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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  • Save our Nambucca Heads Public Recreation Spaces from Residential Development
    We object to this rezoning proposal for the following reasons: This precious tiny green space (0.87ha), that includes a natural water course supporting thousands of frogs, birds, echidnas and other native wildlife, currently zoned Public Recreation, and proposed for rezoning to Medium Density Housing is adjacent to 390,000 sq m of undeveloped land already zoned Residential. Surely, this space should be retained as Public Recreation or Environmental (E3). Note - It would probably be a superb site for a community garden! Koala's and Green & Golden Bell Frogs have been heard in the adjacent forested area, and kids for more than 3 generations have played in this space. As per Item 4. of the "Gateway Determination- Nambucca Amendment 21" Item 4 - we request/insist on a public hearing to address all our concerns and that of neighbours that are also affected by this rezoning. Please - Lets do this for our children, and their children! Who knows how much of our Public Recreation spaces will be lost to Residential development?
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  • Heritage Housing Pain in Australia
    Australia's heritage system is set up so that certain individual property owners are forced to bear the costs of heritage conservation for the rest of the general public. It is not fair, or ethical and some people are cracking under pressure of this large financial burden. The individual heritage property owner is often put at a large financial disadvantage through serious devaluation of property price (by over 25% on average calculated by Herron Todd White – Australia’s largest independent property valuation and advisory group in Australia) (Australian Government Productivity Commission, 2006, Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places - Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No.37, Canberra, Media and Publications Productivity Commission, p.164, Box 7.3), higher maintenance or restoration costs due to the requirement for specialised tradespeople, additional administrative costs, limitations on the ability to modify or adapt the property and limitations on the ability to develop the site. What usually then occurs is that heritage listed properties are often neglected and run into disrepair. So, not only does Australia’s heritage system cause financial devastation to hundreds of families, but it doesn’t even work to conserve our heritage! This needs to change. There are more progressive heritage systems employed by other countries (in particular Colorado, USA) which work, and Australia needs to follow their lead. Their private heritage property owners have adequate financial support and great tax incentives, so people try to nominate their own property to be on their national heritage register! People look after their heritage property because it is in their best interests to. This is unlike the situation in Australia where heritage funding is minimal and therefore the reliance is on owners of heritage properties to pay for all/most of the bill and suffer the devaluation in their property value. Resentment against heritage listing is increasing in Australia, and without financial help people will naturally neglect their heritage listed property because it just costs too much. It's time to take a stand, so please support our campaign by adding your name below and click on on 'Good vs Bad Heritage Systems' at http://heritagepainoz.my-free.website to learn more.
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  • The Better Democracy Charter
    Please sign and share this Charter, if- like me- you're worried about the world, Australia and how our politicians act. There is something very wrong with politics, and I think it will take ordinary people acting smart, acting strong and acting together to better it. The Charter is intended as a focusing point to unite enough people's energy and ideas in one place so as to effect change. The idea is to address the underlying system rather than the many bad issues which arise from the system; to change the landscape of citizen engagement with governance so as to get better outcomes.
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  • Stop Arana Leagues building a 4 Storey Carpark in a Residential Area
    This development is totally inappropriate for the local area because 1) will adversely impact traffic on Dawson Parade adding further pressure to an already congested area. It will also limit future options to reduce congestion on Dawson Parade 2) If approved the DA will set the precedent for High Density Development in a low density residential area 3) the scale & size of the building in the DA is out of character for the area & is contrary to the intent of local Zoning laws. The DA application is set on land zoned for Community/Recreational & low density residential use only. The scale of the building is suitable for high density or commercial zoned areas not low rise residential. The immediate surrounding areas are Zone Low density & the scale of the building is absolutely out of character with zoning of surrounding properties 4) will directly impact the quality of life for residents in surrounding areas driving excess noise & light pollution into a peaceful residential area 5) Arana Leagues have recently received approval to increase their gaming machine numbers by nearly 44% - that's an additional 88 machines. This car park expansion is being sort to support further expansion of the club that our community cannot afford
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  • Make every playground in Australia inclusive
    20% of Australians have a disability. These members of our community, along with their families and friends, are excluded from the basic joy of visiting a public playground. Including people with disabilities does not cost more. It takes more time to consider the needs and think about access and inclusion at the planning stage; but the infrastructure does not cost more. We need you to help us to get the local governments across Australia to agree to legislate inclusion in all new playspaces. The only cost for this legislation is the exclusion of hundreds of thousands of Australians.
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  • Build the Latrobe City Shared Pathway
    How wonderful it would be if the shared pathway would finally get the go ahead so we could safely travel between Traralgon and Morwell by bike, and connect this to the Moe Rail Trail ? When Traralgon and Morwell Pedallers were formed in 1994, a shared path between the club’s two towns was immediately on the agenda. Some 22 years later TRAMPS’ founding members are still waiting for action. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/3916973/tramps-founders-still-fighting-on-for-shared-path/?cs=1462 Benefits to the physical health of the community are important considering the La Trobe City Council has a high rate of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The Victorian Population Health Survey indicated that the prevalence of overweight/obesity in La Trobe is 60.6 per cent, compared to the Victorian average of 49.8 per cent. Infrastructure that provides opportunities for the community to be more active, and especially provide active transport options is a positive and in terms of a bigger strategic picture, we know that communities that have better connectivity have better health outcomes. I believe this could also form part of the Latrobe Valley Health Zone as the pathway will build a better sense of community between the towns and involve more people in physical activity, particularly cycling and walking. It could also join the Moe rail trail for even greater benefit to the community. There is currently no path between Morwell and Traralgon, other than the highway. There are cracks in the road and it is not safe; particularly for the elderly and families with young children.A shared pathway would make it easier and safer for people to experience the benefits of cycling, which can help correct physical problems in a non-traumatic way, (assist with) mental health and be an opportunity to meet new people. Member for Morwell Russell Northe says "Our local community has long advocated for increased bike path networks and the concept of the shared pathway has been discussed for many years, many local bike riders and health enthusiasts have long desired to see the construction of a Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway.” "A shared pathway will not only provide improved health benefits to local residents, but increase local tourism opportunities and provide safe pathways for recreational cyclists in our community,” Mr Northe said. http://www.russellnorthe.com.au/government-response-on-traralgon-morwell-shared-pathway/ Latrobe City Council has now endorsed this project and recently submitted a funding application to the Victorian Government through Vic Roads Safer Cyclist and Pedestrians Fund. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/3915182/the-cycle-of-support-gains-momentum/ We call on the State and Local Governments to prioritise this project and build this project to benefit the health and economy of Latrobe City for many years to come. If your organisation would like to endorse this petition officially get in touch through [email protected]
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  • Support the installation of a mobile phone base station at Redin Place Reserve Connells Point
    Connells Point, Kyle Bay and Hurstville Grove need decent mobile phone coverage. Therefore the local community requires your support to ensure that a planned mobile phone base station is constructed on the corner of Redin Place and Connells Point Road, Connells Point, NSW. The site is required to provide phone and data coverage to Connells Point and the immediate area where currently there is limited or no coverage. This proposal would ensure that a low impact facility is built at the site to vastly improve the mobile coverage in the area. The site has passed all government and regulatory approvals and is currently on hold subject to Ausgrid allowing the use of their power pole to mount the antenna. A group of residents are lobbying Ausgrid to stop the proposed works. This petition seeks support from residents who would like this site to proceed based on the current design. A photomontage of the planned site is shown above and for more information about the proposed site please visit the Radio Frequency National site at http://www.rfnsa2.com.au At the prompt "Site Search" enter "Connells Point" then select "Site No. 2221013, 219 Connells Point Road CONNELLS POINT NSW 2221. Please support the construction of this facility by signing this petition. Thank you.
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  • Keep our Hospitals Public!
    Keep our public hospitals fully public and government funded. Privatisation will increase costs, and take away accountability.
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  • Support Youth facility at Rushcutters Bay
    This is a carefully thought out and well researched proposal, the result of 4 years of consultations and campaigning by the local youth community and their parents. The facility is aimed at 5-14 year olds and would be located in an under-utilised section of “no man’s land” within the park hemmed in by the canal, a line of trees and the outdoor gym. The park is very large — over 5.3ha — and the proposed concept would impact less than 2 per cent of this space. The proposal includes a basketball court, ping pong tables and new seating which would be used by younger children as well. The new facility will complement existing recreational activities. Currently there is no local place in Paddington or Woollahra where the children of this age group are encouraged to play outdoors, ie; to skateboard, cycle, chat in groups, climb trees, build cubbies or play handball or basketball. The population of children in the inner city has dramatically increased in the last 10 years and yet the presence of children in their local urban context is largely ignored by the planners and the adult community. In Paddington, all of the children live either in terrace houses with tiny courtyards or in units with no outdoor space, they are not allowed (by the schools) to play in the school grounds after hours, they are not supposed to play in the streets because it is considered dangerous. There are no parks in the area that cater for this age group. So the skaterkids are a marginalised and disengaged group within our community that do already play in the street because there is nowhere else to go. This youth facility will provide these much needed facilities for the Woollahra Paddington Community, in particular for an under represented and rapidly expanding population of 8-14 year olds.
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  • Help kids with FAS-D
    There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child's development. A seminal study by O’Connor et al (2006) found that protective factors that can help children with FAS-D reach their full potential include: a loving and nurturing environment, early diagnosis and involvement in special education and the provision of social services. We are finding it near impossible to get government help and support for social services and education.I believe it is important that schools get the appropriate funding and resources to support children with FAS-D. I would urge you to watch the 4 corners special on FAS-D, which can be accessed by the following link: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/11/02/4341366.htm
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