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Petition to Cardinia Shire Council

local non for profit sports club needs councils response for permanent location

 Our Local motorcycle club is in Limbo with the cardinia shire  awaiting a response to know if we are able to remain at our current location or having to move to another. This stops us from be able to improve our tracks and facilities for the benefit of our members, especially our children.This track enables our members and their families  to have a place to ride motorbikes in a safe and controlled environment The Club was first established in 1928 as the result of keen local motorsport enthusiasts. WWII disrupted the club in 1939, with some 30+ years passing until it re-established again in 1973.The club has grown from the 14 founding members of 1973 (4 are still active members to this day) to almost 300 members today.The club has been in negotiations with Council for some 20 years now re a permanent home .• In 2002, our club organized a public rally with an estimated 2500 people attending to support our cause for a home .• In 2008 the KWRMCC and the Pakenham Auto Club were granted use of the land under the power lines traversed by Toomuc Creek – McGregor Road. • Since 2008, the KWRMCC has regularly met with the council CEO to request / discuss permanency. • On all too many occasions we have been told ‘the council is looking for an alternative site’; ‘we will come back to you in 6-8 weeks with an answer’ (the answers rarely forthcoming). • The club has also met with many different councilors over the past 20 years re this issue, with still no resolution. • We have been advised that a corporate entity is seeking to use the land for a large motorsport facility, and as such an alternative site would need to be found for the KWRMCC & Pakenham Auto Club. • The council sent a letter in August 2017 stating that we would not be moved from McGregor road until an alternative location was found. • Our club has been disadvantaged in that the growth of the club membership and has not been actively pursued due to not having a permanent home, we have been unable to invest in facilities such as amenities, Club rooms building better tracks that could be used all year round • …we have not only local, state and national champions living within our shire but international champions as well. A great example to the young people of our community that the council should take note of perhaps? • KWRMCC has funded itself for the past 20 years, with little or no input from outside organizations. Thus typifying strong community spirit and commitment. • The club has worked tirelessly to provide an outside, exercise based activity for both adults and children alike in the safest possible environment. • KWRMCC is very family orientated; it is a delight to see children as young as 4 (some complete with training wheels) having fun and gaining such wonderful life and road skills by riding at the track at McGregor Road. • The age of current riding members ranges from 4yo through to 75yo. • The club has further branched out from its initial core of dirt bike riding, to include road and adventure bike riding as well, with a growing number of female riders. • We are now into 2nd and 3rd generation members …… and still no permanent home.  It is of real concern that it may be perceived that council is putting a corporate entity’s proposal over that of local community by not expediting our club to a permanent home.Why is it taking Council 10 years to decide on a permanent home for the KWRMCC….. is it really that hard? • The future vision of KWRMCC would be Have a permanent home to build good quality tracks for the local people to enjoy the sport in a safe controlled environment and therefore to increase membership for Juniors, enable members to excel in future motorcycling events and activities 

Koo Wee Rup & District Motorcycle club
907 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Australian Football League, Andrew Demetriou

I’ve experienced homophobia in Aussie Rules Football first hand -- now it’s time to end it.

This is a terrifying petition to write. But it’s important. I’d like to tell you what it’s like being a gay footy player, because today there’s a real chance we could begin to change the culture of homophobia in the AFL. I’ve played amateur footy every season since I was five - almost all in the Yarra Valley league. I was raised in a household that lives and breathes the game. But when I realised I was gay the idea that my teammates might find out was terrifying. It’s a blokey culture -- and gay slurs are a regular part of games and training. It’s a horrible reminder that you’re different, reviled and unwelcome. It felt like the footy club would be the one place I could never come out. Whether it’s intentional or not, the reality is that the culture of the AFL is hostile to fans and players like me. Young gay people are up to 6 times more likely to be depressed, to self harm, or to contemplate suicide. I was 12 when I realised I might be gay, and footy was my life. It was a really hard time for me and if I had known of positive gay role models in society, in football, it would have made a world of difference.  The AFL has done amazing work tackling racism -- now it’s time for the AFL to take real and substantive action to build a culture where people like me are welcomed and supported - and where homophobia is simply not acceptable. Last week, the AFL issued a statement saying it supported the No to Homophobia campaign (www.notohomophobia.com.au). It’s a great first step, and now the AFL needs to do more. I believe if the AFL and Andrew Demetriou are serious, they should show the No to Homophobia ad on the big screen at the Grand Final, and even add it to the footy record. It'd show to the hundreds of thousands of people watching that this time their commitment is real. They should commit to a Pride Round, just like they have done with the Multicultural and Indigenous Rounds -- it would have a massive impact in building a more inclusive and respectful culture towards the GLBTI communtiy in sport.It was my teammates who eventually told me they knew I was gay, and that it wasn't an issue for them. I think I'm pretty lucky to have such a supportive group of players around me - especially in a regional town. It could have gone the other way - and it's no wonder to me that there are no openly gay players in the AFL. I know how they feel. But I think the players are ready for change. The clubs are ready for change. The supporters are ready for change. We just need the AFL to lead and help shift the sporting culture so that players and fans like me can openly be who we are without fear.*****I want to show the AFL that there are other players and fans just like me -- who’ve experienced the highs and lows of being gay and intimately involved in the sport we all love. *** Please tweet about this campaign at #aflpride and join this facebook group if you want to help be part of creating a more inclusive and welcoming culture for gay people in the AFL: http://on.fb.me/Nhb5IP

Jason Ball
29,296 supporters