• The Gumma IPA Ranger Work
    This is important bush regeneration work for our Gumbaynggirr homelands for future generations maintaining & sustaining cultural connections. Our future is in the land.
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    Created by Tamikar Buchanan
  • Confine Domestic Cats in New South Wales
    Currently in New South Wales, your neighbor's cat can come onto your property and even into your house at any time of the day or night; defecate in your flower garden, vegetable patch or child’s sand box; spray your plants and walls, and scare and kill the native wildlife in your garden. To an ordinary person, any cat doing any of these things would be deemed a “nuisance.” But NSW has a much narrower legal definition of a nuisance cat. NSW law considers a cat a “nuisance” only if it “makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises, or “repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept” (Companion Animals Act 1998, Sec. 31) (emphasis added). The burden of proof is on you. Only if you can prove one of these highly subjective offences, can your local council make a “nuisance cat” declaration and act. But it is highly unlikely an ordinary citizen could prove either of these two definitions of a nuisance cat to a court’s satisfaction. In all cases, the offences would be fleeting and/or occur at night. Complainants would have to have audio or photographic evidence. Audio evidence, most likely available only at night, would have to be certified as to time and place, and be precise as to identify the cat. Photographic evidence would have to be unequivocal as to location (the complainant’s property). These problems make it almost impossible to provide the evidence necessary to meet the current definition of a nuisance cat. “Prove it was my cat!” “Prove it was on your property!” In effect, therefore, offended owners have no practical recourse to stop a cat coming onto their property and doing whatever it likes. The current law is ineffective, and ineffective law is bad law. There are two reasons why there is no effective control of roaming cats. First, it is thought to be cruel or “unnatural.” Second, it is an unreasonable inconvenience to cat owners. As to cruelty, the RSPCA recommends that Australia move to 24 hour-containment of domestic cats (https://kb.rspca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Identifying-Best-Practice-Domestic-Cat-Management-in-Australia-RSPCA-Research-Report-May-2018.pdf). Further, when a well-fed domestic cat kills wildlife, arguably, its owner perpetrates a preventable and unnecessary act of animal cruelty through the agency of their cat. Research suggests that pet cats in Australia kill up to 230 million native animals per year. As to confinement being an inconvenience to a cat’s owner, this is no greater than the frustration and anger at the loss of amenity for the neighbouring householders who like their gardens and love their wildlife and are told they just have to “live with it.” And one cat can impact many properties. Radio-tracking shows that domestic cats routinely roam across three or four neighbouring yards, with occasional forays two or three times this distance and into adjacent bushland. Twenty-seven percent of Australia households have cats, and 14 percent of households let their cats roam. Why should the 86 percent of non-cat and responsible-cat households have to pander to this “don’t-care” minority? There are three ways cats can be kept from roaming: keep them indoors; put them on a tether when outdoors, or keep them in a cat run. All these restraints are sanctioned by animal welfare legislation, and responsible owners already use them. Indeed, many cats are kept indoors their entire lives. No other domestic animal is allowed to roam freely through our neighborhoods, so why should domestic cats?
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    Created by Allen Greer
  • Support the building of State Quarantine Hubs in Australia
    The federal government needs to protect people and the economy. Hotel quarantine has proven flaws. We need quarantine hubs built with access to airports and hospitals. These hubs should be built based on the advice of scientists and what best prevents the spread of infectious diseases. We need our Federal Government to take action NOW!
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    Created by Mary Anderson
  • Save Marney’s Hill Wildlife Nature Reserve
    The reserve is valuable habitat for flora and fauna, including endangered species such as Masked Owl (only 350 breeding pairs left); Wedge-Tailed Eagle (less than 900 remain in Tassie); Tassie Devils (85% losses); Green and Gold Frog (20% drop in numbers; many other native birds; Echidna; Bandicoots; and Wombats (soft release). Destroying this habitat to build a prison, when there are alternative prison sites with low natural values should be unconscionable.
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    Created by Peter Mackenzie
  • Toilets for Hanlon Park!
    Families and children and the broader community should not have to cross the main road to facilitate their child or person they are assisting to access adequate public facilities. Toilets are crucial to this park being accessed in a meaningful way by all community members!
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    Created by Guppy Elizabeth
  • Overhaul the NDIS application criteria
    The NDIS is supposed to be there to SUPPORT our community with disabilities, not make their lives harder. The current system is demoralising to applicants and just plain offensive. We have genuine disabled people that need the help of the NDIS being turned back, placing their health in jeopardy. The NDIS systems should be written by people with disabilities, it should be tested by people with disabilities who have walked a mile in the shoes of the applicants. The questions need to be reformatted, an amputee or someone with a congenital disability should not be asked if their condition is permanent. Before being knocked back, phone calls should be made to the GP of the applicant, there should be specialised caseworkers with experience in that particular disability assigned to the case before turning people away. People should not be ending up in wheelchairs because they weren’t able to access preventative treatments. This is not good enough. More people with disabilities should be working as interviewers, who better to understand a disability? Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, what will you do to fix this problem?
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    Created by Jasmine Straga
  • Protect Kids Playing Rugby League
    My son got concussion at one of his games and he got sent to hospital. I was waiting beside his hospital bed and it's not until we go through things like this that you realise how important it is. If I can make a change and not let any other parent go through what I did then that to me means everything in this world. I have two sons and I've made the change for them to wear head gear and mouth guards
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    Created by Charmaine Doyle
  • Midnight Star Roller Rink Homebush
    The skate community is deprived of a quality skate rink that is easily accessible for ALL people. Midnight Star is located 5 minutes walk from Homebush train station, this allows for everyone to safely get to and from the rink without relying on cars. Community is important, and with the skate community growing daily, especially since lockdown, we need a safe place to skate that is dedicated to roller skating and uplifting the whole community, skaters or not skaters.
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    Created by Victoria Lee
  • HSC for Connor Meldrum 2021
    Two years ago, Connor fell 25m onto rocks at the base of the cliff at Cosy Corner Miraculously, Connor’s life was saved but he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Connor had to learn to speak, read and write all over again and amazed his doctors and teachers with his recovery. Later that year, he was back at school and went on to complete Year 10, 11 and term 1 of Year 12. He worked incredibly hard over this time to catch up. In January this year, Connor had to undergo an unexpected emergency operation to remove his skull plate. This was a terrible setback after so much hard work and was very frightening for Connor, his family and friends. After weeks in hospital he re-joined Year 12 at school. Due to fatigue and frequent headaches, Connor is on a reduced work load managing 3 subjects out of the 5 needed to complete the HSC. He will also have to undergo two further surgeries this year in August / September. What we really want is for Connor to be able to complete his HSC in 2021. Connor has been denied any special considerations from NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) meaning he is unable to complete his HSC this year with his friends. Despite evidence of his academic record, the reports of his teachers and examples of other students with illnesses who have been given special considerations to complete their HSC, NESA simply ruled out any option for him to complete his HSC in 2021 “because it would be unfair on other students”. Connor has worked very hard to be able to complete his HSC this year. He has spoken about the effects that this setback has had on his mental health, and how it would affect him if he isn’t able to graduate with his cohort. This is where you can help. Sign this petition to send a message to NESA that his peers and supporters believe there should be special considerations for Connor to complete his HSC in 2021. Thank you for your support! Bronte, Ivy, Kai, Lily and Luka For a longer version of Connor's story click on the Campaign Website link below.
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    Created by Rebecca Kocass
  • Stop Eastern Suburbs bus cuts!
    Many of us will be affected by the cuts. It will mean it's harder to get to the airport without paying through the roof for limited train options, it will mean less connections between the Eastern Suburbs and the rest of Sydney, and it will mean longer wait and transit times. These cuts are being rammed through for 2 reasons: to pay for the light rail they're trying to force people into using, and to further their privatisation agenda. But just relying on light rail will mean longer trips and more transfers for many residents. And privatising the remaining and modified bus routes will be bad for transport workers and bad for us, like it's been in the Western Suburbs. It's also important we take a stand against these undemocratic changes that barely any of us were consulted on. It's our lives that are being affected, not the rich politicians who can pay for drivers to take them where they want. Bus routes that will be cut include: 300, 301, 302, 309X, 310X, 314, 316, 317, 338, 353, 357, 372, 373, 376, 377, 391, 393, 394, 395, 400, 400N, L94, X40, X93, X99. We need to stop this assault on our public transport! References: Dozens of Sydney bus services cut in eastern suburbs transport overhaul, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2021 Outrage as popular bus routes used by thousands are SCRAPPED to pay for Sydney's $3billion Light Rail project, Daily Mail, 7 May 2021
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    Created by Shabab
  • Scrap Kurri Kurri Gas Plant
    The Kurri Kurri gas plant is a waste of public money. It’s expensive, climate polluting, and it fails to deliver the long-term jobs that were promised to the local community. Right now it’s planned to run on gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to worsening floods and fires caused by climate change. The new Labor Government promised to support the project on the condition that it ran on 30% hydrogen from the day it is operational and 100% by 2030. But energy experts are saying that this won't be possible. The Kurri Kurri gas plant fails to deliver the long-term jobs our community was promised. We need the new government to invest long term, in the technologies of the future and not waste a billion dollars of public money and instead invest it in the Hunter to keep our region as a powerhouse for generations. We know battery storage is a cheaper way to firm the electricity grid and bring down electricity prices for people doing it tough. It’s clear too that we need to move away from climate-wrecking fossil fuels like gas and coal, and towards cleaner, cheaper alternatives like solar, wind, and batteries. So all in all, a pretty shocking idea. But that didn’t stop the Morrison Government throwing public money at the project last year. It didn’t make sense then, but it makes even less sense now. The global price of gas and coal has shot up since the start of the year, meaning new power plants that run on fossil fuels won’t help bring your electricity bills down. It would be a backward step. Our country is lucky to have huge resources of sun and wind, and backed up by batteries these resources are going to power our houses and businesses into the future with cheap, clean electricity. We need our leaders and local MPs to see that this is the future we want for the Hunter, not expensive fossil-fuel powered plants that will soon be irrelevant. People in the Hunter deserve proper investment in jobs and industries that will be around for a long time.
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    Created by Gas Free Hunter Alliance Picture
  • Refund Projects Dismissed in Sports Rorts
    The 'Sports Rorts' saga surrounding the 2018 Community Sport Infrastructure grant program led to the Senate Select Committee on Administration of Sports Grants. The final report of the Committee has been released with nine sensible recommendations. The recommendations outlined improved communication, transparency & integrity when Government bodies are administering grants. These recommendations were made in response to findings of "overt and organised practice by the Government of inappropriately using Commonwealth grants for partisan political purposes, and a failure to act transparently and accountably in relation to the expenditure of public monies". The recommendations also included that "the Australian Government immediately fund in full all projects that were assessed as meritorious and recommended by Sport Australia, but dismissed in the final ministerial funding decisions." This is vitally important to restore trust and faith in the Australian Government, by the not-for-profit organisations who rely on these programs, to improve the facilities they offer to their members and their communities.
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    Created by James Meyer