• 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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  • Protect Home Owners' Rights
    This injustice happens every few years to people living in NSW. I give Ku-ring-gai Council as an example mainly because this issue literally landed on my front doorstep - I live in one of the affected properties at Bent Street. I want to stop this happening to everyone in NSW, not just to myself and my neighbours. In Ku-ring-gai more than 40 families have lost their homes and business to council this way in the last 5 years (since 2007). The strange thing is that most of those houses are still there, now with Council as the landlord. Council’s power to rezone any home to RE1 Open Space is a THEFT of private property rights: • Council gets a FREE call option to take your home at ANY TIME within the next 20 years • Council will NOT pay you any Option Fee for taking this right to purchase your home • Council can just give you 90 days notice once they have decided to TAKE your home • Council has 30 days AFTER they take your home to tell you what they want to pay you Ku-ring-gai does not need more parks - especially at the expense of the destruction of private homes and property rights. There has never been proper community consultation on these issues. Just 10 Councillors and Planning Staff (under Director Watson) making decisions that affect us all. $40 million dollars (from S94 funds) has been spent by Ku-ring-gai council in Land Acquisitions since 2007 with ZERO new parks being provided to the community. This is a major financial risk for every ratepayer, as developers will pursue council to demand a refund of the S94 funds spent inappropriately. IS YOUR HOME ON THE LIST? • Ku-ring-gai Council has a secret 'hit list' of dozens of properties earmarked for rezoning. • Check the “Open Space Acquisition Strategy- Identification of Potential Sites for Acquisition by Council – Final Report” submitted to council on 15 July 2008 by Director Watson. • You can ask for access to this Council report by making a request under the GIPA Act. Help Protect Your Property Rights by Signing This Petition and spread the link at http://bit.ly/Ku-ring-gai Channel 7 News: http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/watch/30202501/home-owners-protest-rezoning/885604/ Articles from North Shore Times at these links: http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/homes-rezoned-bent-st-lindfield-ku-ring-gai-council-residents http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/lindfield-ku-ring-gai-council-rezoning-parkland-bent-st/ http://north-shore-times.whereilive.com.au/news/story/editorial-battle-to-keep-homes-ku-ring-gai-bent-st-park/
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  • Stop sending phone books to everybody
    Last financial year alone, Sensis printed and distributed over 20 million phone books. Of these, I estimate roughly 73 end up getting used at all. The environmental impact of this cannot be denied considering the whole manufacturing and distribution process. Despite the public's understandable disdain for the practice, Sensis have no plans to stop. It makes me mad as hell. If it makes you mad, please sign up and let your friends know. Thanks
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  • The Herald Great Cover Up campaign
    Register your support to have the Hunter’s coal train wagons covered by signing our Great Cover Up online petition today. The Newcastle Herald has launched the Great Cover Up campaign in response to community concerns regarding the impacts of coal dust emissions. The level of particulate matter generated by Hunter coal trains is presently under investigation. International studies have confirmed coal dust can potentially harm human health.
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  • Protect Australia’s Right to Recreational Fishing
    5 million Australians fish recreationally that’s your Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister Friends and Family. At some point it is most likely we all have fished recreationally either on a regular basis or the family holiday. Chances are that you know someone that works in the recreational fishing industry. Excluding an estimated 7 million kilometres of Australian water will cost countless jobs and impact communities some of which we enjoy on our family holidays each and every year. Recreational Fishers do care for the state of the environment and the state of the Australian fishery. We respect the laws and fish within them. We are responsible and are Australians with a voice. We agree area’s sensitive to the protection of our fishery should be protected, if this backed up with sound evidence of impact upon that habit or species. Protection of our marine environment concerns all 22,681,487 Australians including the 5 million who choose to fish recreationally.
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