Community Alliance Party has faith in tomorrows community leaders – Our Youth

Dear media outlets,

I hope that you consider publishing and or broadcasting this media release.  Minor Parties do not have the massive resources of the major ones yet Minor Parties can offer diversity, they are responsible and have great good ideas and simple solutions to problems.  Often it is the little things that matter and giving a voice to those who are generally unheard, forgotten, marginalised and taken for granted.

The Community Alliance Party is not aligned to an influential personality or another political party, business or other powerful groups.  We do not have an ideology.  We believe in measured persuasive debate and listen. Our community and its well-being comes first and that will never change.

Kindly, Michael

MEDIA RELEASE 

Voting age to be lowered under Community Alliance Party plan

One of two Community Alliance candidates contesting the Murrumbidgee electorate, Michael Lindfield unveiled its election commitment to lower the voting age of electors from 18 years of age to 16 for the next ACT election in 2020.

Michael Lindfield said, “this would add thousands of young voters to the electoral role.”

“My party believes this initiative will strengthen the capital’s reputation as a global leader in participatory democracy and the ACT would be the first Australian jurisdiction to do so.

“If elected, following extensive consultations with stakeholders, I would introduce appropriate legislation within the first six months of winning office.

“It has been close to a decade now since the ACT Legislative Assembly considered lowering the voting age and since an “Inquiry into the Eligible Voting Age”. Many international studies reveal the positive aspects of enfranchising 16 and 17 year olds in the democratic process in modern society. Countries as diverse as Austria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Malta, Estonia, and even Scotland have already heeded this advice.”

“It is nonsensical to believe that those younger than the voting threshold of 18 years lack the capacity to make informed voting decisions. Yet successive ACT governments allow, and in certain circumstances encourage, citizens as young as 14 years of age to participate in the workforce, pay taxes and generally contribute to the local economy’s Gross Domestic Product”, Lindfield said.

In the last decade, the social media global revolution has introduced new platforms  – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Skype, Instagram, blogging, chat rooms and on-line forums and discussion groups which are allowing individuals instantly to:

  • Connect with each other and different sections of the community;
  • Exchange ideas, opinions and disseminate information;
  • Organise events and activities into positive collective action;
  • Build community engagement for all demographics;
  • 
Expose corruptive and unethical behavior (i.e. whistle-blowing) and injustice or immoral practices and violations; and
  • Create message boards – to communicate with mass audiences, engage diverse community and interest groups and garner support.

“Importantly, with information and communication technology now seen as an enabler for strengthening community and promoting citizen participation in decision making processes; 16 and 17 year olds need to be politically savvy.

“To help youngsters to appreciate fully the democratic political process and navigate the compulsory voting system operating in the ACT and Australia, we would introduce compulsory classes in Civics and Ethics to all ACT High Schools and Colleges. This would provide a basic toolkit with which to interpret the tsunami of political information and misinformation confronting this social media savvy generation.”

“In a rapidly and ever-changing world, young people of 16 and 17 now want to be empowered, expect to be heard and their views taken into account by political and bureaucratic decision making processes. They have a desire to participate in democracy and this should be encouraged.” Lindfield said.

“I was recently encouraged at Kambah Shopping Centre to be asked by a 10 year old, what are my policies.”

Post script

The legal age for consensual sex varies across Australian state and territory jurisdictions. The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory.

Background and reference points

www.canberra-alliance.org.auNote: The Community Alliance Party is not a member of the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy

http://www.education.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/193212/Young_People_at_Work.pdf

The ACT Legislative Assembly for the ACT Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People “Inquiry into the Eligible Voting Age.” September 2007, Report 5

http://www.voteat16.ie/nine_reasons

http://60secondmarketer.com/blog/2010/04/09/top-52-social-media-platforms/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_age

http://www.youthforum.org/latest-news/european-parliament-backs-right-for-16-17-year-olds-to-vote/

http://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/age-consent-laws

Timeline for reducing the voting age

Brazil lowered its minimum voting age from 18 to 16 with its 1988 constitution.

The United Kingdom’s report of the “Power Inquiry” called for a reduction of the voting age, and of the candidacy age for the House of Commons, to 16 in 2006.

The Isle of Man was the first to amend its law, when in July 2006 it reduced the voting age to 16 for its general elections, with the House of Keys approving the move by 19 votes to 4.

Jersey followed suit on 4 July 2007, when it approved in principle a reduction of the voting age to 16. The States of Jersey voted narrowly in favour, by 25 votes to 21, in 2007

The states of Guernsey adopted a proposal for a reduction of the voting age to 16 by 30 votes to 15 in 2007.

Austria became the first member of the European Union to adopt a voting age of 16 for most purposes in 2007.

Switzerland voted to reduce the voting age from 18 to 16 for national and local elections in 2007.

Malta adopted a proposal to lower its voting age from 18 to 16 for local elections starting from 2015. The proposal gained wide support from both the government and opposition, social scientists and youth organisations.

The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to reduce the voting age to 16 for Scottish Parliament elections and Scottish local government elections in June 2015.

Estonia legalised voting at 16 in 6 local elections only in 2015

The European Parliament officially endorsed a voting age of 16 for European Parliament elections in November 2015 and has asked member states to consider the proposal.

Other

In Germany, voting age 16 for state elections include:

Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg and  Schleswig-Holstein. Voting age 16 for municipal elections:

  • Baden-Württemberg:
  • Berlin;
  • Brandenburg;
  • Bremen;
  • Hamburg;
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern;
  • Lower Saxony;
  • North Rhine-Westphalia;
  • Saxony-Anhalt; and
  • Schleswig-Holstein.

The minimum voting age of 16 also legal in Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, in Ethiopia, Sudan and Indonesia for 17 years and for people aged 16–18 in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro if employed.

In the United States, twenty-one states permit 17-year-olds to vote in state and political party caucuses if they will be 18 by election day.  States include:

  • Alaska;
  • Connecticut;
  • Hawaii;
  • Illinois;
  • Indiana;
  • Iowa;
  • Kansas;
  • Kentucky;
  • Maine;
  • Maryland;
  • Mississippi;
  • Nebraska;
  • Nevada;
  • New Mexico;
  • North Dakota;
  • North Carolina;
  • Ohio;
  • Oregon;
  • Virginia;
  • Vermont; and
  • Washington.
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Community Alliance Party (CAP) values the Aged

CAP is committed to working with elderly people to help develop a cohesive community that is inclusive of all ages.

CAP recognises that the needs of people change as they age. CAP will work with the elderly, carers, relevant agencies, and the wider community to support ‘active ageing’: making ageing a positive experience for individuals and the community.

Participation

CAP recognises that social isolation is a significant issue for some people as they age. CAP is committed to giving people of all ages the opportunity to be fully engaged in the community life of the ACT. Nobody should feel isolation and not part of a community. Your well-being is CAP’s concern.

CAP believes in facilitating positive interaction between young and elderly residents of the ACT. We will promote cross-generational programs in schools and in the wider community whereby young and old can learn new skills together. Where existing members desire it, CAP will facilitate the broadening of senior citizen clubs into community clubs to help break down generation gaps.

CAP will support

  • activities that bring generations together, e.g. equestrian, chess and other games, woodwork and other crafts, including expansion of the ‘Men’s Sheds’ network;
  • the development of multi use care facilities integrated with the wider community;
  • older people to remain actively engaged in the workforce. We are committed to ensuring that businesses appreciate the advantages of employing older workers, and do not discriminate on the basis of age. We support and encourage retired managers to mentor less experienced staff.

Independence

CAP recognises that people generally prefer to age in their own home and community. CAP supports:

  • the provision of adaptable housing: housing that is accessible, appropriate and affordable to those with special needs, including elderly people and will work with industry and the wider community to introduce requirements for adaptable housing into building and development codes and standards. All new public housing will be adaptable housing.
  • the provision of appropriate services, facilities and infrastructure to meet the needs of ageing residents of the ACT;
  • the provision of accessible, reliable and affordable public transport options for the elderly.

CAP will plan for the future by integrating the needs of older people into a long-term strategic plan for the ACT. This includes earmarking undeveloped land within safe walking distance of services and facilities for elderly accommodation.

Safety

CAP acknowledges that elder abuse—physical, emotional, and financial—is a matter of grave concern that needs to be addressed.  CAP supports

  • a code of practice that is developed cooperatively with service providers, government, staff, volunteers and carers to ensure the safety of the vulnerable while encouraging valuable volunteers to stay involved.

Government services

CAP recognises the complex and varied health needs of the elderly and will ensure that additional resources are provided for rehabilitation support, occasional care, respite care, and palliative care.

CAP will negotiate:

  • with other governments on reciprocal arrangements to ensure that the ACT Seniors Card is recognised throughout Australia.

CAP will press the ACT’s Federal Representatives to support the appropriate indexation of Superannuation and Defence Force and Commonwealth pensions.

Sustainabiity and Climate Change – Election Commitments

The Community Alliance Party  (CAP) will work with the community, business, and governments to develop a long-term vision for a genuinely sustainable ACT. We must develop the capability to respond effectively to the challenges of a changing and increasingly variable climate.

Currently, the ACT environment is in reasonably good condition, with relatively clean air and water and large areas of national park.  But recent ACT governments have been too slow to take responsible action on issues such as climate change. They have neglected social, economic and environmental sustainability by allowing ad hoc developments, transport policies and practices that maximise profits and convenience at the expense of the environment.

Climate change 

The impacts of climate change and climate variability are already noticeable. The Alliance will work with communities, scientists, businesses, and others to achieve the goal of creating a carbon neutral ACT economy by 2050, or sooner if possible.

CAP will

  • urgently implement measures to significantly reduce energy use and aims to achieve 100% renewable energy in the ACT by 2030, or sooner if possible; and
  • support investment in local business to help strengthen the ACT economy by taking a leading role in the development of sustainable industries. 

Resource use 


CAP will work with communities to identify and implement ways of reducing the ACT’s ecological footprint, thereby helping to build a genuinely sustainable community in the ACT in partnership with the wider Australian community. 

CAP supports:

  • the introduction of national ecological footprint labelling to show how much greenhouse gases are emitted during the manufacture, distribution, and disposal of food, detergents, electrical appliances and other products;
  • all new housing—in new developments and redevelopments—and government facilities must meet stringent design standards of resource efficiency, and public housing stock should be progressively retro-fitted or replaced to meet such standards. The Alliance will assist private home-owners to install insulation, double glazing, solar energy, and other environmentally friendly technologies; 
  • purchasing electric vehicles for government use;
  • the re-use, recycling, and ‘no waste’ of resources in the ACT, with the aim of minimising the total waste stream; and . 
  • that the ACT’s planning and development should be sustainable in the long term, taking proper account of environmental, social and economic objectives. 

Research 

  • CAP will lobby for an independent inquiry into preventative fire management and its effects on biodiversity, water quality and fire fighting, particularly since severe bush fires are likely to occur more often as a result of climate change. This will use the results from past inquiries as a starting point. 

Monitoring regimes for environmental values will be improved where required to enable an accurate assessment and improved understanding of the environment. 

  • CAP will lobby for an independent, open and transparent appraisal of water supply and water demand management options for the ACT. 

Biodiversity conservation 

CAP recognises the value of the ACT’s biodiversity in the context of the wider Australian Capital Region and the special role the ACT has in conserving important species and ecological communities. Nature reserves, national parks and wildlife corridors will be protected. 

  • CAP will lobby the government to improve the control of noxious plants and feral animals in the ACT, e.g. Blackberry, Patterson’s Curse, Foxes, and Indian Mynah birds, but rejects the culling of indigenous species such as kangaroos, with preference for relocation.

Education 

  • CAP supports environmental education for all age groups.

Media Release – Drag strip for South East Tuggeranong and application to host FIA Formula E Championship racing for Woden and Tuggeranong in 2018 – Election Comittment

The Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield announced two election commitments today regarding the building of a drag strip and for the Nation’s Capital to be a venue for the FIA Formula E championship of auto racing  that uses only electric-powered cars.

Michael Lindfield said, “if elected he would lobby the Government to build a drag strip in South-East Tuggeranong which has a disused kilometer long grassed airfield and preferably co-located with the solar farms at Williamsdale or along the Monaro Highway.

Spokesperson for the deregistered ACT Motorist Party, Burl Doble and owned of Phillip Radiator Services supports the idea and considers the long term benefits for the community could be significant.

In drag racing, the objective is to complete a given straight-line distance, from a standing start, ahead of a vehicle in a parallel lane. This distance is traditionally ¼ mile (400 m), though ⅛ mile (200 m) has become popular since the 1990s. The vehicles may or may not be given the signal to start at the same time, depending on the class of racing. Vehicles range from the everyday car to the purpose-built dragster.

“The development of a drag strip would open up new economic and employment opportunities in the area that have been long overlooked and neglected by successive governments for the past 15 years.

According to Clubs of Australia there are 65 auto clubs actively present in the Nation’s Capital with more than 30 other types, including motor bikes, historic and heritage, vintage, classic, military, custom, collectables, production, muscle and restorers. This does not include motoring popularity around Canberra’s regional areas like Goulburn, Yass, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Wagga Wagga and down the NSW South Coast from Batemans Bay to Bega and Eden, which would be attracted to the Canberra venue.

“Many ACT car clubs and associations are community minded.  They have regular show and shine events and proceeds are donated to charity organisations.  For example, the ACT Street Machine Association gives all of its ‘show and shine’ competition proceeds to the Snowy Hydro South Care Helicopter service.  At the annual “Shannons Wheels” held in May 2016, local and interstate motor enthusiasts brought along approximately 700 extremely diverse and very interesting vehicles for display and proceeds were given the local branch of Technical Aid for the Disabled.

“This recreational sector is not only valued by the not-for-profit sector but contributes millions to the City’s economy each year and is safety conscious and driver responsibility as a priority, Lindfield said.

“I believe that a drag strip, as stage one of a fully developed motoring venue meets community needs and expectations and the ACT government must take a lead role and not ignore its potential, in terms of intestate patronage, a venue for safer driving and an existing and expanding motoring enthusiast sector. It would also mitigate illegal drag racing on Canberra’s suburban streets.

Lindfield added “with the Formula E racing, which was introduced globally in 2014, it is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and is recognised for trialing future greener modes of transport and as an exciting spectator sport.  It is also attracting multinational companies to invest in such technologies and very popular as a safe and quiet city street spectator event requiring minimal infrastructure.

“The flow on benefits of these two important election commitments are endless, including revitalising Calwall, Chisholm, Lanyon and Tuggeranong and Woden shopping centres; increased motel occupancy rates in the Woden and South East Tuggeranong areas and will lay the foundations to build additional motel/resort type accommodation with new employment potential, create new businesses in the auto industry e.g. mechanical workshops, panel beating and spray painting, customised trailer design and fabrication, tyre, lubricant and accessory suppliers; and put Canberra on the global map as an international sporting and tourism venue.” Lindfield said.

Background and reference points

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/298444/Electronic_records.pdf

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/420625/Released_Documents_-_Williamsdale_GA_Airfield_-_DRAFT_Brief.pdf

http://au.geoview.info/williamsdale_airport,1042099887n

https://actmotorclubs.wordpress.com/members/clubs/

https://actmotorclubs.wordpress.com/members/clubs/

http://www.actsma.asn.au/

https://actmotorclubs.wordpress.com/events/past-events/shannons-wheels/

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-woman-to-face-court-after-illegal-drag-racing-meet-20160909-grd147.html

Background to Formula E racing

The Formula E championship is currently contested by ten international  teams with two drivers each. Racing generally takes place on temporary city-centre street circuits which are approximately 2 to 3.4 km (1.2 to 2.1 mi) long. The remaining racing international program for 2016-17 includes Marrakesh (Morocco), Buenos Aires (Brazil), Mexico City, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Montreal (Canada)

All events begin with two practice sessions in the morning, an opening 45-minute session followed by a further 30-minute session. Drivers each have two cars at their disposal with 200 kw available throughout.

The qualifying session normally takes place at midday and lasts one hour. The drivers are divided into four groups of five, with each group having six minutes to set their best lap. Full power of 200 kW is available throughout with drivers only able to use one car. Since the second season, the five fastest drivers then go out again, one-by-one, in the Super Pole shoot-out to determine the top five grid positions.

The race itself lasts for approximately 50 minutes with drivers making one mandatory pit stop to change cars. Tire changes, unless caused by a puncture or damage, are not permitted during this pit stop. In race mode the maximum power is restricted to 170 kW. Points are awarded using the standard FIA system.

Backdround on Drag racing

In drag racing, the objective is to complete a given straight-line distance, from a standing start, ahead of a vehicle in a parallel lane. This distance is traditionally ¼ mile (400 m), though ⅛ mile (200 m) has become popular since the 1990s. The vehicles may or may not be given the signal to start at the same time, depending on the class of racing. Vehicles range from the everyday car to the purpose-built dragster. Speeds and elapsed time differ from class to class. Average street cars cover the ¼ mile in 12 to 16 seconds. Drag racing was organised as a sport by Wally Parks in the early 1950s through the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association). The NHRA was formed to discourage illegal street racing.

Drag racing is two cars head-to-head, the winner proceeding to the next round. Professional classes are all first to the finish line wins. Sportsman racing is handicapped (slower car getting a head-start) using an index (a lowest e.t. allowed), and cars running under (quicker than) their index “break out” and lose. The slowest cars, bracket racers, are also handicapped, but rather than an index, they use a dial-in.

 

Transport not to be a financial burden under Community Alliance Party plan – three month trial of free bus travel for workers and reduced parking costs– Election Commitments

Michael Lindfield, one of two Community Alliance Party (CAP) candidates contesting the Murrumbidgee in the ACT October election released more details of its transport plan for the City.

Michael Lindfield said, “CAP is concentrating on the smaller things that make a real difference to lives of residents and not impose financial burdens on those who can least afford it.

“We care about disadvantaged residents who have limited financial resources and concerned that they stay connected with the community by using public transport, at an affordable cost, Lindfield said.

“Our party supports student bus passes working all year round and free bus passes for children without a local public school. We also encourage car-pooling and reward drivers with reduced parking costs, support the upgrading of the public transport network to improve access to tourist attractions around the ACT and introduce a ‘tourist public transport pass’ at a reduced price.

“CAP also supports:

  • road tax exemptions, free public parking, and the development of a free recharging network for zero emission electric vehicles;
  • parking concessions for carers: and
  • will require all new commercial developments to provide adequate disabled parking, and consider a demerit points system to ensure that the illegal use of disabled parking spaces is appropriately penalised.

“Our party will also consult with stakeholders with a view to introduce no-blame third-party personal insurance for motor vehicle accidents,“ Lindfield said.

Election Commitments – Community Alliance Party as at 29 September 2016

Minor Party’s can make a positive difference in the ACT Legislative Assembly

Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield said, “minor party’s in the ACT can make a positive, significant and responsible difference in the ACT Legislative Assembly by bringing fresh and innovative ideas, solutions to government policy making, diversity and protect the interests of ordinary AC Territorian mums and dads, working families, the aged and disadvantaged, youth and small businesses.

“As a grass roots party we are in tune with the small issues that impact on the community. The feedback from door knocking my electorate of Murrumbidgee is a general distrust of the ACT Labor Greens Compact – that they have dropped the ball on public consultations on many important issues, including leadership – and the Canberra Liberals inability to offer solutions and add positive value to debating the needs and expectations of the electorate.

“The Community Alliance Party is a middle of the political spectrum, progressive and considers innovative ideas to do things better for the community particularly in the areas of accountability, transparency and value for rate and tax payers’ money. We are guided by achieving outcomes through LISTENING, community consultation, reasoned persuasion and influence. We are a party that will enable the Government of the day pass its budget and in return expect it to engage in extensive community consultation on major budget commitments.

The election commitments CAP has announced so far include:

  • Review the ACT Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012

CAP will sponsor a review the ACT Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 e.g. whistle-blowers; with a view to include ACT politicians and the private sector where their conduct is seen to be wrongful – misuse of public funds, breach of trust, insider trading, bribes or misuse of information – and deemed to be a criminal offence against a law in force in the ACT.

  • Strengthen ACT workplace bullying and harassment legal regime

CAP will strengthen the laws and regulations relating to workplace bullying and harassment in the public sector by making them a criminal offence and perpetrators also liable to civil litigation as another remedy and deterrent.

  • Strengthen domestic violence administrative processes

CAP will strengthen the administrative processes in domestic violence situations to enable the Magistrate Court to make it lawful for a respondent to an urgent domestic violence order be fitted with a global positioning system tracking device and the applicant notified when the respondent is in the local vicinity.

  • Reform the ACT Tattoo Industry

CAP will introduce legislation to reform the tattoo studio industry by among other things, raising the standards of out-dated guidelines (set in 2006) for public safety and consumer protection, consider accreditation and qualifications, training practices and procedures for tattooists, apprenticeship arrangements, and making it mandatory for the ownership and administration of such businesses to be fully disclosed by public register and anybody associated, either by ownership, management or shareholding, including directors, employees, contractors, consultants or “sleeping partners” (ie and all associates) undergo a fit and proper character and criminal record test before a license to operate is granted or renewed. This is consistent with the suite of reforms in Queensland and NSW jurisdictions and those being considered by South Australia.

  • Relocate Floriade to Tuggeranong Town Park and Lake Tuggeranong Foreshore

CAP has pledged that if elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly lobby hard to have Floriade permanently located in Tuggeranong Town Park and surrounding Lake Tuggeranong foreshore. This would stimulate economic growth in South Canberra.

  • Review ACT Land Development Agency and abolish the ACT Minister for Planning ‘call-in’ powers

CAP will undertake a priority review of the role, function, powers, management and legislative base of the ACT Land Development Agency ACTLDA) with a view to make it more publicly accountable, simplified processes, enhanced transparency and reduced red tape.

And also:

–  introduce a robust penalty system whereby the ACTLDA could be fined (payable to                 development proponents) if it does not meet key performance areas within a                           specified time frame(s) when dealing with the general public and businesses; and

–  abolish the ACT Planning Minister’s “call-in” powers under current planning                         legislation.

  • Lower the cost of pharmaceuticals and industry deregulation

CAP will lobby hard to bring the pharmaceutical costs down and consider deregulation measures for the ACT pharmaceutical sector generally so that drugs dispensed from pharmacies are (a) safe for consumers and (b) cheaper and more accessible for working families, terminally ill and economically disadvantaged groups.

  • Establish an ACT Office for Men’s Health and Well-being

CAP will lobby hard to create an ACT Office for Men’s Health and Well-being located within ACT Health department to do among other things, give policy advice on addressing men’s health issues, analyse current data to look at ways to minimise premature death, injury, self harm, develop strategies to prevent certain cancer types and diseases; and raise its overall profile in the community.

  • Review the ACT funeral industry for market competition and reduce costs

CAP will sponsor a review of the funeral industry in the ACT and look at options for more market competition to reduce costs and to allay upfront consumer payment.

  • Review of ACT Ambulance Service

CAP will sponsor a review of the ACT Ambulance Service operationally in terms of efficiency and effectiveness and identify options to reduce the cost to tax and rate payers, particularly the City’s aged, disadvantaged and young families.

  • Light rail 

CAP opposes the Civic to Gungahlin and the Civic to Woden initiative supported by the ACT Labor-Greens Compact.

CAP may consider, following extensive community consultations over an 18 month period, a detailed and transparent feasibility study undertaken by the private sector and reviewed by an independent probity auditor, a light rail from Canberra International Airport to Civic with construction (also undertake by the private sector) of a world class state-of-the-art National Convention Centre comprising luxury accommodation facilities, stylish boutique restaurants and adjoining entertainment facilities and infrastructure. The cost to benefits ratios may be more attractive in recouping the private sector funded light rail costs.

  • Introduce Medi-PhamaCare speciality clinic pilots for Kambah and Weston Creek areas

CAP is committed to providing the best possible care for older and young AC Territorians when they most need it – during the night and the early hours of the morning.

CAP will initiate improvements to the existing walk–in clinic philosophy by piloting Medi-PharmaCare Specialtiy Centres at Kambah and Weston Creek specifically for older residents and for young families.

The centres will use existing vacant buildings and provide care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries and operate between the hours of 9 pm to 9 am seven days a week including holidays. Staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners in specialised fields who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication as well as help with birth control or breast feeding issues and provide free immunisations. The services envisaged include treatment of:

  • Respiratory and cardiovascular stabilisation
  • Sprains & broken bones
  • Colds and flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throats and ear problems
  • Bladder infections
  • Pediatric care, for ages 3 months and older
  • Skin infections
  • Limited laboratory and X-rays could be available on site with outsourced pharmacy provider.

CAP is working hard to protect and improve health care. CAP will continue to give families faster, more efficient treatment during the times that worry them most and because everyone matters.

  • Poker machine community contributions to increase to 20 per cent under Community Alliance Party plan & insist on stronger reporting requirements

CAP will lobby and persuade the Government to make it mandatory for Canberra’s 49 clubs that own and operate the city’s 4,906 poker machines to increase their financial contribution to community groups from the current level of 8 per cent of gross operating profits to 20 per cent over the next four years.

Charity and welfare groups, including those helping to combat gambling addiction, would receive a minimum of 10 per cent to carry out their much needed work in the community.

Under the Community Alliance Party plan the clubs’ ‘cash to community’ contributions would increase incrementally as follows:

  • Year 1 (2016-17): from 8 per cent to 10 per cent;
  • Year 2 (2017-18): from 10 per cent to 14 per cent;
  • Year 3 (2018-19): from 14 per cent to 16 per cent; and
  • Year 4 (2019-20): from 16 per cent to 20 per cent.

The ACT Office of Regulatory Services would audit each club and report to the Legislative Assembly twice a year on the amounts clubs contributed, community group recipients, and the projects they are undertaking.  Hefty fines for non-compliance would also apply, as well as being named on a public register.

  • Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley residents needs are a priority for CAP

CAP will lobby and persuade the ACT Government to:

  1. Construct a new Weston Creek regional community centre with public library (e.g. a multipurpose and inter-generational community centre; a venue where young and old can interact in a safe and friendly environment. This would include a public library, creative facilities, and perhaps a café);
  2. Upgrade Fetherston Gardens amenities (i.e. much needed BBQ facilities, with undercover all weather eating areas, toilets, additional park seating, and a small children’s playground)
  3. Trial a regular electric bus loop service using the following route – Weston Creek – Woden – Curtin – Canberra Hospital – Mawson – Kambah – Weston Creek.
  4. Introduce a free shuttle service around the Canberra Hospital campus for those who have difficulty walking. The planned route would include stops at all hospital entrances, as well as adjacent hospital buildings that draw the most public visitations
  5. Upgrade Fisher Shops with improvements to include shaded all weather seating areas, better paving, parking, lighting and hence safety
  6. Protect existing green space and maintain sporting facilities
  7. Build Stromlo Forest Park swimming pool
  • Woden Concourse development

CAP will lobby and persuade the ACT government to design, construct, manage and fund a new Woden Concourse precinct be incorporated in the Woden Town Centre Master Plan.  Like Weston Creek, Woden Valley has been neglected for the past 15 years and has been left behind in the economic development stakes.

A Woden Concourse could include a combined concert hall, art centre, and theatre complex with rehearsal and studio space. An outdoor urban screen with a full program of free public entertainment including digital art, open-air cinema, live sporting events, news and national events, and live broadcasts of sold out performances would attract substantial crowds and help to spark a lively European-style nightlife.

Funds are available from the $48 million the ACT government received from the Federal Government in 2016-17 under its Financial Assistance Grant programme to support better infrastructure for Canberra residents.

Media Release -The Community Alliance Party is committed to Woden Town Centre – Election Commitment – Woden Concourse 

The Canberra-based Community Alliance Party (CAP – in Weston Creek) has unveiled plans to revitalise Woden Town Centre and secure its immediate and future economic and cultural vitality.

CAP candidate for Murrumbidgee in the October ACT election, Michael Lindfield said, “the ACT government should take a leading role in ensuring that the design, construction, management and funding of a new Woden Concourse precinct be incorporated in the Woden Town Centre Master Plan.  Like Weston Creek, Woden Valley has been neglected for the past 15 years and has been left behind in the economic development stakes.

“ACT government investment in a Woden Concourse is vital and would provide certainty to the Woden Town Centre as a place for economic growth and ongoing private sector re-investment, guaranteeing existing and future employment opportunities, and viable cultural and learning activities. It can be the start of a growth corridor for South Canberra.”

“A Woden Concourse could include a combined concert hall, art centre, and theatre complex with rehearsal and studio space. An outdoor urban screen with a full program of free public entertainment including digital art, open-air cinema, live sporting events, news and national events, and live broadcasts of sold out performances would attract substantial crowds and help to spark a lively European-style nightlife.

Lindfield said, “a Woden Concourse precinct could be a stimulus for the public to use landscaped walkways to access restaurants and street cafes, boutique retail stores, indoor entertainment and other places of community expression, as well as the flagship arts venue.”

If the light rail ever comes to Woden, this will only make a new Concourse precinct even more valuable to residents and visitors alike.

“I will lobby key Government agencies to fast track discussions with the Woden Community Council and other interested groups to refine their needs and expectations.

“If I am elected, I will be the first to knock on the door of the incoming Chief Minister and Treasurer to secure the funds from the $48 million the ACT government received from the Federal Government in 2016-17 under its Financial Assistance Grant programme to support better infrastructure for Canberra residents. I will use this opportunity to also secure funds for Weston Creek’s much needed new community centre,” Lindfield said.

Background and reference point

http://www.zedseselja.com.au/media-spots/248-coalition-government-to-invest-a-further-48-million-in-the-act

Media Release – Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley resident needs are a priority for the Community Alliance Party – Election Commitments

The Weston Creek based Community Alliance Party (CAP) is committed to addressing the Weston Creek community’s long held concerns and those of neighbouring Molonglo Valley, regarding:

  • New regional community centre;
  • Fetherston Gardens;
  • Transport and parking;
  • Fisher Shops’ upgrade, and
  • Green space, sporting facilities and Stromlo Forest Park swimming pool.

New community centre with public library

Michael Lindfield, one of two CAP candidates in Murrumbidgee in next month’s ACT election, said, “If I am elected, my constituents will come first and foremost.  Weston Creek and other parts of the electorate have been neglected for the past 15 years and it’s high time to actually do something about it.

A new community centre is a major priority. I will lobby key Government agencies to fast track discussions with the Weston Creek Community Council and other interested groups to refine their needs and expectations.  At this stage I envisage a multipurpose and inter-generational community centre; a venue where young and old can interact in a safe and friendly environment. This would include a public library, creative facilities, and perhaps a café.

“A new community centre would cater for the increasing demand for services in the Weston Creek area, as well as for the growing population in the newly developing Molonglo Valley region.”

Lindfield said, “I know that community centres build stronger and more resilient communities, a more sustainable community sector, and they provide additional accessible services for those who most need them in the community.”

Fetherston Gardens

“For a long time, the Weston Creek Community Council has been making representations to the ACT Government about upgrading Fetherston Gardens. The goal is to give park goers a more positive experience, while preserving the restful atmosphere of this approximately 3.5 hectares of urban parkland.

“In consultation with the Council and other interested parties like the ‘Friends of Fetherston Gardens’ group and the public, I will oversee the upgrade development plan and source the funds to ensure that it becomes a reality.  A few such improvements that have already been raised are much needed BBQ facilities, with undercover all weather eating areas, toilets, additional park seating, and a small children’s playground, Lindfield said.

Public Transport

To complement newly introduced bus services like the ACTION 182 service from North Weston into the City, the Community Alliance Party, if I am elected, will lobby the Government to trial a regular electric bus loop service using the following route:

Weston Creek – Woden – Curtin – Canberra Hospital – Mawson – Kambah – Weston Creek.

The inclusion of the Canberra Hospital is essential, with Weston Creek and Woden both having a high percentage of senior citizen residents, as well as young children (approximately 20 per cent each).  The Woden to Canberra Hospital service would:

  • alleviate public parking pressures at the Canberra Hospital and traffic congestion generally;
  • transport patients receiving outpatient services, as well as family and friends visiting loved ones who are hospitalised; and
  • encourage hospital staff living in close proximity to the five regional shopping centres (which already have Park and Ride facilities) to consider using the service more frequently and thereby facilitate community interaction and bonding.

“The Community Alliance Party would also introduce a free shuttle service around the Canberra Hospital campus for those who have difficulty walking. The planned route would include stops at all hospital entrances, as well as adjacent hospital buildings that draw the most public visitations,” Lindfield said.

Similarly, the proposed pilot loop route would encourage the public to use existing Park and Ride facilities as it connects the five major hub shopping centres (Curtin, Kambah, Mawson, Weston Creek and Woden). Park and Ride venues are very popular with younger people generally.

Park and Ride locations:

  • Curtin Shops – Carruthers Street – Kambah Village Shops – Marconi Crescent
  • Kambah Centre – O’Halloran Circuit
  • Mawson – Corner of Mawson and Athllon Drive (access from Mawson Place)
  • North Weston – Kirkpatrick Street
  • Woden – Woden Bus Station, access from Matilda Street

Additional public parking is required at Cooleman Court and Curtin shops, in particular.

Upgrade of the Fisher Shops

If elected, Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield, would pressure the Government to upgrade Fisher Shops and commence improvements within the first three months of the Government’s term. The improvements would include shaded all weather seating areas, better paving, parking, lighting and hence safety.

Lindfield said, “Local shops are important venues for residents to socialise and small business centres to provide goods and services.”

Green space, sporting facilities and Stromlo Forest Park swimming pool

Urban green space is under increasing threat in Weston Creek and Woden Valley. Green space is vitally important for the physical and mental health of residents and wildlife alike. These areas need protection from both Government and developers. Public land belongs to the public not the Government.

Similarly, existing ovals need greater public investment to improve standards and make them more attractive and safe as areas for exercise, play, and relaxation.

“I will hold the existing Government accountable, if it is re-elected, on its $33m commitment to construct a much needed Stromlo Forest Park swimming pool which was announced in this years 2016-17 Budget and make solid representations to deliver on tourist accommodation, an enclosed oval, district playing fields and a 12km road cycling circuit.  Should there be a change of government I will be the first knocking on the Chief Minister’s and Treasurer’s door pressing Weston Creek and the Molonglo Valley needs,” Lindfield said.

Background and reference points

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/barr/2016/stromlo-forest-park-home-to-new-$33-million-pool-for-weston-creek-and-molonglo-community

 http://citynews.com.au/2016/a-swimming-pool-for-stromlo/

Media Release 26 September 2016 – Election Commitments

Poker machine community contributions to increase to 20 per cent under Community Alliance Party plan – Election Commitments

The Community Alliance Party (CAP) today unveiled its election commitments on poker machines’ contributions to community groups.

CAP candidate for Murrumbidgee, Michael Lindfield said, “if elected we would lobby the Government to make it mandatory for Canberra’s 49 clubs that own and operate the city’s 4,906 poker machines to increase their financial contribution to community groups from the current level of 8 per cent of gross operating profits to 20 per cent over the next four years.

“Charity and welfare groups, including those helping to combat gambling addiction, would receive a minimum of 10 per cent to carry out their much needed work in the community.

During 2013-14, Poker machines in the ACT made a profit of about $96m on the machines, after tax and operating costs. It is time for the clubs to give back more for the community on whose support they depend.

“I find it two-faced, given ACT Labor’s strong views on access and equity, social justice, and community capacity building, that the Labor Party-owned Canberra Labor Clubs are amongst the least generous funders of community groups, contributing just under 9 per cent.

“According to The Canberra Times, the Labor Club group gets 68 per cent of its total operating revenue from poker machines, the second highest of any club. This is hardly surprising since the net profit from each Labor club poker machine is about $29,000 (2013/14); well above the $21,000 average for the big clubs.

“ACT Labor has lost its moral compass when it comes to poker machines. Like any other blue chip company they are only interested in profit making and not community well-being.

“Under the Community Alliance Party plan the clubs’ ‘cash to community’ contributions would increase incrementally as follows:

  • Year 1 (2016-17): from 8 per cent to 10 per cent;
  • Year 2 (2017-18): from 10 per cent to 14 per cent;
  • Year 3 (2018-19): from 14 per cent to 16 per cent, and
  • Year 4 (2019-20): from 16 per cent to 20 per cent.

The ACT Office of Regulatory Services would audit each club and report to the Legislative Assembly twice a year on the amounts clubs contributed, community group recipients, and the projects they are undertaking.  Hefty fines for non-compliance would also apply, as well as being named on a public register. Similarly, community groups are expected to put community contributions towards their ‘capacity building’ without delay, Lindfield said.

Background and reference points

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/labor-partyowned-canberra-labor-clubs-among-smallest-contributors-to-community-groups-of-any-clubs-20141201-11y8u7.html

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/labor-club-group-one-of-most-heavily-reliant-on-poker-machine-revenue-20150607-ghifmp.html

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/former-chief-minister-jon-stanhope-calls-for-act-labor-to-cut-ties-with-clubs-and-pokies-20150113-12n2z7.html

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/labor-party-unites-against-jon-stanhope-20150210-13as4y.html

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PARTY?

The Community Alliance Party is a grassroots, community-led party that grew out of a coalition of community groups and concerned individuals in 2008. Our membership is spread across the ACT, but we also enjoy a minor interstate presence, e.g. in NSW, Queensland, and Victoria.

We are a pragmatic party that spans the middle of the political spectrum, and spurns ideology-driven policies. We are not, and never will be, affiliated with any major political party, high profile individual, business or other vested interest. We only accept donations from individuals registered to vote in the ACT.

We balance conservative and progressive ideas in an attempt to protect what is worth preserving, while seeking practical, innovative and long-term solutions to problems confronting our community; particularly in the areas of political accountability, economic efficiency, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

We are the LISTENING PARTY: after 8 years in existence we accept that we do not have all of the answers, but we do know the right questions to ask. In defining goals, we are always guided by community consultation, reasoned persuasion, and constructive criticism. We are a party for those whose voice is generally unheard, fobbed off as unimportant, or denied access to the decision making process. Your concerns, needs and expectations will always be ours and we will act on them no matter how small or difficult.

We are a party that will enable the Government of the day to pass its budget, but in return we will expect it to engage in extensive community consultation on all major budget commitments or public spending that could put the delivery of other essential services at risk.

Importantly, the Community Alliance Party is dependable and honest, accessible and robust. We are not afraid to challenge back room power brokers and expose unscrupulous conduct wherever we may uncover it.