• 'NO' to 11 room boarding house at 213 Bunnerong Rd Maroubra 2035
    1) DA for a 3 storey boarding house containing 11 boarding rooms - potential accomodation for 22 people. 2) PARKING: only 3 parking spots are included. This is not adequate for the number of proposed residents. Parking is already at capacity on Eastmore Place. 3) CONGESTION: additional cars entering and exiting Eastmore Place is a safety issue, and additional vehicle movements pose a risk. Eastmore Place is still technically a laneway, and access is very narrow and does not allow for two cars to enter and exit without difficulty. 4) SECURITY & COMMUNITY SAFETY: Eastmore Place is a family oriented suburban area, with 20+ young children residing on the immediate block. The proposed boarding house has the potential to erode the existing character of the zone through cumulative social effects.
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  • Call On City of Rockingham Councillors To Support a Motion for Marriage Equality!
    We know our local community supports Marriage Equality. Like so many other communities across the country however, we have watched with sadness and anger as politicians in Canberra have failed again and again to end the unjust laws which still now prevent LGBTI Australians from having the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness as everyone else. With over two thirds of Australians now in support of Marriage Equality this is a change whose time has well and truly come. But as the current political deadlock shows, it is not something which will happen without community pressure! We need all of our elected representatives, local state and federal, to stand with us against this discrimination if we are to succeed in making Marriage Equality a reality. Passing this motion is not just a vital stepping stone toward Marriage Equality however. It is also an unmissable opportunity to proclaim the values we hold dear as a community and to state clearly that in the face of discrimination and hate we say “This isn’t right and we stand with you”.
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  • Deliver Dinjerra Primary School redevelopment funding
    Dinjerra is the only State primary school that services Braybrook, Tottenham and Maidstone. The other state primary schools in this area are extremely overcrowded. We have the space to accommodate a rising local population yet we don’t have the buildings required to deliver a modern education, and this is drastically limiting our ability to meet the needs of our community. Dinjerra faces significant challenges due to the diverse make up of our school population. Our students overwhelmingly come from poor socioeconomic households and English levels are far below the State average. To put it bluntly, our kids already start on the back foot and this latest announcement means that our students are being left behind by this Government. If anyone needs a 21st Century school it is Dinjerra Primary School. Unfortunately we are forced to endure run-down,1950s constructed buildings, which provide the opposite of the flexible and dynamic learning spaces our students deserve. We were due to start construction later this year and now we have been left in the dark as to if or when we will get our promised new school. We urge the government to reconsider this funding decision. $7M is not a huge amount of money in the context of this budget, yet to us it means everything.
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  • Safe Access Zones for WA Women
    Safe Access Zones provides a 150m 'safe zone' around Health Clinics and surgeries that offer women's reproductive health services. It's disgusting that in 2017 it is legal for a woman to be threatened, harassed and intimidated while accessing the reproductive health care she is legally entitled to. Allowing the staff of these clinics to have access to their workplace without harassment is also very important. Doctors, nurses and other staff should not have to deal with being harassed while attending work on a daily basis. It is important to note that these safe access zones are not intended to impede on ones constitutionally implied right to freedom of political communication. Individuals are still allowed to vocalize their thoughts on abortion, but just not within a 150m radius of clinics that provide these services. Such 'Safe Access Zones' have already been put into place in the ACT, Tasmania and Victoria, why shouldn't WA follow suit? Choosing to have an abortion will never be a pleasant decision, nor a pleasant process for a woman to have to go through. It is horrible that women accessing the reproductive health care they are legally afforded should have to put up with harassment and threats in order to do so. Let's make Safe Access Zones available for Western Australian Women.
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  • Save The James St Cyprus Trees
    This avenue is of Historical Significance and save the Cyprus Trees on James St situated between Campbell St and Ocean Drive.
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  • Newstart Allowance: Forcing People With Disabilities Below The Poverty Line
    How can you bake a pie when you can only afford the flour? Our Government has set unreasonable expectations for individuals living with a disability in Australia to find employment whilst on the Newstart Allowance. "In 2013-14, 510,900 adults with a disability (or 15.8%) and a further 328,100 with a disability that included a core activity limitation (or 17.8%) were living below the poverty line (pp. 34)" (Australian Council of Social Service [ACOSS] , 2016). A person living below the poverty line in Australia is suggested to have a net income of $426.30 per week (ACOSS, 2016). People living with a disability incur additional costs of living such as transportation, pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, adaptation to home or work environments etc. which contributes to the need of our Government to support these individuals and not place them into the unemployment bracket. Although unemployment benefits were originally intended to be interim payments for people temporarily out of work, the harsh reality for Newstart recipients is now very different, especially for people with a disability as many may never gain employment (Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2012). Since the implementation of the Welfare to Work policies in 2006, there has been an increase of people who are considered to have a 'partial work capacity'. This is described as the capacity to work at least 15 hours per week or earn above the minimum wage over a two year period are deemed ineligible for the the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and placed onto the lower Newstart Allowance (NSA) (ACOSS, 2016). According to the Department of Human Services (2017) a person with a disability on the Newstart allowance will receive the following payments weekly: Newstart Allowance: $267.80 Rental Assistance: $66.10 (maximum) Energy Supplement: $4.40 Total: $338.30 This demonstrates that the Newstart Allowance and additional supplements are still $88 below the poverty line for a single adult in Australia. By raising the Newstart Allowance $100 for people with a disability, this will bring them above the poverty line and increase their opportunities to fulfill their roles within our community. References: Australian Council of Social Service. (2016). Poverty in Australia. Retrieved May 8, 2017, from http://www.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Poverty-in-Australia-2016.pdf Brotherhood of St Laurence. (2012). Towards a fair and decent social security system. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwiYpdrkhd3TAhWCvbwKHZIwC7AQFggsMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aph.gov.au%2FDocumentStore.ashx%3Fid%3D905e2705-aa60-4eca-8e0f-ded62357ba5d&usg=AFQjCNFpur32gMVjH4iT2XeZIv5bCZ5T0Q Department of Human Services. (2016). Payment rates for energy supplement. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/payment-rates-energy-supplement#newstart Department of Human Services. (2017). Rent Assistance. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/rent-assistance Department of Human Services. (2017). Newstart Allowance. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/newstart-allowance/how-much-you-can-get
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  • Journalism trashed while Fairfax shareholders profit.
    -No Fairfax – no fair go in Australia anymore! There are catastrophic effects to Australian democracy about to take place as a result of the grotesquely timed sacking of 125 journalists from Fairfax.
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  • Safer Streets - York Street Junction, Forest Lodge
    This junction and section of road is a danger to pedestrians. It is within the Forest Lodge School 40km zone and used by many school children each day. The westernmost section of the roadway is very steep, and there are high walls which cause blind spots for turning vehicles. The existing footpath is too narrow to use and so everyone walks on the road. It is only a matter of time before someone is run over. A wider footpath would provide a pedestrian connection from the eastern section of York St through to Ross St, a distance of approximately 40-50m. A shared 10km 'high-activity'pedestrian zone would alert motorists to the needs of the local community and help address safety concerns.
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  • Don't believe the lies! Foreign workers are creating jobs not taking them!
    The pathways to employer sponsored visas are significantly changed meaning that many internationals currently living, studying and working in Australia, including in rural and remote locations, will not have the ability to remain and continue to contribute to our country. This has significant effects on their employers, friends and colleagues. It affects their landlords, their local shopping centres and petrol stations. It effects the schools that their children frequent. It affects the institutions they have been paying to study, the health insurance companies they have been paying, and very importantly it affects young Australians who have been introduced to new knowledge and skills as a result of their exposure to international workers. Their presence has meant new jobs in retail, construction, hospitality, teaching and so much more. Their presence has made Australia more vibrant and colourful than ever before. Do we really want to go backwards? If, due to the recent visa changes you are an employer, landlord, individual or business effected by the possible loss of overseas workers or students in your community, please sign this petition. Thankyou.
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  • Reinstate Acknowledgment of Country and of Traditional Owners at City of Boroondara
    The Kulin Nation peoples have been the traditional owners of the lands on which the City of Boroondara is now established for tens of thousands of years and they still have a continuing strong cultural and spiritual connection to their country. Until early 2017, recognition of this traditional ownership had been normal at all Council meetings and events. In 2017, the City of Boroondara announced that recognition of traditional Aboriginal ownership would no longer be mandatory as it was regarded by some councillors as a 'token' reference rather than a ‘sincere’ – and therefore ‘meaningful’ - one. Following the Council’s decision, it will henceforth only occur at the discretion of individual Councillors. As the City of Boroondara has not renewed its Reconciliation Action Plan since 2013, we fear that this decision will result in fewer instances of the Acknowledgement of Country occurring; indeed, making it optional may lead to its total elimination. The City of Boroondara has in the past shown considerable innovation in their efforts towards Indigenous recognition and reconciliation; as the movements towards Constitutional Recognition and Treaty grow nationally, this action by the City of Boroondara can only been seen as a step backwards for the council and its previous leadership in reconciliation work.
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  • Don't give billions to Adani
    Global mining company, Adani, have been unsuccessfully trying to secure finance for the Carmichael coal mine for years. Now, the Turnbull Government is considering making the Australian public foot the billion dollar bill for Adani's rail line, which will transport coal from the mine to the port. This is despite his promise during the 2016 federal election that there would be no public funding of Adani's mine. This billion dollar loan is risky, reckless, and deeply unpopular. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party oppose it, with Coalition backbenchers Bert Van Manen and Sarah Henderson speaking out. This is public money, that would be better spent anywhere else! Funding our local hospitals and schools would be a good start. Or how about investing in renewable energy projects instead?
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  • Don't give billions to Adani
    Global mining company, Adani, have been unsuccessfully trying to secure finance for the Carmichael coal mine for years. Now, the Turnbull Government is considering making the Australian public foot the billion dollar bill for Adani's rail line, which will transport coal from the mine to the port. This is despite his promise during the 2016 federal election that there would be no public funding of Adani's mine. This billion dollar loan is risky, reckless, and deeply unpopular. Even members of the Prime Minister's own party oppose it, with Coalition backbenchers Bert Van Manen and Sarah Henderson speaking out. This is public money, that would be better spent anywhere else! Funding our local hospitals and schools would be a good start. Or how about investing in renewable energy projects instead?
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