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EPetitions open and other opportunities to comment

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

actionbutton.gifCurrent opportunities to support current Queensland Parliamentary  EPetitions  are available here including  recycled sewerage effluent, daylight savings, Gold Coast Hospital,light rail for Brisbane, proposed destruction of Fairy house to upgrade roads, mining in Wildlife Reserves.

Other opportunities to comment and help shape our future are available online as follows:

The federal government’s discussion paper on improving fuel efficiency of Australian vehicles is open for comment until 7 November 2008. See www.environment.gov.au/settlements/transport/

According to Minister for Natural Resources and Water Queensland has a number of river systems which have been almost untouched by development and are therefore in near natural condition, with all, or almost all, of their natural values intact. They are important because they:
• help sustain healthy ecosystems for native plants and animals
• support sustainable economic activities, such as grazing, fishing and eco-tourism
• provide unique opportunities for recreation and tourism.
One way of preserving this valuable part of our natural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations is to designate them as ‘declared wild rivers'.

 Do you agree with this statement?  Read more about this process and have a say. You can do this online from here.





Fast-tracking of housing development, Sunshine Coast

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

clock.jpgThe petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House issues relating to the proposed fast-tracking of Greenfield housing developments on the Sunshine Coast. [Though this petition relates to Sunshine Coast all Queensland residents are eligible to vote. Perhaps other petitions can be requested to cover other areas where land will be fast tracked for release?] Closing date was 24 August 2008.


Campaign re fast tracking development of Greenfield sites in SEQ

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

act_now.gifThe Sunshine Coast Environment Council has launched a campaign in response to the Premier (Anna Bligh) announcing that Greenfield sites will be fast tracked for development within the next 12 months. One of the many aspects of this campaign is to send bulk letters to the Council of Mayors urging them to ‘band together' and say NO to the State Governments' inept plan. It focuses on South East Queensland (not just the Sunshine Coast).


Participate at GetUp

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

getup_climate_campaign.jpgGetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group who uses new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. They receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you'd like to contribute to help fund GetUp's work, you can donate online. 

Please go directly HERE for the latest campaign. 

Click HERE to take you to the Climate Action campaign

The Spot the Difference ad campaign has been well supported by the Australian community.


Do not pulp our climate

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Dear friends,

You may have missed it, but the Tasmanian Government last week unbelievably signed an agreement handing over Tasmania's forests to the Gunns pulp mill for the next 20 years - in the very same week Professor Garnaut warned them of the dire climate change consequences facing us.

If we don't act now, bulldozers will start clearing land for the mill that will contribute 2% of Australia's greenhouse emissions - at a time when we're being told we need to drastically cut our emissions. But unfortunately Australia's forests were largely left out of Garnaut's recent interim report.

We have only one opportunity to put them in the picture. A proper assessment in his impending Climate Change Report of our native forests' climate change value may just sink the mill project. Click here now to sign the petition asking Professor Garnaut to examine the full climate impact of this mill madness and the logging of Tasmania's native forests.


Moreton Bay at Risk

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Act now to protect Moreton Bay's endangered sea turtles and dugongs!

Please help Moreton Bay's threatened marine wildlife today. Give 5 minutes of your time to sign this online letter to the Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation asking for greater protection in the Marine Park, then forward to your friends and family.
Over the summer the Queensland Government released a draft zoning plan for Moreton Bay, earmarking a mere 15% protection in Marine National Park zones. These are areas where we are free to enter- to swim, boat, dive, and snorkel - but where all wildlife is safe from harm.
While 15% is better than the current protection of less than 1%, it does not go far enough for our threatened wildlife.

Marine scientists around the globe say that it is critical that at least 30% of all ocean habitats, such as seagrasses and corals, are given Marine National Park status. Our chance to support our turtles and dugongs is closing fast. Public comments were due by 5pm Friday 7 March 2008.

Moreton Bay Marine Park is only reviewed every ten years, so this is a once in a decade opportunity. 
Click here!

 Act now and sign the letter; 

 With overwhelming public support we really do believe that the Government will provide more than just a mere 15% protection for our precious marine wildlife. 
Don't let this chance go by. Our turtles, dugongs and other wildlife need your support today. Your grandchildren will thank you for it.


World Society for Protection of Animals

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

More than one million people worldwide have signed  the  WSPA  Animals Matter petition for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations. 
Every country in the world is now represented on the petition.

The Australian government has appointed a representative to liaise on this issue to help integrate animal welfare into the UN agenda. This is another
great step forward towards a Declaration that will help protect all animals, everywhere.

Please sign  the Animals Matter petition to help make the Declaration a reality. Go to the link below:

Sign the Petition here.


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