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The draconian contracts being forced on Queensland's Medical Professionals is an attack on civil rights. With Mr Springborg applying the most deceptive of politics and calling the Medical Profession "like the worst of wharfies", the people of Queensland and the wider Australian community have no confidence that the future can be anything but adversarial.
This is a litmus test and will flow through to the rest of Australia if not stopped in Queensland.
Because we live in Queensland we have to wait until 11pm to watch "The AFL Footy Show," while Channel 9 shows replays of "Domestic Blitz" on GEM or "Sex and the City" on GO!
Please sign this petition to show Channel 9 that Queenslanders want to see "The AFL Footy Show" live!
Banana Shire Council is looking to proceed with the fluoridation of Biloela's and Moura's town water. This petition aims to stop this dosing system from being used on the grounds of cost, health risks and the taking away of ‘informed consent’.
• To operate the fluoridation dosing system it is estimated it would cost rate payers $70 000 a year, plus the additional cost of training staff to ‘safely’ operate the system.
• Fluoride is a toxic poison and it does not decrease tooth decay. There are no blinded studies to show a decrease in tooth decay when the water is fluoridated; however, there are studies to show harm from fluoridating the water. There is increased risk of hip fracture, birth defects, cancer, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, and the lowering of a person's IQ. Even if fluoride did reduce tooth decay, would it be worth the risk?
• Putting fluoride in the community water takes away ‘informed consent’ and obstructs the freedom to opt-out.
If you do not wish to see fluoride added to our drinking water please sign this petition. For further information I highly recommend The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson that chronicles the entire sad tale.
In the synopsis, fluoride is very important in making the atomic bomb, and in many aspects of industry. It is needed for making steel, aluminium, high octane gasoline, pesticides, Teflon, bricks, fertilizer, drugs like Prozac, and on and on.
In 1922, the Queensland politicians of the day decided to disband the Legislative Council. The Upper House. The House of Review. It was not a decision of The People of Queensland, nor was it their will.
It was a political expedient to remove barriers to dictatorial control of the State of Queensland for the benefit of political parties and those who controlled them, i.e. companies, now more expressively known as corporations.
The passage of draconian laws recently by the Legislative Assembly, where one coalition of parties holds a huge percentage of the seats in that house, demonstrates that we need the Legislative Council as a House of Review to prevent further introduction of laws that remove the rights of The People.
The current "government" of Queensland is out of the control of The People and needs to be reined in and that can only be properly be done by a Legislative Council.
Queenslanders deserve the right to vote on this issue. It's been 20 years since our last opportunity to vote and the State has modernized it's outlook, economy and population drastically since then.
There is simply no compelling reason not to choose daylight savings for our State. Changing clocks is clearly not a big hassle in the digital age and there will still be the same number of hours of daylight.
Our hospitality and tourism industries will grow with an extra hour of daylight after work. Our sporting and fitness community will grow with more opportunity for more people to get involved.
It will be easier for companies in other States and for global organizations to do business with us. Interstate and Queensland FIFO workers will benefit together from a universal time zone.
Queenslanders will be happier, healthier, more prosperous and united, able to make the most of our exceptional climate that is the envy of the other States.
It's time for the whole State to modernise our outlook and create a better, brighter Queensland for all.
It's time we discussed this issue again. We want a chance to vote...
Australians use over 4 billion plastic shopping bags per year but yet only the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory have bans on them with fines for breaches of their laws.
A clear majority of people strongly supported the measures in these states. Campbell Newman recently scrapped plans to ban single-use shopping bags in Queensland citing cost of living reasons. The fact is that most people can afford to spend small change on reusable shopping bags when it can make such a big difference.
Single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags also cause injury to animals. Plastic bags look like jellyfish and as many as 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay alone are attributed to them. One crocodile was reported to have 25 plastic bags in its stomach which prevented it from digesting its food and resulted in it dying from starvation.
Just remember that these bags are non-biodegradable when they enter landfill and take up to 1,000 years to breakdown. They are a short-term convenience with long-term impacts and a sign of our throw-away society.
For more information please read the report at:
Milligan's Chicken Meat Farm is awaiting approval to open a Factory Farm on Top Forest Road, Ridgewood, which will be 8 sheds housing thousands of chickens in extremely crammed conditions.
Please see below a selection of animal welfare, environmental and concerns for public safety, as reasons why we can NOT ALLOW this to go ahead.
1. “They (the chickens) have got so much space…” “He said the size of his sheds was chosen to allow for a lower density inside.”
FACT: A simple calculation shows that the 30,000 chickens per shed will have an average of less than half a square metre per bird – about the size of the average home doormat.
2.“These birds actually have to have full exercise components – that’s built into (the Ingham) agreement). They just don’t stay there … they’re not just bred to have large breasts.”
FACT: According to industry documentation, the birds are always confined to the sheds and are selectively bred to grow a large breast and to attain market weight with a high nutrition diet in less than six weeks.
3.While noise, dust, odour and visual amenity issues are of great concern to property neighbours, the wider community will be affected by potential water pollution and heavy vehicle traffic.
4.The annual 1,460 semi trailers (including B Doubles) and other associated vehicles using the winding sealed and unsealed rural roads will pose a danger to locals and tourists. This is especially acute to those who all have to share the Cooroy-Belli Creek Road, which recently has seen fatalities, with wide, heavy vehicles.
5. And while Nitrogen levels were discussed, there is no mention of how the applicant intends to ameliorate the excessive levels of Phosphorous which are found in composted broiler shed litter, and which, not being readily absorbed into the ground, are quickly leached into the surrounds and end up in the waterways. And since the endangered Giant Barred Frog is believed to be in the local waterways, there needs to be an EIS on the potential threat to its habitat.
Let us work together to prevent this atrocity happening in our own back yard!
The AFL are being absolute morons in not bringing back State of Origin.
The State of Queensland parliament requires a State Bank to finance the States fiscal needs in order that it need not borrow money from private banks when it can create its own credit for the needs of The People of Queensland.
Debt free credit created by the State itself means no interest payments to only-for-profit greedy banks. Debt free credit created by a State Bank run under binding legislation can be spent into the community by the government and need not be taxed out to repay to private bankers along with the extra interest required by them.
In other words if you earn money from government work such as construction of hospitals, roads, railways etc, it belongs to you.
The Wondai aerodrome public terminal buildings are currently locked by a neighbour who wishes to develop the facility for personal gain.
Dialogue with the council has been fruitless and we wish this facility to be open for flyers as it was designed for, and the facility kept as a vital part of community infrastructure.
The council has announced a program of selling assets and we are concerned this facility is one of them as developers have been trying to develop the area.
The Petition of the electors of the Division of Gladstone draws to the attention of the House:
That the State Government of Queensland is selling a parcel of land that has been put aside as the proposed site for a High School in Calliope, 55 Don Cameron Drive, Lot 126, CTN 1493, Parish STOWE, an area of 14.7 Hectares, Zoned COMMUNITY USE.
This is the only remaining parcel of land in the area left for a proposed high school as the Labour Government in 2008 sold the other proposed site.
It would have adverse affects on our community and our future generations to sell this parcel of land for residential development, particularly with the forecast population growth of this area over the next few years, the lack of other available parcels of land and the hours our local children spend each day on a bus to get to school.
The research into genetic causes of major illnesses is a vital part of early risk diagnosis and prevention of many serious illnesses, such as bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer. These illnesses are among the most common serious illnesses affecting the Australian population.
As part of Queensland state governments cost cutting strategy, funding to Genetic Health Queensland (GHQ) has been cut.
Under previous funding arrangements, many separate organizations have been incorporated into Genetic Health Queensland and as their cost structures are now being closely scrutinized by the government. Genetic Health Queensland may be forced to further reduce many vital and life saving programmes.
Among these programmes are the support for those families who suffer from Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This terrible condition is incurable, it often runs in families and last for generations and causes untold emotional and physical suffering. The cost of treatment and the subsequent social costs are enormous. It is a painful and debilitating illness.
We will be told that they are RESTRUCTURING not stopping funding for FAP sufferers. This restructuring could mean one person, a councillor, will be taking on the responsibility of up to 2,000 FAP families in Queensland, the concern being that people could slip through the cracks and suffer the consequences of this illness. This MUST not happen.
These facilities for the surveillance of FAP are worldwide, and have been found to SAVE MANY LIVES, please do not compromise these lifesaving facilities by fund cutting and personal cutting, they are far too important.
We greatly fear that the ongoing monitoring and support for sufferers of this condition, among others, will suffer as Genetic Health Queensland has slashed funding to this particular programme. The data collected on sufferers of FAP, is combined with data collected from around the world and contributes greatly to saving lives, improving quality of life and in increasing the knowledge pool on genetic disorders worldwide – this affects everyone. This is a priceless knowledge bank.
Please support us in our quest to stop the Queensland government’s cuts to Genetic Health Queensland, and also to ensure that the current support programme for sufferers of FAP and their families does not suffer any funding cuts.
As a law abiding P plater, I have found that when P plates are displayed, many drivers (including those with Open licenses) behave in a completely unsafe and inappropriate way around P Platers on the road.
Such behaviour includes: Tailgating, engine revving, overtaking at high speeds (near misses often a result), provocative behaviours (in attempts to start an illegal street race). Drivers will also not allow P platers to merge in multi-lane situations.
Having travelled with drivers who are holders of Provisional, Probationary and Open licenses, I have found that many drivers have pre-conceived ideas (most likely stemming from various media reports) about what kind of drivers P platers are. Unfortunately a few people have created a reputation for everyone else with the same licence type.
It has become really unsafe to drive as a RECOGNISED P plater.
This is NOT a proposal to change the licensing system (or the various restrictions) in place in Queensland, but one that requests that P plates DO NOT have to be displayed whilst driving. The various restrictions would still apply, and licenses would still show each persons licensing level.
It would still be acceptable for repeat offenders to have to display P plates (especially those who are place on their Green P's after coming off a suspended license).
Concerned residents of North Queensland formed the Anti Nuclear Group in 1980, after the State Government gave approval of a Uranium Mine in 1980.
Residents feared that water supply to North Queensland would become contaminated. After a spill in January 1981, this group was formed has protect Queensland since, but now the 29 year old ban has been overturned and the Ben Lomond mine could be reopened.
The Sth Burnett Regional Council have indicated that they want to sell almost half of Adermann Park in Kingaroy to St johns Lutheran School.
The School should purchase land elsewhere for their plans to accommodate Yrs 7,8,9 and allow for future expansion to 10,11,12 when required.
This park is for the use of residents within the Shire. The sale of Public assets has to stop before we have nothing left for future generations.
For the safety of all! We need to have the boat ramp at Wiaben installed with floating pontoons down the break wall to allow the safe entry and exit of the boat ramp at all times day or night.
The amount of incidents that occur at the ramp is unbelievable, including trips and falls not including many boats being damaged. I believe it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.
The use of this ramp is a vital part of community life for the Torres Strait people and it’s vital that the safety of our families and friends comes first.
The northern corridor continues to be the fastest growing area on the Gold Coast in terms of population levels, with three of the top five fastest growing Statistical Local Areas located within this region. This has resulted in a surge in residential development projects in the region over the last 12 months, according to the latest research from Colliers International.
Lynda Campbell, Gold Coast Research Manager, who compiled the report, said of the suburbs addressed in her research, which includes Ormeau, Jacobs Well, Norwell, Yatala, Pimpama, Stapylton, Steiglitz and Willow Vale, three are among the top ten fastest growing Statistical Local Areas in Queensland.
In 2007 the Ormeau population was 19,065 and it continues to grow on a daily basis. The size of Ormeau is approximately 24km2. The population in 2001 was 4,221 people and by 2006 had grown to 8,506 showing a growth of 96%. The predominant age group in Ormeau is 0-9 years. Households are primarily couples with children. Most are repaying mortgages with a 70% owner occupancy rate. www.myormeau.com.au/local-info.php
Of the 38 SLAs within the Gold Coast (C) LGA, almost 95% experienced population growth in the year to June 2009. As in previous years, Kingsholme-Upper Coomera was the largest growing SLA, with an increase of 2,100 people (9.9%), followed by Southport and Ormeau-Yatala, which increased by 1,400 (5.0%) and 1,300 (9.5%) people respectively.
We are trying to get support for allowing prospecting and fossicking in Queensland state forests. This will allow the growth of this past time in Queensland, and bring in valuable tourist dollars to Queensland.
We are using this petition to show the Queensland government of the support in wider community for fossicking.
We have seen a slow erosion of prospector’s rights across Australia, with the Northern Territory and Tasmania being the latest to bring in rules heavily restricting fossicking and prospecting.
Like Hunters, shooters, 4 wheel drivers and other outdoor pursuits we find the areas we can go smaller and smaller.
With Queensland in diabolical debt again, we should bear in mind that it was the common prospector finding gold at Gympie that dragged Queensland out of its worst financial problems.
The Eureka Stockade gave us rights and privileges bestowed by Queen Victoria back in 1853. The most important item that resulted from that rebellion was the Miners Right. The premise was and still is that the crown (Commonwealth) owns all mineral rights and has the right to dispense leases and Miners Rights on all crown land occupied or unoccupied. This legal document gave us the right to access land (like old gold fields) to engage in prospecting or fossicking for minerals and gemstones.
The Miners Right was taken away from Queensland in 1989 with the introduction of the Mineral Resources Bill.
The Miners Right was a very powerful and useful document that helped regulate mining and prospecting in an orderly manner for more than 150 years. It is a belief in some quarters that the removal of the Miners Right was done illegally. Suddenly with the Miners Right gone we had no rights of access..
State forests used to be available to prospect, but this was stoped as well. I spend a lot of time in these supposed ”managed” forests and constantly find evidence of no management, like noxious weeds out of control, large trees over fire trails (very dangerous in case of a fire- suddenly your trapped).
Prospectors can advise the relevant authorities of these issues and help resolve them.
Please support this petition.
Car Enthusiasts in Queensland have been treated unfairly for too long due to a small number of 'hoons' who bring down the reputation of real Car Enthusiasts.
The Car Enthusiast Community consists of huge numbers of law abiding citizens who deserve the right to be heard.
When elected by the people to government, many MP's are young and have only been voted in on a wave of discontent with the current government.
They have not had to prove themselves and in some instances have no work or life experience.
This inexperience is rewarded with a 6 figure salary. After the last pay hike, a state backbencher's base pay rose to $130,540 - more than double the average wage in Queensland. Allowances range from $36,652 to $72,741 depending on the size of the electorate.
It's time we the public, have a say on what pay is given and how the MP's are measured and appropriately rewarded!
Energex have plans to construct high voltage (Dual 33kv -110kv )cement poles & power lines through an area that has been classified as remnant vegetation containing endangered ecosystems.
There is an abundance of wildlife such as platypus , birds, bandicoots, koala habitat, butterflies and much more. Rare flora have been recorded in this unique regional importance ecosystem.
Energex refuse to even look at the option to place the power lines unground through this portion of sensitive Glasshouse Mountains land. They deny any accountability for tree clearing, claim no accountability for the destruction and annihilation of 1000 to 2000 + trees & shrubs! There are other viable alternatives for Energex to consider!
MOU standards dictate they must source alternate options when endangered environment is present & living!!
HELP THE FLORA AND FAUNA. NEVER HAS THIS AREA BEEN CLEARED BEFORE!
22. Don't Shoot Bats
The Liberal National Party of Qld says they will re-introduce lethal methods of crop protection. The shooting and electrocution of flying-foxes (to prevent crop damage) was outlawed in Queensland as it was proven to be inhumane, and largely ineffective.
Tens of thousands of animals were killed using methods that often left them to die excruciatingly painful deaths. It sometimes takes days for these Australian native animals to die from their injuries.
The bats killed include large numbers of Grey-headed and Spectacled Flying-foxes. Both are listed as threatened species.
All the facts, research and contact details are provided at www.dontshootbats.com.
Allowing these methods sanctions animal cruelty. Please send the LNP of Qld a message that you abhor animal cruelty, and demand that they commit to supporting only humane methods of crop protection.
The music group "Raise the Bar" was created by Mick Quinn – musician/singer and qualified working special Ed teacher, to provide a social network and creative outlet for youth with differing abilities and their families.
"Raise the Bar" perform a range of popular songs, with members participating at their own individual level . It is very interactive – whether by singing, percussive beat and rhythm, dancing or simply quiet enjoyment. The focus of the group being - teamwork, fun and socialisation.
Concerts/social nights are held every 2 months at the same venue. This is a wonderful opportunity for group members to perform in front of family, friends and other community groups. Parents get to unwind, have a few drinks and enjoy a range of local entertainment including the successes of their son or daughter, as well as socializing with other families in their community.
Imagine someone coming up and spitting in your face and not knowing if that person carried diseases such as HepB, HepC or HIV. Then the 6 month wait and numerous blood tests to confirm you haven't caught such disease.
Police are here to protect our community, and criminals think they can do what they want and the magistrates hand down soft sentences.
The FAJWeB- Fast-track AJ Wyllie Bridge Petrie for Our Community petition.
The Northbound AJ Wyllie Bridge at Petrie, Queensland, was damaged during the floods in January 2011. At a Community meeting on the 5th of November 2011 at Wyllie Park, the local Member for Kallangur and two representatives of the department of Transport and Main Roads brought concerned Community including business owners up to date regarding the progress of the reconstruction of the new bridge.
The pamphlet handed out at the meeting says: ‘Works to reconstruct the AJ Wyllie Bridge are occurring as part of Operation Queenslander. This is the largest reconstruction effort in Queensland’s history, rebuilding communities, fixing infrastructure and restoring regional economies.’
12 months have passed since the flood, yet the process of building the new bridge is still in the planning stage after the decision was made in late March to replace the old northbound bridge. It is said by the Queensland Government ‘that every effort has been made to fast-track that process’ since the decision was made in March. The finalisation of the design, removal, disconnection and relocation of services in conflict with the new bridge and the reconstruction contract to go to tender is yet to be awarded.
Local businesses in the area have suffered up to 30% downturn in business, and local members of the Community have been inconvenienced by the bottle necks of traffic which often occur because the traffic flow has been restricted to two lanes on the southbound bridge. It is said by Government that the construction of the new bridge will not finish until the end of 2012, which is 2 years after the floods made the old bridge unusable.
We the Community call on the Australian Federal Government, who are funding 75% of the project and the Queensland Government, who are funding the other 25% to actually fast-track the project. The loss of the old bridge has been a major inconvenience for our Community.
Businesses are closing and jobs are being lost. If the mantra of Government is to support Working Families and Small Businesses, they are badly letting Our Community down in this instance.
UPDATE; I rung Warren Truss' office and spoke about my FAJWeB campaign and Community concerns and this is the email I received on Wednesday 23rd November at 6.31pm.
Dear Mr Moses,
Please find below the text of the Question with Notice to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Minister for Regional Development (Tony Albanese) who is involved in the flood reconstruction works.
Mr Truss: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. *-*) - In respect of the AJ Wyllie Bridge upgrade on Gympie Road in Queensland, (a) what total sum will it cost to build the bridge, (b) what total sum has the Australian Government allocated to the bridge construction, and has this contribution been paid to the Queensland State Government; if so, on what date; if not, what sum has been paid to date, (c) when will the tender process be finalised, (d) when is construction expected to be completed, and the bridge open to traffic, (e) is the Minister aware of reports that local businesses have suffered up to a 30 per cent downturn in business, and traffic is severely congested, as a result of the traffic restrictions in place on the current bridge, (f) what measures are in place to assist local businesses and the community until construction is completed, and (g) will the Minister consider fast-tracking the construction of the bridge.
* Mr Truss: To ask the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.
* Mr Truss: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Policy Adviser - Infrastructure & Transport
Office of Hon. Warren Truss MP
Update; No-one was seriously injured in a four car pile-up on the Pine Rivers Bridge on Wednesday morning the 30th of November 2011. Police were called to the scene at 7.30am where they found the cars had collided in the left hand and centre lanes. It caused major traffic congestion, making it a carpark kilometres back to Boundary Road at Burpengary.
IF the AJ Wyllie Bridge at Petrie had been fast-tracked and built, people would have had an alternate route to go around the crash. That is not the case, as both sides of politics sit on their collective hands, unprepared to do anything to get the bridge built.
In the News; Enough is enough! That is the message from motorists and business owners frustrated about the inaction to begin construction works to repair the flood damaged AJ Wyllie Bridge. Since January, traffic delays around the bridge, which links Petrie and Lawnton (and spans 111 metres) and is one of only a few routes traversing the North Pine River, has caused headaches for Community and local workers.
A-Mart Lawnton manager Rudi Burgers said his business had suffered a marked decline since the road access was reduced from four lanes to two, with the closure of the old northbound bridge. 'It's certainly hard work at the moment - it's been very tough,' Mr Burgers said. 'In the past 10 months my foot traffic has and retail customers coming through the door have been down about 25 percent. Businesses are struggling and some have even closed and it seems to be getting worse, as the number of patrons that are frequenting the area is dropping.'
'It's only going to hurt the local community if people shop further afield.' Mr Burgers said sometimes traffic congestions caused his staff to get to work an hour late. 'When there's chaos on the Bruce Highway the traffic will (try to) detour through Petrie and the roads (and the bridge) just can't take it,' the Eaton's Hill resident said.
Mr Burgers believes the delays in repairing the bridge is unacceptable. 'I don't know why it takes so long to get the wheels rolling. The communication lines have been poor in passing on information and we're none the wiser. We need action so we can get back to a sense of normality and maybe (the governments) could even look at helping the businesses back on track by covering some of their losses. They seem pretty good at compensating the ordinary person and residents, but what about the businesses that are facing foreclosure or staff layoffs?' Mr Burgers said.
Kallangur resident and Left Right Out - Community Action Business owner Ian Moses has started a Petition urging the State and Federal Governments to Fast-track the replacement of the northbound bridge. Mr Moses said there had been no urgency from the governments to fix the bridge and solve the problem of bottlenecks. Construction of the new bridge is likely to be finished by the end of 2012 (that's what Labor say) two years after the floods made the old bridge unusable.
'It's gone to tender but it won't be revealed until January, a year later, who's going to be awarded the tender.' Mr Moses said. 'One year after the event that's as far as we've got in the process, which is absolutely pathetic.'
Mr Moses has also presented a seven-part Question with Notice to the Federal Transport and Regional Development Minister Tony Albanese, who is involved in the reconstruction works, about the issue.
The Westerner Newspaper - Story and picture by Lee Oliver 15/12/2011.
To all the Ministers of Infrastructure and main roads in both the federal and state governments, and their opposition counterparts, bar Warren Truss, don't you get what a dilemma this is for the Community of Pine Rivers yet? Wake up to yourselves and get the AJ Wyllie Bridge at Petrie built for Our Community's sake.
Update; there are lots of signed Petitions in addition to this, but you can help by spreading the word around and ask everyone you know to add their signature. It all helps in the process.
I know of 2 cases where 1 person is living in a 3 bedroom Department House as a single person.
the other is a couple in a 2 bedroom house.
When I confronted the Department of Housing about this they said that there maybe a chance that these 2 cases might have there children rejoin them, highly unlikely as both have adult children who have there own homes.
If we review Housing Occupancies we maybe able to help lessen the already High Housing Crisis and those who are living in extra rooms can be placed into a more suitable dwelling.
Channel 9 has used the excuse of "Technical Issues" with broadcasting the South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs NQ Cowboys live.
We are not living in the 90's anything and everything CAN be shown live, no matter what it is. Say for instance a building collapses in Townsville killing 200 people, i'm sure every channel would have a live feed out of Townsville within 1 hour of it happening, they've got 3 day's to get this game live if they wanted to. To say this is the problem is an absolute copout to not only the game, but to people living in QLD. For 23 Rounds Ch9 has shown at least 1 QLD game live at 7:30pm on a Friday Night, how come this has all of a suddenly changed begs the question. It's also not like they will not get the viewers as the Cowboys have had 4 top rating games this year on Fox Sports including the Eels vs Cowboys game which made the all time record for viewers of any sport on Fox Sports.
If you're a Cowboys, Queenslander, Rabbitoh fan living in QLD or just a Rugby League fan in general living in QLD, please don't just cop Ch 9's reason, sign this petition to try and get Ch 9's executives to change their mind. As without us mad rugby league fan's Ch 9 would not have a high rating program on a regular basis.
WE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS!!!
In January 2011, massive floods in Queensland spewed a plume of silt over the seagrass beds off the coast of Central Queensland, Australia, where the rare and endangered marine mammals, dugongs, feed and raise their young.
Now the Gladstone Ports Corporation, with the approval of the Queensland Government, is dredging and dumping 55 million tonnes of spoil on seagrass beds as part of a port expansion project. The Queensland's own Environment Minister has admitted the floods will badly affect habitat and could lead to "malnutrition and death" for dugongs and marine turtles. The World Wildlife Fund says the dumping on top of the floods is "a death of a thousand cuts" for dugongs.
Dugongs are classified as "vulnerable to extinction" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and Australian tropical waters are one of their last strongholds.
The Government claims there are conditions on the project. But those conditions don't take into account the effect of the floods. The Treasurer as Shareholder MInister for the Corporation should make sure the dumping is postponed until a proper study into the effects of the floods has been carried out and alternatives to dumping offshore have been properly investigated.
Currently in Brisbane, none of the sizeable live music venues host live music for those under the age of 18, with the exception of the Old Museum Building and Powerhouse. Most deem the issues with delicensing too expensive or too much effort.
To make matters worse, dedicated all ages live music venues in Brisbane are at an extreme low, and due to government regulation, associated costs and the general lack of interest from the QLD Government, have been forced to operate illegally or close.
Currently within the Brisbane CBD (Southbank to Bowen Hills) there are five active all ages venues, Edge, The Hive, Old Museum, Powerhouse and The Alley. Recently Room 8 @ Fort closed which was the only venue of the size required to host all ages shows for more than 150 people for our more extreme alternative style acts, short of using Riverstage, which is obviously far too large for an average show.
While these three active venues are all great, The Alley is also soon to be closed, leaving Edge at the Library in South Brisbane and The Hive, both too small and too strict to run shows of any variety and Powerhouse and Old Museum. All of these venues reject heavy bands from playing in their venues.
While heavy music might not be glamorous for the types of people this petition is aimed at, it is still a large part of the music industry and some of the bands coming out of Brisbane are amazing and need support. Freezing out heavy music just because you don't like it is cruel and unfair, considering that as an experienced promoter in this town, and having dabbled in many genres, metal and hardcore remain the most outwardly popular styles of music.
This leaves a huge portion of the Brisbane live music community without a place to play. Young heavy bands have nowhere to play short of community halls in the outer suburbs, which, needless to say is a nightmare of logistics and hardly ever works out for the people putting on these shows.
Yes there are venues and options, but through costs, issues with regulations and those in positions of power simply not liking styles of music, anything heavier than Frogstomp era Silverchair is cast asunder.
The issues I hear about with behavior of heavy music crowds is way out of order. If these kids dance violently, they know what to expect. If one gets hurt in the mosh pit, they've gone in there knowing that there's a good chance of it happening. I've seen indie crowds break a venue. I've never seen a metal or hardcore crowd do it yet.
I believe the government needs to assist us with our cause. Either by opening up a new space, or encouraging the current ones to diversify.
The Australia Day fireworks cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for ten minutes of enjoyment... join me in urging our states to cancel them this year and instead donate that money to Flood victims