noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

#noWAsharkcull crew at the EPA office in Perth.
Image via AAP, that’s me in the green hat and shiny suit.

Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.

The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.

The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.

If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.

We will see what happens, maybe he will prove open to discussion about alternatives.  Continue reading noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

Solar Cuts, Paid Parking and the Liberal Party’s budget

The Liberal Party of Western Australia are misusing the West Australian government’s budget in many ways. I only want to focus on 3 of them for now.

  1. Solar Cuts – Solar feed-in rebate to be slashed in half, despite 10 year contracts.
  2. Paid Parking – Free parking at train stations to be abolished as of July 1, 2014.
  3. Wasteful Spending – $20bn+ on Elizabeth Quay and $1bn+ on sports stadium.

One of the most controversial decision in the August 8 state budget are the “Solar Cuts” (see #SolarCuts). These will see the solar energy feed-in tariff literally halved, despite electricity prices having risen by more than 70% in recent years.

Existing customers currently receive 40c per unit sold, this will be reduced to 20c.

Continue reading Solar Cuts, Paid Parking and the Liberal Party’s budget

Podcast Episode 1: Turkey, Filters, Monsanto and planning in WA

First episode of the (un) Common Sense podcast is up!

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Issues covered in this episode of the podcast include:

If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion on the (un) Common Sense podcast, head over to the #UCScast hashtag on twitter.

Yes, that is different to the hashtag originally stated, but it makes sense so we will be using it from now on.