All aboard. If you can! Make QRs new $4b trains accessiblePeople with disability (PWD) in Queensland need your support to ensure their citizen rights are upheld. Based on the specifications publicly available there will be many groups of PWD (vision impairment, physical disability, intellectual disability and autism) that will be disadvantaged in both boarding 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. In 2013 the Newman government Department of Transport and Main Roads awarded a tender for NGR. The 75 newly designed trains are due to begin service on the South East Queensland passenger rail network later this year, and the remaining fleet rolled out by late 2018. The current design has a number of access issues. 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 is currently consulting on “Towards an all abilities Queensland” which will become 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? If you feel PWD should be able to choose to use a train in Queensland please support this petition. If you would like to make an individual contribution make sure to also email the Deputy Premier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc myself (email@example.com) to explain to her exactly how this issue would deny your citizen rights.
NO HIGHRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE SPIT!Even if ASF or any other company would pay a fair market price for the land (and we know this would NEVER happen!) the answer to their application SHOULD BE: NO! 1. If the SEAWAY/BROADWATER is meddled with in any shape or form the resulting effect on river tides/sand movement/silting/effect on the ecosystem is anyone's guess? WE CANNOT RISK IT! 2. We need the SPIT and all other open spaces on the Gold Coast to be preserved as our city is full of high-rises, we haven't got enough roads, our public transport system is basically non-existent, traffic is chocked throughout the city 24/7. 3. No development should be allowed north of Sea-World! We need the Spit developed as parkland and for recreation now and for future generations. 4. The Gold Coast, specially the central area where most high-rises are has no park with trees! Our greedy, self-serving council for decades has been selling anything/everything that could be sold... and the raping of the natural environment continues. This city NEEDS a decent large park, such as the Central Park in New York. Humans NEED OXYGEN TO SURVIVE which oxygen comes from TREES! No use to say that the Hinterland has enough trees and oxygen when the coastal winds blow it the other way, away from the coastal region where the high-rises and the biggest traffic exist. 5. ASF and all other companies should once and for all be given the thumbs down as far as the SPIT is concerned!
West Australians need a safer cycling environmentThe Western Australian Government refuses 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. Also, the law fails 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 Barnett 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 always says that it wants to encourage cycling, and in other areas there are promising signs. However, the Government remains reluctant to take the lead and enforce the safety of all road users on WA roads, especially those that are most vulnerable. Please help us to encourage the Government to support their own rhetoric with concrete enforcement 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.
Save ABC integrity and variety especially on RNWhere 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!
A cost too high for Cyclist SafetyThe NSW Government is introducing changes to road rules and enforcement that will affect anyone who visits NSW as a tourist, visitor or new resident. It will also set a dangerous precedent for other States and Territories to follow. The changes include bicycle helmet fines of $319; and bicycle infringements equivalent to motor vehicles (such as $425 for riding through a red light or pedestrian crossing). Even more alarming is the requirement for any adult on a bicycle to carry a drivers licence or NSW photo ID (cost $51) at all times, even tourists. The fine for not carrying photo ID will be $106. The NSW Government says this is a simple change to the road rules. However, it sets a precedent for other community ‘groups’ to be singled out and forced to carry ID. Please sign this petition asking the Premier of NSW to stop these changes from going ahead. The letter, and all of the signatories of this petition, will be delivered to Mike Baird MP, Premier for NSW, on 16 February 2016 when Parliament resumes. We need as many signatures as possible. Please sign this petition, and consider writing to your local state MP asking them to support you. This petition has been underwritten by the following organisations (contact us to add yours): Australian Cycle Alliance http://cycle.org.au Bicycle New South Wales http://bicyclensw.org.au The Australian Cyclists Party https://australian-cyclists-party.org Bicycle Network https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au Cycling Promotion Fund http://www.bikeoz.com.au/index.php/cycling-promotion-fund Freestyle Cyclists http://www.freestylecyclists.org Newcastle Cycleways Movement http://newcastlecycleways.org.au Pedal Power ACT http://www.pedalpower.org.au BIKEAST http://www.bikeast.org.au Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club http://www.dhbc.org.au BIKESydney http://www.bikesydney.org I Love Sydney Bike Lanes & Cycleways https://www.facebook.com/ILoveSydneyBikeLanes Cell Bikes http://www.cellbikes.com.au Orange BUG http://bicyclensw.org.au/join/affiliation/bugs/nsw-west Dubbo BUG http://dubbobug.org.au/ Art Cycle Inc http://www.artcyclesydney.com Coffs Harbour BUG http://www.coffsbug.org.au Albury Wodonga Pedal Power Inc https://sites.google.com/site/awpedalpower Eurobodalla BUG http://eurobodallabug.blogspot.com.au Central Coast BUG http://ccbug.net Bike Marrickville http://www.bikemarrickville.org.au Bike Leichhardt http://leichhardtbug.ning.com Ashfield Bicycle Group http://www.ashbug.org.au/ Canada Bay BUG http://baybug.org.au/ Sydney Spokes http://www.sydneyspokes.com/ Quean BUG https://sites.google.com/site/qbnregionbug/
Extend the proposed light rail beyond Hobart and MONAThe Brighton and Kingborough Municipal Councils are two of the fastest growing residential areas in the state and both lie within 30 kilometres of the Hobart CBD, with existing rail infrastructure already running from Bridgewater to Hobart. Given that this rail infrastructure already exists, it only makes sense to use this for passenger rail. It will ease stress on the Brooker Highway and Main Road running through Hobart's northern suburbs, parking space and congestion in Hobart's City Centre will be relieved, and stress on the Southern Outlet between Kingston and Hobart will also ease. Also, given that a light rail vehicle will run on electricity, Aurora and Transend will have an additional main client to supply electricity to and they can afford to lower the unit price of electricity to residents, especially those on lower incomes. Tasmania is also a self-sufficient supplier of hydroelectricity, a clean and renewable energy resource, that can reduce commuter dependence on petroleum-powered buses and cars. An extended light rail system is a good idea for safer and cleaner transport, the environment and commuters on lower and higher incomes.
Tennyson Dunes - Revegetate not decimateThe 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
Improved bus lane for the M2It 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/
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members who love Glebe. We are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 will negatively impact on the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe by building an off ramp and exit along Ross St. WestConnex will bring over 36000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We want to protect Glebe from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
Prioritise Sydney's public & active transport (over the Westconnex).WestCONnex won’t work! Public Transport Will The NSW State Government is proposing to build the WestCONnex motorway: a 33km toll-road around Sydney that will destroy neighbourhoods, waste taxpayer funds, cost families money, increase pollution AND not fix our city’s traffic congestion problems! The WestCONnex proposal involves: • Duplicating M4 lanes from Parramatta to Homebush (Stage 1: construction from early 2015) • Constructing a tunnel from Homebush to Haberfield (Stage 1: construction from mid-2016) • Duplicating the M5 East (Stage 2: construction from 2016) and • Constructing a tunnel between Haberfield and St Peters (Stage 3: construction from late 2018). WestCONnex will mean: More Tolls Previously free roads will become toll ways. A return trip from Parramatta to the city will cost $14 in tolls if WestCONnex goes ahead and drivers will try to avoid them by speeding through local suburban streets instead. Pollution Belching smoke stacks, truck diesel fumes, greater reliance on cars… Do we want to end up like Beijing, described as “barely suitable” for life as smog regularly blankets the city? Congestion As with all new roads, WestCONnex will attract more traffic to the road network, particularly given that much existing public transport is at capacity. Only increased public transport relieves congestion over the long-term. No New Public Transport The estimated $11 billion to build WestCON will soak up all government funds that could otherwise be invested in sustainable public transport for all. Destruction of Bushland and Parks Important heritage bushland and local parks will be concreted over by WestCONnex. Let’s protect what little green and open space inner-west and south-western Sydney has left. Waste With the taxpayers’ funds slated for WestCONnex, the Government could instead build a second SydneyHarbour crossing, equalise all fares on the Airport rail line and build two more stops, fund light rail around ParramattaCity – and still have money left over. The Government is wasting money on building a transport network that doesn’t plan for current or future needs. High Rise WestCONnex is more than just a toll road. It is also part of the Government’s plan to use proposed new planning legislation to increase density in our already overcrowded suburbs. New high-rise buildings in previously low-rise residential areas will spring up, with occupants and their cars swallowing any new road capacity WestConnex initially provides. WestCONnex is not the future we want! What do we want? The future we want is a less congested and more accessible, amenable city. • Let’s spend that $11 billion on a range of considered public transport alternatives that suit our changing travel preferences. • Let’s free up the existing road network for business and people who need it. • Let’s keep our local communities under local community control. • Let’s aspire to overseas cities which have invested in public transport for all. And let’s invest in public transport now, before unaffordable petrol and peak oil makes white elephants of new motorways. We want politicians to listen to concerned citizens, independent transport experts and community groups. What can you do? • Does your local State politician support WestCONnex? Contact their office and let them know you don’t! • Join one of the No WestCONnex action groups and get involved in the campaign. • Follow developing events via Facebook – No WestConnex Public Transport • Follow developing events via Twitter: @westconnex • Receive the latest WestCONnex at http://westconnex.info Email us at info AT westconnex.info Community meetings throughout Sydney enthusiastically passed the following motion “This public meeting rejects Westconnex and calls on Marrickville Council, all local councils on the route, and local Members of Parliament to run a fully-funded campaign against the Westconnex toll road.”
Love Glebe? Worried about Westconnex building a freeway on Ross StWe are parents, families, kids and community members. Our kids go to the local schools in Forest Lodge and Glebe and we are very concerned that WestConnex Stage 3 plans to build an off ramp and exit somewhere near Ross St in Glebe. WestConnex will bring over 33000 more cars to Ross St, dumping them in the Glebe area. We love Glebe. We want to protect it from a freeway that would cut the suburb in half and drench the community with fumes and pollution.
No To Wallarah 2 Coal Mine!It has been shown that the mine will significantly effect the underground water flow within the Dooralong Valley. It will interfere with endangered species including the Charmhaven Crabapple and squirrel gliders in the area. It will cause significant noise and dust penetration to the nearby residential property of Blue Haven (less than 300 metres from the coal conveyor system and coal loading facility). It places at risk significant commercial enterprises being developed by other land owners in the immediate area and it removes both legal and actual access to a number of privately owned land holdings.
Save Melbourne City SquareMelbourne is now a wonderful tourist city that is a pleasure for residents and visitors alike. There is no need to destroy the city. After 20 years of development, the Melbourne City Square now functions very well, has established trees and is used by a large range of community groups. St Kilda Rd is a tree-lined iconic boulevard. It will take another 40 years to return these to their present conditions. The Melbourne Metro Rail project needs to adopt 21st century engineering practices. Tunnel construction can practically all be completed below ground. There is no need to disrupt the running of the CBD. With hundreds of trees throughout the city to be removed unnecessarily, deeper tunnels will save most of these trees. Politicians and engineers need to be held socially and environmentally accountable. With a truck removing rubble from the City Square every five minutes 24/7 - according to MMRA - the congestion and safety issues to pedestrians and cars is enormous. Let's be smart about this project.
Upgrade Dickson shopping centre in accordance with the Dickson Master Plan 2011 and 2016-17Dickson group centre is the main northern gateway to the national capital and serves an unusually large population catchment, providing important health, library, postal, banking, public transport, retail, recreation, restaurants and a wide range of other commercial services to the whole of North Canberra and many parts of the ACT/NSW sub-region. The centre is in urgent need of maintenance, shoppers are regularly experiencing harassment, and local businesses will face extremely difficult trading conditions once the centre's major carpark is fenced off. Now is the time to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to deliver the quality and integration of facilities that the Dickson Master Plan promised.
More Trees Needed to Compensate For the Loss of Randwicks Historical TreesSome of these trees date back to the late 1800s and provide important habitat for native birds and wildlife. Local Sydneysiders are outraged, many have participated in protests and marches trying to stop the trees being cut down, or even stop the light rail as a whole. "Nothing makes Sydney more beautiful than trees, especially the large old ones. I don't understand why simply putting in more buses wouldn't be a more logical, cheaper and greener solution." Silviu Dobrota 23/02/2016 "It's sad that we have to forgo the trees. Especially the ones over 100 years old! They have same right to be on this planet as we do." JK Blackwell 15/02/2016
We want safe bike lanes for 'school central' in Geelong's westBike riding gets kids active, improves their health, and teach kids about the community. It also takes cars off the road, which reduces road maintenance costs to rate payers, reduces traffic stress, limits pollution and slows climate change.
DISABLING TAXIS FOR THE DISABLEDThis is a vital service to the Perth disabled community. Drivers are dedicated and strive to deliver positive outcomes for the community in relation to their transport needs. The Minister wants to revert to a single service which will dictate to both client and driver and diminish the rights and choices of both. He proposes to literally blackmail all of the people involved by denying subsidies to those who don't use his preferred service. We must preserve our freedom to choose which taxi company or driver suits our needs based on the quality of service they provide.
Don't Close Hampden Rd ArtarmonThe decision to run the cable up the main street of Artarmon Village is poorly conceived and ill-advised. A fully functioning Hampden Road is essential for providing local access to Artarmon Public School and Royal North Shore Hospital. Prolonged partial closure of Hampden Rd will severely affect parking and traffic flow and force closure of businesses in the Artarmon shopping strip. Concurrent development in Hampden Road and at the school means that 2016 is the worst possible time to be considering this project.
Audit WestConnexThe Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has shortlisted WestConnex for potential auditing. They are completing other infrastructure audits at the moment, but are due to make a decision about whether they proceed with the WestConnex audit very soon. ANAO will consider public submissions when making the decision about whether auditing WestConnex is a priority, so it’s important to demonstrate that lots of people care about this issue and want the project to be investigated. If we can convince ANAO to investigate WestConnex, then we know that the shoddy business case for this project will be exposed. It is primarily $3.5 billion of federal funding that is propping up the WestConnex project, so having the Commonwealth Auditor-General criticise the justification of the project will create campaign opportunities to get the federal funding withdrawn.
Stop the massive intrusive school camp development on Booloumba Creek RdA development application has been submitted to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council seeking to build a massive and intrusive school camp complex in the quiet heart of the beautiful Mary Valley in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The school camp complex to be built on Booloumba Creek Rd will house over 200 students and teachers and generate significant levels of intrusive noise which will dominate the area day and night, ruining resident’s quality of life and devastating property values. The presence of a dozen massive white geodesic domes for accommodation and an enormous white pavilion will permanently ruin the visual and rural qualities of the area and detract from the experience of visitors to the beautifully scenic area as well as being a permanent eyesore for residents. The venue will also be available to hire out on weekends and school holidays to all manner of groups meaning there will be no respite from the noise and disruption for neighbors and residents. Further, Booloumba Creek Rd is a narrow winding rural road that in several places is only one vehicle wide. The addition of coaches full of students and other heavy vehicles servicing the complex will add significantly to the risks faced by local residents and visitors to the area. This massive and intrusive school camp will completely dominate the entire area, permanently destroy the rural ambiance, wreck people's quality of life and has the potential to damage the fragile ecosystem of Booloumba Creek itself. Please help us to stop this development before yet another quiet corner of the world succumbs to development and exploitation.
Protect Artarmon Bushland and Village GreenThe Artarmon Reserve and bushland is a much loved and well used space by the residents of Artarmon and Willoughby, local school children and workers in the Artarmon Industrial Area. Residents, with the support of Willoughby Council have spent countless hours restoring the bushland in the reserve. It is now one of the only areas in Willoughby offering a natural bush escape. Sydney Metro is presently deciding the route of the new metro train line. We are not against trains but we are against the unnecessary destruction of our bushland. There are several options for developing the Sydney Metro which are cost effective and entail no impact on our bushland whilst allowing our public transport expand to new areas which are currently not served by trains. We urge Sydney Metro to avoid options which would see the loss of the Artarmon Village Green and station garden as well as a large part of the bushland reserve - and the construction of a large, high embankment which could materially change the remaining bushland and walking tracks not to mention the loss of large Eucalypts.
More Parking in Elwood1 car share pod reduces cars in a neighbourhood by 14 - that is 13 more car parks. To reduce parking demand, increase air quality (by reducing reliance on cars) and reduce emissions. Also increase usage of Walking, Cycling and Public Transport therefore increase investment by the Council in these safer, more children friendly transport methods. Let me know in the comments if you are a member of a car share, and which one please.
NEEDED: New Mainstream Media Entity For PerthPerth's media is managed externally and there is nothing organic about the issues raised, no pride in the news that is published and no engagement from the wider community due to an apathetic opinion towards change for our city. The majority of Perth is without a representation in the media and with the growth in the State's population, it's about time we had one.
End tailpipe emissionsWhile the Coalition are in denial about their regressive policies on the out of control emissions front we need to rely on citizen action in decreasing our carbon footprint and every little bit helps. Removing petrol and diesel cars from the roads is something we can all have a had in. Most of the advanced economies reduce the sticker price with a subsidy for buying green. Our state government in Victoria talks the talk now it is time to walk the walk. For figures on the impacts and modelling have a look at the Beyond Zero Emissions website and much more. Wake up Australia - we are being left behind.
Free Valet Parking Service for Disabled at Westfield Shopping complexThe amount of disability parking is limited on each level. If Valet parking was made available to those people, not only will this increase the number of patrons with a disability to be encouraged to come to the centre, they are able to enter and exit the car park in a well light, safe area. Not only is it exceptionally important that these patrons feel comfortable and safe, it will help carers who would otherwise struggle to get those in their charge in and out of the car in the event that no disabled parking spaces were available, they do not have to resort to parking further away. The valet service would enable patrons to exit their cars, their cars parked safely, and their enjoyment of the shopping centre unencumbered by the strains of limited disabled parking spaces.
Copacabana Roads PetitionThe state of the roads in Copacabana is a disgrace. Over the years, the community has seen a piecemeal attempt by Gosford Council to patch-up and repair roads, with no apparent strategy to provide sound, safe roads that are not always in a constant state of repair. Your signature will provide a clear message that Copacabana residents and ratepayers are not happy and want action.
BAN THE E TOLL - BRISBANES TRAFFIC GRID LOCKBecause we have paid tax for these tunnels and roads to be built. By Governments who are seeking to make profit from transport for the public. We are slugged exorbitant toll charges to use these roads. The stress that traffic and the grid lock causes to commuters. The total unfairness and expense of the toll charges. A suggestion is to increase registration as minimally as possible to allow all people to use these tunnels and bi ways, freeing up Brisbanes traffic gridlock
Stop blocking a community garden, QLD Dept. of Main Roads• Provide green space in one of Brisbane’s most urban neighbourhoods. • Greatly improve visual appearance on a busy road. • Save tax payer money. • Foster community spirit and cohesiveness. • Our “herbs of world” proposal would provide educational opportunities for children and adults alike. • Demonstrate that the State government is listening to local communities.
Support Rail Explorers Byron1. Access for all. Everyone can ride the rail bikes - the elderly, families with young children and the disabled. This means that everyone can enjoy the spectacular views and beautiful scenery between Bangalow and Byron Bay. 2. Employment. Rail Explorers will create approx 22 full time jobs from day one, with many more jobs available in the future. 3. Social Enterprise. Rail Explorers is committed to donating up to 20% of profits back to the local community. 4. Economic and Environmental Sustainability. Rail Explorers will generate revenue through ticket sales. This revenue will help to fund the maintenance of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail. Rail Explorers will utilise the existing rail infrastructure, with very minimal environmental impact. 5. Preserve the rails. Rail Explorers will clear, repair and maintain the 13km of track between Bangalow and Byron Bay. If in the future it becomes feasible to re-introduce public transport on the corridor, the tracks will be still in place. 6. A Fun and Unique Activity. Rail bikes are extremely popular in South Korea, Europe and North America. Rail Explorers Byron will bring this fantastic attraction to Byron Bay. 7. Rail Trail beside the tracks. Rail Explorers is looking into the feasibility of building the bike and walking trail beside the tracks.
Residents for a Sustainable Upper KedronOur local plan's density and footprint for development guidelines are not being followed. Our habitat and ecological corridors that are supposed to be protected in the local plan are being destroyed. The liveability and sustainability of our suburb is under threat from this mass, unplanned, over-development. We call on the Queensland Government to intervene to: - Implement our local plan in full so our local road network is not thrown into gridlock. - Support sustainable development so emergency service vehicles can rely on our local roads. - Put our community ahead of developers.
Youngs Crossing Flood ImmunityMoreton Bay Regional Council needs to urgently improve Youngs Crossing to relieve the flood immunity. The 2012 report provided a $16M solution to elevate the burden on the community when there are water releases from the North Pine Dam and improve the alignment of the road. This is important to our community, your constituents, residents and ratepayers for the flow of traffic and elevation of congestion.
Stop the Ads blaring on Melbourne's railway platformsWhen waiting for a train on the way home from the city, commuters may wish to talk to their friends, talk on the phone, listen to a podcast or just stand in peace after a long day at work. Is that too much to ask? We are already bombarded by visual advertisements, but loud advertisements prevent us from working or relaxing. We the undersigned call on the Transport Minster to instruct Metro Trains and PTV to silence advertising on platforms and in trains. This is not on. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/train-station-advertising-screens-draw-complaints-from-commuters-drivers-20141017-117ole.html
Please tell the Qld Government to stop destroying essential parkland80,000 Queenslanders shouted out to the Queensland Government that they want more green space in 'The Queensland Plan'. Now government needs to listen. People want positive, healthy and resilient communities. They want to be able to travel from A to B and they know they don't have to lose their parks to make this happen. We are smarter than that. Please help save this valuable green space and remind government that they are meant to be protecting it for now and for the future.
Give bikes 1-metre of room when passingCycling is a healthy activity and benefits include greater physical fitness, lower BMI, reduced incidence of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Cycling is also good for mental health and is a social, friendly activity. However, here in WA, there is a clash of cultures, a war over territory: drivers often feel we have no legitimate right to use public roads, and pass us without due regard for our safety. In order to increase the number of cyclists on West Australian roads, they have to be safer. A 1-metre rule in 60 kmph zones (1.5 metres if >60 kmph) would be an excellent start in showing commitment to cycling in WA, and to making it a safer activity for all age groups. Nb. See the following bill put to the West Australian parliament by the Honorable Lynn MacClaren: http://fly6.com/media/21724/wa-parliment-20march14-fly6.pdf. With appropriate legislation, education, and the right infrastructure, we can all share the road and enjoy a healthier, safer Australia.
Daniel Andrews please stop the East West Link once & for allTransport decisions made by Governments play a critical role in the development (or not) of a sustainable city. Making the right decisions regarding transport infrastructure is essential to the city’s economic prosperity, environmental impact and social inclusion. This road will divert funding away from other critical public transport projects and could cripple the states finances for a generation. It should be taken to an election.
Put on a Bus from Wangaratta train to Mount HothamThe PT options to get to Mount Hotham at the moment are disgusting! Get a train or bus to Wang, then another very infrequent bus to Bright, then another bus to Hotham Heights. 6-12 hrs to do a 4.5 hour drivable trip. Lets make Mount Hotham accessible and therefore more fun for all to participate in.
Build Upper Blue Mountains Cycling Trail Now or Unlock the Gate to existing trackThis is important for the health and safety of the local community as well as provide an important economic stimulus through tourism. Waiting for the past 25 years for this is too long! Either unlock the gate to the existing track or build a new track.
No more Uranium Exports from Port AdelaideWe are convinced that the transport and handling of such dangerous toxic material presents a threat to the health of workers involved and to the residents of Port Adelaide, and that these dangers will be exacerbated by the proposed increase in this transport. We wish to see Port Adelaide live up to its status as a popularly declared nuclear-free zone. We call on the relevant local and state authorities to have in place the most comprehensive plans possible to deal effectively with any spillage of the uranium oxide being transported through the district, and to provide details of these plans for the approval of the people of Port Adelaide and the wider community.
Dump the Muckaty Dump: Its time for responsible radioactive waste managementFor eight years there has been sustained opposition to successive federal government plans to build a national nuclear waste dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek. There is no environmental or scientific basis for a radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory. The plan is purely political and deeply irresponsible and would mean more toxic trucks on our roads, more communities at risk, and more hazards for workers and emergency services. Nuclear waste is high risk and long lasting. It needs to be managed responsibly based on proper process and sound science. The controversial dump plan is opposed by many Aboriginal Traditional Owners, public health and medical experts, environmental groups, trade unions and churches. These groups are all calling for the Federal government to scrap the plan in favour of an independent public commission. Australia has never had an independent, expert and public assessment of the safest and most responsible way to manage long-lived radioactive waste. This is urgently required. The Muckaty proposal is a bad deal but it is not a done deal. Sign the petition today; there is literally no time to waste.
Preserve Western Port - Stop the Development of Port of HastingsThe expansion to accommodate a projected 3000 ships per year will involve massive dredging, dumping of dredge spoil, land reclamation, risk of oil spills, air pollution, beach and cliff erosion associated with channel deepening, and loss of habitat. This has the potential to destroy the Western Port we know, love, and depend upon. Our beaches, fishing, wildlife, tourism economy, clean air, clean water. Western Port is a wetland of international significance, and Australia has obligations to look after it under the Ramsar treaty. Please take some time to learn about the proposed port expansion and its likely impacts. To stay up to date visit http://preservewesternport.org.au and http://www.wppcinc.org Thanks!
Fix the chicanes on the Bellarine Rail TrailThe narrow chicanes on the Bellarine Rail Trail are the blight on a potentially great trail. The chicanes: - pose safety and access issues to all riders. inexperienced riders are particularly likely to collide with the heavy wooden chicanes. - reduces use by Tandems, bikes with trailers, loaded touring bikes, cargo bikes/trikes which typically cannot be ridden through the chicanes - don't stop dirt bikes (they can access the trail in other places and negotiate the existing chicanes) - provides a uncomfortable experience for tourists - who are less likely to return to the Bellarine Peninsula's fine wineries, beaches and landscapes. Renovating the chicanes will improve access to the trail, get more people riding, walking, running, skating. It will be safer for cyclists, leading to more locals and tourists enjoying the Bellarine Rail Trail. It's a great asset that needs to reach its potential.
No East West TollwayThe aim of this petition is to show politicians that the local people of the areas affected and greater community do not want this environmentally devastating project. The East West tollway idea is being pushed for the benefit of the big trucking companies who want a quick trip to the docklands at tax payers expense. For the ordinary motorist the toll will be unaffordable. The area from Clifton Hill, Fitzroy through Parkville to Parkville West will be a construction site for up to 5 years, the area carved up into small isolated segments and the subsequent pollution at the end of this will be substantial. Royal Park established 1873 from a grant from Queen Victoria has been under siege for many years from developments such as the Children's Hospital, the Hockey centre and the Commonwealth village. Now, they too are under siege from this proposal. The Children's Hospital stands a few hundred metres from the proposed site. Royal Park (the lungs of the City) includes bush parkland, carefully planned and managed to mimic the original landscape that white settlers saw. It includes wetlands, the zoo, a golf course, sports grounds, a strip of the original woodland, an Urban Camp, a tram and train line. The tunnel is planned to come out from the middle of the park with 2 huge on/off ramps going right, 40 metres from the Zoo and left leading to a widened Flemington Road. Gigantic fly overs will dwarf sports grounds, wetlands, Urban Camp and housing. The tram and tram lines re-routed and woodland razed. The affect on the urban environment will be immense. Over 5000 trees are already marked for destruction in the Park. The wetlands, with its many species of water birds is a fabulous drawcard for visitors will be ruined. Fruit bats, the great pollinators, skinks, frogs, possums and animals in the Zoo will be further traumatised and disappear from the area. I implore anyone who does not know this area, come and have a look. Start at the Native gardens at Gatehouse St and Royal Parade. And then imagine how hell can look like. Facts -9.5 parklands worth $207 million -5,200 trees worth $17 million. Wetlands and water storage (14 % of M.C.C. annual irrigation.
Fatigue laws to be reviewed for Professional DriversEveryday for the past week or so I have read about incidents/crashes involving trucks and cars. Obviously your new laws to curb such incidents is not working and failing dismally. I urge you to reevaluate the newly implemented fatigue laws. No one can dictate to another human being when they will or not be fatigued and require sleep. That includes all motor vehicle drivers. But you haven't implemented a log book and mandatory hours for car or motor bike riders/drivers. This morning 28 February 2014 a young man of just 24 died in a truck incident. How many more injuries or deaths are you going to ignore before you do something proactive? These Professional Drivers have spent anywhere from a year to 30 on our major highways and roads working 7days a week. Did anyone bother to consult them? They are the ones who know when they need a break, they are the ones who keep this country moving. Would it not better to consult with these men and women now and yes the log book to remain but to give them some leniency. As working adults the ability to decide. I recently travelled on the Pacific Highway and was absolutely astounded by the number of trucks on the highway now compared to 10-15years ago. I was also shocked at the amount of car drivers who have no regard for these massive vehicles and take the utmost stupid risks not only endangering their lives but that of other road users. Granted there needs to be a regulatory body that oversees this industry but it should be made up of Professional Drivers past and present. Not people who sit behind desks that have not spent one day on the road as a truck driver. This country of ours is going down hill at a rapid rate. We need to stand behind the men and women who drive these trucks as without them your fruit and vegetables would not make it to the supermarket or green grocery, there would be no fuel and the list goes on. Its not as simple as some of you think e.g. just transport it by train. How do you propose to get it from the train to the relevant stores? Horse and carriage ? Truck Drivers keep this country moving and they need us now to show our support to them. I urge you to sign this petition for the safety of these Truck drivers and the safety of all road users.
Keep the 456 bus from Greenwood Station to Hillarys Harbour running daily.This direct route on public transport is 15 minutes quicker than any other on offer, so we'd like the PTA to keep it running. Hillarys Harbour is a popular and safe destination for all people, not just for those who drive. Efficient public transport is essential, since traffic at the Harbour is often very busy. The 2700 car parks are regularly at capacity. Any more car parking would be at the cost of natural bush, so instead we need good direct public transport options. The new weekday 456 service also caters to the local communities of Hillarys and Sorrento with approximately 200 trips currently being taken per day and this number is growing as news of the service spreads in the local community. Teenagers, school children and the elderly love this service. Car parking at Greenwood station is at capacity by 8am daily, this bus currently results in 20 fewer cars lining up to park. Gradually more locals are ditching their cars for a direct and comfortable trip into the city.
Don't log the Nymboida state forestThe Nymboida state forest is the home of many endangered animals such as koalas and black cockatoos. The trucks for this project have also notified the local school bus that they will not stop for them as Glens Creek Road is often not big enough for two cars, instead they have given the school bus a radio so that the bus can know where these huge logging trucks are and get off the windy road before they get hit. I have lived in Nymboida nearly all my life and i have always seen these beautiful black cockatoos flying around, they are such a majestic bird and it's despicable that people from outside Nymboida should come in and threaten our endangered species and the lives of our children. This year my little brother will be catching this school bus and two years ago I used to catch that bus as well and I know just how dangerous Glens Creek Road is, its far too small for even a bus and a car to pass each other let alone a logging truck. This logging project is happening on the border of my family property, all the wildlife will be cleared away and stumps will be left, the delicate ecosystems that extend outside my family property will be destroyed and my once beautiful childhood home won't have the abundant source of wildlife for future generations. Craig Busby, region manager, should be told we don't want our local children threatened by their logging trucks and we don't want our endangered species threatened by the noise of the logging and the destruction of their homes.
Fix traffic flow at the Australia Ave / DFO roundaboutThis roundabout is a critical access route for people coming into Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point and Newington. The roundabout is just unable to cope with the following activities: 1. Weekday end-of-day traffic when the access to the roundabout from Australia Avenue, Homebush Bay Drive and Underwood Road often backs up. It can take up to 20 minutes to get into the roundabout (and more on a really bad day). This has become worse with the increased number of people who are working in SOP and traffic banks back along Australia Avenue. 2. Weekend traffic when DFO shoppers clog up the roundabout. These people are typically coming into the roundabout from the south, via Centenary Drive. They enter the roundabout and totally block access for those attempting to get into it from Homebush Bay Drive and Underwood Rd. Some residents have reported that it has taken an hour to get home from Rhodes due to this traffic. 3. Event-related traffic at SOP. This has problems similar to the weekday end-of-day traffic. Also note that public transport routes 525, 526, 450 and 533 go through the roundabout. The significant delays due to traffic defers people from using public transport, and this in turn puts more cars on the road. The situation is getting worse. Contrary to expectations, the redevelopment at DFO (which included parking changes) has not improved things. Currently, we have around 2100 units at Wentworth Point, with under 5000 residents. Over coming years, these numbers will increase four-fold. NSW Government and Council have approved significant increases in the number of dwellings in Wentworth Point (and SOP). New residential buildings at Sydney Olympic Park are currently under construction, as are new commercial buildings. This will bring thousands more regular commuters into Sydney Olympic Park, many of whom will be using this intersection. The current infrastructure, and particularly this roundabout, are at breaking point, and we urgently need a solution NOW! Any further development at Wentworth Point and Sydney Olympic Park is compromised until this situation is resolved.
Build the Toowoomba Bypass NowThe Toowoomba Bypass will: Improve safety for motorists and heavy vehicle drivers Provide an efficient route for the transportation of goods to Brisbane and overseas markets Provide a safer alternative to the steep gradient of the current range crossing for drivers of heavy vehicles and passenger vehicles Create a quicker route to Brisbane or to the west, for those not wanting to travel through Toowoomba Reduce traffic movements in the Toowoomba city.
Stop Keane Road in ForrestdaleImagine an area of bushland the same size as Kings Park, but with more species of plants, with bushland in better condition and located right on the back doorstep of Harrisdale and Forrestdale. That is what we have in the Anstey-Keane Bush Forever site. It doesn't look like much from Anstey, Ranford and Skeet Roads but once you walk in there and learn where and how to look you will see hundreds of different species of plants. It should be conserved and managed properly, not destroyed by a road through it.