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11/03 2019 Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE
Monday, 11 March 2019

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIANS

Monday, 11 March 2019

Dear Citizens,

RE: Protecting our environment for future generations!

HOPE supports the call from the Places You Love (PYL) Alliance (http://www.placesyoulove.org/).

In 2014, Places You Love Alliance convened an Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law (APEEL) (http://apeel.org.au/) to review Australia’s existing environmental legislation and to provide recommendations to better protect and enhance our environment. Some of the major issues of concern were:

  • Climate change – emphasis should have been on early mitigation and not ‘sorry, it’s too late’ adaptation policies
  • Deforestation and rampant land-clearing for agricultural purposes
  • Adverse/perverse impacts caused by mining (particularly coal, CSG, quarrying materials)
  • Decreased funding of key environment related departments - impacting staffing levels and their ability to adequately monitor compliance and then prosecute breaches
  • Loss of protection for our marine environment

APEEL’s technical reports and set of recommendations may be found at http://apeel.org.au/.

“Over recent decades, the Federal Government’s lack of ‘fair dinkum’ stewardship of Australia’s environment has been appalling to say the least,” said Mr Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE Inc.

“HOPE and many of its environment NGO colleagues have responded to a range of community consultation exercises held by the Federal Government. The various ‘committees’ undertaking these consultation exercises have prepared reports containing recommendations to reflect the community’s environmental concerns. Regrettably, the majority of these reports’ recommendations have never been fully implemented. Hence, the angst and frustration that we feel,” said Mr Ondrus.

Ultimately, actions rests with you! When you cast your vote in the 2019 Federal Election, place the environment first.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


26/02 2019 Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

The People’s Climate Protest … come and join in on 15 March 2019

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. says it’s time for the citizens of Australia to be involved in a simple action to emphasise the need for the Federal Government to step up their pace on Climate Change mitigation by attending the electoral office of your Federal Member of Parliament on Friday 15 March 2019.

“The Coalition government’s recent fanfare announcement, in an election year, of a $200 million per annum investment to address climate change impacts, has already been widely criticized as wholly inadequate to tackle the still rising volume of Australian Green House Gas emissions (GHGs). What we need from government right now is a bold vision on climate policy which recognises the serious risks posed to the future economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Australians and seeks to deal with these risks by effective, strategic adaptation to increasing climate volatility and extreme weather events, and by making significant cuts to climate changing Green House Gas emissions. The current announcements will deliver neither of these objectives. Australian GHG emissions continue to rise and the federal government seems content to simply reproduce elements of the failed approach used in its earlier, so-called Direct Action strategy on climate change. As elsewhere in the world, recent opinion polling here reveals a strong public demand for effective action on climate change and in recognition that Australia will be particularly vulnerable to future climate change impacts if strong action is not taken.

It does not have to be like this. Robust economic modelling both in Australia and internationally has argued convincingly that a just transition to a prosperous, well-employed, low carbon future can be achieved and at a fraction of the costs to GDP touted by fossil fuel industry lobbyists. A climate stabilized future powered by reliable alternative energy sources, in which the health and well-being of future generations is prioritized, is definitely within our grasp, and is what is being called for, loudly, by communities around the world. Some of these calls are coming from inspiring new models of deliberative democracy; from the passion of young people, who see the direct threat to their future wellbeing posed by climate change; and from the determination of some citizens to prosecute climate change inaction by their government through legal proceedings. At present, and regrettably for the practice of democracy, what most often stands in the way of the exciting possibilities of a low carbon transition is government inertia and lack of vision, coupled with the pernicious influence over government of vested interests which want maintain the reckless danger of pursuing a business as usual economic model.

Climate change is not a problem for the future. It is with us here now and it needs urgent action to prevent it getting worse. Even over the next 10 years or so, on the current high GHG emission trends we are experiencing, it is expected that there will be noticeable, long term climate change effects in this local region. The Queensland government’s own climate change science predictions suggest that that by 2030 the Toowoomba climate will be more like the current climate of Kingaroy; and by the same date, the climate of Brisbane will be more like the current climate of Bundaberg.

But amidst the doom and gloom there is also a very positive message to be heard. If we act quickly there is still time to turn the problem of climate change around and make it an opportunity to develop a new approach for fostering human progress and prosperity in the 21st century, in Australia and internationally. However, to achieve this bold vision here, we need a bold government that is prepared to look beyond the needs of the big end of town and consider the future quality of life of all of the citizens of this country. Isn’t that what a democratically elected government is supposed to do?” said Mr. Andrew Nicholson, Climate Spokesperson for HOPE.

It is clear to many that the current approach of government to the seriousness of the risks posed by climate change to the future economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Australians is wholly inadequate and for that reason, and in an election year, Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. invites the community to push for real change and support the call for an honest, well considered and effective National Policy on Climate Change by protesting in person outside the electoral office of your Federal Member of Parliament on Friday 15 March 2019.

Mr. Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE said “it’s a great opportunity for adult Australians to join students from secondary schools, TAFE and universities as they too “Strike for Climate” (https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/) on 15 March”.

In addition to the above actions on 15 March, Ms. Fiona Armstrong from Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) invites support for their initiative entitled “National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being”. Read all about it at http://www.caha.org.au/national-strategy-climate-health-wellbeing.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


04/01 2019 Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE
Friday, 4 January 2019

Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc logo
Householders' Options to Protect the Environment Inc.
PO Box 6118 - Clifford Gardens, Toowoomba QLD 4350
(22 Vacy Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350)
Ph: 07 4639 2135; Email: office@hopeaustralia.org.au
Website: www.hopeaustralia.org.au
Facebook: facebook.com/Householders.Options.to.Protect.the.Environment
ABN 48 036 173 161
Think Globally. Act Locally!

New Year's GREEN Resolutions

Friday, 4 January 2019

Dear Citizens,

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) invites you and your family to think about building a greener future for all by supporting the good works of environment, conservation, landcare and animal welfare groups in the region.

“Why not join a local green group and help them achieve some of their planned projects,” said Mr. Frank Ondrus, President of HOPE. “For instance, the Friends of the Escarpment Parks have regular working bees at several sites along the Toowoomba escarpment and volunteers are always welcome.”

HOPE encourages the community to live more sustainably at home, at school and in the workplace.

For example, the Planet Ark web site http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/ offers specific local solutions for almost every item that you may need to recycle or safely dispose of. Just enter one of the Location fields and choose a product from the drop-down box to be taken straight to information about local sites. There are contact details of charities and ‘reuse’ centres, drop-off recycling facilities for Items such as paper and cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles, plastic containers etc. and collection points for hazardous items such as gas bottles, paints, asbestos, tyres, vehicle and appliance batteries, contaminated fuels etc. This site also has details about local council services and contacts along with links to educational resources and publications.

“Residents are also invited to support/promote/contribute to important environmental observances such as Clean Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Landcare Week and National Recycling Week” said Mr. Ondrus. An environmental events calendar listing international and Australian national events is available on request from HOPE by emailing office@hopeaustralia.org.au or phoning 074639 2135.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc.

Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph 07 4639 2135


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