• Stop radio and loud music in construction sites
    We, as many other Victorians have been and are going through a huge change of our city due to the massive construction of appartments. These have provoked a terrible disruption of our lives due to the noise of machinery. We don’t need the extra loud music noise.
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  • Save Byron
    It is important to protect the residents and community as well as approved accommodation operators, to protect their local residential amenity from the detrimental effects of the new Bill recently passed by the NSW State Government which will come in to effect in 2019. Residential houses and apartments are built for the specific purpose of domestic use and not built or rated for commercial use unless a second development application has been lodged to change the purpose of the building to commercial use. Short Term Holiday Letting is just that - it refers to the short term use of a property - meaning for a limited number of days - not every day. The every-day use of the building for tourism constitutes a commercially operated business. Residents who are neighbours of these STHL properties are being victimised and denied their residential amenity. Approved operators are also disadvantaged with a playing field that is far from level. Genuine operators have abided by the law and are now being under-mined by this Bill. Houses and homes are not meant to be party venues or pop-up hotels. Residential houses are meant to be used as permanent housing which is the intended purpose of residential zoning. While our zoning laws are not being upheld, our community continues to deteriorate. Affordable housing is already in very low supply in our area and virtually nonexistent. Homelessness is on the rise and the impact on our community is highly visible – with scout groups shutting down and whole streets being made into pop-up hotels rather than being used for residential housing. Our zoning laws are being ignored which were designed to protect the community. Many of our residents are citing no sleep in 2 years and some have shared their experiences of verbal and physical abuse by STHL guests. The owners of these properties think it is their right to run unregulated tourist accommodation from residential premises and have also been cited as causing abuse to neighbours. This Bill is creating hostility and is dividing the community. There are minimal choices available for permanent housing as rental prices are exorbitant, however there’s also an invisible homelessness occurring – these are the folks that do have rentals but are evicted for incidental tourism. For example, we have been contacted by a resident that is evicted from her rental for 4-5 months of the year because her landlord insists in profiting from a higher tariff during the music festival weekends and peak seasons such as Christmas and Easter. This particular resident is a professional who operates two businesses and has a 6 year old daughter - this is not only a housing issue but also a human rights issue and duty of care with children. In those times that this resident’s landlord evicts her for weekends or weeks at a time, she sleeps in her car with her child. This 6 year old falls asleep at school. This issue will continue to systematically and quickly rip our community apart. We fear that we are heading for ghettos in our quiet residential areas and this has recently led to increased burglaries with streets full of empty houses. Byron’s infrastructure and roads are also being eroded and without enough funding from Council to maintain these amenities, our infrastructure will fall further into disrepair. Enforcing these STHL to become compliant and paying commercial rates will give Council the ability to raise revenue from our tourists in a fairer way rather than a voluntary tourism tax. We want to offer an amazing experience to our visitors, have our residents engaged, and support a community that offers accommodation and a lifestyle for diverse economic backgrounds. Please hear us when we say that Byron Shire is heading for ruination if we are not granted exemption from this Bill. Sincerely Yours Byron Residents & Approved Operators
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  • Ban toxic weed killers from our parks, schools and green spaces
    Weed killers do not just kill weeds, they contaminate our air, soil and water, slowly killing us and our environment. We need to start embracing safer and more sustainable methods, and set new standards to ensure a livable planet for future generations.
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  • Stop foreign ownership of the Albany wind farm
    - You have caused the loss of local employment effectively losing 28 years of experience on those very machines. - You have revoked a contract to a West Australian company who currently maintains the wind farm and given it to a multi-national company effectively causing more job loss and local money leaving the state. - Your government promised in the election that you would not sell power assets and now you have broken that promise.
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  • Environmentally responsible toys
    Our plastics waste must stop, or at least slow down! There seems to be some gaps in the cycle 'reduce, reuse, recycle' particularly in the eyes of the public. Why bother recycling our plastics if we don't know what the end result is? Where does it go, what does it turn into? This helps close that gap. It's very tangible and visual answer to those questions, plus it engages children in the conversation about plastics waste reduction. If the toys can be made in Australia all the better. It's a win, win, win.
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  • Plastic Bags for the environment
    We are all bound and connected to our planet and our community. Unless we all look after what we have, our children will inherit a home destroyed by the short sighted actions of those who came before them. We are all custodians of this beautiful planet, and their is no time like the present to work towards preserving our beautiful countryside and environment. The overall aim is to make plastic bags and packaging a thing of the past. By supporting this initiative we hope to promote a more greener attitude within each community focused on preserving our home for future generations.
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  • Save Jesmond Bush
    Have you been to George McGregor Park? It’s a verdant refuge for native species nestled amongst the suburbs in Jesmond. The edges of the bush have been slowly encroached upon by suburban development for decades, and what remains is some of Newcastle’s last remaining habitat for impressive and unusual species like the Powerful Owl and the Squirrel Glider, the Black-eyed Susan and Hakea bakerii, all rare and protected. The Jesmond to Rankin Park bypass will be constructed right down the middle of this native habitat by Roads and Maritime Services. The design was recently updated by RMS to better accommodate connectivity for cyclists. What about connectivity for the animals living in Jesmond bush? The current design sees a giant wall of dirt blocking the path and free movement of the fauna in Jesmond bush, impacting their ability to breed, feed and ultimately survive. There are alternatives to the current design that would improve the outlook for wildlife, such as the use of pylons which will in the long run leave less of a clearing footprint and better accommodate the animals inhabiting this beautiful patch of native bush. We the undersigned call on Roads and Maritime Services to improve the design of the Jesmond to Rankin Park bypass to maximise habitat connectivity and ensure local wildlife populations continue to thrive . Sign the petition and let Sonia Hornery, Member for Wallsend know that we value the species living in George McGregor Park and the long-term preservation of local habitat.
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  • Save Sydney's Luna Park
    Luna Park is a battle fought and won by the people, almost fifty years ago. The owners of Luna Park have worked hard to make this a viable operation, a venue used for a mixture of events and its bread and butter fun park rides. I grew up with this venue, where a kid from not only, the western suburbs, but visitors from around the world could enjoy our harbour from these rides. The greed of this government and the clandestine nature of its operations makes me think there is a hidden agenda. One which would no doubt include a "sell-off". STOP IT
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  • Get McDonalds to adopt an environmentally conscious policy on packaging
    Your CSR report is 6 years old and you have no available policy on packaging: https://mcdonalds.com.au/learn/responsibility/maccas-and-the-environment Here are some important links for you to see how the industry is evolving. We ask that you upskill your self, your staff and management so that you can become leaders in this field. Food handling & packaging (byo containers ok?) https://www.foodsafety.com.au/laws-requirements/food-sectors/retail Environmentally friendly food packaging http://aipack.com.au/education/master-of-food-and-packaging-innovation/ Now, before you tell me that the packaging is important because it's a branding opportunity, let me remind you that you are one of the most globally recognised brands in the world. Please send out a survey and ask your customers (without leading the question) if they would like to see recycling bins in your stores. https://planetark.org would also love to help you through the details of the transition to a more environmentally friendly packaging process. On behalf of all these people who have signed this petition, and the millions of people in Australia who regularly consume this product, we urge you to look closely and be a leader for your company's future, and our planets'. PLEASE ASSIGN A SENIOR LEADER TO DEVELOPING THIS POLICY & INCENTIVISE THEIR PROGRESS WITH A REWARD.
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  • The Bradfield water redirection Scheme
    Scheme would drought proof most of western QLD & North west NSW. Below are links to all the information I could find about The Bradfield Scheme, a proposed Australian water diversion scheme, To make Western QLD and Northern West NSW Drought free for ever. https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/3295673/beat-the-drought-build-bradfield/ http://www.fnq.cc/bradfield_scheme_a.html
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  • Boarding House at Beaman Park / 20-22 Wardell Road, Earlwood
    1) This DA is a re-submission of a previous refused DA. The modifications made, mainly 2 less rooms and the re-location of the car-park do not significantly alter the bulk, form, design, landscape, height or character of the buildings. It remains a high density micro-apartment style development 2) The Boarding House is listed with 2 two-story blocks of 32 self-contained single rooms 3) The development is surrounded by an important and sensitive green recreational area; Beaman Park and Low Density Residential neighbourhood 4) The development is not in keeping with the character of the area in terms of bulk, scale, dominance, density or location and low density residential nature of the area 5) The development has a major negative impacts on the access of sunlight, airflow and privacy of surrounding properties and park 6) The development is not in keeping with the streetscape or visual amenity of the area 7) Traffic and Parking: The increased traffic, the insufficient onsite parking for residents and their visitors, together with the cumulative effect of parking and traffic congestion (when added to the current weekend sport, the rugby club, tennis courts and the Imam Husain Islamic Centre) will cause a further escalation of parking, safety and traffic issues for current residents and sport field visitors. 8) Testing revealed the proposed site is contaminated with asbestos, lead, chromium, nickel, copper & zinc - above human health and/or ecological standards. The Development does not take into account the sensitivity and risk of the neighbouring Cooks River area 9) Council should refuse consent as the proposed building height is more than the maximum building height permitted under the environmental planning instrument of Zone R2. 10) The proposed site is in the flood zone and it is possible for contamination of groundwater and the Cooks River if not removed 11) Development application is 3 lot titles adjacent to Beaman Park facing the sporting fields, cricket training nets and the Cooks River Cycleway. If you wish to comment or a make a submission on the application, you must write to Canterbury Bankstown Council, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie NSW 2194. Council Planning Contact is Mine Kocak, for any enquiries on 9707 92 50. Quote DA-137/2018/1
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  • Plastics MUST be reduced and recycled in Australia NOW!
    The amount of plastic that goes into landfill or directly into the environment, including soils and oceans is catastrophically high. People do not understand that this is an enormous crisis which requires much more leadership in this country. Other countries are way ahead of us and we could learn so much from them!
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