Topic

nature conservation

5 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Tamara Smith, Office of Environment and Heritage, Ballina Council

Castle drive Fig Protectors

URGENT : Castle drive Fig is a stunning 200 year old Moreton Bay Fig that stands in what is known by local indigenous elders as Sacred Womens land and is next to a significant paper bark scar tree here in Lennox Head.  Ballina Council plan on cutting this beautiful Fig down very soon.  There is only 1% of the Big Scrub rainforest remaining from what was 75 000 hectares of sub tropical rain forest. This Morton Bay Fig is part of that 1% and deserves to live on for 100’s of years to come. The worth of this magnificent Fig to the community, wildlife and our future generations has been estimated at 1 886 000 million dollars.  Due to minimal movement issues on the adjoining property the owners and council have decided to cut down this beautiful local piece of our heritage.  We enlisted arborists and engineers they’re reports show evidence that the issues are either not from the Fig at all or not solely from the Fig and can be fixed without cutting down this beautiful old tree.   The Arborist costing supplied for a root barrier is approximately 1/2 of what it would cost to fell the Fig.  We see absolutely no reason 200 hundred years of history should be lost to community, the above reports and the indigenous significance alone say that.  A house can be repaired, once cut 200 years of life is taken away forever. We strongly feel we are supporting the Fig, community and the home owners. As the council is not taking heed to their own and our reports or hearing us we are taking action into our own hands please help us protect the Castle drive Fig.... Power to the people!  Please sign, join our FB page Castle drive Fig Protectors and share the word. Thank you all so very much passionate tree lovers! Let’s Save The Castle drive Fig!!! 

Sherrie Yeomans
1,967 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Leeanne Enoch, Hon Mark Furner, Hon 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  Leeanne Enoch MP - 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.

Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance Inc
9,021 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Irrigators in Support of the Basin Plan

The health of our precious Murray Darling is in our hands. The landmark Murray Darling Basin Plan of 2012, enshrined in law to secure the health of our river system is faltering.  Leadership on the issue has disappeared, old arguments and grudges stifle progress and the Darling is under serious threat from rogue irrigators and alleged corruption. Without a healthy, living river system that delivers good quality water, the long term prosperity of our industry is compromised and life as we know it on the river would be so different. As an irrigator, I cannot stand by and accept that through my industry and the derivation of my own wealth, I leave a debt to future generations and to those down stream of me.  As beneficiaries of the Basin's wealth, we hold considerable responsibility to our nation in care taking these special water places.  In times of drought, I don't want to pass the burden onto other farmers and towns downstream. I want to be a smart irrigator who can do more with less. Our industry is a wealthy and progressive one.  We are constantly adapting to new challenges and quickly changing markets.  Improved commodity prices and greater market access are the keys to our continued profitability, not waging war on the very river that supports us.  With a committed and co-operative approach, we have the ability to tackle these problems head on and deliver a fair water future for our whole community. Let's stop wasting time with the same old arguments, the blame games and argy bargy.  Instead, let's work together on how to best implement the Plan - bringing non-compliant irrigators into line, identifying where communities need support, working through issues collectively and imagining a wonderful and diverse future together. Join me in writing a new chapter in our Basin's history.  This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the story and own the clean green image we so often promote. Tell Malcolm Turnbull that we will not allow our best hope for a healthy and proud farming future to be washed down the drain. Unite for Murray Darling. Support the Basin Plan, implemented on time and in full.

Peta Thornton
1,529 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Councillor Kate Richards, Councillor Peter Matic

Keep Mount Coot-tha nature spaces green

Mount Coot-tha is valued by local residents as one of Brisbane's best and most iconic green spaces. The Summit serves as a popular tourist destination with views over the city and out to the horizon, while the picnic areas at the base of the mountain form part of the start of the Brisbane River catchment and are popular nature spaces amongst local residents. Brisbane City Council is in the process of 'upgrading facilities' at Simpson's Falls and JC Slaughter Falls and going to tender for a Zipline. The works at Simpson's Falls have just been completed and involve an additional toilet block in the middle of the open space, replacing a sound existing wooden bridge with an over-engineered metal one, creating more picnic tables and bbqs leaving less open space, and laying copious concrete paths, steps, ramps and hand rails, even though wheel chair access is already accomodated at JC Slaughter Falls. This has required a large investment and many physical resources. The next upgrades to JC Slaughter Falls will require similar resources and will result in more concrete pathways, reducing the natural feel of the picnic areas. Council also regularly send maintenance teams to the areas to blow leaves off the existing concrete paths, wasting more resources and creating noise and air pollution, further reducing the nature space left for remaining species. This approach is degrading the environmental values of Mount Coot-tha. We are requesting Council cease the upgrade works to JC Slaughter Falls, and protect the existing green spaces on the mountain from the development of a Zipline. Mount Coot-tha is Brisbane's most iconic green space, let's keep it green.

Inner north west local residents
377 supporters