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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stop culling the WA sharks!
    Experts do not agree that plans to cull sharks will reduce shark attacks. “[W]ill culling sharks actually reduce the risk of an attack? The answer is no.…Pre-emptively killing sharks is a response based on emotion rather than of scientific data”, wrote Ryan Kempster, Shark biologist at University of Western Australia, and Shaun Collin, Winthrop Professor at the School of Animal Biology and the Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia1. The Department of the Environment lists nine shark species inhabiting Australian waters as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable and culling plans would not only drastically affect their populations but the surrounding marine ecosystems. In Western Australia, the White Shark (or the Great White Shark) is listed as “rare or likely to become extinct”2 and in 2002, the Australian Government came up with a Recovery Plan to promote the conservation of this species. But now the White Shark it is at great risk because the Western Australian Department of Fisheries has listed the white shark as the main cause of fatal shark attacks WA. Please sign the petition and tell the WA government that to stop plan to cull sharks. Sources: 1 Ryan Kempster and Shaun Collin, “How to prevent shark attacks”, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/how-to-prevent-shark-attacks-20890, 29/11/13 2 The Australian Government Department of Environment, “Carcharodoncarcharias — Great White Shark”, Biodiversity Species Profile and Threats Database http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=64470, 16/07/13 3 The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Recovery plan for the White Shark, http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/recovery-plan-white-shark-carcharodon-carcharias, 2013
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  • Don't Disband North Sydney Council's Active Transport Voice!
    1. The Active Transport Sub-committee is a key forum for open discussion and to tap into ideas from pedestrians and bicyclists and the community at large. The committee has proven its value consistently over many years and is well attended. 2. North Sydney is both a destination and a gateway for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians and the Sub-committee can act as both a voice and conduit to keep this group informed and engaged when necessary. 3. At a time when transport issues are more complex and critical to a well functioning city, the Sub-committee is a valuable resource to assist the Council in its deliberations regarding use of roads and paths. 4. The only alternative, the Traffic Committee, is incompatible with supporting many active transport issues including those that are not on public roads.
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  • Keep Denman Coal Mine Free
    Residents of Denman and District do not have a say in coal mine developments near Denman. Many residents do not want any more coal mines near Denman or in the district. Concerned residents are asking the government to restrict coal mining to the present mines that have been approved and to not approve any new coal mine developments near Denman. The Yarrawa Lease is the subject of ICAC investigations related to the way mining exploration leases were granted in a closed tender process. Two coal exploration leases, Spur Hill and Yarrawa (Ferndale) are close to Denman. If these mines go ahead they will have a significant impact on the residents of our district. Our community, our water resources, our air quality are at risk. If developed into mines these mines will contribute to 24 hours a day noise, dust and light pollution for Denman residents. Years of mining in Muswellbrook Shire has strained the housing and rental markets, degraded public infrastructure such as roads, and added significantly to air pollution in the Hunter Valley. There has been a decline in other industries as farming land is taken up by mines.. Additional mine developments will further strain infrastructure in the area. Public infrastructure has not improved after years of mining in Muswellbrook Shire, it has degraded. Denman does not want coal mines on its doorstep. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEBh0rZfDD0
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  • Save the future of fisheries and marine science in Victoria
    In the 1990's the marine and fisheries research facility down by the ferry terminal in Queenscliff had over 100 staff. Over the years staff numbers have been cut back and over the last 2 years the numbers have been cut to a crucially low number of 30. A couple of weeks ago the Victorian Government announced that voluntary redundancy packages will be offered to reduce the remaining 30 positions to merely 14. Staff were given 10 days to decide on their futures. Resources will be cut alongside jobs. Research laboratories will be converted to offices, boats sold, research dive teams will be removed. The Government has forgotten how important this facility and the people who work there are to the state of Victoria. The people who work at the Fisheries Research Branch are among the top fisheries scientists in the world. Their work leads to management decisions about Victorian fisheries based on the best understanding of how to support sustainable recreational and commercial fishing, while protecting fisheries for our children and grandchildren. The Queenscliff facility contains the labs, the boats, and most importantly the people needed to undertake world class research and to train a new generation of fisheries researchers. Once these people are gone, Victoria will have lost a vital resource of knowledge and skills. Fourteen staff is not enough to run this facility and continue to produce quality research on the whole of Victoria's fisheries and marine environment. Already current staff are trying to complete two roles at once. You just have to do the maths to realize that this is not best practice. Last week the public, recreational fisherman and members of parliament spoke loud enough that the Environment Minister heard their voice! Their views led to the banning of the super trawler. Together we too can make our voices heard. All of us - recreational fisherman, divers, environmentalists, member of the public, people with an interest in Victoria's fisheries and marine areas - need to speak up so the Government realizes how important this facility and its staff are. Please sign this petition and also write to Minister Peter Walsh, your local member and the papers. Lets get our voice heard. September 12, 2005 Minister Peter Walsh (when in opposition) is quoted as saying "The Minister for Agriculture must deliver an explanation to the public as to why he is slashing funding for talented scientists and technical officers who work preserve our marine and freshwater environment" and "Once they lose talented staff they'll never be able to get them back". He was right. Thank you PS. There is also a facebook page so the everyone can follow the progress of the campaign and share their own stories at: www.facebook.com/letstryandsavefisheriesandmarinescienceinVictoria
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  • Return the Funding - Emergency Services Cadets
    It is important to me because i have been with cadets from the start of it when i was little helping my parents and their friends help run the groups. i want to get the program back up and running and keep it running because it help so many young children and old, it was hard to have been told that the funding was cut and that it was affected straight away. It is more important to everyone that was in the cadet program as we all loved it and we made great friends we even found the mature side of our things and find out how the emergency service act when they have to help.
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    Article showing my dedicated work with Kangaroos in Canberra Times http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html. Click on link to view final poll results: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/canberra-times-final-kangaroo-killing-poll-results-closed-25512/?preview=true&preview_id=748&preview_nonce=0370f2d679 . An abuse of rate/taxpayers money that cost over $200,000, and an abuse of the government and government department's positions, ignoring expert advice outside the government. Please check out http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l, http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/protected-native-violent-kangaroo-killing-in-the-act-7-june-2012/. Native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays. ANIMAL WELFARE - Click on the links below, to view kangaroo cruelty and horror. Kangaroos are killed in an extremely inhumane manner. Legally kangaroos killed are required to be killed by a single shot to the brain. there are instances where kangaroos are not killed in this manner. As a result, the kangaroo is shot agonisingly in the jaw, neck or the body, flees in response and will suffer a prolonged and painful death. These joeys are killed often by shooters smashing them into the ground, against tow bars of cars or with a metal pipe or other blunt instrument. Alternatively, when not caught, an out of pouch joey will be left to fend for itself and will generally die of predation, starvation or dehydration.This is not to mention the stress suffered by kangaroos from hearing shots being fired and from being chased down by shooters. Please click on or copy and paste this link into your browser to view more information on Kangaroo abuse and sign as well: http://www.change.org/petitions/chief-minister-environment-minister-greens-party-prime-minister-stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos ‘....anyone who intentionally tortures a dog or cat is a threat to public safety, and should be dealt with severely," DeSteph said in a statement....DeSteph told ABC News he plans to send the legislation to other state lawmakers and work with national animal welfare groups to get the law introduced across the country. There have been studies that show a connection between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from drug and firearm offenses to battery and sexual assault, according to the Humane Society....’The same applies to Kangaroos and all other animals, the entire animal kingdom, not just cats and dogs.The Government’s proposed Animal Welfare Bill should be citing the same as above to immediately stop the Kangaroo killings to arrest and lock up the Government officials responsible for the Kangaroo killings since 2004-2019.The Animal Welfare Bill cannot be in compliance with the Government,the Government has to be in compliance with it The kangaroo management plan is conjunctional, incompetent, and not based on any scientific facts. The only objects that are causing the destruction of grasslands, woodlands, threatened species and ecosystems are tams staff and their shooters, the cattle they put into all the nature reserves after killing all the kangaroos in 2011 because the grass was too long, and the government that fails to listen to the experts, to end this unlawful violent, unnecessary killing that will drive our protected native Kangaroos to extinction. Click on this link for more information: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l We require the government department TAMS/TCCS (have changed their name or relevant Dept)authority who deal with applications to kill protected native species, and applications for the native wildlife rehabilitation licence to be removed from TAMS/TCCS or relevant Dept and handed over to Wildlife Carers Group. We require that the Eastern Grey Kangaroos, along with other persecuted macropods and native wildlife to be placed on the Critically Endangered list, AUSTRALIA WIDE. We require changes in the legislations/Acts and policies in the ACT, and Australia wide, to ensure that all protected native wildlife are protected and not be allowed to be killed. Wildlife Carers Group Wildlife Rehabilitation Licence to include FULL TERM REHABILITATION OF SICK INJURED ORPHANED NATIVE EASTERN GREY KANGAROOS, AND ALL OTHER ENDANGERED NATIVE WILDLIFE THAT ARE CURRENTLY OMITTED FROM THE LICENCE. The unlawful entry and stealing of my wildlife from my property by tams, the rspca and the police occurred as a result of me taking the Conservator of Flora and Fauna to court for the unlawful violent killing of the kangaroos/animal cruelty in 2012, to stop the unlawful violent killing and to have the Acts and policies that govern these policies changed. This action against me was more abuse of taxpayers money and vexatious by the government. To see the full reports please click on these links: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/rspca-selling-stolen-wildlife-belonging-to-wildlife-carers-group-act-greens-party-offer-the-act-rspca-1million-rspca-animal-cruelty-continues-super-trawler-petitions-1912/ Full story on unlawful entry and theft of wildlife, click on these links: http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/unlawful-entry-and-seizure-of-wildlife-letters-sent-to-canberra-tmes-but-not-published-28812/, and follow the other links about tams, the rspca, the chief minister that follow these reports. http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l http://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-antarctica-melbourne-aquarium-competition-ongoing-animal-cruelty-by-rspcamore-211212/?preview=true&preview_id=868&preview_nonce=c1ce95b73f.
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  • Which part of "NO CSG" do you not understand, politicians??
    CSG mining has left thousands of sick people and poisoned land and water in its wake wherever it has been allowed. This has been proven time and time again, yet the message keeps getting covered up for the sake of a few quick dollars. The community has clearly stated that it is opposed to CSG (for example, recent local election in Lismore, NSW, voted 87+% against CSG). Destroying our land and water for a finite resource is extremely short-sighted and, to be really frank, appallingly stupid. Australia should be the leader in changing to renewable energy and this needs to happen today - not in 5 years or 10 years. It has been left too long already. So - how can you answer the question "Which part of "NO CSG" do you not understand"?
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  • Label palm oil already
    Palm oil mono cultures are directly linked to widespread tropical deforestation, dispossession of indigenous peoples from their land, and their growth represents a clear and present danger to Asia's natural treasures - its last remaining forests. Often falsely labeled as "vegetable oil" palm oil is used in an estimated 40%+ of every day consumer foods and household products. Labeling palm oil allows consumers to more easily identify and avoid this harmful and unhealthy oil which is clogging arteries as well as causing the devastation to forests and biodiversity in tropical zones around the world, led by Asia.
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