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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Dam doesn’t give a damn about koalas

The proposed Dunoon Dam is still a possibility, though it has been voted against twice by the members of Rous County Council. Now information has emerged which presents another reason to shut down the threat of the dam once and for all.

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Transforming lives, empowering individuals and uniting communities

A Sound Life, Australia’s first charity to transform the lives of people in need through free music, yoga and meditation programs is having an event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the COVID crisis in India.

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Petition reference EN1041 – Declare a Climate Emergency.

Eve Jeffery

Do you want the federal government to debate the climate crisis?

An e-petition by Noah Bell from Sydney (reference EN1041) Declare a Climate Emergency, states that: ‘the overwhelming majority of climate scientists around the world have concluded that the climate is changing at unprecedented rates due to anthropogenic causes.

The result of these changes will be catastrophic for future generations, and so we must act now to minimise both human and environmental destruction.’

This is the highest number of signatures an e-petition has recieved. It asks that the government declare a climate emergency.

Time to sign?

At the time of writing, there were almost 250,000 signatures on the document. The petition is open until October 16 and the hope is it will encourage the House of Representatives to debate declaring a climate emergency in the lower house.

The web address for the petition is: www.aph.gov.au/petition_sign?id=EN1041.

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    • Didn’t we just have the Climate Change election, the people spoke and the Government listened, also can someone tell me with all this global warming kicking in why the ski season in Australia has been extended into October, sounds to me like things might be getting cooler if anything.

  1. In view of the ongoing winter/ spring fire emergencies and large number of destroyed homes ,and on going severe drought ,declaring a Climate Emergency is the least the parliament can do.
    Failing this theyy should resign.

  2. It is time for action by the parliament and the government.
    Why on earth is the ALP thinking of changing its policies(targets)?
    How dumb is that!
    Guarantees loss of support at the next election.

  3. The ALP is no longer the ‘party’ it once was.
    We can’t afford a Mad Hatter to speak, let
    alone attempt to do something / anything
    other than get paid for doing nothing. We
    need an All Women’s Party starting as of


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