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Roads in newly formed residential areas and older estates (in the casey council province) are too narrow to allow safe parking on the streets. Emergency vehicles cannot reach situations in these streets with safety and haste. Public transport cannot safely move along these streets.
Casey council needs to formulate a policy to allow safe parking in these narrow streets, particularly on nature strips. There should be various restrictions as indicated by Councillor ROWE in his address to council in April.
Please support this petition.
Fireworks are legal in both the USA and the UK, but are illegal here in Australia. The main reasons for the illegalisation of fireworks are because of injuries and frightened animals (and owners that care about nothing but their pets).
Animals (mainly dogs) that are affected by the fireworks shouldn't prevent the use of fireworks, as they generally lessen one's sleep much more than fireworks. Why should annoyed pets and owners ruin a tradition? Something that makes days like New Year's Eve special? Injuries caused by fireworks are not because of malfunctions or pure explosive force, but because of short fuses or bad design and lack of knowledge.
Because of the banning of fireworks, there are no laws regarding the design of the products. This greatly affects the safety of the fireworks as they're not designed for the average user, instead only for a pyrotechnician. Another thing worth noting is the lack of knowledge that some users may possess. Because nothing about fireworks is taught to the public, some people may not know how to use them properly, and the safety measures that they must take. This all leads to more injuries and deaths, and less freedom and fun.
Please legalise fireworks for a 'win-win' result.
Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales have all abolished the requirement for Registration labels/stickers to be displayed on light vehicles including motorcycles.
In 2011 the Bowls Victoria Pennant Committee changed the length of Saturday pennant matches in Metropolitan Melbourne from 100 ends to 84 ends (from 25 ends per rink to 21). Players were not consulted and the move has not resulted in an increase in participation nor an increase in socialising after matches as was purported.
By and large the bowlers of Metropolitan Melbourne do not agree with this change and want Saturday Pennant reverted to 100 ends.
The intersection of Plenty Road and Laurel Street has seen many accidents. There is confusion of who has right of way and there is not adequate turning lanes. The confusion and risk is escalated at school drop off and pick up times as the traffic increases.
The installation of traffic lights at the intersection will ensure the safety of all the Whittlesea townspeople and our visitors.
This petition is to lobby TPAV to do more to protect its members who report inappropriate workplace behaviour, especially against senior officers including bullying and, protect those who suffer recriminations and reprisals as a result of reporting those behaviours.
A WA company, Mantle Mining, is currently undertaking test drilling in Bacchus Marsh as part of a plan to dig a huge, open-cut coal mine, then dry and export the coal to India. They currently have an Exploration License (EL) which includes Bacchus Marsh and 386 km2 of the surrounding area.
In order for the brown coal to be exported, it must first be dewatered, and Mantle are planning to team up with Melbourne-based coal technology company Exergen to carry out this process.
The exploration phase is also being underwritten by WA micro-finance company Cygnet Capital. Bacchus Marsh locals are mobilising against the project, with the Moorabool Environment Group (MEG) leading the local campaign.
More info about the project is available at Coal Watch.
Currently electricity prices are 12.7 c/kWHr. With the new meters that are being installed this will increase to 35.64 cents/kWh for 2pm to 8pm on working weekdays.
That's nearly a threefold increase.
No doubt many of you have seen the recent tv advertisements promoting the 7th Annual International Rodeo that will be held here in Melbourne. I was so shocked to see this abhorrent 'sport' still finds support within out community.
While I doubt we can prevent this particular event from going ahead, we can raise the profile of this issue and call for a ban on events like this in the future, as has been done in the ACT, Britain and parts of Europe and (surprise?) the USA.
Put simply, this 'sport' relies on the use of pain to satisfy it's audience. In this day and age, we know better. Were rodeos not to exist, hundreds of animals would live without being forced to go through this distressing, painful experience, while it's supporters would simply find some other hobby to consume their time.
To me, the argument is a simple one: the pleasure people may take in this 'sport' is not of greater value than the welfare of the animals that are subjected to its inherent cruelty.
I urge you to take action against these disgraceful events, and show that they are not welcome here in the future.
- Straps are placed around the bulls' bodies and press on their genitals. This, as it would for any one of us, causes pain and makes the bulls buck.
- In addition, electric prods are used as a bull leaves the gate in order to make it buck more wildly.
Calf/Steer Roping (copied from animalsaustralia.org/issues/rodeos):
"Contestants on horseback must rope a calf (usually within 60 seconds), dismount and throw the calf, then any three of its hooves must be tied together and held for five seconds.
Injuries caused by the force of lassoing and jerking to a halt, then being thrown, include tearing or stretching of ligaments, disc rupture, internal haemorrhaging to the thymus gland and trachea and subcutaneous tissue damage.
Calves can suffer broken legs, even broken necks, and research has shown that even though they get to their feet and leave the arena apparently unharmed, calves can still be suffering from internal haemorrhaging which is not visible without an autopsy. These young animals with soft bones and still developing bodies, should never be subjected to such harsh treatment.
Steers are usually required to be roped within 90 seconds. Injuries include bruising, broken limbs and horns, as well as stress caused by brutal handling. Injuries in this event can cause an animal to be destroyed (out of sight of the crowd)."
The State Government recently changed the rules on the collection of firewood from public land. Whereas before you had to pay a small fee and apply for a permit (allowing some planning by the land managers), firewood collection is now unrestricted.
This goes against both the State and Federal Government's own research which says that firewood collection has a significant negative impact on a wide range of native flora and fauna:
Help save our unique native species, sign the petition and make a difference.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PETITION IS NOT CONDONING DOG ATTACKS, NOR IS IT REQUESTING THAT CERTAIN BREEDS BE REMOVED FROM THE "RESTRICTED" REGISTER.
THIS PETITION IS CALLING FOR A MORE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF PIT BULL TERRIERS AND ALSO FOR AN EDUCATION AND TRAINING BASED APPROACH TO PREVENTING DOG ATTACKS.
Roads in Victoria are a mess. Public transport is a mess. Nothing is ever done by State Governments, because they are never around long enough to look into fixing long term issues.
THE BOLTE BRIDGE IS AN ISSUE!!
I pay $13+ a day to travel from Tullamarine to Richmond and the bulk of my travel time is spent crawling at 20km/ph over this poorly built BOLTE Bridge! Drivers have one lane which they need to choose after Footscray Rd or earlier, then they need to give way to trucks entering the bridge because they need to immediately move across two lanes to get on to the lane that takes them to the Westgate Fwy outbound, and of course you also need to contend with drivers from either side who just want to cut into the middle lane right at the end because they don't want to wait, but why would I let them in? I've just wasted 30mins just to get over the bridge!!
Someone at State Government level, please fix this bridge, it's like this all the time, peak or no peak!
Many other Canadian municipalities (examples available at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=180141345368688) are offering subsidies by way of cash rebates, reimbursements, city services credits and subsidized free trial packs. The environmental impact of disposable diapers should not be ignored.
Over 92% of single use diapers end up in landfills, representing about 4% of household solid waste.
We would like to have a subsidy in place for CRD families that are lowering their environmental impact by choosing cloth, thus reducing gross municipal tonnage and keeping single use products out of our landfills.
14. Save Kale Corner
There exists a boulevard garden on the green space at the intersecting corner of Belmont, Begbie and Grant streets.
One of the many of our neighbours who enjoys and supports our gardening initiative there named this space Kale Corner. Built by some gardening enthusiasts and lovers of very fresh organic food, Kale Corner has become a meeting place for community to gather, talk gardening and interact with one another over a commonality that we all share.
We, (the corner crew who live on the only property bordering this small green space) have made every effort to keep the space clean, safe, aesthetically pleasing, away from sidewalks as not to obstruct any walking paths.
Truly a labour of love, the gardens have been admired by many a neighbour walking their dog or biking with their children. On May 25th, a city worker came by and without any notice began deconstructing the raised bed that we created there.
They took away the driftwood that contained our beds and warned that they would come back to re-seed (with grass) the 3 truckloads of earth that we had brought in. After speaking with him and being told that our food garden was a liability, he directed us to the Parks Operations Manager.
We are asking for the support of city council to halt the dismantling of the garden and permit the use of the green space for this community garden initiative.
As well, we are asking our gardening allies and those with a passion for taking back the commons and growing food in public space to stand up next to us and move forward in normalizing and embracing the use of public space for the production of organic food.
|From Cement Creek|
DID YOU KNOW that significant areas of Cement Creek and Starvation Creek are under threat from logging under the Timber Release Plans soon to be reviewed by Vic Forests?
Warburton Environment will be making representations to Vic Forests to have these areas permanently removed from future TRPs.
Please sign this petition to show your support for this submission, and for our beautiful forests.
Currently Pedestrian Priority (40km/h) in Victoria St is LESS THAN 40% of the week.
On SUNDAY, the BUSIEST DAY OF THE WEEK, the speed limit is 60 km/h ALL DAY.
60 km/h is TOO DANGEROUS a speed at any time for Victoria St.
For the past years Residents of Kallo Trace Warrenville have a serious problem with drainage and flooding after heavy rainfalls.
The Altona Bayside Festival which has been run for 33 years is very important to Altona, Hobsons Bay City and Melbourne's western suburbs as an annual community activity and for promoting arts and culture, sports and recreation. It has become an icon of the area.
Operation Recreation Inc. which has been organizing the Festival has some problems and will no longer run a Festival in 2011.
Removing a critical chokepoint on the Colwood Crawl is both efficient transportation policy and provides substantial relief to long-suffering commuters.
First, the McKenzie overpass is long overdue. It should have been built years ago as part of the Island Highway upgrade project but fell victim to cost overruns. Thus, the overpass would provide quick economic stimulus as the plans are already on the books.
Secondly, the high volume of traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway corridor affects a large number of people.
The plight of car commuters are well-known. However, there are significant number of bus commuters and car poolers. In addition, truckers transport goods and services throughout the Island.
The bottleneck at the traffic lights where McKenzie Avenue and Admirals Road meet the highway is a reminder to the province that the Pacific Gateway extends beyond the Lower Mainland.
Third, the narrow highway corridor on the Colwood Crawl acts as a barrier to modest economic growth. Potential residents in the Westshore and north of the Malahat have to weigh a frustrating commute when making decisions to purchase a home.
Currently, it is illegal for same-sex couples to adopt children within Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania & the Northern Territory.
In 2007 the Victorian Law Reform Commission recommended that the law be amended to allow gay couples to adopt: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_adoption#Oceania) however this recommendation has not yet been implemented in the Victorian parliament. It is likely that if nothing is done, this law may never be amended.
Same-sex couple adoption has recently been legalised in NSW, which is a victory, however the Law Reform Commission recommended that this law be changed in 1997 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/09/3007592.htm) - I am standing for the possibility that it will not take 10 years to reform the Law in Victoria!
I am passionate about making a difference in the world and shifting paradigms that have not historically been shifted. What would it be like for you to be part of history? Someone who stood for equal rights in Victoria?
If this sounds like you, please sign the petition below. You don't have to be gay to show your support! I am aiming for 10,000 Victorians to sign this petition by December 19th 2010. This petition will be sent to the Attorney General of Victoria by December 20th 2010 to show Parliament that Victorians are serious about equal rights!
21. Keep Gibbs at VU
The Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot is one of the leading mooting competitions in Australia. The Competition began in 2002, originally hosted by the TC Berne School of Law at The University of Queensland and has hosted by Victoria University since 2006. The moot aims to promote excellence in both written and oral advocacy skills.
In 2010, it has been decided that VU will no longer run the Moot. Past and present VU students feel that the Moot has helped the build strong advocacy skills for them, as well as promoting intervarsity networking. Most of all, students believe that hosting the Moot promotes the reputation of the Victoria Law School as a serious contender in all mooting competitions.
In the past, from 2007 to 2008, the Victoria University Law Students' Society played a major role in the organisation of the Moot. We strongly believe that the VULSS is able, given the chance, to get the moot off the ground in time for it to be run according to schedule in 2010.
Do you think Melbourne’s train system is sub-standard?
Are you sick of trains running late or just being cancelled?
Are you sick of the trains being over crowded in peak hour?
Do you think Metro is no better than Connex?
If so then sign my petition below to get some real action to fix Melbourne’s ridiculous train system.
1. Health risks.
The proposed tower position is in a community sensitive area - full of children and people most sensitive to the damage EMR causes. Within close proximity to 2 schools, kindergarten, sports fields and courts, senior citizens, playground and skate park.
EMR from Towers is proven to cause cancer, leukemia, DNA damage, sleep disorders, headaches, nervousness or distress, fatigue, concentration difficulties, nausea, memory loss, visual disorders, dizziness, cardiovascular problems, susceptibility to infection, buzzing in the head, vertigo. See notowersnearschools.com
* A tower would not be necessary in Warrandyte if Vodafone use the same technology as Telstra.
*There is no proven reason for the tower to be located in Warrandyte.
We are in the "green wedge". Beautiful trees and greenery greet you as you enter Warrandyte ... a Tower will be unsightly and the first thing you see as you enter this gorgeous haven.
PLEASE WRITE AN OBJECTION LETTER BY 31.3.10. A sample document is available. Please email:email@example.com for further details.
The Catholic Schools in Victoria are currently funded by mostly the Catholic Church and Student Fees. Only a small portion of the funding is by The Government.
This collective funding is not enough to support the education of school children and adolescents. Catholic Schools need more funding for facilities, multimedia etc.
The current provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic) (EO Act) do not make it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their homelessness. Law reform to include homelessness as an attribute under the EO Act is necessary to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community from unfair and unjust treatment.
The experience of discrimination is destructive for individuals experiencing homelessness and for society more generally. Discrimination can lead to and further entrench homelessness in cases where it prevents individuals from securing accommodation and accessing services. Discrimination can also lead to negative health consequences for individuals who feel anxiety, depression and a sense of loss of control as a result of being discriminated against.
For more information, visit http://pilch.org.au/Social_Status_Discrimination/
The Moonee Valley City Council is currently considering a proposal to relocate Essendon Cricket Club to Fairbairn Park.
The proposal is to remove up to 4 of the park’s 8 hard wickets at the north end of the park and construct two turf grounds for use by ECC.
The main oval will be fenced, and there will be construction of a new pavilion (expected to be significantly larger than current buildings) as well as other infrastructure.
View a map of the proposed location of the ovals.
If this goes ahead it will have a significant impact on all users of the park:
• Reduced access to the park by the community due to the greater demands on the ovals by Premier Grade cricket – playing, training, pitch preparation etc;
• Change of the nature of the park away from community use/community sport
• Introduce a restricted area of the park via a fenced oval, and roped off turf wickets and practice wickets.
• Existing cricket clubs – junior and senior in the NWCA and MMVCA will have to find alternative grounds and/or increase Sunday play (leading to even more restriction for use by community)
• Potential to affect soccer clubs due to inevitable pressure on council to allow Aust Rules use on the new ovals
• Affect on the playground and BBQ areas which will be adjacent to the main oval, introducing a potential safety issue, or the installation of large protective barriers
• Extra noise and loss of amenity for local residents with the transfer of the liquor licence from Windy Hill to the new pavilion to allow club functions
Fair Health Funding for Cowichan NOW!
A coalition of individuals and oragnizations coming together to address historic health funding inequities.
Historically the Vancouver Island Health Authority has been discriminatory in allocation of fair health funding for the Cowichan Valley. Recently this discrimination has meant a crisis in our health care services.
With the October 2006 VIHA announcement of support for homelessness initiatives in Victoria, BC Canada and no subsequent funding to date for anywhere else on Vancouver Island, this inequality in funding increased significantly for Mental Health and Addiction Services.
--> Victoria, BC has 800 Supported Beds, Cowichan has 19 (200 would give us parity).
--> Victoria, BC has 5 assertive community treatment teams, we have none.
--> Our Mental Health and Addiction Service is funded at barely more than 50 cents on the dollar relative to Victoria, BC.
-->Victoria, BC receives $216 per capita while Cowichan receives $124 (numbers obtained from VIHA as of March 31, 2009).
28. Save Sunvale
Brimbank City Council is leading a strong advocacy campaign for the State Government to give back the soon to be vacant Sunvale Primary School site in Sunshine for community use, and has urged the community to make its voice heard by supporting the Council’s new petition and postcard campaign.
The site offers an excellent opportunity to be used to meet the needs of the local community.
There is currently a shortage of public open space in the vicinity of the school, and the Brimbank City Council is recommending that the State Government give residents access to a suburban or neighbourhood park that has a playground, seating, possible shelter, paths, lots of good tree planting and a “kick about” space.
The Council began advocating for this in November 2008 and believes that strong, continued advocacy to the State Government is required to ensure that the open space is provided to the Council as a component of any development.
All community members who are interested in building a better Brimbank are urged to support this drive to gain a favourable outcome from the State Government.
Please show your support by signing the Council petition to the State Government (see petition below).
Brimbank City Council has also produced copies of a postage paid postcard that residents can mail to show their support for the Sunvale Primary School site being returned to community use. The postcards are addressed to the Minister for Education, and ask the State Government to help build a better Brimbank by giving back the Sunvale Primary School site for community use.
Residents are invited to pick up copies of the advocacy postcards from Brimbank City Council’s customer service centres, libraries, leisure centres, community centres and neighbourhood houses.
This is a great opportunity for the community to make its voice heard, and to show how important it is for our City that the site be given back for community use.
A Canadian's 'Prayer' for Infertility Awareness
Everyday, over a half million Canadians are grieving. It's not the same grief you feel when you lose a loved one, it doesn't get better with time. For those dealing with Infertility, grief reverses, time doesn't heal all pain, it increases. Infertility is a disease of the body that becomes an illness of the heart, the mind. It becomes so emotionally crippling that just being with other family members or out in public can become devastating. It is a silent disease; there are no brave voices to stand up for us. Everyday we are faced with ignorance: people unaware they're making hurtful comments and giving meaningless advice, politicians promising help for families and those needing healthcare but leaving those behind who have a hurdle between them and a loving family and being refused public healthcare for treatment of a devastating health condition.
Because our disease is rejected as being something medically necessary, it also becomes a disease of finances for low and middle income 'families' (though that statement should read 'households', since we are denied a family). This is a disease, not an aesthetic problem; it is a tear in the fabric of life! All living things are on this earth for the sole purpose of giving life, passing on genes. All our behaviours are set up to create a family.
Just like wolf without a pack, those who crave family suffer alone, and lost without the love of the many generations a family can provide. In nature, if you don't reproduce, you die. In our world, if you don't reproduce, you'd better have a big pocketbook or you'll suffer a long life of hopelessness.
Our 'prayer' is that society will take notice and reach out a helping hand to treat this disease as a whole. We need funding so that specialists can work with our family physicians to give the best care possible, just like any other condition is treated through our health care system. We need grief counselling to cope through this emotionally taxing process. We need the support of communities, we need education and awareness. I believe everyone has a right to have a family, not just based on financial status or a disease free body. Our 'prayer' is that you will help us.
These volunteers have rescued people stranded in the Victorian bush fires.
They are true heroes and deserve recognition for their efforts, the Government should award them with the Order of Australia medal, after all it is an honour reserved for the most worthiest of heroes who put themselves at risk in the line of duty.