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March 2017

There were so many wins for the environment this month, we had a hard time choosing what to feature!

That’s because in the lead up to the WA State election, you were part of an incredible movement of action and support for our environment, wildlife, and communities, and you helped deliver one of the most dramatic changes in leadership in our State's history.

Here are some of your highlights, narrated by the CCWA team, as well as a taste of what’s to come!

A message from Piers about Beeliar Wetlands:

“By working together, we have achieved an amazing win stopping the destructive and unnecessary Perth Freight Link. The restoration of the Roe 8 corridor and surrounding bushland provides an opportunity to re-imagine the area as a wonderful community asset, a haven for wildlife, a celebration of Aboriginal heritage, and a place of peace, learning, and recreation.

If you would like to contribute to shaping this vision and making it a reality, you can join and be part of the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor project.

An important community forum will be held on 30 April to discuss how this project will unfold and how we can all be involved – it would be great to see you there!”

A message from Meredith about Future Super:

“Did you know that many Western Australians are unaware that their super funds are investing their hard earned money in gas fracking and other polluting fossil fuels? This is why I’m so excited to let you know that there's one super fund that's been rated 100% fossil fuel free - Future Super!

Making the switch can be a powerful statement against the fossil fuel industry in WA - plus, Future Super has offered to donate $150 to CCWA on behalf of everyone who makes the switch on our unique page. Will you switch today, or find out more?

A message from Jules about Frack Free Future:

“Together we made fracking a key issue in the election, and delivered a Government committed to a statewide moratorium (temporary ban), while a public inquiry will determine whether to ban fracking permanently. So let’s celebrate - and spread the word! The wind is in our sails, but there’ll be stormy waters ahead when the fracking industry tries to force Labor to water down their moratorium commitment.

So please like and share our Facebook page, email [email protected] to request a yard sign, and check out all the other ways you can help on our website.”

A message from Mia about Uranium Free WA:

“This week we had a scare that the WA Government would allow four uranium mines to proceed. No decision has been made but the pressure is on. Before the election the Labor party promised only mines with final approval or those under construction would be allowed to proceed – none of the four uranium proposals meet that criteria and should not be allowed to proceed under Labor.

Instead we want to see a permanent ban on uranium mining. Now more than ever we need to remind the Government of their commitment to stop uranium mining. You can help by reaching out to your Labor member and call on them to support a ban on uranium mining, or you can sign on to the Uranium Free Charter - with a growing number of individuals, unions, environment groups, and health groups.”

And a taste of what’s to come… Get ready for Eco May!

During May, community groups, organisations, schools, and councils all over WA are hosting eco-themed activities to enjoy nature, raise awareness, and activate community members to get involved. Register your event now!

Thank you for all that you do for WA’s environment - we have achieved amazing things together, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

In solidarity,

Sarah and the team at CCWA

P.S. Our community has some exciting events lined up for April - what would you and your friends enjoy attending?

Apr 6: Introduction to Common Cause - Values and Frames that Motivate Change

You’ll learn about values and frames-based community engagement and how to more effectively inspire people to get involved in your cause, campaign, organisation or collective action.

Apr 6: Common Cause - Paradigm Change Workshop

This workshop follows on from the Introduction to Common Cause. We go a bit deeper, examining the values and principles of the current global political/economic system - neoliberalism - and compare these values with the values required to bring about a fair, just and sustainable society.

Apr 15 - 16: Jungkajungka Woodlands Festival

You are invited to the inaugural Jungkajungka Woodlands Festival to be held over Easter in Norseman – the Heart of the Great Western Woodlands. The festival theme is “The Great Western Woodlands: Knowledge I Care I Opportunity” and there will be a full program of presentations, workshops, woodland tours and cultural performances.

Apr 21: Seabird Conservation Forum

A forum on the threats and management strategies for four currently ‘conservation dependent’ seabirds in WA: Flesh-footed Shearwater, the Little Penguin, Lesser Noddy and Australian Fairy Tern.

Apr 30: Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor Public Meeting

Join us for a virtual walk through the wildlife corridor utilising our new interactive map of the corridor incorporating community ideas. This will be followed by the election of committee members, the formation of sub-committees and a brainstorming workshop.



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