Petition to Joanne Townsend
Refuse the Current Fortune Agribusiness Ground Water Licence Application
Sign this petition to respectfully request The NT Controller of Water Resources to: 1. Refuse the current Fortune Agribusiness Funds Management Pty Ltd (FAFM) ground water licence application. 2. Ensure a comprehensive environmental impact assessment is completed and made available for public consultation prior to assessment of future groundwater extraction licence applications. 3. Dismiss the departmental guidance that 30% of groundwater dependent vegetation may be ‘negatively impacted’ by FAFM or any future groundwater extraction licensees. BACKGROUND FAFM plans to develop approximately 3,500 Ha of intensive irrigated horticulture on Singleton Station, a property located in the Western Davenport Region of the NT. To support this project they have applied for a groundwater extraction licence to take and use 40 Billion Litres (40 GL) of groundwater water per year for 30 years. The NT Controller of Water Resources is deciding on this application now. The public comment period has closed but it is not too late to influence her decision. Taking 40 GL/year of water will lower the water table within the centre of the proposed farm by 40 to 50 metres over the 30-year period. Any vegetation or fauna that relies on shallow groundwater will die. As 40GL of irrigated water evaporates about 40 000 tonnes of salt will be left on or near the surface. This amounts to 1 200 000 tonnes of salt in 30 years. This salt will pollute the soil and may pollute the aquifer and any caves. The project will damage and destroy groundwater dependant ecosystems (GDEs) for a projected 50km. This area of impact will continue to expand, even after pumping ceases. Loss of GDEs has irreparable consequences across the whole environment. GDEs provide a last refuge in drought times and a buffer to climate change. The NT Controller of Water Resources is deciding on the application prior to the completion of an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The EIA will be carried out by FAFM themselves after the licence is approved. The NT Department of Environment, Parks and Water Resources has allowed the project to 'negatively impact' 30% of GDEs in the area. This decision is not strongly supported by science or policy and was not communicated during the Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan public submission period.
Petition to Minister Peter Tinley, Premier Mark McGowan
Don't approve shark culling in WA waters. A healthy ocean needs healthy shark populations.
We express our deep concern regarding proposed plans by recreational fishing groups, to open areas of Western Australia (such as the Gascoyne, Pilbara, and Kimberley regions) to commercial shark fishing, with the express purpose of reducing the shark population. The activity will inevitably be seen as a government-sanctioned shark cull. Whilst we understand the recreational fishing sectors desire for reduced depredation, this is not the way to achieve that outcome. These actions have the potential to result in cascading and devastating impacts across the marine ecosystem. There is no scientific evidence that suggests a ‘boom’ in shark population, nor any evidence that the removal of an apex predator from a marine environment will create long term benefits to an ecosystem. Although research shows Australia’s North West to have a higher than global average shark population, this is due to low baselines globally, not abundance in Western Australia. It is proven that 20% of reef systems across the planet are now entirely without the presence of sharks. Many of these have seen a trophic collapse and severe reduction in fish stocks. The reality is that significant removal of sharks from an ecosystem may contribute to the collapse of marine environments that are already stressed by increasing demand for fish across Western Australia. It is imperative we protect sharks at all costs in order to maintain healthy fisheries for future generations. Please do not proceed with this government-sanctioned cull, executed by the private commercial fishing sector, in order to appease recreational fishermen who may not have the full ecological picture and are primarily concerned with their own social impacts, which could be mitigated in other ways. Image: Tom Cannon / Protect What You Love (joint petition organiser)
Petition to The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP;, The Hon. John Barilaro MP;, The Hon. Matthew Kean MP;, The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP;, Jodi McKay MP;, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP;, Kate Washington MP;, David Shoebridge MP;, Cate Faehrmann MP;, Gurmesh Singh MP;
Protect Newry State Forest Rare Habitat
NEWRY STATE FOREST UNDER THREAT OF LOGGING NOW Many community members and conservation groups are concerned that Forestry Corporation of NSW have scheduled logging in Newry State Forest. Forest Ecology Alliance (FEA) is a group of ecologists and citizen scientists who are surveying the area for threatened species and organising public recreational activities.Newry State Forest is a large, thriving native forest near Valla, Bellingen, Bowraville and Urunga. It is an extraordinarily beautiful, biodiverse forest, home to many giant trees up to 8 metres in diameter. The forest borders on Jaaninga Reserve and Bollanolla Mountain. This area has remained hugely culturally significant to Gumbaynggirr custodians for tens of thousands of years. Newry State Forest represents the most easterly boundary of the only significant remaining wildlife corridor running west to east from the high country to the coast in this water catchment area. It provides healthy habitat and an abundance of old growth tree hollow shelters for threatened and endangered fauna species, such as Koala, Masked Owl, Yellow-bellied Glider, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Giant Barred Frog, Eastern Osprey, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Brush-Tailed Phascogale and Stephen's Banded Snake. Threatened flora species include Golden Wattle, Slender Marsdenia, Native Guava, Scrub Turpentine and Native Cymbidium Orchids.Trees that are unusual for this latitude, for example two species of Angophora, are vigorously growing alongside many other tall and/or feed trees such as Coachwood, Blackbutt, Ironbark, Tallowwood, Allocasuarina and Grey Gum. Newry State Forest is an unusually quiet space and could be a focal point for locals and tourists to enjoy if it were to become part of the proposed Great Koala National Park. The economic gains and employment opportunities associated with eco-tourism are far more beneficial to the region both short and long-term than logging could ever be. The steep slopes of Newry State Forest are unsuitable for logging and have highly erodible soils. Forest destruction could heavily impact on waterways, properties and oyster farms downstream. Deforestation in the Mid-North Coast has escalated in recent years due to highway construction, housing development and modern harvesting machinery designed for fast clearfell intensive logging. Recent changes to logging rules and wildlife protection laws are highly destructive and lead to habitat fragmentation. Bushfire devastation, decreased rainfall associated with climate change, bell miner and weed infestation have also caused further forest destruction in the area. Yet, right now, Newry State Forest is a peaceful, life-giving haven for all - and should remain that way.TIME TO STOP NATIVE FOREST LOGGINGAustralian tall trees currently capture and store carbon highly effectively and could continue to do so for generations to come.Forestry Corporation of NSW has been operating at enormous loss for years and is heavily subsidised by taxpayers. It is just common sense to cease logging operations and instead direct the same taxpayer money into establishing and maintaining forest reserves. We call for an immediate end to native forest logging. We also ask Forestry Corporation of NSW:- to allow for wide community consultation and provide public information when requested- to cease clearfelling and aerial herbicide spray operations - to stop all woodchip and biofuel production- to establish sustainable timber industries, ensuring that there is no ecological damage to the surrounding environment or its fauna or flora - to transition all skilled forest workers towards employment in the care and maintenance of native forests or sustainable plantations PROTECT NEWRY FOREST It is our right as citizens of NSW to have a say in the management of our public forests. Newry State Forest stands as a vital, flourishing refuge for fauna and flora and is in dire need of protection. We ask that Newry State Forest be declared as a conservation reserve. https://www.facebook.com/forestecologyalliance
Petition to Minister Melissa Horne, Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister Jacinta Allan, Minister Ben Carroll
Clean Air for Melbourne's Inner West!
The Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group presented their report, Air Pollution in Melbourne's Inner West to the Victorian State Government in August 2020. This report paints a damning picture of air pollution and health impacts in Melbourne’s Inner West, finding that poor planning, inadequate regulation and a lack of air pollution monitoring is exposing the community to serious health risks. Residents in the Inner West have some of the worst health statistics in Victoria, with alarmingly high rates of diseases commonly attributed to toxic air pollution. This includes high hospitalisation rates for heart failure, stroke, asthma, ischemic heart disease and above average lung cancer incidence. They cannot be attributed to age, smoking rates, obesity rates or socio-economic status which are all close to or below average. The area bears the brunt of being home to polluting industries including toxic landfills, chemical industries, an oil refinery, the Port of Melbourne, trucking and freight logistics, and Victoria's busiest freeway. While cities around the world have cleaned up these industries, ours remain neglected with poor pollution standards, outmoded technologies and an over reliance on inadequate planning frameworks and existing use planning rights. The Report spells out 26 recommendations with 52 clear actions to improve air quality for Melbourne’s inner west communities. We, the undersigned, thank the State Government for commissioning this report and considering the recommendations. We urge Ministers Lily D’Ambrosio, Jacinta Allan, Melissa Horne and Ben Carroll to act as soon as possible and take effective action to protect our children and future generations from carrying the burden of Melbourne’s industrial pollution. It’s time to to end this environmental injustice once and for all. We recognise, respect and celebrate the First Nations people of these sacred land and waterways, to all Elders, past, present and emerging and commit to promoting the continued rich culture and contribution of First Nations people across Australia.
Petition to Lake Macquarie City Council
Stop the destruction of native woodland for a subdivision in Garden Suburb
Urban Growth NSW has submitted a development application (DA/1284/2013) into Lake Macquarie City council to destroy over 10ha s of a 37ha native woodland area for a residential subdivision. The large area that this subdivision sits amongst is documented as being suitable habitat for 19 Threatened Bird species, 7 Threatened Mammal species, 5 migratory bird species. 1 x known threatened flora (Tetratheca junce ) and suitable habitat for 2 other flora (Cryptostylis hunteriana), ( Diuris praecox). Nine of these are regionally significant species / communities of flora and fauna. The Powerful Owl is just one but the most likely to be affected the most. The continued fragmentation of good quality forest and woodlands by subdivisions, roads and industrial areas around the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas is placing all of them at risk. The continued loss of nesting trees and foraging area is pushing them into small pockets where they are competing for food and fighting for territory. The destruction of 19ha of Native bushland around the John Hunter Hospital for the continuation of the Newcastle inner City bypass Rankin Park to Jesmond is further evidence of loss of habitat and fragmentation near by. The Environmental impact document states on page 31 under the heading of Threatened species of Fauna below table 4.4 it talks about how 8 threatened fauna species will be affected, Including the Powerful Owl which is active in the area. https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/01documents/newcastle-inner-city-bypass/rankin-park-to-jesmond/newcastle-inner-city-bypass-state-significant-infrastructure-report-dec-2014.pdf The Subdivision and the extension of the Newcastle inner city bypass plus whatever else that is being planned is a demonstration of silo mentality. There seems to be no one body considering all these projects across multiple council areas and the effects on the environment. The accumulative affect of all the land clearing is creating isolated pockets where the native animals have to face high risk to access other areas. This continued pressure and impact to our Native wildlife is saddening. Focusing in on the Powerful Owl the Loss of Six nesting trees in Garden Suburb plus the loss Nesting trees and fragmentation in New Lambton Heights will more than likely cause the Owl to leave these areas. On page 32, 4.2.2 it talks about the impacts the construction and once operating of the road will have on the environment The environmental report for the link road extension does not take into account what is planned to happen in Garden Suburb and vice versa the cumulative affect is much greater due to the closeness of the two areas. The Garden suburb Powerful owl study counts the area to be lost next to John Hunter as an area for them to move too. Not anymore Its too late to stop the Link road but it is not to late to stop the destruction of this land in Garden Suburb. This project for housing is not of high state significance for providing extra housing but it is significant for maintaining Habitat for our native wild life. Make this a reserve and provide trails through to allow people to enjoy without the destruction. Please help us by signing this petition.Thank You so muchPicture from Lake Macquarie council Interim Large Forest Owl Planning and Management guidelines 2014.
Petition to New Zealand Government
Ban destructive fishing practices in the Hauraki Gulf
Hi my name is Jessica Woodhams. I am 9 years old and go to Ōrākei School. We have been learning with EMR, Whitebait Connection , Para Kore Ki Tamaki about how to protect and save our oceans and sea life. The Hauraki Gulf is in danger of being destroyed. We need to ban fishing in the Hauraki Gulf by stopping fishing nets, bottom trawling and dredging practices. We need to limit the catch limit on fish and shellfish taken from the Hauraki Gulf. For recreational fishing, we should put a ban on fishing in the Hauraki Gulf for 3 months over Winter. This is so the ecosystem does not fall apart and can recover. We don't want fish like sharks getting caught in trawling nets. I would also like to ban these practices so we do not continue to hurt other sea animals / sea life unnecessarily. We need to restore the Hauraki Gulf so that kids like me can enjoy snorkeling and exploring it.
Petition to Phil Goff, Whau Local Board, Jim Stabback, Jacinda Ardern, David Parker, Paul Marriott-Lloyd
Canal Road Trees - SAVE THEM
An Environmental Island in the middle of Avondale will be chopped down if developers have their way. The biodiversity that will be lost if these trees are cut will be devastating to the natural environment and natural linkages through the Whau area. Over 17 species of outstanding mature native trees exist on this 3500 m² block of land. It is currently on the market for sale. Situated at 52 to 58 Canal Road the environmental services provided by these outstanding trees will be lost forever if they are removed. Help save our kids future and our local biodiversity by signing this petition to get Auckland Council, Central Government and all stakeholders to: 1. purchase the land and turn it into a tree reserve/pocket park for the community or 2. at the very least to make the trees notable and protect them 3. consider every available innovative methodology of protecting trees through collaboration, co-management, co-funding and community consultation Exercise your right to make a difference and embrace the concept of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) no matter where you’re from in this planet. We need these special spaces in our cities and we can only loose them once - forever. Stand up and make a future legacy for everyone to be amazed by.
Petition to Moonee Valley City Council, Cr Samantha Byrne, Heritage Victoria
SAVE NORTH PARK - 130YR OLD ESSENDON LANDMARK UNDER THREAT OF SUBDIVISION & DEVELOPMENT
Another historical building and gardens is under threat of development. North Park Estate is a 130 year old Essendon Landmark. Situated at 69 Woodland St Essendon, the beautiful mansion & its magnificent gardens are now under threat of subdivision, development and sale with a current permit application that is sitting with Heritage Victoria and The Moonee Valley City Council. We must preserve OUR HISTORY so that the Australian Community can benefit from it. A submission to divide the property into 4 lots has been made to Heritage Victoria. The main building, although not being demolished, will be sold off as one lot. The building of 25 townhouses that are 3 stories high plus basement, along with an office and apartment block will carve up the surrounding gardens and obscure this magnificent property. Built in 1888 and set on the highest point in Essendon, it was once owned by Alexander McCracken (First President of the VFL, First Secretary of Essendon Football Club, and brewer who joined forces with 5 others to found Carlton & United Breweries). North Park was later owned by Daniel Whittle Harvey Patterson (director & chairman of BHP). Currently it is owned by the St Columban Mission Society. The building and its surrounding gardens are recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register as being of architectural, historic & aesthetic importance to the State of Victoria.. 120 trees (some of significance) are to be cut down to make way for the development. These trees are home to an abundance of local protected wildlife including Ring tail Possums & Fruit Bats along with a plethora of birds. We want to see to see the whole of North Park Estate remain in its current state,becoming a public treasure for all to enjoy. The possibilities are plentiful... an Art Hub, Community Gardens, Library, Wedding Venue, playground/park etc (think Ripponlea or Abbotsford Convent) People travel the world to view historical buildings. Lets have some here in our country for us to benefit from.We do not want to see this valuable asset diminished. Our request is for the Australian Community to rally as one and object to the proposed plans of development. By signing this petition YOU also want to see this significant treasure be made available for community use and not subdivided and developed. Sign today and SAVE NORTH PARK! Lastly... please help us reach our petition goal by sharing this to everyone you know. Spread the word... and help us be heard. Click on any of these links for further information and to see the proposed plans... Website... www.savenorthpark.com or on our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM Pages.