• Imagine a Greater Wellington National Park
    The current Wellington National Park is currently at usage capacity and inadequate in size for its long term environmental integrity and the future demand on its resources. Our vision is for a world class ecotourism destination that will provide economic prosperity for the Preston region and beyond. It will be a Category II National Park which will enable people to actively engage with nature.
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  • Plastic Bag Free Whaingaroa-Raglan
    Single-use plastic shopping bags pose a major threat to our waterways and oceans, polluting our beaches and harming our sea life. We are known as ‘Raglan by the Sea’—It is up to us as a community to take a stand against single-use plastic shopping bags and do our part for the environment and the ocean at our doorstep.
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  • Coal or Coral? Let's have a Great Barrier Reef election debate
    Australia’s beautiful and iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying. By our actions we risk losing a natural wonder, the world’s largest living organism and a vital source of recreation, inspiration and enjoyment for all. The Reef’s greatest threat is climate change caused by burning fossil fuels, especially coal. We have a clear choice - coal or coral, the mines or the reef, business-as-usual or a clean economy. The fate of the Great Barrier Reef deserves a Great Election Debate. Who will save the Reef? How will we tackle climate change? What kind of Australia will we leave for our children and grandchildren? These are critical questions we should be debating in this election but so far they have been kept to the fringes. We are asking our political leaders to tell us their plans for saving the Great Barrier Reef from climate change before the election on 2 July by participating in a live debate – broadcast free to air, with an audience, with unscripted questions. As Sir David Attenborough says: 'Do we really care so little about the earth upon which we live that we don’t wish to protect one of its greatest wonders from the consequences of our behaviours?' This election may be the last chance for the Great Barrier Reef. Show you care - please support our petition and share it far and wide. Help make this debate happen! Beautiful GBR underwater pic is by Kyle Taylor
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  • No private development on crown land at Boat Harbour Beach
    Keep crown land at Boat Harbour Beach free of further private development to retain public access to the foreshore.
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  • Save our Mambo Wetlands
    The Mambo Wetlands is the lungs of the most bio diverse system on the Port Stephens Peninsula. A Multi Eco System stretching from Salamander Bay to One Mile Beach. The Management of this system is 3rd world; and has been for decades. Like a person on a ventilator, this system has been literally choking for over 40 years. The upper intertidal zone is very sick and the ground being covered by a black jelly like substance. Where there should be a multitude of birds & marine organisms, there are none. The proposed land for sale is the last stand of mature forest; the only undeveloped high ground left. This is the forest eco system, a key element in the incredible diversity of Mambo. This is a main point where koalas cross to enter; each spring they come here in numbers to mate. Ironically they cross the road side drain on trees that have fallen over due to the permanent saturation of the earth and environmental damage created by an ill-conceived residential drainage system. Little known, this is one of the few spots where you will see the males lick precious salt from the beach as they continue along the water front towards Wanda Reserve. Due to its massive wingspan this is the one of the last remaining spots the sea eagle can land on the water front at Mambo.The eagles use this vantage point to spot fish. The sea eagles' roosting and nesting is located in the forest for sale. They have been here for many thousands of years, using the prevailing north east winds to hunt. The vast eddy of sea water that comes into Mambo is created by the geographic shape of Salamander Bay. The action of the eddy brings intensified marine activity to this area. Sea level rise will mean addressing Foreshore Drive in the very near future. It was built over 50 years ago when Mambo Creek was the local dump , considered as a bog or swamp. We now realise that Mambo is not a bog , it is the lungs of a super eco system with; ocean, estuary, grassland, rainforest, mangrove, billabongs, coastal dunes... Native to the wetlands there are; koalas, sea turtles, monitor lizards, penguins, sea eagles, possums, bats, snakes, frogs, night birds ,sea birds, bush birds, grassland birds, wetland birds.. The Port Stephens Community has an asset of enormous social,environmental and economic value, an asset that has been squandered and degraded for many years. This is by far our biggest land based natural asset with huge tourism potential. Incredibly the vast majority of the creatures are still inside.But the tipping point is now very close. We need to stop this secret sale NOW.
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  • Ellen, Dory’s home is dying - please help
    I don’t want the Reef to die. My favourite part in Finding Nemo is when Nemo gets out of the nasty dentist’s fish tank and goes back to the Reef but what if he had nowhere to escape to?
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  • Move Packer's Casino off Barangaroo's public parkland
    Barangaroo was proposed as a people's park to enjoy, combining some commercial development with a public park on the western edge of the City on the Harbour. James Packer's proposed 275m Casino/hotel and apartment tower is being built on public land 30m from the harbour's edge. We have to make a FINAL stand against this monster building or the original vision of Barangaroo as a place for the people of Sydney to enjoy will be lost forever. At no stage of the process has any planning authority given the green light to its being built in OUR park. It can and should be relocated into the "built" section of Barangaroo, leaving the harbourside park for the people. And not to mention saving our iconic skyline from this monster. Sydney people are angry but mostly silent. Please tell the State Government we do not want our parkland used for an awful, shadow-casting Casino. Once that land is gone, it is gone forever. There are other places within Barangaroo to house a six star Casino, without grabbing our parklands. COME ON SYDNEY Please save Barangaroo.
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  • Cut food waste in Yarra!
    Objective 1 in the "City of Yarra Waste Strategy 2014-18" is to 'work towards eliminating organics from waste stream'. Current actions will not achieve elimination of green and food waste from Yarra's domestic bins. Around the world, in other states and other Victorian municipalities there are many successful food waste schemes. We ask that Yarra City Council develop an effective municipality-wide strategy for domestic food waste disposal as a matter of priority.
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  • Protect Our Grazing Lands; Eradicate Prickly Acacia!
    John and Helen Ogg of Ayrshire Downs, Winton, are typical Mitchell Grass Downs graziers. They slaved for 20 years to control Prickly Acacia on their land, but the mass germination of the 2010 wet season really kicked them in the guts. - 1926 - Qld Govt urged graziers to plant Prickly Acacia for shade and fodder - 1957 - Prickly Acacia declared a noxious weed - 1980 - Government continues to promote it as a fodder plant - 1996 - 6.6 million hectares of infestation in Queensland (Qld Govt) - 2015 - 22 million hectares of infestation in Queensland (Qld Govt) - lost pasture (100% in dense infestations) - reduced land productivity - reduced property values - threatens 25 rare animal species through loss of habitat - threatens 2 endangered plant communities - increased annual spending on control (up to $100,000 per property) - $50 million in annual costs to cattle industry - traditional methods losing the battle - most of Mitchell Grass Downs will be infested by 2030 John and Helen were devastated, overwhelmed and despondent. They felt lost and had no idea what to do next. But then the game changed… dramatically, with the revolutionary new methods developed by local, community-based not-for-profit group, Desert Channels Queensland: - perfecting satellite assisted mapping and analysis - using unmanned aerial vehicle for pinpoint herbicide application - government approval for residual herbicide in restricted areas - foliar application of herbicide - reducing treatment costs to one-twelfth - matching methods to infestations - forming grazier cooperatives for long-term action In less than 3 years, and in the midst of crippling drought, the results of Desert Channels Queensland’s work is astonishing; it’s been constrained only by funding: - 32 grazier partnerships - 50 million Prickly Acacia trees killed - 800% increase in efficiency - 600% increase in grass coverage - 500% increase in grass biomass - 300% increase in grass species - 92% reduction in costs - 142,000 hectares of native habitat restoration - 600 kilometres of streamline vegetation protected - $1 million spent in local businesses - created local employment Prickly Acacia can be beaten; Desert Channels Queensland has proven it. The Oggs no longer feel it’s a lost cause; they’re now talking about winning. Desert Channels Queensland has the strategic plan, revolutionary tools, enviable track record, grazier partnerships, community support, skills, expertise and personnel to eradicate Prickly Acacia by 2026, we just need the funding support. Please sign this petition and tell our politicians that the time to act is now. They helped create the problem; it’s up to them to help solve it before it’s insurmountable. For more information about our program, see https://youtu.be/8hql_cTXXrc
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  • More Trees Needed to Compensate For the Loss of Randwicks Historical Trees
    Some of these trees date back to the late 1800s and provide important habitat for native birds and wildlife. Local Sydneysiders are outraged, many have participated in protests and marches trying to stop the trees being cut down, or even stop the light rail as a whole. "Nothing makes Sydney more beautiful than trees, especially the large old ones. I don't understand why simply putting in more buses wouldn't be a more logical, cheaper and greener solution." Silviu Dobrota 23/02/2016 "It's sad that we have to forgo the trees. Especially the ones over 100 years old! They have same right to be on this planet as we do." JK Blackwell 15/02/2016
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  • Sustainable Funding for ABA Helpline.
    This morning Senator Nash the Assistant Federal Health Minister announced the ABA Helpline would be funded for another year. To keep staff and for planning the helpline needs certainty. In 2007 the Parliamentary Inquiry recommended that the 24 hour helpline which is used by thousands of women each year be funded. Women from the city and rural areas can telephone a trained counselor for the cost of a local call. Many women leave hospital, often early before breastfeeding is established and require support. Volunteer, trained ABA counselors answer calls twenty-four seven and are a cost effective resource replied upon by health facilities. Every mother on discharge from hospital receives the infant blue book with the ABA helpline number on the cover.
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  • Save the Menindee Lakes Animal Sanctuary
    If the eviction notice is not overturned, over 100 animals will be left at the mercy of recreational shooters and left without the proper care provided by the MLAS. The MLAS cares for orphaned joeys and other native wildlife and also serves as a sanctuary and rescue home for abandoned, abused and neglected livestock (goats, sheep, cows, pigs) and similarly abused domestic animals (dogs, cats, birds).
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