Sea Shepherd Australia currently enjoys the financial support of Gowings Brothers Pty Ltd, the developer behind DA0824/16DA. Under the banner of the Gowings Whale Trust, Sea Shepherd merchandise is sold in Gowings-owned and managed shopping centres, Port Central and Coffs Central; furthermore, Gowings has pledged a donation to Sea Shepherd to buy a new RIB…

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As a result of more than 250 submissions to Council, the developer behind DA 0824/16DA, Gowings, has been asked to explain, elaborate, address or otherwise amend their proposal. The Moonee community and their supporters deserve a high-five: that’s a great result. In part, here’s what Gowings has been asked to explain: Harmful effects of benzene…

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OK, environmentalism mightn’t be your thing. And a snotty-looking swamp frog ain’t no cute and cuddly panda. But, in case you are interested, or think you maybe might consider becoming interested, here’s a list of endangered species in our immediate area whose outlook isn’t going to get better with fast food litter and habitat contamination.…

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Here’s a list of direct and potential impacts from the proposed 24-hour service centre and fast food outlet. Feel free to crib for your own submissions to Council in opposing the development. But to keep your submission legit, best to re-write what you use in your own words. Evidence backing all of these points can be…

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Andrew Fraser announced today that Coffs Harbour City Council will receive a a grant of $25,000 from the New South Wales government to combat litter, primarily targeting takeaway and beverage containers. Good luck to Gallows Beach which is where the grant seems directed. But here’s an idea for Council to bounce around: why not stem…

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Letter to the Editor, The Advocate, 17 June 2016 So Gowing Bros ‘love affair’ with Coffs Harbour continues, and now it has set its sights on Moonee Beach. And what is Gowings’ vision for our beautiful coastal village? A 24/7 service centre and fast food outlet. This adds nothing to the social amenity of our…

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This is from the ‘Gowings Whale Trust’ page on their Port Central website: We established the Gowings Whale Trust to increase people’s knowledge, involvement and understanding of the Humpback Whale through public education. The Humpback delights coastal dwellers with its acrobatics as it makes its way through Australian waters and by increasing our understanding of…

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We all know that fast food is bad for our hips. But you might be surprised how hard it hits your hip pocket, too. Residential amenity This is a real estate speak to describe the good things that people look for in a residential area, and just as importantly, the things people don’t want in their…

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There are more than 1500 petrol and service stations listed by the Yellow Pages across Victoria. In comparison, the number of petrol stations on the EPA’s priority sites list might seem minimal. But over 15% of the sites are current or former petrol stations and 2.5% are current or former petroleum storage areas. A Department…

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For those feeling hesitant, confused or a little lost with the whole process of writing a submission to Council, here are some points: It doesn’t have to be literature. You don’t get extra points for being a Tolstoy or Dickens. So long as you’re clear about why your objecting, that’s enough. Your style is your…

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