Petition to Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister: Don't destroy pristine rainforest for the sake of a mine
Christmas Island is an extraordinary ecological paradise, often referred to as the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean", yet it has an appalling extinction record. Over the last 200 years, humans have caused 80% of the island’s native mammals & reptiles to go extinct. Now, its unique bird life could soon be next. Christmas Island is home to the only breeding and nesting sites for two of the world's rarest seabirds – the Endangered Abbott's Booby and Critically Endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird. Both species rely on the island’s tall rainforest trees to nest and raise their young. A mining exploration license within this pristine rainforest is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Government, with a decision expected in the coming weeks. If approved, this could set in train further mining activities that would push already endangered birds closer to the brink of extinction, and potentially destroy future nature tourism opportunities. In 2007, then Environment Minister, Malcolm Turnbull rejected the expansion of mining on Christmas Island to protect the plants and animals that call it home. We’re calling on Malcolm Turnbull to uphold his decision, and commit to safeguarding this unique rainforest habitat by ending mining on Christmas Island for good. #Don'tRuinChristmas
Petition to Roche Group - Bill & Imelda & family, Dominic Roche, Mr Damian Roche, Minister Gabrielle Upton, Minister Sarah Mitchell
Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away. It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave and we are desperate to save our sanctuary. If Roche Group is permitted to proceed with their housing development, construction will obliterate the journey path to the Cave and destroy the bushland that is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance. On top of that, Roche Group is demanding women seek permission from them before visiting the site and a manager has threatened us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave. In the past this manager has spied on us and we find Roche Group’s demands offensive and degrading. The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place and it continues to be a place of connection and cultural activity to this day. Awabakal women have been urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene to save this precious site, but she has ignored our pleas and will not even meet with us. The NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council planners couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history and plan to wipe out this most sacred and special place with the flick of their pen. So what are we asking for? What will make ALL the difference? We are asking Minister Upton to increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference. Please join us as we fight to save our beautiful, sacred site.
Petition to Minister Steven Miles
Please help stop a new Coal Mine near the Great Sandy Strait in QLD.
Hello All, I want to tell you about a new mine called Colton Coal mine which will be just 2klms from a town called Aldershot, home to about 1000 people. They objected to polluted mine waste water being discharged directly into the Mary River upstream of the Great Sandy Strait, and to the negative impacts of coal dust and noise on their health and well being.The township is entirely dependent on tank water collected from their roofs for drinking, and they are worried about the impacts of coal dust pollution on their drinking water. Unfortunately, despite the strong case put forward by Aldershot residents, the Land Court recommended that the project should proceed. That means the final decision now rests with the Minister for Environment, Steven Miles. The Mary River is threatened by the open cut mine. It could have devastating effects on the ecology of the river, which is home to rare and threatened species,( including the iconic Mary River Cod ) and on the internationally listed Great Sandy Wetlands, a sea grass environment that supports dugong, dolphins, prawns and fisheries. It is a nursery grounds for the rich diverse sea life that is the backbone of the regional tourist economy, and is also a vital summer stopover for migratory birds from the northern hemisphere. Minister Miles and his government have committed to work towards the nomination and listing of the Great Sandy Strait as a World Heritage site. It would be ridiculous to put that global recognition at risk by turning it into a drain for dirty waste water from the Colton coal mine. The current proposal is so appalling , that it doesn’t even require the mining company to clean up its mess – it will be allowed to leave behind a gaping hole or ‘final void’ as they are known, over 100 hectares in size, which equates to a hole in the ground approx 3.5 klms long and 80 mtrs deep that will be at risk of over-topping during rain events or of leaching polluted wastewater. We also cannot forget about Climate Change and the seriously negative impact burning coal has on our beautiful planet. The planet that provides all of us with every breath we take, every mouthful of food we eat and every drop of water we drink. We are ruining this planet for all living things that depend on it and it desperately needs to stop !!! I ask you to please sign this petition to very strongly urge the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles to reject the mine proposal outright or to amend it to prevent any pollution risk to the Great Sandy Strait and to protect the people of Aldershot. Thanks very much for your support ! Lise Blackgrove
Petition to Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Tim Nicholls, Hon Jackie Trad MP, Steve Dickson, Steven Miles, Deb Frecklington, Christian Rowan
Queensland Politicians: Remember The Earth
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea invite you to join us in petitioning the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for the Environment, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Steve Dickson, State Leader of One Nation in the lead up to the forthcoming Qld election. Out of nearly 800 Sisters of Mercy, 125 live in Queensland electorates. We are deeply disturbed by a growing lack of reverence for all creation and the continual degradation of the Earth. We urge all politicians to develop policies and plans that address the concerns raised recently by the Bishops of Townsville. In particular we are concerned about: the impending loss of the Great Barrier Reef with back-to-back yearly coral bleaching across two thirds of its length the future of the Artesian Basin and its age-old water resources which are threatened by extraction by mega- mining developments across Queensland, and especially in the Galilee Basin the impact of proposed mines in Queensland on the global climate the significant increase in lung disease in local coal mine employees the one-third increase in land-clearing across the state a need for urgent dialogue critiquing cultural factors such as individualism, self-centredness, unlimited progress, the unregulated market, and consumerism. We invite you to show your support for the Earth by signing this petition which calls on the major parties to provide strong indications that these concerns are also their concerns and that they have policies and plans in place to address them.
Petition to Luke Foley, Andrew Constance, Tony Eid, Mike Baird, NSW Legislative Assembly & Legislative Council, Howard Collins, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Tania Mihailuk, Paul Lynch, Auburn City Council (Cumberland Council), Strathfield Council, Bankstown City Council (Canterbury-Bankstown), Liverpool City Council, Chris Bailey
Restore Inner West Line - reinstate Liverpool (and Bankstown) via Regents Park train services
The 2013 Sydney Trains timetable is the worst downgrade in a generation with the removal of the City to Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park service with the truncation of the Inner West Line at Homebush. Commuters on the former line now face: Service gaps of 30 minutes 3 additional forced interchanges No direct City services Only 3 trains per weekday We are campaigning to reinstate the Liverpool/Bankstown via Regents Park train (Inner West Line) to reduce overcrowding, interchanges and increase public transport.
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.
Petition to Hon Dr Steven Miles, Hon William (Bill) Byrne, Annastacia Palaszczuk
STOP Commercial Netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park !
IT’S TIME to end damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park! The Great Sandy Marine Park is THE ONLY Marine Park that allows commercial netting in what “should be” TRUE YELLOW CONSERVATION ZONE AREAS! Ending damaging commercial netting in the Great Sandy Marine Park – which has already been tentatively listed as a World Heritage Area, will bring a much needed boost to an environment deserving of proper marine protection. Using commercial nets to: Target spawning aggregations MUST BE STOPPED Target bream, whiting and flathead in conservation park yellow zones MUST BE STOPPED Target top level predators like mackerel , trevally, barramundi , threadfin salmon and shark MUST BE STOPPED Target low food value but high recreational fishing value fish like Golden Trevally, Snub nosed dart ( Permit ) , Queenfish, Giant Herring etc. MUST BE STOPPED Incidentally catch dugongs and marine turtles is definitely MUST BE STOPPED NOTE - The Great Sandy Designated Area incorporates areas of conservation park zones in :- Baffle Creek & tributaries The Elliott River & tributaries The Burrum River & tributaries The Mary River & tributaries The Great Sandy Strait and Tin Can Bay Inlet Sign this PETITION to request Dr Steven Miles - Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef and the Palaszczuk State Government to commit to ending destructive commercial netting operations in the Great Sandy Marine Park and adjacent waterways under the current full term 10 year review to restore fish stocks and help protect the Queensland urban coast’s largest dugong population.
Petition to Whitsunday Regional Council, Dingo Beach/Hydeaway Bay "All Tide Boat Ramp" Support Group
Support the Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay, Blackcurrant Island All Tide Boat Ramp and put a Boating Facility Capital Project Proposal to Queensland Transport.
There are no All Tide Public Boat Ramps for the Gloucester District. All Tide Boat Ramp are inherently safer than part tide ramps. An "All Tide" Boat Ramp could support a future Volunteer Marine Rescue facility. Present coverage is from too far away (Airlie or Bowen) Blackcurrant Island has the only natural deep water on low tide. Blackcurrant Island is accessible from the mainland. It would mean no increase in traffic flows through Hydeaway Bay or Dingo Beach. The Blackcurrant Island proposal has a low impact on the environment. Blackcurrant Island is not in a "Fish Habitat Zone" Traffic and parking would be well away from residential areas. There is a lot of room for parking and associated facilities on the Island. Other Proposals being considered by council would increase traffic flows through residential areas, are not "all tide", and have environmental concerns.