• Ban Retailers from Selling Plastic Cotton Buds in Australia
    Plastic cotton bud stems are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris on our beaches and rivers - yet retailers could help prevent this by switching the stick from plastic to paper. In the marine environment, plastics can be eaten by marine life, often with fatal consequences. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of Australian-caught fish. And pieces that don't get eaten break down into microplastics, forming part of a dangerous plastic smog in our seas. Retailers are listening - major retailer Kmart sells Paper Stem Cotton Tips in their stores. Now we need to make sure the other retailers do the same. Even paper stem cotton buds shouldn’t be flushed down the loo. But if they are, they're less likely to pass through sewage filters and will quickly biodegrade if they escape. So please sign and share our petition to ask the remaining retailers to Switch the Stick from plastic to paper. Your voice will be heard! Thanks, Sophia and the Switch the Stick Australia team
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    Created by Sophia Lacey
  • The San Fran Plan -Arthur Street, Kings Beach - Creating A Safe Street & Tourist Precinct
    Arthur Street, Kings Beach is currently a safety hazard where someone will be killed if nothing is done to calm traffic and convert Arthur Street between Upper Gay Terracev and Maltman Street South and Canberra Terrace into a one-way street, thereby preventing vehicles from trying to ascend it. The Arthur Street switchback gardens represents an opportunity to boost the Caloundra economy by encouraging tourists from Kings Beach to the switchback gardens and the re-vamped Lions Park tourism precinct then on to the Caloundra CBD to patronise shops in Bulcock Street. The switchback gardens would become a beautiful and safe setting for the fitness enthusiasts currently using the Arthur Street steps, eliminate the noise issues and provide habitat for insects and birds in nearby Lions Park as well as photo opportunities and tourism promotion for Caloundra.
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  • Banksia's Gardiner Park doesn't need Fake Grass
    Gardiner Park is in a floodway and because of this the proposed soccer field will sit 1.2 metres higher than the current field. It has to be free of dirt, soil, leaves and other organic materials to remain impervious. Synthetic fields also heat up by 15 degrees once the temperature hits 30 degrees - not only impacting the health of the players but the residents who will live besides this heat box. Bayside Council has failed to take into account the residents who live along the three sides of the park, or other residents who use the park to walk across to get home or to the train station. Bayside has just signed the Barton Park upgrade at $31 million where multiple sports fields are being constructed. The Banksia Tigers are using Riverine Park, in the same suburb, for training. There are plenty of other fields in Banksia and we ask for Gardiner to remain an open grassed space for the residents and sport teams.
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  • Save the Darling Ranges
    WA most valuable natural resource is our beautiful native environment. The Darling Ranges are rapidly disappearing destroyed by mining and logging. Alcoa is planning on extending their mining operation clearing a further 6700ha of the Darling Ranges. This will put the mine on the doorstep of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup, encompassing almost everything between. All areas of the community and environment will be negatively affected. The ancient forests will forever be destroyed, displacing and killing the native wildlife that depends on it, including the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo and the threatened Quoll, worsening Australia’s extinction crisis, Local communities will experience a decrease in air quality will due to dust and particle emissions while Greenhouse gas emissions will increase from the refinery and mining operations. The lost tress will no longer remove carbon from the atmosphere further contributing to climate change. Tourism and recreational activities will reduce through Jarrahdale, Serpentine, North Dandalup and Dwellingup, financially affecting local businesses. Mining employs only 2% of the Australian work force, and mining is moving toward computerised machinery. Alcoa is mining more aluminium than is needed. This is clear by the amount that litters the environment, the recycling of aluminium requires 5% of the energy required to mine it. Reduce mining increase recycling and Save the Darling Ranges. The next generation deserves more than to be left with devitalised soil, overgrown with weeds, devoid of life. The community must come together and make our voices heard to Save the Darling Ranges
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  • Include a Bouldering area in the Victoria Park rejuvenation project
    This is important as it will help to fight the worldwide obesity epidemic, it will encourage uptake of a new Olympic sport, it will help generate new climbers (boulderers in particular) to support the local bouldering facilities that are burgeoning in the region. It will provide economic stimulus to the area of climbing provision be it outdoors shops such as K2, pinnacle, wildfire kathmandu etc, gyms (urban climb, 9 degrees, rockit, rocksports, core climbing, alpine, urban extreme etc, or even local guides and coaches. It will also support the local campsites in and around rural Queensland as boulderers love to travel to find climbing areas and it is usual to stay in a campsite near to the boulderfields for the weekends/weeks if further afield. Not to mention that with climbing being one of the fastest growing sports in the world and a soon to be newly minted olympic event (in the 2020/21 olympics) it will no doubt see a further surge in participation. Some of the climbers that will be competing on that world stage found their passion for the sport on boulders similar to those proposed in this petition (Ashima Shirashi for example (A world leading American Boulderer) first climbed on her local boulder in a park in New York). So for these reasons please include bouldering into the park.
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  • AUSTRALIA SAYS 'NO' TO RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.
    The installation of these cameras without the consent of the Australian public is a breach of Governmental power and a serious violation of our human rights to privacy. Being tracked, analysed and our personal data being stored in a cloud for the access of authorities to use as they will, is not only an attack on our human rights to privacy and freedom, but it is also a direct attack on the human psyche and human mental health. The citizens of Australia have never authorised the use of our taxpayer dollars to fund “facial recognition technology” to be used against us and our children as a biometric data collection for physical and behavioural identification. We do not call for a prison system society where everyone is examined and where our privacy is invaded while we go about our day. Australia SAYS 'NO'- We DO NOT CONSENT to 'Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras' in our schools and our society'.
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  • AUSTRALIA SAYS 'NO' TO FACIAL RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.
    The installation of these cameras without the consent of the Australian public, is a breach of Governmental power and a serious violation of our human rights to privacy. Being tracked, analysed and our personal data being stored in a cloud for the access of authorities to use as they will, is not only an attack on our human rights to privacy and freedom, but it is also a direct attack on the human psyche and human mental health. The citizens of Australia have never authorised the use of our tax payer dollars to fund “facial recognition technology” to be used against us and our children as a bio metric data collection for physical and behavioural identification. We do not call for a prison system society where every one is examined and where our privacy is invaded while we go about our day. Australia SAYS 'NO'- We DO NOT CONSENT to 'Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras' in our society'.
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  • Save Victoria's food bowl and Gippsland Lakes.
    The Lindenow Valley vegetable growing area only 500m downwind from a proposed mineral sands mine in Glenaladale (near Bairnsdale). We want the Australia to know that the area where their veggies are grown is under threat from this mine, that is being proposed in an already severely drought and fire effected area, and traumatised community. If this mine proceeds it is highly likely their veggies will be contaminated from radioactive and highly toxic substances, as well as putting at risk up to 1,500 jobs. If the more than 4GL of water that will be needed by the mine for processing and dust suppression was redirected to growing vegetables, five times more jobs would be created than the 197 jobs the mine proposes to create. 82% of the directly impacted landholders said, in response to a survey question, that they want their land mineral sands mining free. Kalbar is an investment company not a mining company. They propose to dig up 1600 hectares of farm land above subterranean water courses to reach ancient sand dunes 45 metres down which contain a spectrum of useful but toxic and or nuisance chemicals including Zircon, Rutile, or Titanium Metals with traces of Thorium in the region of the RAMSAR listed Gippsland Lakes. The company proposes to create ten pits from which heavy mineral ore will be extracted and processed on site before transport by road to a port in Gippsland where it will be loaded on to ships for Worldwide distribution. The mining company, or another entity that may buy the mining lease from Kalbar if approval is granted by the Victorian Government, will not be obliged to restore the properties to the state they were in prior to mining commencing. In this conflict, the farmers and some of the landholders of Lindenow, point out that their properties are watered from under the ground by aquifers that fill a chain on ponds even in times of drought. They believe that those water sources are below the surface of the land and above the ore body that will be extracted by open mining techniques. They contend that if approved, the mine will destroy the water courses making restoration of their properties impossible. In addition the East Gippsland region was recently severely impacted by drought and then bushfire and we cannot afford this blatant destruction of our already damaged and fragile environment. - A recent Queensland 2018 mine that did not have the financial capacity to restore hundreds of square kilometres of land following a disastrous mining venture.
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  • Water Bombers for all Aussies
    Because funds raised were done so in good faith that they would benefit all the people who had gone through bushfires. In planning and ensuring that Australia can fight better next time bushfires come through people will be happy that we have learned a lesson and will be better prepared for next time. This is something that many survivors hope for the future.
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  • The Inner West Needs More Recycling!
    With more people working from home than ever, it has become clear that our communities are in desperate need of more recycling pickups. Inner West Council is already behind on this – City of Sydney Council has been doing weekly recycling pickups for a while now. This is not good enough from our council that claims to have environmental credentials. We've heard stories from people who have been putting recycling in their general waste, and this has been a particular problem for the many share houses in the area. As one person said, "this is no way to live." An added benefit is that this will create jobs for many waste collectors and sanitation engineers. Many people in this industry worked in commercial waste collection, which has seen a decline due to less people working in offices due to the pandemic. Sign this petition and tell the Inner West Council that enough is enough – for the environment and for our homes, we need more recycling pickups!
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  • No construction work Sundays, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
    Neighbours need a break from construction noise and concrete dust. They deserve to be able to participate in on-line church services and to be able to hear these. They deserve to be able to sleep past 7am or 8 am and to be able to go outside in the garden or hang washing out without noise and dust. Those with respiratory problems need a break from the dust. We cannot go out to escape the noise and dust except for brief periods. The impact on physical and mental health of residents and construction workers and their families need to be taken into account especially at this time.
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  • Bimblebox Nature Refuge the last intact forest in West Queensland under threat of destruction
    The proposed mining lease includes Bimblebox Nature Refuge's land, which holds a Nature Refuge status due to its environmental value; the status received in 2002 under the Bimblebox Nature Refuge Agreement (category VI IUCN protected area) with the Queensland state government to permanently protect the high conservation values of the property. As Nature Refuges and the protected areas that make up the National Reserve System are not automatically protected from mineral exploration and mining, which in Australia are granted rights over almost all other land uses, the Bimblebox Nature Refuge's owners are in the process of applying for a status of Special Wildlife Reserve due to it is being the last wildlife refuge area in the almost entirely cleared from vegetation Queensland Desert Uplands area. An Environmental Assess Report draft produced shows several species, including endangered Black-throated Finch will be very likely become extinct if the Bimblebox Nature Refuge is destroyed. https://bimblebox.org/about/bimblebox-fact-sheet/
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