• Save Bellingen Hospital
    This hospital is a massively important resource for our region. Any downgrade will have life-changing impacts. It needs to remain a functioning 24 hour emergency hospital. The MNCLHD propose to close the ED from 8pm to 8am, and all ED presentations between those hours would be directed to go to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital (CHBH). It also means there would be no Doctor present or on call at BRDH overnight. It is proposed to handle any deteriorating patients by phone contact with CHBH, and transfer them there as needed. Any ambulance calls from Bellingen Shire residents would be transported to CHBH and not to BRDH. This would include home calls and Nursing Home calls. It was shown recently on a weekend where there was not a Dr on call at BRDH that ambulance transfers from BRDH to CHBH took up to 13 hours. This would effectively reduce the BRDH to a sort of Multi-Purpose Service – though the MNCLHD maintains otherwise. It has been the experience of other hospitals where this has happened that the service capability of these hospitals has been markedly reduced, much to the detriment of the local community. It has also led to no local GP’s fulfilling VMO roles. Not because they did not want to but because they were eventually shut out by the LHD. Service reduction would affect ED after hours, inpatient Care and the ability of the local community to be admitted to BRDH in acute situations – as they are now able to do The VMO’s and community clearly and vocally opposed the MNCLHD Proposed Model.
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    Created by Kev Doye
  • We Support the Switch to Renewables!
    Gas is bad for our planet - it’s a dirty and dangerous fossil fuel that fossil fuel corporations need to stop burning as soon as possible to give us any chance of avoiding a catastrophic climate future. The past two years have shown us that we are already living with the dangerous effects of a heating planet - with bushfires and floods raging across the country. Not only that, gas is bad for our health. As a retired GP I saw firsthand how many of my patients suffered from asthma. And according to the Asthma Council, burning gas inside produces nitrogen dioxide, which can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Why wouldn’t we clean up our homes with clean electricity instead? Canterbury-Bankstown Council have developed a country-leading plan to ban new gas connections and cut emissions. As many of us as possible need to get behind it! Sign my petition today.
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    Created by Rod Anderson
  • Bring Australians in India home - NOW
    There are 9,000 Australian citizens abandoned by our Government, stuck in India. They will be criminalised, face fines of $66,000 and a 5-year jail term if they attempt to return home. There are 675,000 people of Indian origin in Australia. We are an important and growing part of the community here, and make significant contributions to the wellbeing of this society. We ask the Government of Australia - why should we labour to support this Government? The White Australia policy was renounced in 1973, or was it? Infection rates in the USA and UK peaked in January 2021 at 89 and 76 cases per 100,000. India's rates today are 27 cases per 100,000. Yet there is a ban on citizens travelling from India today. No other Aussies have faced this indignity. India's health and administrative systems are buckling under the care of Indian citizens. Yet one of the richest countries in the world says, "look after ours as well, thanks". Morrison's government has had 12 months to plan for quarantine facilities in response to desperate calls from Australian citizens stranded all over the world. Furthermore they promised to bring all Australians stranded overseas home by Christmas 2020. This week, our government has declared, effectively, that they are ok for Australian citizens in India to risk death. We demand that the Federal Government step up, increase repatriation flights, repurpose quarantine facilities, and bring our most at-risk citizens home. NOW. Friends, demand that our government treat the disease, not punish the person. Hold our government accountable to ALL Australians. ACT NOW:Sign this petition and share with your friends and family References: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/03/australias-india-travel-ban-does-the-health-justification-stack-up-and-is-the-move-legal https://ig.ft.com/coronavirus-chart
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    Created by Indu Balachandran & Team of Australian Citizens
  • Extend Quirindi’s walking/cycling paths to the Heritage Village
    The Village is the town’s premier attraction but currently locals can only get their by driving; extending the walking/cycling track to the village would not cost much but would greatly improve the exercise options of local residents.
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    Created by Lyle Passfield
  • Justice for survivors - fund rape and domestic violence services!
    The government’s sexism goes beyond their treatment of women in and around parliament. Cuts to women’s, domestic violence and community services have had enormous consequences for women all across Australia. What little legal and economic support there is for survivors through the judicial process has been stripped away further in recent years, through cuts to domestic violence and rape crisis services. The privatisation of 1800RESPECT, overseen by Porter himself, will make it even harder for women to get the support or justice we seek. As students and survivors, we are appalled and angry. We have grown up watching the sexist behaviour of boys and men be excused within our schools all the way into our federal parliament. I was only 14 when I experienced first hand how little legal and economic support there is to protect and support survivors of sexual violence. Since then, the government has made little to no genuine action towards preventing sexual violence or supporting its survivors. Not only are they offering nothing in the way of an antidote to society’s constant sexual objectification of girls and women, but they are also stripping away the services that support survivors in the aftermath of sexual violence. The past few weeks have revealed the extent to which Australian women have been impacted by sexual violence - in fact, one in five Australian women will experience it in their lifetime. We must ensure adequate services are in place to support these survivors. The status quo is unacceptable and we need to see change, please join us in fighting for 1800RESPECT. In solidarity and hope, Dani & the Youth Survivors 4 Justice team
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    Created by Dani Villafana
  • Safety for children and dogs in Ardrie Park
    Children and fur babies safety is extremely important. Excited children and puppies frequently dash towards the rear exit of Ardrie Park. Some run onto the road before parents can catch up.
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    Created by Wendy Kurka
  • Safety for children and dogs in Ardrie Park
    Children and fur babies safety is extremely important. Excited children and puppies frequently dash towards the rear exit of Ardrie Park. Some run onto the road before parents can catch up. Cars often travel at speed along this road. Neighbours have witnessed scary near misses. A safety barrier and gate to prevent a likely traumatic accident is important.
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    Created by Wendy Kurka
  • Save the NDIS
    The National Disability Services Scheme has changed many peoples lives including that of my daughter who is 12 and has Down syndrome. The planning role needs to sit with the National Disability Insurance Agency in order to preserve transparency of services. Little is being said about the partner LAC’s but recently my daughters plan moved from NDIA to APM. I was not informed and I have no choice it seems. This is not transparent and these partners look and act like the NDIA but they are contacted but the govt. My details were sent to them without my consent. Here is some of what has been written in the past. I just want to have the plan sit with the NDIA and not a contractor and that seems to have been removed from our control. Not choice and not control and not what the NDIS is about. Professionals who know a person with a disability need to provide input into support needs not an assessor who has never met the person and is contracted by the government to meet KPI's. References: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/thewest.com.au/politics/inquiry-into-ndis-independent-assessments-c-2693586.amp https://www.themandarin.com.au/92967-investing-in-administration-matters-ombudsman-links-capacity-of-ndia-to-backlog-of-complaints/
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    Created by Jane Ebert
  • Tweed Council: Build a Pedestrian Crossing on Dry Dock Road
    Many elderly people live along Dry Dock Road. Because of traffic movement, it's too dangerous for them to cross from the built-up side to the picnic facilities, public walking track and river view. The road needs a pedestrian light with sound to make the crossing safe for our elderly. We, the Blind and Vision Impaired Support Group request that a safe pedestrian crossing light be installed. The cost should be between $5000 and $10 000, a relatively insignificant amount for the degree of pleasure and independence it will offer these worthy people.
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    Created by Dede Callichy
  • Govt algorithms must be independently regulated
    I don't think people fully appreciate the extent to which things like welfare, who qualifies for medical assistance, who qualifies for public housing, are determined by algorithms now. And sometimes that works fine and some other times it doesn't. The failings of robodebt are a good example, but it's the tip of the iceberg. There are other kinds of bots and automation being used by governments around the world in the criminal justice system, for example, to predict whether a given defendant is likely to re-offend if you put them out on parole. These algorithms are not open and inspected by the public or have regulators, we don't really know how they work and there's not a lot of accountability for them. And so as a result, we end up with these mysterious machines making these decisions that affect millions of people's lives and we don't really understand what they're doing.
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    Created by David Austin
  • Fix Spa Bath at Reservoir pool!
    Paying members should be able to enjoy the full use of the spa and have it operate the way it's supposed to, rather than just a hot tub with a few bubbles. It's important that our public facilities are kept in good condition so that we can make sure everybody, regardless of how much money you have, can enjoy leisure activities.
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  • End the crisis in rural and remote health
    NSW rural and remote health and hospital services are in crisis due to a lack of engagement with rural and remote people in decision-making, the absence of a clear strategy for rural health and accountability for rural health outcomes, and poorly targeted investments in recruiting and retaining doctors, nurses, mental health and allied health staff by the NSW Government. Rural and remote communities need the help of the NSW Government to fundamentally reform our rural and remote health and hospital system so that it is responsive to the needs of individual communities and has the resources to address the causes and consequences of poor health. People who live in rural and remote NSW have a higher rate of chronic diseases compared to people living in regional and metropolitan cities, will die up to 11 years earlier and have inadequate access to primary health care and hospital services. The median age of death of rural and remote people is going backwards, while more than 3,000 rural and remote residents in NSW die unnecessarily every year from preventable causes. Rural and remote people need a health and hospital system that is designed around their unique needs and circumstances. Metropolitan approaches has failed to deliver the right care in the right place and at the right time for rural and remote communities. Building the right health system will help is to save more rural and remote residents from ill-health, and premature and avoidable death. Rural and remote residents produce the fresh food we eat and generate more than 65% of the nation's export wealth. Access to appropriate health care is not just a human right, it is critical for the future of jobs and economic development in our country.
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    Created by Mark Burdack