AUSTRALIAN REFORM SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
Australian Reform Society In. ON A00546153X
ARP PO Box 64
Mandurang Vic 3551
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Welcome to the Society Web Site.
Ian Dean, our Secretary, is
standing for council in the
Lockwood Ward in the City of Greater
Bendigo Local Council Elections.
The following is a brief statement as to what he believes in:-
Local Council Statement
1.When elected I want
no rate increase above CPI and reduce in real terms. We must get funding
from State and Federal Governments who collect 97% of all taxes and stop
State Government cost shifting on to rate payers.
2. Reduce petty
local laws and give responsibility back to property owners as it should be
under Fee Simple Property rights. If a property request is ok with your neighbours
council should not interfere. Reduce Red Tape around Planning matters.
3.Get away from
poorly thought out expensive ideas that benefit no one. Eg the tram
proposal around Lake Weeroona & the Hargreaves Mall big screens.
4. Make council
officers more accountable in Court Proceedings and not use ratepayer’s
rates to fight ratepayers!
5. I will vote
against the formation of any more National Parks in City of Greater Bendigo
and maintain our magnificent Wellsford Forest .It is so magnificent is
because it is a well-managed forest.
COGB is a high firewood collection area and you cannot collect firewood nor
do anything else in a National Park.
6. And what are Fee Simple property
Rights? -“the right to do what you
wish, within reason, on your own property”
7. Google Ian Dean Bendigo or Facebook Ian Dean
Also see News and Opinions
and Committee Notes
(Left hand Column).
News Flash. Australia has one
of the few Constitutions in the world that can
only be changed by the people and it is
Even the United
States constitution can be changed by Congress (Politicians).
Be very careful when Politicians want to change
the Constitution, it is for their benefit and NOT necessarily for the
benefit of the People
PRESIDENT'S LETTER JAN '15
Dear Fellow Members,
Stan has passed the President's baton over to me
and has stayed on as Vice-President.
May I take
this opportunity to thank both Stan and Steve Parker for the extraordinary
amount of time, energy and personal anguish they went through to rescue the
Party in the dark past. The fact that we are still here today is a tribute
ABOUT ME: Born and raised, fishing and hunting, in
a small (pop. 400) central Victorian town. 30 years a banker in Vic and the
NT Top End, followed by 8 years running my own business. Now happily
retired. Managed to land and release a black marlin off WA in September and
can die happy.
citizens to reclaim the right to have a say in this country's future. The
right of peaceful, honest, law-abiding citizens to go about their business
and leisure, without some parasitic bureaucrat or politician telling them
they can't do it. Those beuracrats don't own this country, we the people, do.
ABOUT THE FUTURE: Firstly, to all our members,
from one side of the country to the other, who have stayed loyal and true,
your committee thanks you
We all lead
busy lives and have our own priorities, but I think if each of us could
just convince one more person that what we are on about is in their own
best interests, we can start to make a difference. It's called People
Power. I urge each of you to help spread the word. Sign up new members if
you can. It is $20 ($10 concession) annual membership fee.
President Ph 03 9561 4208
The venue for the meeting is The Brewery
Tap Hotel Warrenheip, Ballarat (3rd Sunday 11.00am, Feb, May.
Aug/agm and Nov). Everyone is welcome to attend.
DOWNS and Toxic dump debate
The following letter recently appeared
in the Gippsland Times. The letter
was also sent to The Age and The Herald Sun who, as yet, not publish the
An open letter to the Ministers
for major projects and for Planning.
Whilst considering the proposal
for a soil recycling facility (or stage 2 or 3 storage) at Dutson Downs,
are you aware that water sampling within the proposed extension of the
Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park and adjacent to the Dutson Downs facility has
revealed significant levels of heavy metal contamination, specifically (as
Mg per L): arsenic 0.91, Chromium 1.54, copper 0.36, nickel 0.23, lead
1.41, zinc 0.46 and mercury 0.0030.
Can we be assured that this is not
leeching or seeping out of the existing Dutson Downs facility and if not
from there, where is it coming from?
What action is being taken to rectify the present contamination
prior to considering putting further pressure on this sensitive area?
Ph 03 9561 4208