• 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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  • 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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  • Reject Kurri Kurri Gas Plant
    WASTE OF MONEY We reject this use of $600 million of public money to build the new Kurri Kurri gas plant in the NSW Hunter Valley. This announcement came just a day after a report by the International Energy Agency urged the world to abandon plans for new coal power, gas and oil investments, and predicted big drops in gas demand. [1] THE GAS PLANT IS NOT NEEDED Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the proposed Kurri Kurri gas plant would fill the energy gap left by the closure of the Liddell power station in 2023. This is disputed by the Australian Energy Market Operator, which said in September that only 150MW would be needed following Liddell’s closure - a gap that could be easily filled by renewable energy and battery storage, with a number of new projects already announced. [2] 600M FOR JUST 10 JOBS The project has been opposed by the energy industry and some unions, with the AMWU saying "A gas-led recovery has been fully debunked as any kind of responsible solution. It denies working people a secure future. We need a manufacturing led recovery with workers in the Hunter Valley at the heart." [3] STRONG PIPELINE OPPOSITION The gas for this power plant could come from Santos’ proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project and be delivered via the proposed Hunter Gas Pipeline, which is slated to run across prime agricultural land from southern QLD to Newcastle in NSW via Narrabri, with a proposed offshoot to the Kurri Kurri site. Both the Narrabri Gas Project and the Hunter Gas Pipeline face overwhelming opposition from Traditional Owners and local farmers. KURRI KURRI OPPOSITION: "Kurri Kurri needs sustainable jobs in industries of the future, not to be fobbed off with a handful of jobs in last century's technology." - Janet Murray, a local. Gas Free Hunter Alliance REFERENCES: [1] Australia urged to drop coal and gas plans after global energy agency’s warning, The Guardian, 18 May 2021. [2] PM's gas plan 'overkill' for market, Australian Financial Review, 16 September 2020. [3] Tweet, AMWU, 18 May 2021.
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  • 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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  • Save the landmark Burleigh Swimming Centre from redevelopment
    The Burleigh Swimming Centre is declared a landmark facility in the City of Gold Coast Council's document titled 'Burleigh Heads Heritage & Character Study'. The idea of a salt water 'ocean pool' was conceptualised in 1935 by the legendary Jim Cavill, (as in Cavill Avenue) who operated the Surfers Paradise Hotel and Zoo. It would be reasonable to assume the rock pool was based on the renowned Bondi Icebergs. The ocean rock pool was subsequently constructed in 1953 by another Gold Coast legend, Jack (Sharkey) Evans who went on to construct and operate the renowned Snapper Rocks Porpoise Pool. In 1983 the Burleigh Swimming Centre was redesigned and a pavilion erected above the swimming venue for a restaurant(s) to financially contribute to maintenance of the swimming centre. Protection of the swimming centre was contained in the term lease. The current lessee seeks to eliminate the swimming centre in favour of an entertainment venue, in contradiction of the term lease. Residents passionately insist the government uphold the lease, but most importantly respect and retain our city's small selection of historical landmark facilities by ensuring the swimming centre continues as our forefathers decreed.
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  • Council collection of organic waste, like fruit and vegetables
    This is vital as we need to teach the next generation of responsible waste disposal, now. Not every household/apartment block can afford or facilitate a worm farm or compost bin.
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  • Milsons Point Cycle Ramp
    Ease of access to the Harbour Bridge cycleway for all cyclists is urgently needed, which does not exist with the current stairs access. Older and less able cyclists are unable to negotiate the stairs, and are using public transport as an alternative. The minister has been urging more people to cycle and walk to work, to take the pressure off public transport, but despite 20 years of lobbying, a cycle ramp has yet to be built.
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  • Doctors Clinic for Huntly residents
    As an example, I tried 3 different clinics last week to see a doctor and none of them were taking on new patients or had appointments available for at least another week. The Huntly community is growing extensively with new housing developments popping up everywhere. I’m sure a lot of the community would welcome their own doctors clinic in our suburb . Every person has the right to the best medical treatment in their own suburb and not have to be fobbed off all the time by medical practices that are too far away from where you live. The health and wellbeing of every individual is of the utmost importance in any community.
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  • Affordable Animal Desexing for Footscray
    To able people to afford to desex there animals at an affordable price..
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  • Canowindra Pound
    Our town desperately needs a safe secure modern pound facility, our town is growing, so naturally more pets will be part of the community. Currently the outdated facility we use is not safe, as cats escape in to the bush- and dogs can be stolen from there.
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  • Upgrade Oatley - Como pedestrian path.
    Safety. Someone is bound to be seriously injured if the path is not upgraded immediately.
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  • Keep The Greens Bowling Club, The Entrance, on Community land.
    Community land and recreational space are important to the health and well being of The Entrance community. The land forms part of the green space so valued by The Entrance community. The Greens Bowling Club has been used by members for decades. The land upon which it sits is a community asset. It should not become an asset of a corporation. The land must continue to be used for recreation. Bowling on an outdoor green has been part of Australian culture for decades,and should be kept for future generations.
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