• 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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  • Please bring the 'Living Smart' Course to the Barossa!
    The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board is funding a number of courses to be delivered in partnership with councils and other organisations in 2018. This seven week course is a unique journey that brings people together to learn from and support each other, helping to create networks of like-minded locals. Course topics include: living simply, waste, water, gardening for biodiversity, gardening for food, energy, healthy you, healthy home, transport and community. A skilled facilitator adapts the content of each topic, based on the needs of each group and the expertise within the group. By the end of the course, participants are energised, inspired and ready for the next step, whether that’s small changes in their own home or embarking on a community project.
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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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  • Byron Shire needs an Agricultural Officer.
    The agribusiness sector in the Byron Shire needs to be recognised as a valuable industry for the region. Byron Shire Council are in their budgetary review phase so now is a critical time to highlight to the elected Councillors the importance of having an Agriculture Officer appointed to better represent the needs and concerns of the farming and agribusiness sector. Some of the key requirements of the appointed Agriculture Officer would be to assist farmers and landholders to : Understand the complexities of the planning rules and regulations. Ensure the ongoing protection of prime agricultural land. Minimise land use conflicts between agriculture and other land uses. Increase utilisation of prime agricultural land for agricultural purposes. Provide access to information and opportunities for new/young farmers Work with industry to attract research and development funding and investment to enhance productivity and scope for employment growth. Ensure strategic planning is made to develop and enhance the local agribusiness sector and. Act as an effective communications conduit between the agricultural sector and different departments within council that may impact, regulate or be responsible for policies and processes that relate to aspects of agriculture or agribusiness.
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  • End Australia's Recycling Crisis - Sign & Share!
    Now is the time for Aussies to contact our politicians and tell them that we are very concerned about the fact that since 1 January, China has refused to take our recyclable waste - this accounts for 30% of Australia’s recyclables. The Aussie government has not put in the recycling infrastructure to support waste processing on-shore but now we are at a crisis. Recyclable waste is being stockpiled in warehouses. Little media and press is covering this story. Australian's love recycling, and are deeply concerned about the impact this waste will have on our environment and communities. We want to make the most of it, and create new jobs and ways of recycling, here in Australia. For a united voice to be heard, we need every Australian to sign and share this petition, and contact your local politicians.
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  • Ban the Bottle
    The UN announced we have a planetary crisis due to plastics. Single use plastics including bottles, are wasteful, polluting and lethal to marine life. Oil and energy are used in the manufacture of plastic drink bottles. Recycling them takes more energy. Now that China has stopped taking our waste in 2018, waste management contractors have reported that the bottles are piling up by the millions per day and are a fire hazard. There have already been serious fires in Victoria of large piles of plastic bottles and legal action by people in surrounding areas resulting in financial loss and health risks. Neither do we have the space in landfill to bury them and that's also not a sustainable solution. We MUST stop the problem at its source. People can bring reusable drink bottles to fill at refilling stations. To keep up to date with some in the world who are banning plastic bottled water see https://www.banthebottle.net/map-of-campaigns/
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  • Minister Frydenberg, revoke Adani's environmental approvals #FrydoStopAdani
    This is critical to help save the Great Barrier Reef and reduce global warming from the burning of fossil fuels, in this case poor quality thermal coal from the massive planned Adani mine, which if in Melbourne would extend from Broadmeadows in the north to Carrum down the bayside . This cause is the environmental fight of our times for Australia. if Adani is blocked, the massive low-quality coal deposits in the Galilee basin may never be able to be mined. Mr Frydenberg is saying he is advised there is no new evidence on which to base a review. We think he refers to advice from his Department in 2016. There is substantial new evidence since then, as stated in legal advice to the Australian Conservation Foundation. We in the Kooyong Climate Change Alliance are his electors. We are doing this as both a street petition and this on-line version. In 2017 we delivered over 900 surveys to him with requests to stop the mine. He said he could do nothing. HE CAN! Please JOIN US in holding the Minister to account. PLEASE ADDRESS A STATEMENT TO THE MINISTER IN "YOUR REASONS" BOX BELOW.
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  • Make Commercial Whaling Illegal
    Killing whales for food has occurred in some cultures for thousands of years, but commercial whaling is quickly devastating the world's whale populations. Commercial whaling involves hunting down these majestic creatures and turning them into barrels of oil for profit. Whales are essential for healthy oceans - they play an important role in the food web and help the oceans deal with the impacts of climate change. Japan is one of the world's biggest whalers. Although they say the slaughter happens for "research", the same research can now be conducted without killing the animals. Most whale populations have decreased by 90% in the last 200 years. If we don't act now to ban commercial whaling, our grandchildren may only see the beauty of whales in museums.
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  • War on Trial - Close Pine Gap
    In September 2016, several hundred Australians of diverse ages, professions and creeds gathered in Alice Springs to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Pine Gap Agreement. As part of the peaceful protests near the facility, five Christians prayed and played a musical lament, regarding the role of Pine Gap in war-fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Syria. They were arrested. The peaceful and symbolic ceremonies conducted by Margaret Pestorius, Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Andrew Paine, Jim Dowling, as well as Paul Christie (arrested in a separate incident), were intended to bear witness to the death and suffering of civilians as a result of United States military operations, including drone assassinations, facilitated by surveillance conducted at Pine Gap. Since their peaceful protests, more evidence has emerged detailing the role of Pine Gap in the activities that concerned the Peace Pilgrims. It implicates Australia in extrajudicial drone assassinations in countries with which we are not at war, in nuclear weapons targeting and in illegal mass surveillance. Three months after the protest, you authorised the prosecution of these concerned citizens for ‘unlawful entry’ under the Defence Special Undertakings Act 1952 (Cth). That legislation was drafted at the height of the Cold War to secure areas for British nuclear testing, and it permits prosecutions to be held in secret, and for records of hearings to be destroyed, imposing penalties of up to $42,000 and 7 years in jail. This prosecution occurs as Australia prepares to serve on the UN Human Rights Council and when UN Rapporteurs have criticised policies, laws and actions of your government that undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to protest. These are fundamental civil rights, and they are profoundly important when governments are engaged in the sort of conduct which Pine Gap facilitates. Five of the defendants are devout Christians. Their faith impelled them to give voice to the teachings of peace and love for humanity and creation found in the Bible. In this case, where Australian citizens were doing no more than praying and peacefully expressing dissent, prosecuting them is not only grossly inappropriate but a shocking waste of court resources. We, the undersigned, urge you to exercise your discretion to direct this punitive, disproportionate and expensive prosecution be discontinued before the matter comes to court in Alice Springs on 13 November 2017. The Alice Springs Peace Convergence takes place on Arrernte land. The ‘kwertengwerle’ (ritual caretakers) of central and eastern Arrernte are committed to closing Pine Gap through a process of Healing, Unity & Peace.
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