• West Australians need a safer cycling environment
    The former Western Australian Government refused to support Minimum Passing Distance Laws (MPDL). This lets everyone down, as a dangerous road environment stops people from riding even short distances, leading to more congestion and its associated public health costs. The current road rules fail to adequately prosecute dangerous drivers. It is clear that lax penalties handed out to motorists that have killed or seriously injured vulnerable road users is a travesty. We insist that the Government respect the memories of the victims and the families left behind after every cycling fatality by ensuring that their loved ones did not die in vain by introducing the MPDL forthwith. The Western Australian Government says that it wants to encourage cycling. Please help us to encourage the Government to support their pre-election commitments with concrete enforcement through legislation that demonstrates that bike riders are equally deserving of protection in the eyes of the law. Please join us by signing this petition, sharing with your friends and accompanying us to the WA state parliament in March to deliver the signatures.
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  • Put more police into Camden Local Area Command
    Camden has over 500 people per month moving into the Camden LGA. Camden Police covers over 52 suburbs with the lowest number of police in the region. Highest Population Growth + Insufficient police numbers = MORE POLICE NEEDED NOW!
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  • Tennyson Dunes - Revegetate not decimate
    The Tennyson sand dunes are the most significant remnant dune system remaining on the Adelaide metropolitan coast. There is a narrow strip between Grange and Mordun St Tennyson and the Charles Sturt Council want to construct a 3.5m wide shared bike path through it, Ripping out the native pants in favour of concrete and disturbing the structure of this section of the dunes
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  • Save the Leigh Creek Coal Monuments
    Bucyrus Erie and the Leigh Creek lookout was established as a monument and is a monument that must remain in the region lest we forget everything we almost learned.
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  • Stop our government legislating to empower speculators to force strata home owners to sell
    It's applicable law in NSW from 30 November 2016 & it will be law in Western Australia next year unless you act against it before the WA election in March 2017. Property industry lobby groups are currently pressuring the Queensland government to introduce similar legislation. Property professionals especially lawyers will also benefit significantly from the work that it will generate for them so there's no organisation speaking out against it. The government claimed on its website (Q&A) that it has engaged with strata owners in its consultation process via Strata Community Australia WA. Strata Community Australia WA does not represent the interests of strata owners but those of property industry professionals that stand to benefit from the increased work for them that this legislation will cause. The government & property professionals are right in saying that the Strata Titles Amendment Bill is wanted by the majority of people. However hidden in it is the RETROSPECTIVE Termination of Schemes part that will enable 75% of strata unit owners in a strata to force the remaining 25% to sell to them at market price. You can find out here exactly what the W.A. government is planning here https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/titles-and-surveys/strata-reform/termination-of-schemes The government bureaucracy talk of empowerment, democracy, transparency, checks and balances is all very noble; but ultimately, the fundamental principle of a property owner's sovereignty is under attack. Until now this was sacred except in exceptional circumstances where new infrastructure deemed vital to maintaining a city's functioning and future prosperity was needed. This power was rightly confined to government entities. Now a property developer's wish to construct some more towers on prime land such as your favourite beach backed up by sufficient dollars to win over 75 per cent of owners is sufficient to allow diminution of existing property owners' rights. Of course there will be many strata unit owners who see a chance for an unexpected windfall from these new rules.  No doubt that many speculators are in the process of buying into blocks with a view to flipping their property on to a developer at the earliest opportunity. There will also be owners who bought a property as a long term hold under the old rules and won't appreciate having their assets realised without their consent. In my situation, in a strata building of 28 units that a building inspector has certified that it's in a good condition, 3 speculators that own 21 units can force the other 7 owners to sell to them at market price. The higher density zoning means that the whole (the land on which the current strata building sits) is worth many times more than the sum of the parts (each strata unit) so the speculators will benefit significantly from the sale of the strata land to developers. The high rise redevelopment is targeted to foreign buyers. Shame on our government to expect you to defend your country but it allows you to be forced off your land. Land to which you have property rights since the time of the Magna Carta over 800 years ago. I believe that I must fight for my lands rights now or I'll be left with a bit of cash while the local community will be left with a high rise redevelopment for sale to foreigners where I once had my single storey home unit of 25 years in front of Cottesloe beach. Don't be deceived by the government promise that the law will protect the vulnerable and it will be fair & equitable. Even the minister responsible has admitted that it's a complex legislation. Complex because it's impossible to protect bonafide strata owners from abuse by speculators. Despite this the government insists that the rights of all owners will be adequately considered through a procedure and fairness review by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). How is this believable when there is no requirement in the legislation . In the end speculators will always win because they can afford better lawyers than you. Proof of this are all the DAP decisions against local community interests. Stop the Strata Law Kink is no different to Keep Cott Low, Stop the DAP or Rethink Perth Freight Link. This is where the local community of normal people & small businesses are not only abused by the vested interests of big government, big business & big unions but also intellectually insulted by their lobby groups that insist that it's all for the greater common good.
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  • Improved bus lane for the M2
    It impacts thousands of commuters each and everyday by adding a significant amount of time to the journey into work - affecting jobs, day care and family time. Waiting a few years for a train is not enough. See this Reddit thread for historical context: https://m.reddit.com/r/sydney/comments/2o75v5/traffic_on_the_m2_is_getting_worse_boss_this_is/
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  • Kaldas for Commish!
    1. Nick Kaldas is the finest police officer of his generation and is an officer of international standing. 2. NSW Police needs to be cleansed of the authoritarian influence of the Scipione faction and return to serving, not preying upon, the people of NSW. 3. Nick Kaldas is an international terrorism expert and would have handled the Lindt café siege better. 4. Most importantly, like a growing number of NSW citizens, he has been the victim of a police vendetta.
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  • NSW Crown Land corruption to be referred to ICAC
    *Most of our open spaces, our public parks, sporting ovals, our beaches (like Bondi), our headlands, our waterways and our bush, are Crown land. In truth, it is simply “public land”. The right of the general public to use and enjoy our public land is an essential part of our egalitarian society and the Courts have always upheld - under the general law - the public’s rights of access. But that is all about to change. Telling us that new legislation was needed to overcome various management issues resulting from out-of-date legislation, the NSW Coalition has just passed new legislation that will in fact facilitate the greatest privatisation of our public land in NSW history. Please read on if you are interested. The Crown Land Management Bill - rushed through Parliament by the NSW Government on 9 November - was the Government’s response to years of allegations of systemic mismanagement and cronyism in its Crown Land Department (“Crown Lands”) and by local councils. Those allegations (by various community groups) were effectively accepted as accurate and substantiated, first, by Mark Paterson as head of Crown Lands on 22 June 2015 and, second, by the NSW Auditor General on presenting her scathing report to Parliament on 8 September 2016. In his admission last year, Mr Paterson admitted the “systemic issues” identified by his lawyers were so bad as to require staff training “in fraud and corruption prevention”. Paterson's media release is here: https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/viewer/81b25fee74db45ee92b75d130638203b.pdf The Auditor General found - as alleged by the community - that countless crown reserves were being used for unlawful purposes, including by businesses well connected to the relevant decision makers. Some 90% of these dodgy deals were done behind closed doors, for peppercorn rents. The Auditor General recommended Crown Lands identify all cases of unlawful uses of Crown reserves by March 2017. The Auditor General's report is here: http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/latest-reports/sale-and-lease-of-crown-land. Then on 13 October 2016, an Upper House Inquiry - brought on by sustained pressure from Crown land community groups - delivered yet another report on Crown land mismanagement. This Upper House report made a series of recommendations as to what any new legislation should include. The Upper House report is here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/inquiry-details.aspx?pk=2404#tab-reports But it was too late: Minister Niall Blair had already completed his new 208 page Bill. It was introduced into the Upper House on 19 October without even so much as an Exposure Draft. It was debated for the first time - and passed by both Houses - on 9 November. Crown Lands drafted this Bill. It will now become law. The new Act allows: the Minister to declare lawful all these previous unlawful activities (Clause 5.26); private businesses to control Crown reserves and to charge entry fees to public land (clause 2.17); and private business to agree on uses that go outside the uses permitted by statute (clause 5.2). And the Bill automatically provides the Minister’s approval to these businesses lodging a new DA to use - or build on - our public land not only for any statutory use but any other use that is allowed by the terms of their own private agreement (clause 2.23(2)(c)(ii) and 2.23(2)(g)(i)). To have allowed Crown Lands to draft this Bill to allow them to cover up their past mistakes, make lawful what was previously unlawful and to not require the Government’s mates to disgorge their ill-gotten gains, is like allowing the greyhound industry to draft a bill to cover up its own past mistakes. It is basic governance that you never give the job of fixing up a problem to those who were in any way involved in the making of the problem. It is unconscionable and a high form of corruption. It is time for the Government of NSW to start governing for the people, not for its mates. Please check the Updates below for links to more information on the internet. And email me if you have any specific queries or know of any further abuses of Crown land. JBOwens, Crown Land Alliance
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  • DEFERMENT of CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT BILL 2016
    It involves 42% of the TOTAL land mass of NSW. What was previously Crown Land or fell under other Acts such as Common Land, now due to be designated as Crown Land, will at the discretion of The MINISTER, be able to be privatised, leased, sold..... to whoever for whatever purpose. Previous Crown Land Management Bills have 'reserved' much Crown Land in a way that this is not possible. Public lands were for public use & were intended to be held in perpetuity. All previous protections will be removed with the passing of this new bill, this COMING TUESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2016. It also includes the abolition of Commons, reserve & other Trusts and the Western Lands Advisory Council. This may effect many public spaces such as parks, showgrounds, pony clubs and commons, such as The St Albans Common (pictured). This Common was granted to the early settlers and residents of The Macdonald Valley, just Nth West of Sydney, by Queen Victoria and has been successfully managed since 1824 by valley residents in accordance with the original deed of grant and at no cost to the government. Think of it this way.... if they were talking about private land.... ask yourself this, "would you be comfortable with having your house land title changed to a license with a mere promise not to revoke it !!!" Any protection of OUR PUBLIC LAND on this new bill, amounts to no more than this..... Full bill here... https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/DBAssets/bills/BillText/3348/b2012-167-d13.pdf
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  • DUMP PLANS FOR SA's NUCLEAR HIGH LEVEL DUMP
    Fukushima and Chernobyl taught the world that nuclear accidents are very expensive and toxic for generations and leave horrific tragedy in their wake. South Australian Jay Wetherill is currently pushing his Government's plans by using a publicly funded Education Campaign. He and his government are spending public funds to spin the ' it is all proven, scientific and safe' line in his current expensive roadshow. His goal is to place a global HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR RUBBISH DUMP for short term profit in South Australia. He would like to place his own and South Australias' children's children's future at stake and just for money. Speculation and debate about long term finanncial cost / benefits of such an operation for a high level radioactive waste site is that it may prove to be a financial disaster. This is even if their is no nuclear leak, accident or clean up in tens, hundreds, or thousands of years time from today. If Mr Wetherill and the ALP of South Australia succeeded and any of the transported and stored waste containers EVER leak in an unforseen event or are accessed by wrong hands or motives it will prove potentially environmentally catastrophic. YES : SA needs smart new growth industries, not old outmoded nuclear plants spent nuclear waste in our back yard. NUCLEAR IS FOREVER Mr Wetherill- Just not here with toxic waste products please. Let the countries and wealthy energy company's that made the problem find other ways and places to deal with it. We understand their are companies involved in making large money from the real and pressing need to get rid of nuclear waste, it also asists with selling more nuclear power stations in future but we dont want that problem in our home state. As with Pangea back in the 90's the federal government met strong opposition and it stopped the project.. This is not a minor project of political short term consequence, this is a forever problem if your government succeeds in its wishes. DUMP THE DUMP
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  • SAVE THE LAVERTON LINK CENTRE FOR "KIDS AT RISK"
    The Link Centre is key in turning lives around for those kids who have struggled in our normal school system. These are bright, special kids who sadly have faced difficulties due to bullying, trauma, mental health issues or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program works. Centre Manager Rasheel Kaur said that out of 41 students enrolled last year, 38 per cent went on to do year 11, 33 per cent undertook vocational training programs and the rest returned for another round. Rhonda Collins, manager of Altona-based youth homelessness service Latitude, said it made no sense to close a centre with a proven track record. “It is the only alternative education setting that young people … have access to in the area” -“It’s a proven model, it has a high retention rate, young people have re-engaged back in to mainstream schools.” If we don't catch these kids at this vulnerable age there is a high probability they will never reach their full potential. It is crucial this centre stays open and continues it's important work.
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  • Act now! Chainsaws start felling 229 trees on old high school site on Monday Oct 24, 6.45am
    A lot of Cockatoos and other birds use the trees. Many of the trees are along the boundary fences. Some believe that their removal is simply for the ease of construction work. We are being force to accept the loss of green open space but do we have to lose the trees too? Another case of The State Premier, Daniel Andrews dismissing his voters out of hand. Minister Merlino, we hope you will listen to the electorate and warn him of his folly.
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