• We call on ABC and SBS to break the silence on the climate emergency
    Politicians tell us they can't take climate emergency action to protect us all from climate impacts until the public demands it. Yet large sections of the public are lulled into thinking it can't be all that bad since neither politicians nor the media are reporting on climate impacts or discussing solutions. Our public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, might be the only body that is sufficiently trusted and powerful to break this impasse by reporting honestly and regularly about climate impacts and climate solutions. The public need to know about current and future impacts in order to be motivated to act, and need to know we have the solutions at our fingertips in order to take action themselves and demand government action instead of 'switching off'. Join us in calling for honest and thorough climate emergency reporting from the ABC and SBS. And when you have signed this petition, please also consider signing the Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation petition at www.ClimateEmergencyDeclaration.org/sign » Read more on www.climatesafety.info/publicbroadcasters (main page) www.climatesafety.info/climateactionstalemate (article) and www.climatesafety.info/radiorelay (radio interviews)
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  • Save our Nambucca Heads Public Recreation Spaces from Residential Development
    We object to this rezoning proposal for the following reasons: This precious tiny green space (0.87ha), that includes a natural water course supporting thousands of frogs, birds, echidnas and other native wildlife, currently zoned Public Recreation, and proposed for rezoning to Medium Density Housing is adjacent to 390,000 sq m of undeveloped land already zoned Residential. Surely, this space should be retained as Public Recreation or Environmental (E3). Note - It would probably be a superb site for a community garden! Koala's and Green & Golden Bell Frogs have been heard in the adjacent forested area, and kids for more than 3 generations have played in this space. As per Item 4. of the "Gateway Determination- Nambucca Amendment 21" Item 4 - we request/insist on a public hearing to address all our concerns and that of neighbours that are also affected by this rezoning. Please - Lets do this for our children, and their children! Who knows how much of our Public Recreation spaces will be lost to Residential development?
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  • Heritage Housing Pain in Australia
    Australia's heritage system is set up so that certain individual property owners are forced to bear the costs of heritage conservation for the rest of the general public. It is not fair, or ethical and some people are cracking under pressure of this large financial burden. The individual heritage property owner is often put at a large financial disadvantage through serious devaluation of property price (by over 25% on average calculated by Herron Todd White – Australia’s largest independent property valuation and advisory group in Australia) (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2006, Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places - Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No.37, Canberra, Media and Publications Productivity Commission, p.164, Box 7.3), higher maintenance or restoration costs due to the requirement for specialised tradespeople, additional administrative costs, limitations on the ability to modify or adapt the property and limitations on the ability to develop the site. What usually then occurs is that heritage listed properties are often neglected and run into disrepair. So, not only does Australia’s heritage system cause financial devastation to hundreds of families, but it doesn’t even work to conserve our heritage! This needs to change. There are more progressive heritage systems employed by other countries (in particular Colorado, USA) which work, and Australia needs to follow their lead. Their private heritage property owners have adequate financial support and great tax incentives, so people try to nominate their own property to be on their national heritage register! People look after their heritage property because it is in their best interests to. This is unlike the situation in Australia where heritage funding is minimal and therefore the reliance is on owners of heritage properties to pay for all/most of the bill and suffer the devaluation in their property value. Resentment against heritage listing is increasing in Australia, and without financial help people will naturally neglect their heritage listed property because it just costs too much. It's time to take a stand, so please support our campaign by adding your name below and click on on 'Good vs Bad Heritage Systems' at http://heritagepainoz.my-free.website to learn more.
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  • Pledge ratify Paris Climate Change target
    Although we're now 20 years late, excesses of climate change can still be tamed, even if our world is changed, for the worse, forever. How about you enact Drastic Action immediately, before it gets impossibly expensive? Take this pledge so they know you feel Lucky Country is at risk, fast running out of luck. Are big budget jet fighters and submarines any defence against real and present threat of climate change? Please take this pledge.
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  • Support Youth facility at Rushcutters Bay
    This is a carefully thought out and well researched proposal, the result of 4 years of consultations and campaigning by the local youth community and their parents. The facility is aimed at 5-14 year olds and would be located in an under-utilised section of “no man’s land” within the park hemmed in by the canal, a line of trees and the outdoor gym. The park is very large — over 5.3ha — and the proposed concept would impact less than 2 per cent of this space. The proposal includes a basketball court, ping pong tables and new seating which would be used by younger children as well. The new facility will complement existing recreational activities. Currently there is no local place in Paddington or Woollahra where the children of this age group are encouraged to play outdoors, ie; to skateboard, cycle, chat in groups, climb trees, build cubbies or play handball or basketball. The population of children in the inner city has dramatically increased in the last 10 years and yet the presence of children in their local urban context is largely ignored by the planners and the adult community. In Paddington, all of the children live either in terrace houses with tiny courtyards or in units with no outdoor space, they are not allowed (by the schools) to play in the school grounds after hours, they are not supposed to play in the streets because it is considered dangerous. There are no parks in the area that cater for this age group. So the skaterkids are a marginalised and disengaged group within our community that do already play in the street because there is nowhere else to go. This youth facility will provide these much needed facilities for the Woollahra Paddington Community, in particular for an under represented and rapidly expanding population of 8-14 year olds.
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  • Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross St
    We are parents, families, kids and community members who love Glebe. We are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 will negatively impact on the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe by building an off ramp and exit along Ross St. WestConnex will bring over 36000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We want to protect Glebe from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
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  • Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross St
    We are parents, families, kids and community members. Our kids go to the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe and we are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 plans to build an off ramp and exit somewhere near Ross St in Glebe. WestConnex will bring over 33000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We love Glebe. We want to protect it from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
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  • Upgrade Dickson shopping centre in accordance with the Dickson Master Plan 2011 and 2016-17
    Dickson group centre is the main northern gateway to the national capital and serves an unusually large population catchment, providing important health, library, postal, banking, public transport, retail, recreation, restaurants and a wide range of other commercial services to the whole of North Canberra and many parts of the ACT/NSW sub-region. The centre is in urgent need of maintenance, shoppers are regularly experiencing harassment, and local businesses will face extremely difficult trading conditions once the centre's major carpark is fenced off. Now is the time to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to deliver the quality and integration of facilities that the Dickson Master Plan promised.
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  • Stop BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight
    In 2010, BP was responsible for the rupture of the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in the world’s largest and most devastating oil spill – which occurred in calmer and more shallow waters than those in the Great Australian Bight. BP's plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight could devastate most of Australia's southern coastline according to a modelling study commissioned by the Wilderness Society in 2015. This would shut down fisheries, affect seabirds and sea lions and threaten a vitally important breeding colony of Southern Right Whales, which are listed as "endangered" under The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ("CITES"). Under CITES, countries with known breeding populations are obligated to protect them. Without such protection, Southern Right Whales risk extinction. Biologist Dr. Reese Halter has observed that "burning the Great Australian Bight Marine National Park oil and gas reserves is a prescription for an epic irreversible global catastrophe. It would elevate Earth’s global temperature to the top end of the Paris Agreement or 2C." With the consequent and rapid melting of sheet ice, all coastal cities would be submerged. The oceans and the marine life they support are a vital component to ensuring the continuing health of ALL life on Earth. They are the lungs of the planet providing us with oxygen and regulating climate. As Dr. Reese Halter eloquently states "Short-term fossil fuel profits at the expense of the human race are genocide" Together - we can prevent that from happening to protect the planet - for now - and future generations. Don't let BP drill.
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  • Saving Wee Waa
    Please watch our Saving Wee Waa videos they have been viewed 360 000 times, and sign this petition to show your support for real environmental outcomes and rural communities. Wee Waa is a small town with a population of less than 1800 people based in North West NSW, it is 90% reliant on Agriculture, be that irrigated or dryland cropping and livestock production. On average 80% of the flow in the Namoi River goes to the environment in flows out the end of the system. The Murray Darling Basin Plan proposes to remove more water from Wee Waa which will have harmful impacts. The water the government wants to take from Wee Waa, will not reach the downstream target sites. Here it keeps kids in school, people in jobs and businesses going. We are asking the Murray Darling Basin Authority, State and Federal governments to take into account this is the third water reform that has impacted Wee Waa. The additional socio-economic impacts on Wee Waa will put our town into permanent drought. We want real environmental OUTCOMES - please help us request the Government fund the complimentary measures such as fishways, carp eradication, cold water pollution, resnagging and restocking native fish in the river to ensure the future of the Northern Basin.
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  • Save Rushcutters Bay open space? No new developments at Rushcutters Bay Park
    The proposed developments eg skateboard park is not in character with the park and will reduce the much needed open spaces from an already overcrowded area! Parking in the area is at a premium and we don't need more facilities being added that will not help local residents! Already there is a large established community that will be deprived eg fitness trainers ,picnickers,yoga classes, dog walkers etc
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