• Community to elect Mayor.
    In 35 NSW councils the people vote for their mayor. A further 3 councils held referenda at the 2012 elections to do likewise in 2016. These communities all voted yes by a sound majority. The residents of the Young district are currently petitioning for the same rights. The reasoning is sound and straight forward. A community votes for what a candidate can do for the district whereas a councillor votes for how a candidate can help fellow councillor's with their own agendas. To gain this right first a motion needs to be carried in a council meeting in order that a referendum is held. This referendum can then be run at any time to see if the community want to elect their mayor. When the referendum is won in favour of democratic election, the community can then elect their own mayor at the next election. In some Shires the existing councillors and particularly the Mayor give this referendum their full support. They know that through their proven attitudes and abilities they are likely to retain their positions. They accept that a mayor should be elected on community ideals not backroom deals. Not all NSW Councils share this well-earned confidence. The Bland Shire Mayor and Deputy Mayor say they oppose the election. Election candidate and retired council dog-catcher Barry Cooper refused to sign the petition and wrote “no way” on the petition before a group of petitioners at one location. Several other Bland Councillors do support the idea of a popularly elected mayor and several are undecided. It only takes 5 councillors to pass the motion requested by the petition. This petition is to make all councillors aware that the overwhelming majority of the people of The Bland want to publicly elect their Mayor. The abovementioned motion was put to the Bland Shire Council CEO several days before the April 16 council meeting by Cr. Monaghan so that it may be tabled and voted on. For reasons still unclear the motion was not tabled at that meeting. This in no way affects the opportunity to vote for mayor in 2016. The motion just needs to be carried with enough time to allow for the referendum to be run and ballot papers to be arranged before the 2016 Election Day. At the current rate of petition signing the community pressure should be overwhelming by then. For those with no internet access please let them know that they can sign or pick up a hard-copy for others to at numerous locations across the district including the Bland Medical Centre (BMC). Full petition sheets can be dropped off at The Empire 174 Main St. West Wyalong or faxed to 69724879. Or contact the page administrator of this web page and a fresh petition sheet will be faxed/mailed/emailed to you.
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    Created by Lincoln Pike
  • Vodafone coverage at Wentworth Point
    Vodafone customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Vodafone devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Optus coverage at Wentworth Point
    Optus customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Optus devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Telstra Coverage at Wentworth Point
    Telstra customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Telstra devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Stop The Pro-Life Ad Campaign in Tasmania
    We are seeking to remove all advertisements from television, radio and billboards created by the group Emily's Voice. These ads are designed to persuade people not to support legalising and clarifying abortion laws in Tasmania. The television ad has just commenced and it appears that they wish to shame women into choosing to keep their unborn child. Which is not right. It is a highly complex and personal decision. This campaign needs to be stopped before it goes any further.
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    Created by Kate Barwick
  • Give our children the education they deserve
    Please help our children get the education they deserve. Our children deserve better than second in line to private schools. Our children deserve greater resources and funding like public schools in other States. Our children deserve the Gonski review being implemented. The children at Knox Gardens Primary School and every other school within your electorate, and the parents of those children who you represent, need your help.
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  • Don't let them dump toxic waste into the Daly and Edith Rivers NT
    The Daly and Edit Rivers are significant rivers in the top-end. They are relatively untouched by farming and mining, and are a strong tourism drawcard. the current proposal is to pump millions of litres of cadmium affected acid water - with a PH of 1 - directly into the river during the wet season. This waste will be pumped untreated directly into the river travel hundred of kilometres before it reaches the ocean. This waste needs to be - at the very least - treated and heavy metals removed - before any option can be considered.
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  • Reinvigorate the Mining Social Licence in Australia
    An increase in compulsory FIFO and DIDO working conditions in many mines has a marked effect on mining workers, their families and local communities. These include: high population increases, without the accompanying funding to support local workers in health and criminal justice areas; high rents which cannot be afforded by local teachers and other service workers; family unfriendly 12 hour shift work; increases in crime and other antisocial behaviour from workers with no social connection to their local community; increasing unemployment in support and service workers and small business. If mining companies genuinely committed to acting responsibly and governments set appropriate boundaries for the development and conditions of mining leases, then all stakeholders could benefit. These would inlcude: less social disorder due to greater resident workforces; less turn-over in an industry affected by skills shortages; less travel time for workers; better health and relationship outcomes for families; more investment in local infrastructure and social services; healthier local small businesses; and more incentives for regional living which is a key policy objective for both state and federal governments.
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    Created by Belinda Carpenter
  • Reinstate the ABS "Work, Life and Family Survey"
    I can't explain it better than Ross Gittins did recently in the Sydney Morning Herald. The Work, Life and Family Survey is: "a survey of how people use their time, requiring a random sample of households to keep diaries of the way their time was spent for a short period. GDP measures only the value of work that's been paid for in the marketplace. It ignores all the unpaid work performed in the home, including caring for kids, and the work of volunteers. Time-use surveys fill that gap. How much time are women spending in paid and unpaid work? How is women's participation in the paid workforce changing over time as they become better educated? How much paid work is being done by people of retirement age? To what extent is paid work encroaching on our weekends? How is the burden of housework being shared between husbands and wives in two-income families? One of the most popular maxims of the wealth creators is: you can't manage what you don't measure. Directly or indirectly, most of the Bureau of Statistics' efforts are directed at measuring GDP. It's so important it's measured four times a year. Our time use hasn't been measured since 2006. The cancellation of this year's survey means it won't be measured again until 2019."
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    Created by Luke Ringland
  • Regulating Holiday Letting in residential zones.
    Residents are losing their community and being disturbed by noise due to the use of residential homes as tourist holiday homes.
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  • Don't Open Cut Mine Big Hill in Stawell
    Open cut mining Big hill in Stawell will cause environmental destruction, air pollution, noise pollution and widespread distress to many of the residents of the Stawell community. I have lived in Stawell for most of my 27 years, and I don’t want to leave the land that I love so much. There are not many people my age who stay in the country, and it’s issue like this that make young people leave. It makes young people lose their faith in small towns and the benefits of living in the country. It disheartens young people that these destructive proposals are considered and that we have so little faith in the wonderful environment that we have around us.
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    Created by Amelia Kingston
  • Save our Fortress Brookvale Oval
    This is important, because it will secure a stable ground for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for future years. Without the upgrade, Brookvale will become ruined, and if Manly do have to eventually move in the coming years, the Rugby League Community may lose a lot of interest of those people on the Northern Beaches, which is a sizeable portion of rugby league supporters in Sydney.
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    Created by Cameron Saba