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Tasmania to ban Super Trawlers?

The Stop the Trawler Alliance has welcomed the introduction to Tasmanian Parliament this week of legislation to ban supertrawlers from Tasmanian waters. However, both the recreational fishing and conservation communities have pointed out that most of the offshore fishing grounds where these factory freezer trawlers operate are outside the area where the Tasmanian government’s legislation can offer them meaningful protection. Supertrawlers in the Small Pelagic Fishery often operate on the edge of the shelf, where the small pelagic fish are most abundant. This area is located in Commonwealth-managed waters, and the Small Pelagic Fishery is a Commonwealth-managed fishery. Adrian...

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Did you know May is Respect for Chickens Month?

International Respect For Chickens Day – May 4th – Celebrates Compassion for Chickens On May 4, animal advocates celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day. Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests their suffering and abuse in cockfighting, agribusiness, experimental research, and other cruelties. “We urge everyone to do a compassionate ACTION for chickens, on or around May 4th,” says Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns which promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens and other domestic fowl. “A library display, a vegan open house, an...

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Urgent call for blood donors

Australia still needs 1,000 people to give blood this Easter long-weekend to avoid a shortage of blood. Just days out from the Easter long-weekend, 1,000 appointments still need to be filled across the country – mainly on Easter Monday – to ensure Australia has enough blood to help patients across and immediately after the long-weekend. Long weekends are a challenging time for the Blood Service because many Australians take a break – even though the need for blood does not. Cancer patients, road trauma victims, women giving birth, and people with blood disorders will still rely on blood donations...

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Councils welcome support for Reconciliation Week

The peak national body representing councils Australia-wide has welcomed the recent Federal announcement of local government grants to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which will be commemorated during National Reconciliation Week. The grants of $5,000 to local councils will be used to work in partnership with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations to mark and celebrate this historic event during National Reconciliation Week 2017. “We congratulate the Turnbull Federal Government for choosing local councils as partners in celebrating this national milestone in communities from the Pilbara to Portsea and Devonport to the Daintree,...

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Buddha Lights Up South Bank

At the end of April, the Buddha’s Birth Day Festival returns to Brisbane for it’s 21st birthday and in announcing the upcoming celebrations this evening, 1,000 Red Chinese Lanterns that are currently hanging throughout the South Bank Parklands are beginning to light up. Within a few weeks more than 2,000 Red Lanterns will brighten the Parklands and with the inclusion of energy saving LED globes this year together with a range of other sustainable measures, the Festival is now recognised as the largest accredited Climate Friendly Event in the Southern Hemisphere. The origin of the lanterns dates back nearly...

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