If these issues get you at all fired up, then you need to get involved! There are so many things you can do to help, from writing to your local paper, baking for fundraisers, lobbying, attending meetings…. The list goes on, but there really is something for everyone! If you are passionate about protecting our natural resources then please, do something about it. There are some suggestions below, or contact us if you would like any help or have any great ideas as to what we can do better.Contact Us [spoiler title=”Submissions”] The importance of making submissions to the various levels of government when relevant cannot be overstated. The people in departments and ministerial offices need to know what we are banging on about and why to even be able to consider our point of view when they are making decisions. In this great democratic nation of ours, we need to ensure our voice is heard at all levels of government and consequently must respond to propositions, papers and applications as and when they arise.
Keep an eye on this page for upcoming submission dates…[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Lobby the Bureaucrats”] Our politicians have been elected to represent us – not dictate to us. We need to remind them of this constantly.
As a public servant, these people regardless of their position, have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the public. We are the public.[list style=”plus”]
- Write to your local members, State and Federal, and tell them what you think.
- Write to Senators – they represent everyone.
- Go to public forums and have your say.
- Hound your local government officers if you’re not happy with the job they are doing.
- Hold them accountable for their actions and decisions. What they decide today will affect us all well into the future.
DEMOCRACY RELIES ON US – THE PEOPLE – NOT ONLY HAVING A VOTE, BUT ALSO HAVING A VOICE. WE ALL HAVE A VOICE. USE IT.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Blockades and Non-Violent Direct Action”] We do not currently have any of these in action.
However, Australia’s longest blockade was initiated to prevent BHP accessing the private property “Rossmar Park” near Caroona. Access was imposed through the courts on the landowners, who did not wish to grant BHP access to their property. The result was over 300 people arrived the morning BHP was to bring its equipment in to show their support.
For over 600 days, locals and supporters manned the site from Monday through Friday 9-5 to prevent the drilling equipment accessing the property. The stamina of the people did not falter.[divider top=”1″]