bike Leichhardt and BIKESydney. Further information: http://www.sydneycyclist.com/forum/topics/ciclovia-for-sydney http://www.altmedia.net.au/leichhardt-to-celebrate-its-streets/70959 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/push-to-open-sydneys-main-streets-to-the-public/story-e6freuy9-1226634568107 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/campaign-to-open-main-streets-to-the-public-grows/story-fngr8h4f-1226816683700 http://OpenStreetsProject.org/ http://www.streetfilms.org/tag/ciclovia/ Sunday Streets in NSW is endorsed by Go! Alliance, BIKESydney, Bike Leichhardt, Cycle Sydney, Ecotransit Sydney, Bicycle NSW, Aboutlife Natural Marketplace, the Balmain/Rozelle Chamber of Commerce, The Global Map of Musicians, the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cheeky Transport, La Latina Sydney, the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, the Alternative Media Group of Australia, the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, Jamie Parker MP, Alex Greenwich MP, Bike-it, Bicycle Garden, the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, the Organic Food Markets, Bike Gal, Bike North, Universal Favourite, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Leichhardt Council, the City of Sydney, the Three Yogis, the Community Acupuncture Collective, Clean Energy Sydney, Walks N Wags, Padfoot Whiskers & Wings Pet Photography, Clovelly Road Better Block, Woollahra Council, Randwick Council, Bike Marrickville, Newtown Precinct Business Association, The Pedestrian Council of Australia (in principle), Marrickville Council, Teamor Cafe, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Yoga to Go Studio.
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  • Save Spring Creek valley
    Many people have moved to live in Torquay because of its magnificent beaches and beautiful hinterland. Simply, it is why we live where we live. The Spring Creek Valley provides a vista of rolling hills, a flowing fresh water creek stocked with bream, year-round water access and a mature tree canopy for birds and shelter for wildlife. It is a delight to the eye. The creek flows gently out to the Surf beach, and is a source of beauty and recreation to many residents and holidaymakers here. In the past few years we have witnessed the development of residential areas in Torquay with smaller blocks; houses so close to each other on narrow streets that there is no tree canopy, cars are parked on the street creating congestion and hazard. Should similar residential developments be allowed in Spring Creek valley the trees will be removed, the creek will become contaminated with run off, congestion will escalate and the vista will be downright ugly. There is now a number of land developments to the north of Torquay and in other areas of the Shire that will provide a variety of residential sized alottments with already established infrastructure, commutability and the promise of schools and community services to meet the needs of the growing shire population. This is where our future residential developments should be.
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  • Hemp Food for Optimum Omegas
    Hemp seeds are rich in omegas and essential fatty acids. The dietary composition is similar to deep sea fish but without the dangers of heavy metal poisoning and depletion of fish populations. It is an ideal alternative for vegans and vegetarians and is used in gyms overseas as a protein supplement for sports people. Hemp provides no drug effects. The difference between hemp and marijuana is the content of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp seeds have no THC. Hemp also cross-polinates so that any illicit crop, is diluted in its potency. The United National Single Convention on Narcotics 1961 differentiates hemp from marijuana and specifically excludes hemp from the definition of "drug". Every part of the hemp plant can be used - the seed for food, the fibre for textiles and the hurd for mulch, animal bedding and building products. Australians need to be provided with the opportunity and freedom to choose hemp foods - just like people in every other major economy in the world.
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  • Ban imported fruit and vegetables
    Australian farmers are ploughing their perfectly good fruit and vegetables into the ground as they can't compete with imported products. Coles, Woolworthes and now SPC are selling imported fruit and vegetables from around the world. The only oranges available in Coles and Woolworthes are from USA!? "Australia can produce enough raw produce to feed up to three times the population, so there is no logic for imports" (Braeden Lord, Aussie Farmers Direct) "We grow enough food here to feed every Australian - we don't need imports." (NSW Farmers' Association vice-president and apple grower Peter Darley). Whilst our farmers can produce enough food for all Australians, this is predicted to change rapidly if we don't make a stand now. "Within three years - this country will be a net importer of food.You can use a separate set of figures and it's eight years. But whether it's three years or eight years, this country will not be able to feed itself." (Bob Katter, Australia Party MP) In addition, imported produce has an incredibly high carbon footprint (with unsustainable farming practices, higher use of water and costs of freight) and doesn't adhere to our strict standards for locally grown produce. Our farmers and our environment need protection and we need fresh seasonal produce. Imported produce does not benefit one single Australian. For more information please click on this link: http://www.farmerpower.com.au/Associated_issues.html
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  • Ban shark Fins in Victoria
    Sharks have a great importance in the ecosystem. About 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins and the majority of shark species have been to populations of about 1-10% of their original population. a bowl of shark fin soup can go for as little as $30. That's $30 for the life of a shark. Shark fin's in shark fin soup are basically there for show, the only flavour in the soup is from chicken or beef stock and other spices. Photo Credit: Paul HILTON - http://paulhiltonphotography.com/
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  • Coca Cola Vs National Deposit Scheme (10 cent)- Federal Court Action
    The undue influence of Coca Cola and the beverage industry over a national roll-out of this important recycling and public litter reduction initiative has delayed a nation wide program for the recycling of drink containers in Australia since 1977. In South Australia, where the scheme has been operating since 1977, the numbers speak for themselves. The South Australian Environment Protection Authority advises that in 2010-11 South Australians returned approximately 47,000 tonnes or 593 million beverage containers to recycling depots in SA. The overall return rate for this period was 80.4%. For more information go to: http://www.tradingroom.com.au/apps/view_breaking_news_article.ac?page=/data/news_research/published/2013/2/49/catf_130218_100300_1468.html http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/environmental_info/waste/container_deposit_legislation
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  • protect Gippsland farms from coal and gas
    In 2012, community concern about the threat of new coal and gas operations, especially coal seam gas (CSG) pushed the state government to ban the use of dangerous BTEX chemicals and place a moratorium on the process of fracking for gas. The moratorium will finish shortly and the government has made it clear it wants to see renewed expansion of the fossil fuel industry. Gippsland is one of the main farming areas in the state, producing food worth more than $1.3 billion per annum. It is threatened by climate change and pressured by urban sprawl. There is now also a risk from many proposals for new coal and gas operations. Meanwhile, western Victoria is under renewed threat. Lakes Oil are searching for Tight Gas near Port Campbell and south of Geelong. The state government has the ability to protect farmland from mining using existing legislation. All that is lacking is political will to do so. We are calling for a permanent ban on any new coal and gas mining operations in key areas in Victoria.
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  • Seasonal Pipi Collection Restrictions for Venus Bay Beaches
    Each year Venus Bay is swamped by thousands of day-trippers for the sole purpose to collect pipis & each year becomes worse. Pipis are a small shellfish found burrowed in the sand of beaches. The Department of Environment & Primary Industry research found the Venus Bay pipi population is under no threat & healthy. However each person collecting pipis has to obtain a fishing license & is limited in their collection. New independent research shows that the current pipi harvesting has impacted the pipi population & could in fact destroy the population altogether if it continues. What does this mean to holiday makers & locals at Venus Bay? That there is limited parking, access & at times no access to the beach by vehicle. For some the walking distance is too far, especially for families with toddlers. Families have a right to enjoy the beach & use the beach for recreational purposes. Let's make our beaches user friendly & create a seasonal pipi collection for all people who want to enjoy the beach during summer peak season. ONE EMAIL ADDRESS PER SIGNATURE - so get as many members of your family sign via their individual email addresses for it to really count! Why do you have to add your email address? It is used as your signature & verifies who you are. CommunityRun does not use your email address for any other purpose. Make sure you tick/untick the box if you do not want any further contact/petitions from CommunityRun/GetUp ☺ Please visit new site: www.vbpipis.info or www.vbpipis.com Thank you for your time!
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  • No fireworks in Botanic Gardens
    This action is important to protect the wetland birds including migratory birds which we have signed agreements with Asian countries to protect. Not only would the wetland birds be effected but all the fauna within the vicinity of the fireworks would be stressed. This in an area that is supposed to protect our native fauna.
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  • Ban Animated Digital Billboards from our NSW roads
    Animated Digital Animated Billboards are now being proposed for our motorways and roads. The billboards cost over $1 million, are of monstrous proportions, use intensely bright LED lights and are highly intrusive. These huge, vividly intense structures not only create a distraction for drivers and result in serious danger to cyclists, they impose an irreversible blight on the landscape. The advertising industry's disingenuous objection that the NSW Roads Department was "stunting the growth of the industry in NSW" should receive a resounding response "Yes - please!". There are times when bureaucratic decisions reach a crossroad where a single policy decision can affect society profoundly for decades. This is one such a moment. Currently the NSW Planning Department and Roads and Maritime Services are considering only safety issues, such as placement and dwell times for each changing advertisement, rather than the issue of whether such billboards should be permitted at all. Initially the minimum time an advertisement could be displayed was 15 seconds but pressure from the ad industry has reduced this to 8 seconds. Only yesterday I was informed a cycling friend died of injuries following a collision with a vehicle while the driver was distracted. The visual impact upon both our rural and urban landscapes and the impossibility of removing these eyesores from our landscapes in the future are critical issues. We will live to regret any relaxation of current restrictions. Some will recall that a young Fred Hollows first act of social activism was cutting down roadside billboards. It was not long ago that billboards a fraction of the size of those proposed were removed from many of our roads on the basis of their purported distracting influence upon drivers, a policy reversed in recent times. These signs will not be as easy to remove.
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  • Yes, Minister! It's Time for Change In Transport Priorities
    Despite a significant body of evidence on the health, transport and economic advantages of active travel, many of our planning and infrastructure priorities for increased private motor vehicle usage remain unchallenged. Without a nationally accepted framework accurately evaluating the cost benefit ratio of active travel investment, investment remains at minimal levels and in too many cases, without strong leadership support for these initiatives has been rolled back, especially at a local and state level. As the long term benefits of governments’ multi-billion dollar investments in roads increasingly produce diminishing returns, due to exacerbated transport congestion, poor health, pollution costs and lost productivity, alternatives demand attention. Return on investment (ROI's) is increasingly seen as positive for active transport alternatives when all co-benefits are included and yet investment is not devoted to achieving them. We submit that the Commonwealth should actively take the lead and promote the benefits of walking and cycling as viable alternative modes of transport, and use its considerable resources and ability to influence outcomes through all of the infrastructure projects it funds. We believe there is a role for COAG in this to ensure broad engagement and identification of barriers at both state and federal levels. As both an investor and a customer, the Commonwealth is uniquely placed to take a leadership role and make the long required changes to our nation's infrastructure and transportation priorities to create a healthier and more productive transport system. (Photo courtesy of the Cycling Promotion Fund comparing road space use of different transport modes.)
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  • A global ban on the mining production of asbestos, the importation, exportation and use worldwide.
    Please get behind this very important petition, sign and share. Taking just a minute of your time, could mean a lifetime to someone else's time, please sign & share. Once we receive over 1000 signatures we can then present to our Prime Minister and also Linda Reinstein, CEO, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) America Every day we offer support for the effect that asbestos has created past and present. But with a focus fully on the future, we are continually giving our support to organisations who are lobbying across the globe to ensure that asbestos suffering is brought to an end for good. As we all know, asbestos is still mined, exported, and used in both developing and developed countries around the world despite being confirmed as a human hazard. As well as the support we provide, it is our social responsibility to take a step further and use our personal connections with real people and real stories to influence the wider work of asbestos campaigners across the globe. Ban asbestos trade worldwide Why is this important? Asbestos kills! There is no safe asbestos! "The global asbestos lobby, led by the governments of Russia and Ukraine, is going all out in its efforts to prevent the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance under the Rotterdam Convention." http://www.rightoncanada.ca/?p=1736 Playing your part in the Global Campaign and sign, sign and more signatures.
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