• Far North QLD Community against Proposed Mining Lease
    Baal Gammon Pty Ltd and Monto Minerals Ltd. are responsible for contaminating the drinking water of local residents at Watsonville with Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Manganese, Nickel and Lead in concentrations which exceed Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. What has happened….... Although the Creek already contained high levels of some contaminants as a result of historical mining activities – this spill increased the concentration and type of contaminants released into Jamie Creek. Exposure to Arsenic increases prevalence in skin lesions even at exposure levels in the range of 0.005–0.01 mg/l. Water samples from Jamie Creek have been recorded at twice that level in February and March 2012 after the spill, and still well above this level (0.015 mg/l) into May 2012 – 3 months later. Chronic effects of arsenic exposure via drinking water include skin lesions, neurological effects, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes mellitus, and malignancies including skin cancer. Based on health considerations, the concentration of cadmium in drinking water should not exceed 0.002 mg/L. On the 7 March 2012 levels were found to be 0.0922 mg/L in Jamie Creek below the mine site - 46 times higher than the acceptable limits, yet residents were not informed that their water was unsafe to drink until 16 March 2012. In humans, long-term or high dose exposure to cadmium can cause serious kidney dysfunction. Other effects can include softening of the bones. According to current knowledge, renal tubular damage is probably the critical health effect of cadmium exposure - and WHO research indicates it is also a human carcinogen. Baal Gammon Copper Pty Ltd told local residents that it would clean up the area when they applied for their permit, and lower the soil contamination associated with historical mining on the mining lease.... Nothing has been done..... Baal Gammon Copper Pty Ltd has submitted an application to develop another mining lease adjacent to the current mine. (Chronic health effects in people exposed to arsenic via the drinking water: dose–response relationships in review. Takahiko Yoshida, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Gui Fan Sun. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Volume 198, Issue 3, 1 August 2004, Pages 243–252 available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0041008X04000948 NRMMC (2011) Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Paper 6 National Water Quality Management Strategy. National Health and Medical Research Council, National Resource Management Ministerial Council, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.) Is this the standard of mining operations that Queenslanders are supposed to expect from mining companies?
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  • Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula.
    *****UPDATE 2017***** The Tootgarook Swamp, also sometimes called Boneo swamp is a groundwater dependent wetland (fen) found on the Nepean Peninsula in Victoria. It is the largest example left of a Shallow freshwater marsh in the entire Port Phillip bay and Western Port Bay region, at ~650 hectares (According to the Tootgarook Wetland Ramsar Nomination Feasibility Study 2015 BMT WBM for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council) it is worthy of international Ramsar protection. Much of the Tootgarook swamp is inappropriately zoned as residential, and industrial with a large portion of it outside the green wedge. This key area of biodiversity at the urban Growth Boundary is the area most under threat is inappropriately zoned to the north and has been identified in a report (Purnell, C and Herman, K., 2016. Tootgarook Swamp Bird Monitoring Program – Year 2 Annual Report. Unpublished report prepared for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council by BirdLife Australia) as Core range and nationally significant, critical habitat for the Australasian Bittern (EN, EPBC) and a range other EPBC and FFG listed species. The largest accumulations of waterbirds was observed across this particular area of the Tootgarook Swamp. The swamp contains fifteen state, federal, and international protected species of fauna, along with another seven-species listed as vulnerable. The majority of species threatened with extinction in Victoria are wetland dependent. Tootgarook Swamp has so far recorded 159 bird species, 13 reptilian species, 9 amphibious frog species and 12 mammals, including 5 bats, no full survey of the entire swamp has ever been done to show its true value, and much of the current data has been collected during drought time. Though recently the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has made steps to undertake the larger bird and fauna surveys and has undertaken the Tootgarook Wetlands strategy thanks to your support something that we have been heavily involved in and we are continuing to gather data from bird surveys it is one facet that has been yielding results The swamp is also home to at least nine bioregional endangered plant communities. (Update) Though a local ecologist believes up to 24 bioregional endangered plant communities exist within the swamp and updated on ground flora surveys need to be commenced. There had been approximately 80 hectares is marked with (update) no present development proposals we have been successful at VCAT (most recent Nov 2016) with other stakeholders in showing the value of the Tootgarook Swamp. Instead of coming up continually against inappropriate development rezoning is needed. Though within this area the biggest threat the most significant risk to this area, similar to Roe8 in Western Australia is a freeway reservation for the Southern Peninsula section of what is known as Peninsula Link it cuts though the most sensitive area of the entire wetland. Did you know there are only 4% of total wetlands left in Victoria that are greater than 100 hectares , and of the original wetlands in the state we have already lost over 37% in the last 200 years. Of the 100% of shallow fresh water marshes in Victoria, 60% has been destroyed. It has high cultural significance for the Bunurong / Boonerwrung people of the Kulin nation, it’s name purportedly meaning land of the growling frog. High scientific value also exists as pointed out by Sir Frederick Chapman in 1919, Australia’s first nationally appointed palaeontologist and world authority in the field of ostracods (a type of small crustacean), and close companion and co-worker with Sir Douglas Mawson. Sir Chapman personally visited and studied within Tootgarook Swamp where he catalogued numerous fossils and ostropod species not seen anywhere else but in Tasmania showing a link of a land bridge between the two states. The Tootgarook swamp is described by Geologist A. Shugg as “The swamp is a natural groundwater discharge area lying close to sea level” and that “The swamp forms a window to the aquifer through which ground water discharges”. Climate change wise the Tootgarook Swamp is a peat regenerating wetland, the most threatened form of wetland type internationally, as a peat regenerating wetland it is a major carbon storehouse (Blue Carbon), exceeding that of forests. You might wonder, will the loss of a few wetlands like Tootgarook Swamp really make much difference? Well, biodiversity is a complex fragile structure. It may be helpful to think of the ecosystem as a woven carpet, if you pull on a loose thread it might only affect the thread and those closest to it, or it might unravel the whole carpet. Wetlands are threads keeping the ecosystem carpet together and as we pull out more wetland threads the ecosystem begins to unravel causing lots of problems. So help us keep this unique wetland for our biodiversity and future generations, View our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ6effLtymA&feature=player_detailpage or for even more information and photos check out our website http://www.savetootgarookswamp.org A short film was also made by Anthony Kelly for the Peninsular Short Film Festival. While it did not succeed in being selected for the festival, we think it is a beautiful depiction of the swamp and its wildlife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNuM-YVZgGY&feature=share Mornington Peninsula Shire has also had some short films made in relation to it Bird monitoring program with Birdlife Australia. Birdlife Video 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SCsjhaCZPc Birdlife Video 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZJNIYzv9G8 Or even join our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SaveTootgarookSwampInc?ref=hl
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  • Save the Penguins of Lipson Island!
    Lipson Island may be more important as a bird rookery than we know. While Centrex's report predicts the colony to be in decline, it does so simply because this is the trend at other monitored sites in South Australia. This assumption was made without conducting a formal count of the existing Little Blue Penguin population on Lipson Island. As this is the northern most Little Blue Penguin colony in Spencer Gulf, we believe this assumption to be irresponsible. It demonstrates the company's lack of will to show due diligence with their environmental assessment of the project's impact, and a reluctance to accept responsibility for future impacts to the colony and other present rare, vulnerable and endangered species.
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  • Stop the building of a Mobile Telecommunication Tower at Snapper Point, Aldinga Beach.
    The SA coastline is well known for its natural beauty and protected reef, both of which are strong selling points for the area. Its also a focal point for tourism and the world famous Tour Down Under. We want to conserve this beauty and not destroy the amenity of the local residents.
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  • ASBESTOS Worldwide condemnation of Canadian reopening of mining and export of asbestos.
    On Friday 30 June 2012 the Canadian Government announced that it had approved massive funding to reopen the Jeffrey mine, one of Canada’s last asbestos mines, assuring exports of the fireproofing and insulating fibers for another 20 years. No asbestos is safe! I am one of these victims - I have mesothelioma in linings of peritoneum and pleura! My father died of this horrible aggressive and very painful cancer. I would like a joint rally across Australia in aid of Australia showing Canada that this is not on. The World Health Organisation estimates asbestos exposure causes more than 107,000 preventable deaths around the world each year. Created by Lou Williams, Information and Awareness Officer at the Bernie Banton Foundation - Australia.
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  • stop overseas owned and foreign manned super sized trawlers fishing our waters!
    We need to stop these oversized fishing vessels that have been likened to giant industrial ocean going vacuum cleaners from trawling our oceans and depleting it of its valuable fish stocks, severely interrupting the worlds ocean's and its natural eco systems and destroying both the local recreational and commercial small scale and sustainable fishing and tourism industries around the world and within Australia. Our Australian government is currently planning and zoning fantastic new marine parks around our fragile island and at the same time they are planning to open the back door for large fishing vessels to exploit our waters on a massive and unsustainable scale, vessels like the "MARGIRIS" who's company is planning for it to set sail for Australian Territorial Waters some time this spring and arriving in august, if given the green light. Humans participating in activities such as these solely for financial gain are nothing less than the enemy of our oceans, let's together become our ocean's protectors, let's together make a difference and ensure our ocean's are the way they should be for future generations to come, our children and their children's children. THIS IS OUR WORLD, OUR OCEAN, IT DOES NOT BELONG TO THESE LARGE FISHING COMPANIES, TO FEED THEIR CORPORATE GREED, WE AS INDIVIDUALS BELONG TO IT, IT DEMANDS OUR RESPECT, I, OUR NATION AND THE WORLD WILL FIGHT FOR IT AND ITS FUTURE! WE WILL NOT GO AWAY! ONE WORLD, ONE OCEAN, LET'S MAKE IT LAST!
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  • Legislate urgently to ensure editorial independence of large media organisations
    This legislation is urgently needed because mining magnate, Gina Rinehart, is moving fast to gain major influence over the editorial content of the Fairfax Media group. Given Australia's highly concentrated media, this poses a major threat to our democracy. Malcolm Fraser: "A mining magnate has specific industry interests that are not necessarily those of Australia." Malcolm Turnbull: ''If Fairfax … were seen to be a mouthpiece of Gina Rinehart and a spokesvehicle for the mining industry, that would undermine its business model dramatically,'' Wayne Swann: "No one has so blatantly and so publicly said that they intend to impose their commercial imperatives on the essential role of journalists when they are trying to report in a fair and balanced way." "I think that has very bad impacts for our democracy." Scott Ludlam: "There is now an urgent case for legislation that would bind media company directors and board members to stay out of editorial decisions." "I think there is a real urgency with this and yesterday's announcement really sharpens the urgency of bringing such an instrument forward." The first line of defence in this issue is to stiffen the spine of the Fairfax Board to insist that Rinehart signs the Fairfax Charter of Editorial Independence before she is allowed to have a seat on the Board. GetUp is running a very successful write-in campaign at the moment aimed at the Fairfax Board. But a second line of defence is needed. Rinehart could take over Fairfax and then she can legally change the Board and scrap the Charter. That is why we need this petition to push for legislative change so that super-rich people or corporations can't just buy large media organisations and turn them into propaganda machines.
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  • Stop the Super Trawler
    One of the world’s biggest fishing trawlers with a history of over exploiting fish stocks, the FV Margiris, wants to trawl for small pelagic fish – some of the most critical species in our marine ecosystem. Small pelagic fishing around Tasmania already has a bad record. The surface schools of jack mackerel that were once common off southeast Tasmania have not returned after the collapse of that fishery over 20 years ago. The fish are a vital food source for important species like the critically endangered southern bluefin tuna, marine mammals, seabirds and game fish. Trawlers like this not only catch the target species, they also get tonnes of bycatch - unwanted marine life like dolphins, seals and seabirds, that gets thrown back dead. This fishing trawler is the opposite of the fishing activities we need to ensure healthy oceans and healthy communities – we need better valued seafood that doesn’t rely on government subsidies, sustainable employment for local fishermen, science based fisheries management, and no unwanted by-catch. Learn more at http://stopthetrawler.net Follow us on twitter @stopthetrawler
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  • Ban shooters in our National Parks
    Licensed recreational shooters are now allowed in 79 of the state’s national parks, nature reserves and conservation areas in a sneaky deal that your government has done with the Shooters and Fishers Party to gain support for a Bill to privatise the State’s electricity assets. Our protected conservation areas have essentially been turned into hunting reserves. Your government has not detailed how this will be policed and how the so called 'feral control' scheme will be undertaken without risks to the safety of people and native fauna alike.
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  • Save the Glenfern Green Wedge
    The Glenfern Green Wedge, at the northern tip of the National Trust listed Lysterfield Valley, lies outside the urban growth boundary, is part of the Dandenong Ranges foothills, is adjacent to two existing flora and fauna reserves, and is part of an important wildlife corridor. It is the last remaining undeveloped section of Ferny Creek and is under threat from subdivision and development. Loss of this Green Wedge to housing has significant permanent ramifications to the local area and residents, and to all Melbournians and the many tourists who pass through this scenic and special area.
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  • Communities Protecting our Region- No Dudgeon Point Coal Terminal
    The Indian company Adani and Dudgeon Point Project Management (a consortium of coal companies) are proposing to build a large coal storage area and port facility at Dudgeon Point 13km southeast of the city of Mackay. The two coal stockpiles will be up to 20m high (8m foundations) and cover an area the size of 900 soccer fields (approximately 400 hectares). If approved, Dudgeon Point and existing Hay Point terminal expansions are expected to increase coal exports by two to three times current levels to a projected capacity of 250 to 300 million tonnes per year. With a similar expansion planned for Abbot Point the Whitsunday Coral Coast would be bordered by the two largest coal port complexes in the world, greatly diminishing the premier tourism brand the region has worked so hard to develop. There are three main reasons we would like to see the proposal rejected: Coal Dust is a Health Risk- Coal dust is a health risk – we don’t know what the impacts could be! The World Health Organisation states that even background levels of coal dust, well below their official standards, are hazardous to the more vulnerable i.e. children and the elderly. Fine coal dust (PM2.5 or less) cannot be naturally expelled from the lungs. Finer particles of PM0.1 or less can cross from the lungs into the bloodstream and have been associated with causing leukaemia. Coal dust contains heavy metals such as arsenic and PAHs which can cause cancers, brain tumours, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. Given the proximity of the coal stockpiles, uncovered coal trains and coal loading facilities to the surrounding communities and Mackay region the health risks to people and marine life within the Great Barrier Reef must be known before this project proceeds further. The facts are: • That fine coal dust can easily travel to Mackay and surrounding communities with prevailing south easterly winds; • Coal dust has also been measured in waters of the Outer Great Barrier Reef • There is no way to measure the exposure levels; and • Fine coal dust is hazardous even at low background levels 120,000 residents should not be exposed to a potential legacy of ill health similar to that suffered through exposure to asbestos or tobacco smoke. These caused significant hardships and public health costs. The Reef Needs Our Protection- The reef is in trouble already, it cannot cope with the threats of significant increases in coal dust and coal shipping Coal export and storage facilities are expanding up and down the Queensland coast in what is the biggest resource boom our nation has ever seen. Simply put, more ships means more accidents destroying our already vulnerable reef and damaging our ocean wildlife. The dredging of the ocean floor means more sediment being spread throughout our local marine environment risking the damage that our unfortunate neighbours in Gladstone have already experienced. In addition recent research at James Cook University by Dr Kathy Burns has shown how coal dust is spreading from the existing ports over the reef by air and sea. Hay Point already has two ports that can export 130 million tonnes of coal per year, the full capacity of these ports is not currently utilised. Any further expansion is economically unnecessary and environmentally catastrophic. We cannot allow our precious Reef and local marine waters to lose their natural values. It is the responsibility of us all, and particularly our community leaders, to protect the iconic Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Costing our Community- Dudgeon Point is threatening our communities peaceful lifestyle Dudgeon Point is in the middle of a coastal area that has seen growing rural residential development over the last 20 years. Communities like Dunrock, McEwens Beach, Timberlands, Louisa Creek, Half Tide, Salonika Beach and the surrounding roads are facing increased serious health risks if the Dudgeon Point coal terminals are approved. The experience of surrounding communities has already been one of increasing noise, dust, traffic and the loss of visual amenities. How can we believe that Dudgeon Point development will not make this situation even worse for local residents? No comprehensive, authentic cost/benefit analysis of this project has been done. Why should we lose our health, peaceful lifestyle and quality of life for unknown and unproven outcomes?
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  • Protect children from secondhand smoke drift in multi-unit housing
    Under current strata law, residents are not explicitly protected from involuntary second-hand smoke exposure in residential settings. For the first time in fifty years, strata law is under review and now is the time for change. Smoking laws are inconsistent - as a person of the public you are already protected from tobacco smoke in many public places and buildings. But if an apartment is your home, your air quality is at the whim of your neighbours. As parents we want the right to have a smoke-free home to raise our children. Further we want the law on our side when we ask our neighbours to be responsible and contain their smoke rather than allowing it to drift and trespass into our home. In our case, when our neighbours smoke on their balcony or terrace, they might as well have be smoking over our children's beds – as the window is not further than 1.5 metres to where they are smoking. Even a smoker must appreciate that second-hand smoke is toxic and can damage the health of others. It is a fact that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and children are particularly vulnerable to it. Second-hand smoke exposure among children is a cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, respiratory infections and ear problems. Children's exposure has also been associated with lung cancer in adulthood and the evolution of cardiovascular disease. For our young family, this risk, in our own home, is utterly unacceptable. When we started questioning why NSW Strata Law was failing us, we found that there were other stories like ours, of parents trying to protect the health of their children. Our children have no option but to breathe in their own home and we seek to protect their basic right to clean air in their own home - it's time to recognise tobacco smoke as a nuisance and a hazard under Strata Law.
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