Posts in Opinion

Historic Opportunity to Protect the Coral Sea

Posted on February 15th, 2012 in Can you help?, Environment, Good causes, News Stories, Opinion, People who surf, Surfrider Foundation, Top stories.

Friends of RealSurf,

The good folks at Protect Our Coral Sea have contacted us about a petition they are running which is aimed at getting the Federal Government to include important reefs in the proposed management plan. It’s very easy to make yourself heard on this one!

The Coral Sea is a tropical marine jewel which lies east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s one of the last places on Earth where large marine animals can still be found in great numbers.
The government’s draft plan for this iconic area leaves the majority of species-rich coral reefs, important breeding sites open to fishing.
Right now the federal government is considering the fate of Australia’s Coral Sea.

If the petition widget isn’t showing below on your web browser, please just click here to visit Protect Our Coral Sea where you’ll find it on the front page.

Petition: dog access to just one section of just one beach

Posted on May 21st, 2010 in Opinion.

Jane writes to advocate for a dog’s permitted beach zone in Warringah…

Out of the nine beaches over which Warringah Council has jurisdiction, dogs and their owners are not allowed on any of these at any time of the day or the year. The only dog swimming area they provide is at North Curl Curl Lagoon and that is often heavily polluted.

Given that around 40% of Warringah households own a dog this means that the Council is not representing its constituents. Please support democracy and sign our petition to allocate a stretch of a beach (approx. 50 metres in width) for dogs with their owners. This could be achieved, with minimal impact, by allocating a quiet part of a beach for limited periods e.g. before 9am and after 5pm.

If you are not a dog owner then please empathise with your neighbours. We always try to be considerate of people who are not fond of animals. Even ourselves we do our best to avoid mess like putting in place trash cans your dog won’t rip apart and other precautions.  We are becoming increasingly more legislated: the “nanny state”. What is next? Fines for swimming outside of the flags? Fines for drinking from plastic bottles on the beach? No mountain biking in National Parks (too late)? Banning rock fishing? No children in nappies on our rock pools? Once the freedom’s gone, it’s gone

Thank you

Jane Hazell