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 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 Gabrielle Upton MP, Gladys Berejiklian
BAN THE BAG
Plastic pollution of our waterways and oceans is a major ecological and human health issue requiring urgent attention. Surfrider Foundation Australia is asking the NSW State Government to implement a ban on single-use and biodegradable plastic bags. Australians use over a million plastic bags each day and these bags are choking marine life and poisoning our beaches and waterways. Plastic bags are artificially created with chemicals that are designed to last forever and simply don't mix with nature. Single-use plastic bags never disintegrate and break up into tinier micro particles that never truly biodegrade. 'Biodegradable' bags have the same problem. Do not be fooled by their name and think that they will disappear. Shockingly, only about 3% of plastic bags get recycled in Australia.Don't be green washed by policy-makers, the plastics industry and big chain retailers who bully the government into seeking soft biodegradable alternatives that still wreak havoc on marine life. It's time for NSW to say NO to single-use plastic bags.South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory all have bag bans, and Queensland are implementing their bag ban in 2018. NSW can't lag behind on this important issue. We all live downstream and even if you live in anonther State, our bags could wash up on your shores. We need our rivers and beaches to be clean and plastic free; we want a cleaner State.
Petition to Mark McGowan, Stephan Dawson
Ban the creation and distribution of junk mail
Nobody likes junk mail, so why are our natural recourses being wasted on it? Junk mail constitutes 6% of all paper consumption nation-wide and 8 BILLION flyers are delivered to Australians every year. Statistics show that 47% of junk mail isn't even read by it's recipients, that is almost 4 billion magazines disposed straight away. Reducing 1 tonne of junk mail saves 17 trees, 2.3 cubic metres of landfill, 31,400 litres of water, 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy, 1,600 litres of oil and avoids 26 kilograms of air pollutants. Let's stop the daily inconvenience, and the destruction of our planet. The McGowan state government recently announced the ban of plastic bags in Western Australia. It's our goal to ban the production and distribution of junk mail flyers. *statistics taken from cleanup.org and www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au
Petition to Josh Frydenberg
Recycle the plastic cover on Victoria
Recycling in Victoria is at a low. Mass amounts of recyclable waste is put in landfill because coffee cups are questioned as recyclable or not and the fact that we haven’t got good enough recycling plants in Victoria to recycle these cups. We need better. We deserve cleaner. The advantages are obvious, Victoria will be so much more sustainable. There are only two recycling centres in Victoria and neither sift through the plastics that cover our land. WE made one big step banning plastic bags. Lets make a bigger step and recycle more coffee cups. Coffee cups come through every single day, billions come with plastic covers, as well as water bottles, soft drink bottles and even milk and juice cartons. Millions and millions a year fill up our land. Even the coffee cups that show they're recyclable sneak a plastic cover in. A new recycling plant in Victoria could do great things for the state, even putting people in jobs, reducing landfill and ultimately getting rid of this plastic abomination we know as "recyclable coffee cups". Help Victoria out. Recycle the plastic coating on cups. Check out: https://cremacoffeegarage.com.au/blog/truth-about-disposable-coffee-cups-abcs-war-on-waste/
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 Steve Howard, John Wakefield, Gladys Berejiklian
Stop the littering of the Wentworth Courier
The Eastern suburbs local community in Sydney is alarmed by the systematic littering of a local newspaper, the "Wenthworth Courier". Every Wednesday, the newspaper deverses hundreds of kilos of pastic-filmed free magazines in the Beachside communities such as Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama or even further like Randwick, etc...regardless of your choice to have the said journal delivered, delivery people throw them in the streets, sometimes by dozens in pack in the pathways. Even after opting out, we've seen the journal back on porches after a few weeks. We, the people, would like the Journal to re-think its way of distribution and adopt a voluntary subscribing system instead of throwing hundreds of magazines in the streets and in nature. Needless to say we are close to our oceans, and numerous of those NON RECYCLABLE items end up in the water nearby. Considering digital distribution in 2017 seems like a effective way to stop the littering, and resolve the distribution issues all in once as well. The Wentworth Courier had numerous emails and calls of locals complaining but is refusing to adopt a better, more ecologic way of distributing its copies. Local councils are washing their hands of the issue as they are linked to the distributor. NSW Environment doesn't seem to think the issue is big enough. We believe if we can reach Mr Howard the editor, we can come up with solutions better for our community and our planet.
Petition to Jane Smith
Central Coast Council: Establish an Urban Forest Strategy for the Central Coast
Since the introduction of the NSW Government's State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Affordable Housing 2009, the Central Coast has experienced unprecedented loss of mature trees in front and back yards. For every granny flat that goes up, mature trees are coming down - yet the Central Coast Council is doing nothing to offset the devastating loss of shade and habitat. A growing number of cities (for example, City of Sydney, Perth and - now famously - City of Melbourne) are prioritising proactive tree planting and shade production in their town planning by publishing Urban Forest Strategies*, yet the Central Coast - an area experiencing some of the most rapid population growth in NSW - still does not have formal shade production and green space targets. Moreover, the council has recently stopped providing residents with free native trees, something it has done for decades. WHY? Following years of a passive (some would argue, retrograde) approach to managing existing trees, including a lack of any strategic plans for succession planting and carbon offsetting, Central Coast suburbs are gradually becoming hotter, drier and more barren. Pedestrians - primarily children, mothers with prams and the elderly - are met with shadeless streets which on a summer day make the simple pursuit of walking an unbearable task. Newcomers to the Central Coast are often heard remarking at the lack of shade, and the absence of atmospheric tree-lined streets in shopping strips and urban spaces. In an area known for its National Parks and world-class beaches, the back streets of Central Coast suburbs present a stark contrast. We know that granny flats and multiple dwelling developments - much-needed affordable housing options for many - are here to stay. What we urge the Central Coast Council to acknowledge is that as the population becomes denser, and larger homes and less green space become the norm unique stresses are being placed on our suburbs. Planners and policy-makers can no longer ignore the requirement for strategic policies and programs to not only increase the retention of existing hardy trees, but to proactively add to the urban canopy to ensure shade for the future. We call on Jane Smith and the new Central Coast Council to act now to establish policies and guidelines to prevent unnecessary tree removal and to promote proactive tree planting in suburbs, parks and nature strips. We urge you to take the steps needed to ensure that Central Coast suburbs are vibrant and liveable places...now, and in the future. Many, many cities already have Urban Forest Plans which formalise the value and benefits of trees as community and environmental assets worthy of protection and promotion. *Urban Forest Plan. An urban forest is broadly defined as the collection of green spaces, trees and other vegetation that grows within an urban area, on both public and private land. It provides a range of social, environmental and economic benefits that enrich the quality of urban life. Reference: https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/planning-development/city-initiatives/urban-forest-plan Additional resources: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/parks-open-spaces/urban-forest/Pages/urban-forest-strategy.aspx http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/live/trees/urban-forest http://202020vision.com.au/media/53149/urban-forest-strategy-fa_lores_spreads.pdf