• Stand up for the truth about global warming
    Our climate is already warming due to human activity. The need for decisive action is extremely urgent. Yet around the world, business-funded PR campaigns systematically deny the scientific evidence and undermine the political will to act. Millions of people are privately worried about global warming, but don't tell anyone because they feel helpless to change anything. Unfortunately, our silence lends support to those campaigners who deny the evidence. Unless we all stand up and say what we really think, these campaigners will claim to speak for us, and our leaders will not even consider making the changes needed to combat global warming.
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    Created by Liz Bassett
  • Don't Cover Arlington Reserve with Plastic Grass
    Covering Arlington with plastic grass locks out the public and schools and hands this beautiful public asset to one sporting code at the cost of Marrickville rate payers (Estimated at $1.1M+). In reaching this decision Council failed to meet its community consultation responsibilities. Find more information or show your support at our website or facebook page: Website: http://SaveArlingtonReserve.Wordpress.com Facebook: facebook.com/SaveArlingtonOval
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    Created by Melissa Brooks
  • Rejuvenate and redecorate the Newcastle Ocean Baths to create a national icon!
    The proposed colour scheme and redecoration would energise the Newcastle Ocean Baths, local area, and enhance the Bathers Way experience for tourists and locals establishing the Newcastle Ocean Baths a truly unique landmark! The Newcastle Baths will be rejuvenated and reawakened; again becoming the important destination and iconic structure it once was, emerging from blandness and destitute into greatness! Simply it will be in focus again for Novocastrian's and visitors to our city as it once was when first built. Newcastle will then be proud of this recreation area and the unique colour scheme will add to efforts to revitalise the city of Newcastle! Further to this the painting and redecoration will be supervised by Australian artist James Willebrant. We also suggest that the Newcastle City Council could provide unemployed youth to complete the work, providing them with purpose, self esteem, and enabling them to be involved in this wonderful community initiative.
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    Created by Mark Widdup
  • Save Wakakirri Festival for primary schools
    How many times have you watched a child dancing, singing or acting in Wakakirri and thought “I wish they we had this kind of thing when I was a kid?” Research has shown time and time again that the arts are an important factor in the development of children’s full potential across all areas of the curriculum. The arts are not just nice things to have to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Let’s not deny the next generation this opportunity.
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  • Keep Wallalong Rural
    First, the scheme itself is going to be very costly and very difficult to implement - all ratepayers will inevitably bear some of the cost of overcoming the massive infrastructure and access problems this site has - there are cheaper, better options. Second, natural justice has not been done: our views have been all but ignored. This is wrong and undemocratic. Councillors have ignored the will of their electors and ratepayers. We will vote accordingly. Third, our area has just celebrated its bicentenary - we have a 200-year-old tradition of sustainable agriculture and rural life. It is a very special social and cultural heritage of two centuries of continuous farming (most comparable land in Sydney has been swallowed by suburbs) and there is no reason to believe it could not continue for another two centuries - we have been good stewards of the land and we take pride in and value our heritage and our stewardship of the land. We offer food security for the future of the region and long-term growth in tourism income.
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  • Stop Penrith Council's destruction of our environment
    Penrith LGA is home to some of the rarest and most valued bushland areas in the Sydney basin. The Castlereagh Woodland area within the North Ward of Penrith is unique and endangered. It provides habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals. Many of these are themselves endangered. We are at that point in history where we need to decide if we want them to survive or to face extinction. It is up to Penrith Council and they are proposing "business as usual" - more houses, more roads, more profit for developers and in their latest LEP proposal to the newly elected Councillors. The city planners are insisting the elected Councillors endorse this "developer dream" direction. On top of this they are railroading the Councillors saying that they do not have time to consider this matter carefully. Not even enough time for them to visit the sites or allow the normal community consultation period, which in their proposal has been reduced from 2 months to 28 days. The LEP determines the whole shape of our city and our countryside forever so it is the duty of Councillors to get this right. They must act in the public interest. Re-zoning lands is a very serious matter and has huge implications for landowners, the rare and endangered species, the Nepean River, the wild places, commuters, shop owners, businesses and visitors alike. Why should it be rushed? Why should new Councillors in particular, who have little or in some cases no idea what an RU4 or an E2 zoning is, be asked to make a decision on the future of this city without even understanding what these zonings mean?
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    Created by Suzie Wright
  • Asbestos kills! James Hardie directors slap on the wrist token sentence!
    Australian building products maker James Hardie is being sued by the New Zealand Government over a $NZ1.5 billion ($A1.24 billion) repair bill for leaky school buildings. March 2013 James Hardie announced a third quarter profit of $US28.8 million ($A27.85 million). People who get diagnosed with an Asbestos Related Disease (ARD) do not get a slap on the wrist, their family and friends can never walk away from the horror that is asbestos! Being diagnosed with an ARD is forever life changing, the pain, the anguish, is forever heightened by the knowledge it didn't have to be! One can only ask, "Where is the justice in the James Hardie Industries (JHI) non-executive directors only receiving a 'slap on the wrist', token sentence of being banned from being a company director for 2 years?" The original sentence of 5 years was insulting enough ........to think they will be able to become company directors again in May 2013....... the mind boggles!!!!!! This decision being handed down in the middle of the screening of the 'Devil's Dust' program is an insult to those who have lost their lives to asbestos, those living with an asbestos related disease and those in the future who will be exposed - all thanks to James Hardie asbestos products! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-12/hardie-directors-have-disqualifications-reduced/4367320 http://sunbury-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/audio-slideshow-gisborne-asbestos-cancer-victim-speaks-out/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm3nEp71SbE&feature=share
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    Created by Louise Williams
  • Addressing Safety and Accessibility Concerns at Wentworth Falls Lake
    Wentworth Falls Lake is a spectacular meeting place of regional significance. Through personal experience and in consultation with locals the LAKE Action Group are increasingly aware of a need to improve this local landmark. The council must address: issues of child safety at the play equipment and the causeway; accessibility so more people are able to engage in their local environment; and upgrade the toilets and provide additional toilets.
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    Council says it needs to close Berwick Lane in order to build a new childcare centre at 277 Bourke St. Residents say It is possible for the childcare centre to be built without the need to close off Berwick Lane. Options include relocation of stairs or a disabled access ramp which can be used by everyone. Instead of selling off 222 Palmer St (existing childcare centre) it can be demolished and made into a community park. Safety issues on Bourke Street need addressing. This closure is the start of death by a thousand cuts for the historic and much loved laneway system of Darlinghurst. Please join the fight to protect community access and stop heritage lane closures. KEEP DARLO'S LANEWAYS OPEN. KEEP BERWICK LANE OPEN CHILDCARE AND PUBLIC ACCESS - including disabled access. SEE YOU AT TAYLOR SQUARE MARKETS PLEASE PASS IT ON
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    Created by Chris Tuckfield
  • Stop High Density Development in Kenmore
    Brisbane City Council has approved the over development of the site at 66 Gilruth Road, despite the low density zoning restrictions for this area and more than 40 letters of objections from local ratepayers. The proposed site is a leafy 60 year old property on top of a ridge line at one of the highest points in Kenmore. Brisbane City Council has given its approval for a precinct of 11 two-storey houses (some in excess of 9m in height) to be built on the 4729m² site. Council has given no meaningful feedback to residents as to why this development has been approved even though it does not comply with the City Plan’s restrictions on building height, gross floor area, minimum lot size and requirements for street frontage. An incredible 70% of the mature trees on this wonderful old property are to be cut down, despite their protection under Natural Asset Local Law as Valued Urban Vegetation. This law has clearly been instated to protect our local trees and yet Brisbane City Council appears to treat it with complete disregard. In addition to the regulatory issues, visual and environmental impacts, residents are angry about Council’s lack of concern for traffic safety. Gilruth Road is a busy bus, pedestrian and school route as well as a popular ‘rat run’. The development site is on a particularly dangerous hill, adjacent to a bus stop and proximate to an offset cross road and the inevitable increase in traffic and parked cars here will further hinder driver visibility and safety. Residents have been shocked by the way they have been treated by Council. After being encouraged to submit their objections during the approved consultation process, residents were subsequently presented with identical standard letters from Council giving zero feedback on their concerns and leaving them to wonder if their objections had been noted at all. What’s at Stake • Developers in Brisbane are being allowed to push for greater housing density, regardless of the impact on a suburb’s character, infrastructure and natural assets. Residents are forced to pick up the bill if they wish to take legal action against Council for failing to rigorously assess development according to their own Brisbane City Plan. Alarmingly, it has been reported that the Queensland Government is in the process of passing legislation which will force residents to pay compensation to developers if the ratepayers fail in their challenge against Council decisions. • How can Brisbane City Council, the body we elected to represent us, be allowed to ignore the concerns of its ratepayers in favour of developers? How can we hope to protect Brisbane’s natural heritage from over-development when Council does not follow Natural Asset Local Law? If these ‘laws’ aren’t enforceable and are being treated by Council as mere guidelines, how can we implement change to ensure real legal protection of our city’s beautiful natural assets? • We call on Brisbane City Council to abide by the laws and City Plans that protect our suburb, to stop ruling in favour of developers and instead, listen to and support the concerned residents of Kenmore with regards to this inappropriate development on Gilruth Road.
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    Created by Clare Hankamer
  • Keep Australian uranium out of "unsafe" nuclear industry!
    Australian used to say exporting uranium to India is not acceptable as they refuse to be a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory. Now apparently it's OK as long as it's for "civilian purposes" subject to as yet undisclosed "safeguards". Even assuming such safeguards could keep Australian uranium out of nuclear weapons for all eternity, grave fears have emerged that India's nuclear industry isn't up to scratch. Japan's Fukushima disaster has recently demonstrated what can happen when lax regulation conspires with vested nuclear industry interests, let alone forces of nature. Even as former Prime-Minister Julia Gillard visited India in 2012 to talk up a uranium export deal, India's own Auditor-General warned of a "dangerously unsafe, disorganised" nuclear industry with "ineffective" oversight: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/india-questions-its-own-nuclear-industry-20121014-27l0a.html http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/editorial/indias-uranium-safeguards-fail-on-all-measures-20121016-27p1y.html Let our Federal Government know that Australians don't want to see their uranium partly responsible for future nuclear disasters which could potentially kill thousands and displace millions in the world's second most populous country. A responsible government would leave Australian uranium in the ground and instead help India develop renewables to solve its energy needs.
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  • Stop acts of terrorism against the people of the Lismore Local Government area.
    Our Local Government Poll results show 87% of people residing in the Lismore Local Government area oppose coal seam gas mining in the Lismore Local Government area. We believe the strongarming of Brad Hazzard, Chris Hartcher and Barry O'Farrell in relation to Coal Seam Gas mining in the Lismore Local Goverment area readily adheres to the definition of a 'terrorist act' as defined by the Criminal Code Act 1995. A ‘terrorist act’ is an act, or a threat to commit an act, that is done with the intention to coerce or influence the public or any government by intimidation to advance a political, religious or ideological cause, and the act causes: 1. death, serious harm or endangers a person 2. serious damage to property 3. a serious risk to the health or safety of the public, or 4. seriously interferes with, disrupts or destroys critical infrastructure such as a telecommunications or electricity network. A terrorist act does not cover engaging in advocacy, protest, dissent or industrial action where a person does not have the intention to urge force or violence or cause harm to others. If found guilty of committing a terrorist act, a person could face up to life imprisonment. As there are numerous documented cases of public harm, destruction of property and serious risk to health and safety caused by the Coal Seam Gas industry worldwide we believe this strongarming is commensurate with a terrorist act and wish to have Brad Hazzard, Chris Hartcher and Barry O'Farrell investigated for these acts.
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