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Spring has sprung: almost!

Peach Blossoms in Balmain, Sydney, Australia, Spring 2011

Peach blossoms at their best in Balmain

Come September here in Australia, the first signs of spring are often the peach blossoms which, earlier this month, were spectacular. The weather was warm, and we all started donning short sleeves and thinking about light summer clothing, swim suits and sandals. Continue reading

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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.

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.

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.

Autumn in Balmain

Balmain in Sydney in Autumn generally means crystal clear days with blue skies and burnt orange leaves on trees and footpaths.

Carpet of autumn leaves in Balmain, Sydney in Autumn

Carpet of autumn leaves on a street in Balmain, Sydney in Autumn 2010

Autumn leaves on a street in Balmain Sydney

Autumn leaves on a Balmain street in Sydney Autumn 2010

Shadows and golden leaves on the street in Balmain Sydney Autumn 2010

Fallen golden leaves and shadows on a street in Balmain Sydney Autumn 2010

Home exchange makes travel affordable and fun

View over Sydney city from East Balmain apartment in Sydney Australia

The view over Sydney city from our apartment in Balmain

A growing trend in the baby-boomer age group (and those a wee bit older) is to organise house exchanges when travelling.

Each winter, Vernon in British Columbia sees an inundation of Australians and New Zealanders who have exchanged homes so that they can enjoy a month or more skiing mountains in the Okanagan Valley and beyond.

It’s a win-win situation as many Canadians want to escape the winter to enjoy the sunshine in Australia or New Zealand while the Aussies and Kiwis make the most of the Canadian ski fields.

It’s possible to swap houses with people from just about any country in the world. And as baby boomers retire, more people are exchanging for long periods of time – up to 12 months. It’s feasible to be away from home for a couple of years as retirees organise multiple exchanges in different countries around the world or within their own country for that matter.

So how does one go about organising a house swap?

There are a number of options that have worked for us:

  • word of mouth – this works best if there is an active home exchange network happening already
  • home exchange websites
  • advertisement in travel accommodation section of newspaper.

Numerous websites now abound on the Internet with listings of thousands of homes in every country of people who want to swap homes.

But it’s not just about the savings in accommodation costs, it’s the experience of becoming part of a community even if only for a short time. Neighbours introduce themselves (and often pick you up from the airport), you meet all kinds of people, you get to live in a home rather than a sterile hotel room, and generally, the locals are very friendly.

House swapping – it’s great stuff!

Contact Susie if you are interested in discussing a house swap in Balmain, Sydney.

You can see more images and get more details about our apartment on the house swap website, First Home Exchange.

Images of Balmain Sydney

Ewenton House in East Balmain Sydney

Ewenton House, East Balmain

Darling Street is the main street in Balmain running from the Wharf at East Balmain to Victoria Road in Rozelle

Street scene in Balmain Sydney looking down Darling Street towards East Balmain

Iconic Balmain image is the Post Office and Clock Tower

Balmain Post Office and Clock Tower on Darling Street

Town Hall Hotel is a meeting place for many Sydneysiders

The famous Balmain Town Hall Hotel on Darling Street

Darling Street Balmain with the Sydney CBD in the background

Darling Street Balmain has some great views of the Sydney CBD

Ewenton Park East Balmain in the heart of Sydney provides some traquility for visitors

Ewenton Park at East Balmain Sydney

Community vegetable garden in Balmain

A community vegetable garden grows on a footpath in East Balmain, Sydney

An experimental community garden in East Balmain, Sydney Australia

On an early evening walk the other day, Bill and I happened across an ‘experimental community garden’ which had all manner of organic vegetables growing. There it was on a footpath – three small hand-built planter boxes growning spinach, herbs and tomatoes.

The sign simply said:

Experimental Community Garden: you are welcome to pick what you need for your next meal … all of the seedlings are ‘heirloom variety available from www.diggers.com. Anyone can contribute. Water is mostly recycled while the soil is mostly organic garden compost which is topped up periodically. No herbicides have been used.

I’m not sure whether this is part of a community garden project or just something that the local community has started. We have parkland near us at East Balmain that is rarely used, some of which could be turned into another community garden. Bill and I have been talking about it for some time so the wonder of finding one in Balmain already has spurred us on to talk to our local councillor about getting our community garden going.

Love to hear if others are starting their own community gardens or if you belong to a network like www.communitygarden.org.au