• Save Cubbie Station for Australia
    The largest single irrigation and farming parcel in the Southern Hemisphere at the head of the Murray Darling system is being allowed to be sold off to foreign interests in order that they can take the output direct to their country and bypass all Australian involvement from water, crops and jobs, to taxes and environmental responsiblity for downstream.
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  • Close and Relocate All Toxic Dumps in Ipswich
    Ipswich is home to several toxic landfills, two of which are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The largest toxic dump in the Southern Hemisphere, which is in New Chum, currently receives unlimited amounts of asbestos and toxic chemicals and waste such as untreated medical waste, arsenic and cyanide. This landfill is within hundreds of metres of residents homes, recreation areas and schools. Both local government and state environmental law allows for the continuation of the toxic landfills. Eclipsing federal environmental law is required in order for all toxic landfills to be closed down and relocated. It has come to our attention that Ipswich residents are not alone in desperately wanting environmental protection, from inappropriately located toxic landfills, from the federal government. Please listen and respond to our concerns. As Australians, we should have the legal and moral right to protection from medically harmful, life-style shattering toxic environments. We should have the right to protect our families, children and ourselves from avoidable and unnecessary harm.
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    Created by Dr Patricia Petersen
  • STOP the 3rd freight line SAVE our health and village
    The noise from freight trains is already over 100dB causing significant harm Coal dust and mining chemicals are increasingly recognised carcinogens - they come past our homes and schools Property values will slump as the noise and pollution increases Construction activity and depots throughout 2119 for years Contrary to law they have predetermined the Environment Impact Assessment They are only proceeding because the federal government is paying $3/4billion The case for a third line does not stand up to basic engineering, logistics, and infrastructure best practice scrutiny
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  • Ban The Sale Of Shark Fins Inside The United States
    Humans every year kill 100 million sharks and for what? Shark Fins - For a tasteless bowl of soup Shark Teeth - For Jewlery Shark Jaws - For Tourists Shark Cartilage - For Phony Cancer Cures In The Form Of Pills Shark Liver Oil - For Cosmetic Products 100 million sharks are killed each year by longlining, sport fishermen,or by a cruel practice of shark finning. Hooked sharks are hauled onto boats; their fins are sliced off while they are still alive. These helpless animals are then tossed back into the ocean where, unable to swim without their fins, they sink towards the bottom and die an agonizing death. With 90% of the world's large shark populations already wiped out, sharks are being depleted faster than they can reproduce. This threatens the stability of marine ecosystems around the world. Sharks are vitally important apex predators. They have shaped marine life in the oceans for over 400 million years and are essential to the health of the planet, and ultimately to the survival of mankind. Shark Finnning Facts Shark finning takes place at sea so the fishers have only the fins to transport. Shark meat is considered low value and therefore not worth the cost of transporting the bulky shark bodies to market. Any shark is taken-regardless of age, size, or species Longlines, used in shark finning operations, are the most significant cause of losses in shark populations worldwide. Shark finning is widespread, and largely unmanaged and unmonitored. Shark finning has increased over the past decade due to the increasing demand for shark fins (for shark fin soup and traditional cures), improved fishing technology, and improved market economics. Shark specialists estimate that 100 million sharks are killed for their fins, annually. One pound of dried shark fin can retail for $300 or more. It's a multi-billion dollar industry. Impacts of Shark Finning Loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost because of longlining. Unsustainable fishery. The massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations. Threatens the stability of marine ecosystems. Loss of sharks as a food staple for many developing countries. Local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries. Threatens socio-economically important recreational fisheries. Obstructs the collection of species-specific data that are essential for monitoring catches and implementing sustainable fisheries management. Wasteful of protein and other shark-based products. Up to 99 per cent of the shark is thrown away. If you want to be informed on the fight to save these important predators join this facebook group ------------>https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/ppl.against.IWC/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/savetheoceans2 Also go to these websites ---------> seashepherd.org, sharkangels.org
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  • Dump The Toxic Dump- Copping, Tasmania
    The development of a Category C waste cell poses many potential and grave risks to the environment and public health. These impacts will be felt throughout the Carlton River Catchment Area, neighbouring communities, Sorell Municipality and Tasmania as a whole. Community consultation on the proposed development has been minimal at best, and the approvals process has been astounding in the speed of which both the EPA and Sorell Council granted formal approval for the development to go ahead.
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  • Stop Junk mail
    We work so hard at recycling, being careful of what we use in our homes, dont use plastic bags at the super market, buy recylced goods and even have recycled bins at our homes. Yet companies, that are making income from there actions, can just shove junk mail into our letter boxes, even if its full to over flowing. The junk mail then ends up on the streets and in our drains. If a person was to take the junk mail and just drop it on the steps of parliment, they would be charged with littering!. it is an old practise that needs to be controlled and regulated, signed up for stopped all together.
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  • Protect High Quality Food Producing Land and Rural Communities from Timber Plantations
    Current Victorian planning regulations allow for high quality food producing land (Farming Zoned land) to be planted to timber plantations as an "as of right" agricultural activity. This threatens food security for current and future generations. This destroys the fabric of local rural communities. The "as of right" status timber plantations have on Farming Zone land means that farms (which support families that make up rural communities) can be purchased, leased or rented and turned into timber plantations without any submission to local council required. Once land is converted to timber plantations, it is unavailable for any other agricultural activity on minimum of 20 -30 years, sometimes more. Timber plantations provide minimal employment opportunities for local communities. The roll on effect is that farmers and families then leave the area. The community loses members and then is unable to sustain organisations such as rural schools, fire brigades, sporting and social associations, and the rate base of the municipality is diminished. Local government authorities have no say in whether timber plantations are an appropriate activity in farming zoned locations. We understand that plantation timber products are required by the community. Timber plantations in Victoria have "as of right" status to plant in Rural Activity Zoned land. This land is far more appropriate for timber plantation activity. Young or old, boy or girl, city or country this is relevant to you. Australia’s current and future food security, the fabric of Australia’s rural communities it is all important to everyone. It is a simple change. It brings balance to the rural landscape, yet it still allows for both food production and timber production to continue side by side in Victoria. Thank you for your support, The Tallangatta Valley Progress Association, No Pines on Farming Zone Land Sub-Committee. (If you have any questions, or would like to contact the petition creator/campaign group, please click on the envelope next to campaign organiser’s name to email us. It is found under the photo).
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  • Support a Solar Thermal Plant in Port Augusta
    At this time, two old power stations in Port Augusta, South Australia are closing down, to be replaced with either a plant powered by gas or a mixture of solar thermal plants and wind turbines. Members of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition are walking 325km to show that young people care about climate change and want Australia to start the transition to renewable energy. It is crucial that young people are a part of the solution and supporting this cause is the first step on a long walk (haha, pun). The AYCC website is here: www.aycc.org.au
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  • Save Gloucester from yet another open cut coal mine
    The Gloucester Valley in NSW is a beautiful, scenic area with an economy based on agriculture, dairy and tourism. Gloucester is overlooked by the iconic Bucketts and is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops. The scale of exploration and mining in the Gloucester Shire has developed to a point where the entire valley is covered by coal, coal seam gas and petroleum exploration licences and other mining leases. Of particular concern is the Gloucester Resources Ltd (GRL) exploration licence 6523 which encircles the township of Gloucester on three sides, and also licences 6524 and 6563. GRL is in the process of applying to operate an open cut coal mine, the Rocky Hill Coal Project, which will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The proposed mine will be situated in the E3 Scenic Protection Zone, only 900m from the Forbesdale housing estate, 3km from Gloucester Township, 4kms from Gloucester High School and 4.5km from Gloucester Hospital. Anyone living or working within 5km of an open cut coal mine has a far greater chance of sickness and ill health. This proposed mine has caused great anxiety and uncertainty. If approved, it will undermine the sustainability, development and growth of alternative businesses and proposed food production. It will negatively impact on Gloucester's scenic beauty and social features, which have come to define the character and appeal of the area. As 85% of the residents of Gloucester Shire have indicated they do not support the Rocky Hill open cut mine, Council has also voted not to support it. Please lend your support in this vital issue for the Gloucester community.
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  • Prevent the clearance of important native vegetation in Coffin Bay, South Australia.
    Coffin Bay is a township of ~650 people that is located on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. One of the township's most important areas of native vegetation is located directly adjacent to Coffin Bay National Park and is currently zoned as Deferred Urban Zone. This area of sheoak and teatree woodland is highly ecologically significant. Due to its diverse range of species (a multitude of wattles, eucalypts, orchids, flowering shrubs, grasses, fungi and lichens), the area provides an important habitat for many species of birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. Many plant and animal species found in the area are rare and/or endangered. 9.7 ha of this important and unique vegetation is about to suffer wholesale clearance. The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula has flagged that it will approve multiple allotments to be located in this area. The remaining 58.7 ha will remain as Deferred Urban Zone, meaning that clearance and development will be allowed in the near future. We ask that the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula and the owner of the north-west portion of the land to reconsider their plans for the area and not clear the site's native vegetation. A number of alternative strategies are available, including rezoning the area to to 'rural' (with strict conditions), which will lead to significantly larger blocks and, therefore, the loss of substantially less vegetation. Even better, the area could be rezoned to 'conservation'.
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  • Help the Monk Family of Tara, QLD find out what's poisoning them.
    The Queensland Government to date has failed to provide details of the adverse health affects on humans from coal seam gas mining. Now children are getting sick. And they need to know what's poisoning them before they can get help. We're petitioning the Hon Lawrence Springborg, Qld Minister for Health, to provide a detailed list of the chemicals and gasses that are present or created by coal seam gas mining. Please help us get some answers for this beautiful family.
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  • People Power Against the Mining of Skeleton Hill Chiltern
    Contrary to the findings of the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT) this hill should not be mined for a number of reasons. The VCAT panel was arguably biassed in its make up (no regional representation nor environmental representation and only a two panel make up; apparently consisting of former economist-developer and engineering backgrounds) and the chairperson displayed what looked like strong and close relationships with the QC employed by the proponent Holcim Pty Ltd during a hearing held at the Chiltern Bowling Club. VCATS ugly decision over turned the Indigo Shire Council's decision not to allow this development to go ahead. Landscape protection, lost amenity, reduced tourism, reduced road safety pertaining to higher risk for school children and the community, noise and dust from loud blasting, loss of real estate values and destruction of vital and precious habitat and so on were issues of insufficient consequence according to VCAT and the Victorian Planning Minister; the mine was quite OK according to them. Skeleton Hill forms part of a beautiful landscape surrounding the small historical township of Chiltern; it adjoins the Chiltern Ironbark National Park.This landscape was used by Aboriginal people as a burial ground and is highly culturally significant to local Aboriginal communities today. AAV findings were arguably wrong. The hill is only three kilometres from the town itself and has great non indigenous historical and cultural significance. The hill and neighbouring forest are home to the highly endangered Regent Honey Eater known to be present here but falsely claimed not to be. Other endangered species of flora and fauna also reside on and around the hill. There are also deep concerns for the hydrology of the area and future water availability for the Chiltern and district community, as the quarry will consume large volumes of water from the water table and reduce precious runoffs into the local creek networks and adjoining farms. Flora in the National Park could be highly impacted as the hydrological systems within the hill are blasted to pieces draining the hillside landscape. The proposed new quarry is within 200 metres of the old quarry within the National Park left as an environmental disfiguration for all time. Other potential sites are within 50 kilometres and do not pose the same social, cultural and environmental destructions. Large international mining companies are destroying the lives of local communities and natural environments all around the world. The Ted Baillieu now Denis Napthine Victorian Government appears to have began a campaign of developers take all at the expense of the environment and small regional communities. This is about making big money for the few at the expense of the many. Please sign this petition and help stop this outrageous decision; please help the people of Chiltern.
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