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Petition to Richard Wynne

Protect Melbourne's Heritage Buildings

Many heritage-identified buildings have been lost in recent years to rogue developers, planning oversights, and unenforceable heritage controls. Now the Victorian era Spinks Tinsmiths Factory at 488 La Trobe Street is under threat despite being recognised as having heritage significance. Melbourne has had enough! Over 10 months ago on May 2016, the City of Melbourne requested the Planning Minister to authorise Planning Scheme Amendments which should have allowed for interim, and permanent, heritage protection controls (Amendment C273 and C272 respectively). These would protect a significant number of buildings identified in the West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016, conducted by the City of Melbourne. Contrary to normal procedure, neither of the planning amendments have been exhibited and within that time frame, planning permits have been submitted which will see the destruction of the historic Spinks Tinsmiths Factory at 488 La Trobe Street. Ironically, the proposed 61-metre, 18-storey development will overshadow the William Angliss School public spaces and cast shadow on another heritage building across the road. We need the assurance of formal protections to prevent the loss of buildings with identified heritage value. This is something that has been happening for decades and at an accelerated rate in any number of municipalities in recent years. Please sign the petition NOW and send a message to Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning to immediately apply Planning Scheme Amendment C273 for Interim Heritage Protection controls, ideally to the date of Council's request and help prevent further erosion of Melbourne's unique heritage buildings.

Jessica Wong
291 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Shadow Minister, Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon, Queensland Leader of the Opposition Timothy Nicholls, Queensland Shadow Minister for the Environment Christian Rowan

Stop the spread of fire ants

Stop the spread of fire ants. The Queensland government has spent $400m of public money on hundreds of staff and thousands of tonnes of bait over 15 years on the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program. The fire ant infestation is now ten times bigger than it was when fire ants were first detected around Brisbane in 2001. Fire ants are a super-pest that threaten our environment, economy and life-style. Fire ants are capable of infesting most of Australia.  In 2001, fire ant experts from the USA recommended that the Queensland government implement a program of ‘aggressive containment’ to stop businesses who move fire ant friendly materials like soil, mulch or turf, or residents moving infested pot plants from carelessly or accidentally spreading fire ants.  But the Commonwealth government will only fund eradication programs. Australian states have to pay the full costs for any biosecurity containment program. So the Queensland government, anxious to secure Commonwealth funding,  embarked on a long term program of eradication. The chase to find and kill the last fire ant came at the expense of an ‘aggressive containment’ regime. Consequently, the fire ant infestation is now ten times as bad as it was in the beginning.  An independent scientific review of the program in 2009 said that the Queensland Government’s eradication program was not working and recommended it implement a program of ‘aggressive containment.’  But a handful of biosecurity inspectors, supported by a few road signs, cannot find, advice and audit the thousands of businesses and residents in south-east Queensland now might be spreading fire ants.  Since the review of 2009, the fire ant infestation tripled from nearly 100,000h to over 350,000ha now. The National Fire Ant Eradication Program is again up for review and if that review also recommends a program of ‘aggressive containment’ the concern is that the Queensland government will start to push the costs of containment back onto businesses and residents whose taxes have already contributed to the $400m of public money spent so far. I would call on the relevant Ministers to stop the spread of this super-pest with a program of ‘aggressive containment’.

Pam Swepson
82 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Stuart Ayres, Rob Stokes, Brad Hazzard, Anthony Roberts, Luke Foley, Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek

Safeguard the Health, Safety & Well-being of all Children at Rozelle Public School

Objection to WestConnex M4-M5 Link I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex M4-M5 Link motorway concept design. I object to this design as it: - Proposes 3 to 4 years of 24/7 construction of a tunnel entrance/exit on Victoria Road approximately 200m from Rozelle Public School and Preschool (the School).- Proposes two unfiltered tunnel exhaust ventilation stacks; one 200m North West of and at a lower elevation to the School in line with prevailing winds, and the other 600m South of the School, also in a secondary prevailing wind direction, which will shower unfiltered emissions and toxic particular matter down on our children while at school, as they walk to and from the School, as they play at the School and in their own back yards and at local parks, and while they sleep in their beds which will lead to adverse health effects on our children due to the unfiltered exhaust emissions.- Proposes buildings adjacent to or nearby the School being demolished for construction sites, leading to more dust and noise pollution, and unsafe demolition methods being used as evidenced at other WestConnex sites which poses a serious risk to our children’s safety. I am opposed to construction for the following reasons:- Construction within 500m of the School between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday will result in adverse health, safety, educational, developmental and well-being effects on children due to its proximity and during exactly the entire time that our children are present on School grounds.- Construction noise and vibration from trucks and tunnelling for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of months or years which will;     - Adversely affect our children’s opportunities to learn and play during these times;     - Adversely affect those of our children in Preschool to adequately rest during nap-times;    - Further exacerbate and potentially endanger those of our children afflicted by pre-existing respiratory conditions;    - Be deleterious to learning outcomes for those of our children suffering learning disabilities.- Construction is likely to result in the disturbance of lead and other soil pollutants known to be present in the soil throughout Rozelle which will be dispersed throughout the surrounding area, including the School. - Construction will have an adverse impact on our children’s sleep, leading to impaired cognitive processing and compromised learningwill adversely affect the children living to the North West of the construction site, in the area between Victoria Road, Springside Street and Byrnes Street as the road closures will isolate them and make it impossible for them to walk to school.- To use all or part of King George Park and Oval as a construction site due to its proximity to the School and the use of this site will;     - Impede the children’s ability to participate in the School cross country carnival or the athletics carnival which are normally held at King George Oval, and pose a safety risk when the children walk to and from the School and the Oval to attend the carnivals     - Be detrimental to the health of the children participating in the School swimming carnival which is normally held at Drummoyne Swim Centre due to the proximity of exercising close to the construction site.     - Be detrimental to the general health and well-being of the children who use this park, playground and oval as their only means of recreation, as Rozelle is already severely lacking in safe open spaces for children to play in. I am opposed to the ventilation shafts for the following reasons:      - They will increase car emissions, which are already responsible for the high levels of lead polluting the air at Rozelle, and the increased traffic volumes due to the tunnel will result in increased exhaust emissions and toxic particulates from both the tunnel entrance and the unfiltered exhaust stacks;     - They will increase the concentration of air pollution at the tunnel entrance, given that the Iron Cove Bridge and Victoria Road in Drummoyne are already at capacity, which will lead to stop/start and slow moving traffic at the entrance; I am opposed to the tunnel at the Iron Cove Bridge for the following reasons:     - The tunnel will increase the road safety hazards to our children when walking and cycling to school during construction due to the volume of heavy construction vehicles as evidenced at other existing WestConnex construction, in particular along Victoria Road, Darling Street, Wellington Street, Terry Street and all side streets adjacent to these roads and within 200m of the School;     - SMC offers no traffic plans for children to safely walk and cycle to School after construction, particularly near tunnel entrances;     - SMC Offers no traffic plans or contingencies to prevent rat runs and increased traffic volumes in residential streets in the catchment area by drivers seeking to avoid tolls;     - SMC provides no assurances that current pedestrian crossings across Victoria Road between Toelle Street and Terrey Street, Moodie Street and Terry Street are preserved, or safe and convenient alternatives are found both during and after construction;     - SMC provides no assurances that current bus routes and stops on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient routes and stops are instated both during and after construction;     - SMC provides no assurances that current cycle paths on Victoria Road are preserved, or alternative safe and convenient cycle paths are instated both during and after construction;     SMC does not provide adequate information to provide more detailed feedback and objections, and without any consultation with us and our community, we must object to the current very vague and potentially disastrous proposals being put forward by SMC. 

Rozelle Public School P&C
457 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Dr Anthony Lynham

Help protect our Qld Groundwater Resources

For over 10 years large companies have been extracting groundwater from aquifers on Mt Tamborine, Springbrook and the Tweed Valley for commercial use. Recently many private bores which sustained local businesses and residents have dried up, yet extraction not only continues but is being ramped up despite legal action taken by local councils on behalf of residents to stop the extraction. If left to continue then a key resource required by regional communities will eventually dry up and our communities will have even less employment opportunities and self sustainability. This activity has gone on long enough, if let to continue we will join the ranks of 3rd world countries where prolonged water extraction has decimated local communities. See - https://www.salon.com/2017/09/16/coca-cola-sucks-wells-dry-in-chiapas-forcing-residents-to-buy-water_partner/ https://www.rt.com/news/167012-coca-cola-factory-closed-india/ http://www.couriermail.com.au/cocacola-amatil-accused-of-draining-springbrook-national-park-on-the-gold-coast/news-story/f012b8229cc6a11d32b80b2e3fb4a07e Sign this petition which will be provided to Dr Anthony Lynham the Queensland Minister for State Development to amend the "Water Act" to include "Groundwater Management" and thereby enable the State Government to restrict or even cancel ground water extraction where it impacts on the local community.       

Andrew Alexander
1,094 supporters