• Flinders Island Safe Harbour
    Flinders Island is the largest of the Furneaux Group islands located in eastern Bass Strait. It is home to approximately 800 residents who are mostly involved in primary industry as their livelihood. Tourism also forms a significant part of the local economy with visitors reaching the island by air from Launceston or Melbourne. There is a freight service from Bridport that occasionally ferries visitors. The group of 50 islands offers a stunning cruising ground for boaties of all sorts. Spectacular anchorages adorn the island's coast with white sandy beaches and mountainous vistas. However, it is only the most adventurous sailors that visit the island group primarily because the opportunity to obtain shelter in dangerous weather is limited combined with limited access to supplies. There is a wharf at Lady Barron, a beautiful town on the southern end of Flinders Island. This facility is primarily for commercial vessels and does not facilitate secure, safe and comfortable harbouring for pleasure craft. This campaign is to register support for recreational sailors and tourism operators that would be interested in visiting Flinders Island if there was a properly constructed safe harbour and marina available for use during their visit. Several studies have been carried out into the feasibility of a harbour and marina at Lady Barron and each have shown that should it be constructed than it would significantly boost the number of visitors to Flinders Island with subsequent benefits to the local economy and employment. The registration of your support and interest in this proposal will assist us in quantifying this potential and provide further evidence of the projects potential benefits.
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    Created by Chris Fenner
  • Stop single-use takeaway containers in Newtown!
    Waste is a huge problem, both in Australia but also globally. In Australia, we throw away enough packaging waste to fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground nine times over. A large part of this waste comes from single use takeaway containers. While some are recyclable, many are not – and whether or not people actually do recycle those containers is whole other story. There’s been a huge uptake by cafes and individuals of reusable take-away coffee cups, which is fantastic. But single-use take-away containers are just as much an issue, and reusable containers are a comparable solution to Keep Cups. Packaging waste ends up in our oceans and rivers, harming our marine and wildlife. It's also a climate change issue, as it ends up in landfill emitting greenhouse gases which are cooking our climate. Reusable containers are a logical, simple solution to reducing waste to take care of our wildlife and our planet.
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  • Tackle Domestic Violence in the Maitland LGA
    The rates of domestic violence in the Maitland LGA are higher than many areas in the state. The NSW Bureau of crime figures show unacceptable increases over recent years. Domestic violence is a whole of community issue. It affects people from all walks of life and all cultures. We cannot say we have a safe, progressive, and prosperous LGA with 1 woman in 4 experiencing domestic violence, and 1 child in 3 is living with the trauma of domestic violence Carrie's Place has tried intensively for the last year to engage with Maitland City Council on this issue. They have met 1 roadblock after another. They have received patronising disrespectful responses by the Mayor, and openly oppositional responses by the Council Administration. The Council's behaviour has smacked of serious paternalism and misogyny. We need strong and committed leadership on this issue if we are to change the culture that either condones or at best, turns a "blind eye" to this issue. The Maitland City Council is the structural leadership in this LGA. Without their strong support and commitment to tackling the high rates of domestic violence, this scourge of our community will continue unabated.
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  • Save Manly's bushland
    Will you join my call to make this a huge issue ahead of the Manly by-election? If enough of us come together now, we can win commitments from candidates that they’ll save the bushland. Sign now!
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    Created by Helen Kvelde
  • Halt Development in Melbourne's West
    The unplanned chaotic development has left the Wyndham City in chaos. Arterial Roads remain uncompleted after decades of development.Public Transport is unable to cope. It reflects the worst kind of urban sprawl imaginable.Schools and public services are under resourced. We asked for an immediate stop to further development until an independent review is conducted .
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  • Save YREC - Business Incubator
    Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres Ltd (YREC) is a not-for-profit organisation, established to support the growth and development of small and micro businesses within Yarra Ranges. Established in late 1998 YREC’s infancy was made possible through funding support from the then Federal Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Swinburne University and the Yarra Ranges Shire Council. The success of the organisation has been forthcoming due to the generous support of annual funding assistance from Council, an ongoing lease from the State Government and income earned from leasing office, studio and workshop space. YREC helps those people in the community who have a great business idea, but often lack the resources and support to get a business up and running on their own. In addition to business incubation, YREC has substantial community support. Local community engagement includes Yarra Ranges Council and groups such as Warburton Advancement League, Yarra Ranges Film Society, Upper Yarra Valley Garden Club, Upper Yarra River Reserves Committee and independent business using the venue to share their skills with the local community.
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  • Help people with spinal injury to live in the community and achieve their life goals after trauma
    People with spinal injury and their families are often denied the basic right to informed choices after their injury - patients aren't taught about the range of support networks or their options when it comes to service providers. Tragically, many patients are led to accept one service provider and aren't given a choice when it comes to managing their funding or supports, nor are they given the confidence or knowledge to do so. A lot of patients are unprepared for life outside of the hospital and often isolate themselves from their families, friends and communities when they return home. The risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are very high for people with SCI, yet too many people are discharged from hospital with not enough emotional, physical or spiritual preparation for the shock of the lifestyle change, and no coping mechanisms for handling life after the trauma of a spinal cord injury. This has to change. People with spinal cord injury deserve peer mentor support services from people who understand what they are going through, at all injury levels, and who know what life is like living out in the community. People with SCI, and their families, deserve access to all the information and encouragement they may need in order to have full, informed, and above all free choice in their support networks. With this support centre, we can provide all these vital services and more. Fully wheelchair accessible and run by and for people with spinal injury, this centre will provide assistance from people who truly understand what the patient is going through, to make sure that nobody with a spinal cord injury, whether from city or country, has to go home unprepared or isolated ever again.
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    Unemployment is the prime cause of poverty in Australia and the private economy cannot by itself provide the number of jobs required. It is not a personal problem, it is a national problem and that must be the focus. Under section 23 of the United Nations charter on human rights identify the right to work as a HUMAN RIGHT.It is the responsibility of the national government to ensure that sufficient employment is provided. If it does not come from the private sector then the public sector has to expand to allow this.
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  • Mark McGowan Please Don’t Rezone and Bulldoze Point Peron for Housing
    The Land was transferred from the Commonwealth to the State of Western Australia in 1964 subject to its future use ‘being restricted to a reserve for Recreation and/or Park Lands’. The Proposal will deprive Western Australians of the opportunity to develop a world-class coastal conservation and recreation park that will provide social, health and tourism benefits for both the Rockingham community and Perth’s expanding population. see www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com There is already an approved marina site for Rockingham at Wanliss Street that has wide community support. The Proposal has no social licence with over 13,000 West Australians having signed petitions against the Proposal. Constructing an artificial inland canal system will require ongoing maintenance at high cost to ratepayers and/or taxpayers. Canal developments of this type are outdated and have been banned in two states due to their unacceptable environmental impact and ongoing maintenance issues. The Land includes 43 hectares of ‘Bush Forever’ which will be destroyed, causing loss of habitat, restrictions on public access and permanently damaging cultural and social elements of Point Peron. The Proposal will threaten the ecological stability of nearby Lake Richmond and put groundwater, seagrass meadows, marine water quality, numerous state and federally listed threatened species including the precious thrombolite colony at risk. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com and www.cape-peron-coastal-park.com
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  • All aboard. If you can! Make QRs new $4b trains accessible
    People with disability (PWD) in Queensland need your support to ensure their citizen rights are upheld. Trains in there current form will ensure many groups of PWD (vision impairment, physical disability, intellectual disability and autism) will be disadvantaged in both boarding, using facilities and exiting the trains. Taxpayer funded public transport that by its very nature is meant to be a driver for inclusion of citizens into community will instead exclude. 1. The corridor linking a carriage purpose-designed with accessible seating and a toilet is too narrow for most manual and motorized wheelchairs causing some PWD to have to leave the train and re-enter through a different door in order to use the bathroom. A time consuming exercise, potentially dangerous whilst raining, all whilst the train stays to a timetable. 2. The toilet space does not meet the relevant size standards set out in legislation. Meaning it is simply inaccessible to some PWD who use a wheelchair for mobility and a danger to use for others. 3. The location of the guard (who assists a PWD with boarding and exiting the train) will be at the rear instead of in the middle of the train. This is a change from years of the guard being located in the middle of the train so as to intentionally align the guard with the purpose built accessible boarding area on existing station platforms. The new rear location presents potential safety concerns for a PWD being left behind on a platform due to not being seen from a guard location at the end-of-the-train – concerns that are real and potentially life threatening on an unmanned station late at night. These trains are meant for 30-plus years of service, meaning potential generations of PWD missing out on community inclusion. The roll-out will coincide with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. The NDIS has been designed to be the foundation of a new era of participation for PWD, and accessible public transport is key to participation in jobs, education, training, social life. The Queensland Government has rolled out “Towards an all abilities Queensland” the new state government plan for disability in Queensland. Its proposed vision is that “Queenslanders of all abilities can live the life they choose.” Given the $4b train design it begs the question, can PWD choose to use a train in Queensland? Should you travel on one of these trains and encounter an issue please contact [email protected] and we will assist you to make a complaint.
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  • Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay Canal Marina
    The proponents for the private canal marina and housing estate on Point Peron (also known as Mangles Bay Marina) have asked the City of Rockingham to take on financial responsibility for the Waterways Management of their canal project. This is soon to be decided on by council According to leading WA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, the proposed Point Peron canal estate will not flush due to small tides and will need expensive ongoing cleaning up. Even the consultants for the proponents have acknowledged that the canals will not flush naturally as required. Consultants for the proponents have also acknowledged that the water quality in the Marina would be poorer than expected. This could increase the risk of algal blooms and fish kills. Canals are banned in several Australian states because of the financial and environmental burden they place on communities. Ratepayers of the Shire of Murray foot a bill in excess of half a million every time the Yunderup canals have to be dredged. The failed canal development at Port Geographe Bay threatened to bankrupt the City of Busselton until the W.A. Government poured in over $30 million of taxpayers’ money. City of Rockingham must not take on the huge financial risk that would be associated with maintaining, cleaning and dredging the canals of the proposed Mangles Bay Canal Marina. Find out more at www.handsoffpointperon.com
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  • Save the Upper River footbridge in Kangaroo Valley
    The Upper Kangaroo River footbridge in Kangaroo Valley is a social, cultural and historical icon for the people of Kangaroo Valley, the Shoalhaven and the many tourists who visit here. Children of the valley find magic there; valley locals find solace, beauty and the occasional platypus; tourists to the Valley drive or ride to the Upper River area to cross and marvel at one of the few remaining footbridges left in this area and the magnificent river that runs below it. The bridge has been there in one form or another since the early settlement of the Valley. Until the Gerringong Creek Rd concrete bridge was built, it was the only way people could cross the river and get to their homes in times of flood (and indeed still is, when debris and water cover the concrete bridge as it did in the storms of July 2016). There is no safe pedestrian access on the narrow one lane concrete bridge, so removing the footbridge cuts off one of the loveliest walks in the Upper River area. The footbridge sits hand in hand with the community owned and managed Upper Kangaroo River Community Hall and features prominently in the memories and photographs of all those who have attended events there. The bridge is a tourist destination as evidenced by a mountain of supporting evidence on various web sites and publications including guides from NSW NPWS. This footbridge is part of our social and cultural history, and a vital part of the fabric of our present-day community. It must be preserved!
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