• Community to elect Mayor.
    In 35 NSW councils the people vote for their mayor. A further 3 councils held referenda at the 2012 elections to do likewise in 2016. These communities all voted yes by a sound majority. The residents of the Young district are currently petitioning for the same rights. The reasoning is sound and straight forward. A community votes for what a candidate can do for the district whereas a councillor votes for how a candidate can help fellow councillor's with their own agendas. To gain this right first a motion needs to be carried in a council meeting in order that a referendum is held. This referendum can then be run at any time to see if the community want to elect their mayor. When the referendum is won in favour of democratic election, the community can then elect their own mayor at the next election. In some Shires the existing councillors and particularly the Mayor give this referendum their full support. They know that through their proven attitudes and abilities they are likely to retain their positions. They accept that a mayor should be elected on community ideals not backroom deals. Not all NSW Councils share this well-earned confidence. The Bland Shire Mayor and Deputy Mayor say they oppose the election. Election candidate and retired council dog-catcher Barry Cooper refused to sign the petition and wrote “no way” on the petition before a group of petitioners at one location. Several other Bland Councillors do support the idea of a popularly elected mayor and several are undecided. It only takes 5 councillors to pass the motion requested by the petition. This petition is to make all councillors aware that the overwhelming majority of the people of The Bland want to publicly elect their Mayor. The abovementioned motion was put to the Bland Shire Council CEO several days before the April 16 council meeting by Cr. Monaghan so that it may be tabled and voted on. For reasons still unclear the motion was not tabled at that meeting. This in no way affects the opportunity to vote for mayor in 2016. The motion just needs to be carried with enough time to allow for the referendum to be run and ballot papers to be arranged before the 2016 Election Day. At the current rate of petition signing the community pressure should be overwhelming by then. For those with no internet access please let them know that they can sign or pick up a hard-copy for others to at numerous locations across the district including the Bland Medical Centre (BMC). Full petition sheets can be dropped off at The Empire 174 Main St. West Wyalong or faxed to 69724879. Or contact the page administrator of this web page and a fresh petition sheet will be faxed/mailed/emailed to you.
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    Created by Lincoln Pike
  • Vodafone coverage at Wentworth Point
    Vodafone customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Vodafone devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Optus coverage at Wentworth Point
    Optus customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Optus devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Telstra Coverage at Wentworth Point
    Telstra customers are unable to make/receive calls and access the internet using their Telstra devices. We are paying for this service, and not receiving it!
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    Created by Bronwyn Evans
  • Stop The Pro-Life Ad Campaign in Tasmania
    We are seeking to remove all advertisements from television, radio and billboards created by the group Emily's Voice. These ads are designed to persuade people not to support legalising and clarifying abortion laws in Tasmania. The television ad has just commenced and it appears that they wish to shame women into choosing to keep their unborn child. Which is not right. It is a highly complex and personal decision. This campaign needs to be stopped before it goes any further.
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    Created by Kate Barwick
  • Public Transport investment for the future of our cities!
    Nations around the world are investing into efficient and effective public transport to move people and address congestion and improve livability. Finally we have seen a change at the Commonwealth Government level under this Labor Government which has set up Infrastructure Australia to make informed decisions on infrastructure priorities. As a result we have seen an increase in funding for Public Transport in our cities. As a nation we can not afford to go back to 50's policies and try to build our way out of congestion by building more roads. Not everyone uses PT but everybody will benefit if we have an efficient Public Transport system in our cities and suburbs. Let's make this an election issue and give a message to Tony Abbott. In contrast even Malcom Turnbull sees the benefits of PT for the future of our nation.
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    Created by Rosemarie Speidel
  • Helium Balloons Littering our Planet
    On a couple of occasions I have walked on remote beaches and come across a deflated helium balloon with string attached to it . Literally millions of balloons get sent into the skies as gestures of different types each year. This means there must be millions and millions of deflated balloons with string attached to them littering the ocean floors and countrysides throughout Australia and the rest of the planet. They are a hazard to our wildlife as they can get tangled in the string or swallow the balloons and they are also a shameful example of human pollution of our planet. It is also a fact that helium supplies are finite and we should not be filling balloons with it and sending it into the atmosphere to be wasted when supplies are getting low.
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    Created by Yvonne Excell
  • Get rid of "How to Vote Cards" at elections.
    The "How to Vote" card system is an archaic, costly, environmentally wasteful and generally unproductive. Having engaged in this farcical process, I am convinced that the benefits espoused by proponents are largely mythical and the procedure is simply a thinly-veiled attempt to engender the same gladiatorial dynamics at the grass-roots level as the parties attempt to create at the institutional level. There is no need for it as the information contained on the cards could just as easily be placed in each polling booth.
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    Created by Aubrey Heck
  • Recognition and Fair Treatment for Online and External Students
    Universities have raked in a total of about $20 million in 2012 (and probably the same in 2013) from external students for services not provided to them. The lack of recognition of the existence of online and external students in the HE Acts has led to no restraints on the amounts that universities can force external students to pay for services essentially provided only on campus. Also with the rise in online education (and MOOCs), it is vital that online provision is fully recognised in the legislation so that quality and fair pricing is ensured for these fast growing products. See http://www.aoesa.org for a submission made to the Dept of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
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    Created by Colin Hargreaves
  • Give our children the education they deserve
    Please help our children get the education they deserve. Our children deserve better than second in line to private schools. Our children deserve greater resources and funding like public schools in other States. Our children deserve the Gonski review being implemented. The children at Knox Gardens Primary School and every other school within your electorate, and the parents of those children who you represent, need your help.
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    Created by Rebecca Carland Picture
  • Don't let them dump toxic waste into the Daly and Edith Rivers NT
    The Daly and Edit Rivers are significant rivers in the top-end. They are relatively untouched by farming and mining, and are a strong tourism drawcard. the current proposal is to pump millions of litres of cadmium affected acid water - with a PH of 1 - directly into the river during the wet season. This waste will be pumped untreated directly into the river travel hundred of kilometres before it reaches the ocean. This waste needs to be - at the very least - treated and heavy metals removed - before any option can be considered.
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    Created by John Williams
  • Reinvigorate the Mining Social Licence in Australia
    An increase in compulsory FIFO and DIDO working conditions in many mines has a marked effect on mining workers, their families and local communities. These include: high population increases, without the accompanying funding to support local workers in health and criminal justice areas; high rents which cannot be afforded by local teachers and other service workers; family unfriendly 12 hour shift work; increases in crime and other antisocial behaviour from workers with no social connection to their local community; increasing unemployment in support and service workers and small business. If mining companies genuinely committed to acting responsibly and governments set appropriate boundaries for the development and conditions of mining leases, then all stakeholders could benefit. These would inlcude: less social disorder due to greater resident workforces; less turn-over in an industry affected by skills shortages; less travel time for workers; better health and relationship outcomes for families; more investment in local infrastructure and social services; healthier local small businesses; and more incentives for regional living which is a key policy objective for both state and federal governments.
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    Created by Belinda Carpenter