Monthly Archives: October 2010

Campaign against Baileys Refuelling Depot at East Balmain builds support

The community of Balmain came out in force today in Darling Street outside Woolies to campaign against the refuelling depot planned for the prime residential area of East Balmain.

Young children holding placards in protest of the Baileys Refuelling Depot proposed for East Balmain

The campaign heats up in Darling Street Balmain as residents muster support from locals

It was a sea of  ‘Stop Baileys’ banners, people discussing the implications, signing petitions. Even the kids are keen to make sure that the refuelling facility does not go ahead.

From the support of the shoppers and locals, this campaign is only going to get stronger. And the protesters are going to keep up the fight. With only a 10 year lease, the campaign will be working firstly to stop the depot in the first place and secondly to ensure that the lease will not be renewed in 202o thus making the whole project potentially nonviable.

John Stomolis, left, with local residents fighting against the Baileys fuel depot planned for East Balmain

Balmain residents out in force in Balmain on Saturday 17 October to protest against Baileys Fuel Depot

The residents of Balmain were promised a consultative process for the redevelopment of White Bay with promises of community and recreational facilities. So far, all the State Government has delivered is industrial [money making] projects that will do nothing to enhance one of the most desirable suburbs in Sydney.

Notable absence at the protest this morning in Balmain was local state member, Verity Firth.

Write to Verity and other cabinet ministers and the directors of Baileys Marine to object to this obscene plan to dump 400 o00 of fuel in the middle of East Balmain residences. See a draft email to use.

Read more about the consequences of putting a refuelling depot in Balmain.

Go to the Stop Baileys website for more information and to join the campaign. We need your support right now.

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Email today to stop the Baileys refuelling depot at East Balmain

WRITE TO A MINISTER OF MLA MEMBER TODAY
Write to:
the Premier – currently Kristina Keneally
the Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly (Sharon Armstrong is given as the email contact name on the Minister’s website)
the local State Labor member, Labor’s Verity Firth

Ask the opposition leader, Barry O’Farrell, what he intends to do to stop the Bailey’s refuelling depot going ahead should he be elected Premier. If it came down to it, many Inner West Labor voters could well vote Liberal if there were guarantees to stop Bailey’s.

Let’s not forget the Greens. Write a letter asking for them to raise the issue in Parliament and for their support of the campaign to stop the refuelling depot. Here’s a few: Ian Cohen, Cate Faehrmann, John Kaye, David Shoebridge. Who knows, the Greens may end up with the balance of power in State Parliament and we want to make sure that the Bailey’s plan for intensive refuelling operations right next door to people’s homes does not go ahead.

Send your objection directly to Bailey’s Marine: Scott Bailey, Managing Director; Guy Bailey, Director.

Get a sample protest email to start your ‘stop baileys’ campaign. Here’s another sample protest email.

Read the Inner West Courier article on the proposed Green Ban to halt the Bailey’s plan.

Go to the Stop Baileys website for more information and to join the campaign. We need your support right now.

You can also visit the Balmain Rozelle community website to lodge your objection to the refuelling depot.

Example email to object to Bailey’s refuelling depot at White Bay

Local residents of Balmain campaign to stop the Baileys Refueling Depot at White Bay / East Balmain

Local residents of Balmain campaign to stop the Baileys Refueling Depot at White Bay / East Balmain

Here is something that you may like to copy and paste into your email or change into your own words.

Whatever you choose, the residents of Balmain and all those who want community recreational development of valuable harbour foreshore, please act now to stop this development.

I object to Bailey’s Refuelling Depot being built at White Bay’s headland. This foreshore area should be set aside for recreational facilities for the people of Sydney. It should not go ahead without the master plan for the development of White Bay promised by the Labor State Government in 2007.

The State Government and Baileys Marine need to change the location to a more appropriate location of the harbour – not 40 metres from residences. This is a high density residential area and this foreshore area should be developed for the people of Sydney to enjoy. It should not have a smelly, hazardous refuelling depot.

The decision to put Baileys at East Balmain was absolutely wrong. You have not listened. We said ‘no’ to Baileys. 900 submissions at an independent hearing said ‘no to Baileys’. Baileys must go.

Together, the residents of Balmain and the people of Sydney can stop this travesty from occurring. I urge everyone to take 10 minutes to send emails to members of State Parliament, Bailey’s Marine and the media.

See a list of state parliamentarians and Baileys Directors to click on names to send an email easily.

Go to the Stop Baileys website for more information and to join the campaign. We need your support right now.

It’s easy to set up a carbon neutral blog

Gotta love the initiative of stocks displays who are planting a tree for every blogger who adds their ‘carbon neutral’ icon to their blog and who write a post about it. This is my post! Looking forward to the tree being planted.

Great idea but I have to say I would love to get 15,000 hits per month and therefore offset the 3.5kg of carbon used every year. Of course, the other websites that I manage, Bold Type Publishing, Balmain Website Designs, Ski The World and Ski Biz to name a few also add to my carbon footprint, so I am more than happy to write this post and add the carbon neutral icon.

According to the stock displays website:

the figure of 3.5 kg of carbon was determined in a study conducted by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, who has worked out that an average website causes about 0.02g of carbon dioxide for each visit – so a blog attracting 15,000 visits per month contributes around 3.5kgs of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere per year. His study took into account the power consumed by computer usage, electricity hours and server cooler systems. Although 3.5kgs a year doesn’t sound like a lot, when you consider that last February The Sunday Times reported that there was around 200m blogs in the world, it means that with an average readership of 15,000 hits per month blogs alone contribute around 700,000 tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere every year.

That’s a load of carbon!

Stop the Bailey’s refuelling depot at East Balmain

Luxury homes in East Balmain are a stone's throw from the proposed Bailey's refuelling depot with 400,000 litres of fuel

Luxury homes in East Balmain are a stone's throw from the proposed Bailey's refuelling depot with 400,000 litres of fuel

Balmain Labor voters – and all voters – will take their revenge at the next election if this State Government allows the Bailey’s refuelling depot to go ahead at White Bay Wharf 6 which is, in fact, in East Balmain.

It seems the State Labor Government doesn’t give a fig about people’s lives when it comes to making a buck as it has approved the building of a refuelling depot right in the midst of one of the most desirable residential addresses in Sydney, East Balmain.

Banner with the words 'no fuel depot' put up by angry residents at East Balmain to stop the proposed Bailey's refuelling depot

Banner put up by angry residents at East Balmain to stop the proposed Bailey's refuelling depot

The depot has the capacity to hold 400 000 litres of fuel literally metres from high density housing. It will operate 365 days a year, with a capacity to operate 24/7 and after hours refuelling will be unsupervised.In 2008, a special independent review heard compelling technical experts argue against the Bailey’s development at White Bay. In addition, Sydney’s feul and barge operators have said that White Bay is an inappropriate place to locate the refuelling depot and that the Bailey’s proposal is an inefficient way to provide fuel in Sydney Harbour.

Say no to the planned refuelling depot across from the Sydney CBD

Say no to the planned refuelling depot across from the Sydney CBD

The Leichhardt Municipal Council has been campaigning against the proposal for five years. Residents are furious. This valuable harbourside land should be developed as parkland with amenities that attract Balmain residents and visitors from further afield to picnic and enjoy this wonderful harbour waterfront.With the State Election coming up, now is the time to write to those who can overturn the decision.

See a list of State Ministers and members with an example email to register your objection – starting with the Premier, Kristina Keneally.

Send your objection directly to Bailey’s Marine: Scott Bailey, Managing Director; Guy Bailey, Director.

See a draft email to use when sending your objection email.

Go to the Stop Baileys website for more information and to join the campaign. We need your support right now.

You can also visit the Balmain Rozelle community website to lodge your objection to the refuelling depot.

Read the Inner West Courier article on the proposed Green Ban to halt the Bailey’s plan.

 

Example objection email to Bailey’s refuelling depot

People power can stop the refuelling depot

Here is an example of an objection email to Government ministers. Yes, we can make a difference!

I totally object to the proposed refuelling depot at White Bay in the heart of East Balmain, one of our premier residential areas of Sydney for the following reasons.

1. Balmain is one of the most desired residential addresses in Sydney. The proposed intensive refuelling operations have the capacity to operate 24/7 with marine fuel tanks that can store 400,000 litres. It makes no sense whatsoever to put such a facility next door to a prime residential area.

2. This magnificent harbour location should be set aside for public usage with parks and outdoor facilities and transport access (ferries, water taxis). The refuelling depot will be an eye-sore on our beautiful harbour, off limits to the public and not predominately for a few thousand wealthy power boat owners. The current usage is a container wharf but these are being removed gradually and being replaced by common public access areas.

3. The inner Sydney Harbour is a major tourist attraction. Sydney attracts $5 billion p.a. in tourism dollars. It makes no sense to put a powerboat refuelling depot right in the middle of this valuable harbour environment. Not to mention the environmental issues surrounding such a facility!

As a citizen of this state, I request that the building of a refuelling depot at White Bay be overturned and that this valuable harbourside land be designated for public use for all to enjoy.

Regards

Write to a minister of MLA member today

Write to:
the Premier – currently Kristina Keneally
the Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly (BTW, Sharon is the contact name on the email address on Mr Kelly’s website)
the local State Labor member, Labor’s Verity Firth

Ask the opposition leader, Barry O’Farrell, what he intends to do to stop the Bailey’s refuelling depot going ahead should he be elected Premier. If it came down to it, many Inner West Labor voters could well vote Liberal if there were guarantees to stop Bailey’s.

Let’s not forget the Greens. Write a letter asking for them to raise the issue in Parliament and for their support of the campaign to stop the refuelling depot. Here’s a few: Ian Cohen, Cate Faehrmann, John Kaye, David Shoebridge. Who knows, the Greens may end up with the balance of power in State Parliament and we want to make sure that the Bailey’s plan for intensive refuelling operations right next door to people’s homes does not go ahead.

Send your objection directly to Bailey’s Marine: Scott Bailey, Managing DirectorGuy Bailey, Director.

Visit the Stop Baileys website and register your objection.

Rhubbarb, passionfruit and coconut cake

Baked rhubarb, passion fruit and coconut cake

Rhubarb, passionfruit and coconut cake

I came across this fabulous cake recipe while helping Maxine McKew’s election campaign at the last election. Every Saturday, Bill and I would be helping at street stalls and Maxine would bring a cake for the workers from her next door neighbour. This is only one of many that were simply sublime. Thank you Maxine’s neighbour. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this recipe with cake lovers.

To say this cake is delicious is an understatement. You’ll wow your friends with it.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
1  1/4 cups castor sugar
1 1/2 cups dessicated coconut
125 g melted butter
3 eggs – beaten lightly
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Filling

3/4 cup of finely chopped rhubarb
2 extra stalks rhubarb
3 – 4 passionfruits
2 tablespoons Demerara sugar
Sprinkle of icing sugar

method

Combine flour, castor sugar and coconut in a large bowl. Stir in melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla.

Grease the cake or baking tin (2o cm round cake tin is good). Add half the cake mixture then add the chopped rhubarb and the pulp of two passionfruit evenly over the mixture.

Add the rest of the cake mixture then arrange pieces of rhubarb over the top with the pulp of one or two remaining passionfruit. Sprinkle with Demerra sugar.

baking

Bake for one hour in a moderate oven: 180 or 160 if fan forced.If cake is browning too much, cover loosely with foil.

Allow cake to sit for five minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

When cool, sprinkle with a little sieved icing sugar.

hints

Cake can be made one or two days ahead of serving.

Suitable to freeze but do not microwave.

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