Draft Questionnaire of Central Coast politicians.


COMMUNITY PLAN CENTRAL COAST [CPCC]

1. CPCC acknowledges that some questions that follow do not apply directly to the level of government in which you participate. Equally however, we recognise that the constituency that you represent is entitled to know your views on matters that you can choose to advocate at all levels of government, within the mass media, within your political party, within your factional grouping … or/and within the public discourse.

2. CPCC intends to tabulate responses from all Councillors & NSW/Federal candidates, and distribute the tabulations:

[a] to all Councillors and candidates

 [b] widely throughout the electorates.

All responses will be reported equally, including decisions not to respond.

Because “comments” are difficult to tabulate we undertake to publish comments on the CPCC website so that they are available to anyone to use, as they wish, but because of issues of space and complexity, we do not undertake to tabulate commentaries.

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QUESTIONS:

  1. Thinking of the Mangrove Mountain landfill and illegal dumping at Spencer … will you support the Central Coast Council’s proposal that the NSW Government establish a Special Commission of Inquiry with judicial powers?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

2. Thinking of the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine … will you support a proposal that the NSW Government pass legislation that prohibits its development?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  •  Thinking of the 50 year-old, unlined and disintegrating ash dams at Vales Point and Lake Munmorah power stations leaking toxins into the lakes and water table, wind-dispersing toxic dust, and representing a health  stations leaking toxins into the lakes and water table, wind-dispersing toxic dust, representing a health hazard to Central Coast citizens, will you agree to a scientifically constructed, independent review of this matter?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

4. The 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change [IPCC] Special Report on Global Warming finds:

“ … that limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require ‘rapid and far-reaching’ transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.”

Thinking of all fossil fuels, do you accept the scientific basis of this report?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

5. Do you support a halt to all new fossil fuel extraction, and any proposed extensions to fossil fuel extraction sites?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

6. The N.S.W. Environment Protection Authority sampling:

“… shows the presence of PFAS in the soil, surface water and groundwater at, and around, the Munmorah and Colongra Power Stations with potential leaching into groundwater and the Tuggerah Lakes system”.

[see EPA media release “PFAS investigations underway at Munmorah and Colongra Power Stations” at URL: epa@nsw.gov.au].

Will you support an urgent Human & Environmental Health audit, on Lake Munmorah & Tuggerah Lakes?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………[PFAS = poly-fluoroalkyl substances … toxic chemicals used in fire-fighting foams]

7. [a] Thinking of Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11] extending along the ocean floor from Newcastle to Broken Bay, will you support an immediate stop to seismic testing within PEP 11, & a revocation of the PEP 11?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    [b] In respect of PEP 11, will you participate in a jointly signed candidates’ submission and joint delegation to the Prime Minister and the 2 further responsible Ministers for: Environment; Energy?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

8. Thinking about the current discussion in Australia concerning “population” … will you support a population plan for the Central Coast which limits population growth to adequately planned infrastructure, cleansed and repaired waterways, minimised de-forestation coupled with planned re-afforestation, and adequate and designated wildlife habitat?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

9. Thinking of a future Central Coast Youth Policy, do you support a joint Central Coast Council/NSW Government review of future industries suitable for environmentally friendly Central Coast jobs … and a strengthened TAFE and local university system of education aligned to the needs of the Central Coast?

Yes ……………….. No ……………….. Unsure ………………..

Comment …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

10. The NSW Government has its “Central Coast Regional Plan 2036”, and the Central Coast Council has its “Community Strategic Plan”. Where there is conflict between them, which plan should take precedence?

[a] The NSW Government’s “Central Coast Regional Plan 2036” ………. [tick for ‘yes’] OR

[b] The Central Coast Council’s “Community Strategic Plan” …………….  [tick for ‘yes’]OR

[c] Not sure ………………

[tick for ‘yes’]

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Method of delivery:  … to anyone, at any time from 1.1.2019, on request, by email.

         …    to 15 x Central Coast Councillors … enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to Central Coast Council reception area in Gosford.

…     to candidates known as at 1st March, 2019 in the electorate of Robertson …   enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

…     to candidates known as at 1st March, 2019 in the electorate of Dobell …

      enveloped hardcopy hand-delivered to each

…     to candidates known as at 1st March, 2019 in the electorate of Shortland  …    enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

   …     to candidates known as at 31 January, 2019 in the electorate of Gosford     …    enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

   …     to candidates known as at 31 January, 2019 in the electorates of Terrigal    …    enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

…     to candidates known as at 31.1.19, in the electorate of The Entrance      …   enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

  …     to candidates known as at 31 January, 2019 in the electorates of Wyong     …    enveloped hard-copy hand-delivered to each.

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Method of return:           posted [or hand-delivered] to COMMUNITY PLAN CENTRAL COAST, 40 Cornelian Road, Pearl Beach. 2256 … to be received by:

Candidates in Gosford, Terrigal, The Entrance, Wyong   …   by Saturday, 16th February.

 Candidates in Robertson, Dobell, Shortland                       …     by Saturday, 30th March.

 Councillors x 15                                                                                …        by Saturday, 30th March.

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Authorisation:   Dr Van Davy, on behalf of Community Plan Central Coast:  40 Cornelian Road. Pearl Beach. NSW.

Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 – Van’s submission to NOPSEMA – FYI and use as you wish.

                                                                                                                                 Pearl Beach.  NSW.

                                                                                                                                  26 November, 2018.

PEP 11 … will lead to the establishment of untold numbers of oil/gas platforms/derricks in sight of our beautiful Central Coast and will, if earlier international experiences are to be learned from, result in: ….

To: Mr Cameron Grebe. Head of Division, Environment at National Offshore Petroleum            Safety and Environment Management Authority [NOPSEMA].  PO Box 552. Collins          Street West VIC 8007. 

CC: Chair: Ms Erica Smythe. PO Box 552. Collins Street West. VIC. 8007.

          CEO:  Mr Stuart Smith.  PO Box 552. Collins Street West. VIC. 8007.

       Minister: The Honourable Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern                                          Australia. Parliament House. Canberra. ACT. 2600.

Subject:  Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11]

Dear Mr Grebe

I write as a resident of Pearl Beach, a user of Broken Bay’s waterways, and a regular visitor to the Central Coast beaches … from Killcare to Budgewoi, NSW.

I am horrified to learn that your National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority [NOPSEMA] has approved testing which, if it pleases foreign oil/gas corporations, will lead to the establishment of untold numbers of oil/gas platforms/derricks in sight of our beautiful Central Coast and will, if earlier international experiences are to be learned from, result in:

  • Very little-to-zero local job creation as corporations tend to bring their own skilled labour and executives
  • Very little-to-zero extra gas for Australians as most Australian gas is sold to foreign importers [corporations] with long-term contracts [source: Reserve Bank]. That is, these foreign corporations sell Australian gas for bigger foreign profits in foreign countries, thus forcing up our gas prices here in Australia
  • Oil platform/rig/derrick spills with catastrophic effects on our beaches, sea-life and waterways
  • Oil/Gas platform/rig/derrick flame-outs endangering workers’ lives … and our beaches, sea-life and waterways
  • Boating accidents to threaten our beaches, sea-life, and waterways.
  • Oil/gas derricks to despoil our attraction as a tourist destination … and thus COST local jobs.

In addition, I am keenly aware that preliminary exploration for offshore gas shale in Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11] has been approved by your Authority despite the total absence of any consultation with the Central Coast beach and coast-using community, or the Central Coast fishing and sea-life community, or the Central Coast Council. This neglect of consultation is characteristic of authoritarian regimes which could be listed here, but the absence of consultation here is, in my view, despicable behaviour for a “Safety and Environment Management Authority” given the task of protecting safety and the environment within an avowed Democracy. To remind you, ‘Democracy’ is government [management] by the people, for the people.

Given the views expressed above, I am requesting that you indicate a willingness to meet, in public session, with me and other interested citizens … or alternatively, to meet formally with the Central Coast Council in public session in the event that that Council requests such a formal meeting.

Yours sincerely … Dr Van Davy [JP]