• 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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    Created by Dawn Jecks
  • 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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    Created by Dawn Jecks
  • 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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  • Stop the proposed repeal of the Commons Management Act 1989 & Save St Albans Common
    BACKGROUND TO PETITION St Albans Common, granted to early settlers & residents of The Macdonald Valley by Queen Victoria, has been successfully managed since 1824 by valley residents in accordance with the original deed of grant. The Trustees & Commoners have been the custodians of this living heritage for nearly 200 years. Commons are not Crown Lands. Commons are enshrined in NSW law, culture and history. Commons are for the community, controlled by the community and connected to the community and its greater social conscience. Our original deed of grant states that The Governor & Legislative Council of NSW passed “An Act to enable Trustees of Commons in NSW to have perpetual succession & to empower them to Regulate the use of such lands….” It further states- …. “such Trustees as aforesaid, & their Successors as aforesaid FOR EVER as a Common to permit the use & benefit of the same….” What is meant by that? Clearly it was the intention then, that no-one in the future could override the intent of the original grant. In November 2016, the NSW State Government introduced The CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT BILL which sought to consolidate all public land and remove Commons as a separate category. A solid effort was made to defer the Bill, unfortunately the Bill was passed. Fortunately, the Commons Management Act was excluded from the Bill & ensuing Act. Less than 3 months later & here we are with a Fact Sheet & new proposal to repeal the Commons Management Act 1989 & abolish Commons. Again, for inclusion in the (now) Crown Lands Management ACT 2016. Despite its’ exclusion being comprehensively argued & voted in favour unanimously by The Upper House on Nov 8/9 2016. The Department of Industry- Lands, has confirmed its proposal that Commons, as presently constituted, will be effectively abolished and the Government will appoint ‘Land Managers’ instead of elected Trustees. And what of the Commoners and the Common Roll...well they simply won't exist anymore and nearly 200 years NSW history will be wiped out with the stroke of a pen. There can be no justification for this. You can't strip away the legislation that governs a Common, keeping the name in token and still claim it’s a Common. A hallmark of a Common which distinguishes it from other categories of land, being 'an elected board of 'Trustees' holding the Common as Trustee for the Commoners and Community will be abolished. Again, there is no justification for doing this. Commons should not be controlled by Land Managers appointed by the Minister. The Commons Management Act should not be abolished. To do so would be to fundamentally undermine the social contract between the St Albans/ Macdonald Valley Community, the St Albans Common Trust and the State of NSW. WHAT CAN YOU DO? SIGN THIS DIGITAL PETITION ALSO SIGN OUR PAPER PETITION to be eligible to be tabled in Parliament. At these locations - Settlers Arms Inn St Albans - Wisemans Ferry Grocer Cafe - St Albans Folk Festival St Albans Village Fri 21-Sun 23 May - Convict 100 Mountain Bike Ride St Albans Village 6 May DOWNLOAD the petition to sign and collect more signatures. http://www.stalbansnsw.com.au/resources/LegislativeCouncilPetition.pdf Sign & post to Save St Albans Common C/O Tony Simpson Lawyers 5/5557 Old Northern Rd WISEMANS NSW 2775 GO TO www.stalbansnsw.com.au For more information, updates, St Albans Common submission etc
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  • No fracked gas pipeline through the Northern Territory
    The NT is a beautiful place, full of thriving cultures and communities. But right now, the NT government has plans to build a massive gas pipeline, cutting through sacred country, to pump fracked gas from unapproved wells across the Territory. Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Station Owners and community members have voiced their opposition to this project over and over again, and voted for NT Labor on their promise to slow down fracking. How can you approve a giant pipeline for fracking projects that haven't been approved, and when you supposedly have a moratorium on fracking?!
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    Created by Larissa Baldwin
  • Re-nationalise South Australia's Electricity Network
    This is important because: South Australia is paying much higher prices for electricity than other States. SA’s electricity distributor makes four-and-a-half times more profit per customer than its sister company reaps in the UK. Despite the super profits made by the majority owner of SA Power Networks, company representatives claim that infrastructure upgrades that would prevent the number and duration of power outages are too expensive. If government was receiving the income from power bills it could re-invest in more stable and reliable infrastructure.
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  • SOLVE Alliance against meat chicken farms in Spring Creek, Lockyer Valley
    SOLVE stands for Save Our Lifestyle, Values & Environment. We were here first. Some neighbours farm fruit and vegetables on a commercial scale which will be contaminated by bird faecal matter. Others settled here for quiet enjoyment in retirement. All our tank water supplies will be contaminated by airborne dust from the sheds venting and our health and children's health will decline. A result will be that the value of all neighbouring properties will decline. The developer does not live in or contribute to the area, 1 or 2 new jobs will be created but many more will be lost as fruit and vegetable businesses will cease. A major koala corridor runs along the boundary of the property and chicken shed fans will blow dust and faecal matter directly onto the corridor 24 X 7. There are many obvious faults with the development application that have been overlooked and when brought to the attention of local and state bureaucrats, they are refusing to even consider reviewing the decision. There are 20 neighbouring farms & small acreages that surround the site, but dust, odour and noise will permeate further than just those properties. The developer has similar farms in other districts and is known for not following court orders to comply with conditions of approval. He has nevertheless been allowed to continue operating as local authorities are unwilling or incapable of compelling compliance. This operator does not live on site, nor is he interested in operating to industry best practice and bird welfare would be low in his priorities. This is a moneymaking venture affecting many residents and the heart of the operation is the maltreatment of sentient creatures. It is abhorrent and an abomination that we do not want in our district, a district that the local council promotes as a clean and green 'salad bowl'.
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  • Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RN
    Where else can an Australian audience get the variety and depth of views and visions and above all the stimulation of such a range of ideas? Where else is there such a range of respected specialist journalists who cover everything from arts to science and religion to rock? Why is the ABC accused of left-wing bias when it shows opinions of all spectra and gives voice - although not as much as it could or should - to those who don't have access to commercial media. Why don't the Board and your minister develop pride in this unique and irreplaceable institution and those who work for it, instead of white-anting and undermining the amazingly talented a dedicated staff? There is no place for Information and enlightenment in the categories below but the ABC covers them all so I've ticked them all!
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