• Prime Minister to urge U.N. & member countries to hold urgent summit on Refugees/Asylum Seekers
    *Current processes trap people in untenable circumstances, without hope, access to health, education, appropriate housing or physical and emotional safety. *Tragic loss of life occurs at sea or by self harm, or violence and incarceration without cause, because - WE - do nothing to provide intelligent, humane alternatives. *People in 1st world countries are wrongly encouraged to see refugees/asylum seekers as undesirable, dangerous, and a threat to our well-being, life-style and living standards, and to loose their ability to empathise, or to recognise that - there but for the grace of God, Buda, Allah, or even Hughie, go I -. *Asylum seekers all over the world, in every major country, are currently vilified, forced into illegal activity to survive, separated from families for very long periods of time, and incarcerated in appalling environments with no hope for the future.
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    Created by Susan Abbey
  • SUPPORT OPTION G WEST PETRIE BYPASS OR HAVE A 4 LANE ROAD AT YOUR DOOR
    The Option G West Petrie Bypass offers: • Direct travel route with no stops • Highest reduction of congestion • Highest road capacity improvement • Highest improvement to road safety • Connected road links • Does not traverse existing built up residential areas • Improved flood immunity • Closure of Youngs Crossing not required for construction • Moderate comparative cost • Staged construction options • Limited property acquisitions required Option G is the most appropriate option for this bypass. Please support Moreton Bay Council's decision to implement Option G Detailed MBRC web site is at the following address http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=118793 Map showing route and impact through Old Petrie Town and surrounds [PDF 625KB] http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/uploadedFiles/common/projects/west-petrie-bypass-route.pdf GHD Refined Report http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/uploadedFiles/common/projects/WestPetrie-OptionG-Report.pdf Community Update #2 http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/uploadedFiles/common/projects/WestPetrieBypass-CommunityUpdate2.pdf
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    Created by Ann Dobson
  • Stop Woolworths and Coles using Palm Oil in their 'Select' brand and 'Coles brand' goods
    Palm oil is a versatile vegetable oil that is used in around 50% of our everyday goods - it is used in food, cosmetics, candles and even biofuels. Unfortunately, in 2007 the UN stated that palm oil plantations are the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Aside from the huge annual loss of rainforest systems, the clearing and burning of these areas has two major implications: 1) the burning contributes enormously to CO2 emissions and 2) due to clearing, the abundant and vibrant biodiversity in the Indo-Malay rainforests are replaced with a silent monoculture of Palm and this is most often a brutal transition. Wild Orangutan populations in connection with palm oil plantations have been in the spotlight in recent years. "According to the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), at least 1,500 orangutans were clubbed to death by palm oil plantation workers in 2006 alone. According to the UN, there is a risk that no wild orangutans will remain outside of protected areas by 2020" (Rainforest-Rescue.org). Please stop buying products that contain palm oil or palm oil products. We must save our Orangutans, we must save our rainforests, we must save our Earth.
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    Created by Allie Nance
  • Support the Northern Rivers Rail Trail from Casino to Murwillumbah
    It is important to preserve the rail corridor as a community asset for any potential future commuter use such as solar/electric commuter vehicles, light rail, mono rail etc. A rail trail will create a beautiful pathway between Casino and Murwillumbah, winding through world heritage areas and some of the most scenic country in Australia. It will create numerous, sustainable jobs, new businesses can be created and existing businesses have the opportunity to grow. The Northern Rivers Region attracts thousands of visitors a year and a rail trail would encourage healthy, outdoor activities into the smaller towns and villages of the area. Rail Trail surveys show that they attract higher yield and longer staying visitors. The rail corridor could be turned into a place of beauty. It would create a wildlife corridor; noxious weeds could be removed and replaced by the planting of native shrubs and trees. It will encourage sustainable transport, reducing the number of cars on the road and the need for more car parking spaces in the busy towns. Locals will be able to use the rail trail to link up with neighbouring towns, without using their cars and children will be able to ride to school safely. To do nothing would be a huge loss for the region.
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    Created by marie lawton
  • justice for survivors of childhood trauma
    Child Sexual Abuse in childhood results in sustained psychological trauma that lasts a life time, hindering the quality of life for not just the survivor but families as well. This includes periods of various severities of PTSD, depression and anxiety as well as other mental health issues. This means that survivors may not be able to maintain consistent personal relationships as well as "normal" career and work goals. Recovery from childhood abuse requires specialist health services for mental, emotional and physical care. Child Sexual Abuse causes profound psychological damage to the development of an individual and as such, can take a lifetime to be healed.
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    Created by elizabeth ellen Picture
  • Maintain the $400,000 funding for the Leichhardt Bike Plan
    Leichhardt Council has a good reputation for its Bicycle Strategy. The number of residents and families who use bicycles is growing strongly. All parties have supported funding the plan in the past, but Liberal and Labor councillors cut to zero the $400,000 budget for new projects for 2013/14. Much has been achieved in the last 6 years but several major links and many smaller but useful works remain to be completed, and women and children are under represented in bicycle counts due to lack of safety concerns. The Bike Plan is being updated this year. Renewed regular funding is vital to complete and improve the cycling network, so the coming generation can cycle safely and easily around Leichhardt.
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    Created by Robert Moore
  • Say No to CSG in Australia
    Australia's CSG industry is a threat to our land, our water and our climate. The rapid expansion of CSG in Australia has been marred by insufficient, unsatisfactory environmental assessment, putting our environment at risk. Despite intense media scrutiny, government has failed to intervene. Not even a damning Four Corners report on the environmental assessment of two of Australia's biggest CSG projects was enough to prompt adequate action. Without Government protection, giant CSG companies will continue to threaten our communities and farmers' rights over their own land. People are banding together to provide the vital resistance government is failing to deliver. In communities across Australia, people are doing everything they can to protect their water, their land and and their livelihoods. We need to bring these communities together to form a national movement and demand real action be taken. To effect the change Australia desperately needs, we need to bring communities together and pressure government for real, legislative change.
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    Created by Ieva Ozolins
  • Establish the Independent Office of Animal Welfare-Now!
    The Australian community has lost faith in the regulatory bodies that oversee animal welfare arrangements, particularly those that relate to "production animals". Community members like myself do not believe that departments of agriculture are the appropriate bodies to oversee animal welfare regulation. We believe there is an urgent need to establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to lead animal welfare policy and standards development and focus on animal welfare science and law. It is in the public interest to take this opportunity to improve animal welfare arrangements, and to establish the Independent Office that has already been promised to the Australian community.
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    Created by Rebekah Eyers
  • 10 Plot subdivision development at 458 Bonogin Road (Lot 1 RP28410)
    The proposed development of ten houses at 458 Bonogin Road has commenced with tree clearing without council approval. The Bonogin Valley community have had no advance notice of the development or received representation by council to engage with the community providing advice regarding environmental management from loss of trees and bush nor the impact to the natural habitat of species living in this designated area. The Bonogin Valley community wish to fight this encroaching move to develop small blocks in this bush environment which is also prone to flooding. As a community we fear this could be the beginning of other sub-division developments of a similar nature taking over our beautiful Bonogin Valley, thus turning our valley into a suburb of close density housing.
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    Created by Jayne Higgs
  • NO to Option G (West Petrie Bypass)
    This is very important in the protection of our community assets (North Pine Country Park) and wildlife particularly our highly valued Koalas and their habitat. For further information please visit Facebook page NO to option G and or Moreton Bay Eco-Alliance
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    Created by Tammie Peatey
  • SAVE THE WELFARE RIGHTS CENTRE
    This advocacy and advice, welfare legal service is vital to low income earners on Centrelink who desperately need advice and advocacy regarding overpayments, debts, wrongful decisions that Centrelink makes and also challenges legislation passed through Federal Government that adversely affects people on Centrelink benefits. The Centre also provides the voice of many thousands of struggling people to the media based on a case by case advocacy service with real stories of hardship to back them up.
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    Created by Lua De Burgh
  • Save the iconic forest at the north end of Steve Irwin Way.(aka Friends of Steve Irwin Way Forest)
    The road was redesigned to avoid most of the forest and the rest of the 744ha of Beerwah State Forest has been gazetted National Park status. The current proposal will clear at least 12ha and damage iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals. This forest contains koala habitat, lowland subtropical rainforest (a nationally recognised critically endangered ecosystem),centuries old habitat trees and unique wetlands. This forest is home to koalas, glossy black cockatoos, giant barred frogs, Richmond birdwing butterflies, Coxen fig parrots, Wallum froglets and other vulnerable declining frog and butterfly species. If this project proceeds we will destroy forever an iconic Sunshine Coast natural treasure and put these ecosystems and species on a downward spiral to extinction.
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    Created by Stella Wiggins