• 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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  • 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 public environment report predicted the colony to be in decline, that was misinformation based on a flawed assumption. It was reported elsewhere as "stable" although the species is generally believed to be in decline statewide. Better sites for future grain export exist, away from sensitive receptors like Lipson Island.
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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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