NW Australian oil spills horrify traditional land owners -ABC News Article link.


Traditional owners horrified by oil, gas leaks

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Northern Territory traditional owners say they are horrified by oil and gas spills off the north-west Australian coastline.

This week it was made public that gas has been leaking from the East Puffin Field, off the north-west Australian coast, for more than seven weeks.To view on a PC/Mac please use this link


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MEDIA ALERTon NW Austraian Oil Spill – Govt report reveals hundreds of dolphins, seabirds affected by oil

Govt report reveals hundreds of dolphins, birds affected by oil

MEDIA ALERT – Saturday 31 October 2009

WHEN: 11am, TODAY Saturday 31 October, 2009

WHERE: Fern Garden, Western Australian Parliament, Perth

A Federal Government report has revealed that hundreds of dolphins and killer whales and more than 2000 birds, along with turtles and sea snakes, have been seen near the leaking Montara wellhead, many of them adversely affected by oil.

The report, containing many photos, was based on five days of scientific monitoring during late September and early October and was made available on a Federal Government website yesterday (Friday 30/10/09).

Australian Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert has read the report in detail and is available to comment on it today (Sat 31/10/09).

The report may be viewed here: http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/publications/pubs/montara-rapid-survey.pdf

“The report reveals a high level of diversity and abundance of species and warns that many of these were observed feeding and moving in the oil – activities that it says are likely to put them at ‘immediate risk’,” Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“It also notes that animals that are dead or dying may not stay afloat for long periods of time, meaning it is unlikely that observers would find large numbers of dead animals – so the number of casualties may be far higher than reported.

“It also states that many animals were attracted to the oil or were seen feeding in it, which is likely to affect their health.

“This report was commissioned by Peter Garrett on 24 September, five weeks after the spill began and the same day that non-government organisation, WWF, set off from Darwin to report on the extent of the oil and the wildlife at stake.

“That timing is significant; I doubt that we would even have gained this information if looming publicity about WWF’s trip had not forced the Government’s hand.

“If you look carefully at where the scientists who produced this report conducted their five days of monitoring, and the limited time of their survey – the full extent of the oil impacts have obviously not been revealed,” Senator Siewert said.

“Given the short-term nature of the survey it is very difficult to get a true picture of what is happening. But it is obvious that there is a lot of marine life up there, much of it is interacting with the oil and it is highly likely that much of it has been affected.

“The report also states that:

· Over five days, the scientists counted 462 cetaceans (including false killer whales and three species of dolphin), 2801 birds (of 23 different species), 62 sea snakes and 25 turtles;

· Many of these species, including birds, cetaceans, sea snakes and turtles, were seen feeding, often in large numbers, in oil-affected water.

· The presence of dying birds and dead sea snakes suggested that there was an ‘immediate risk’ to species entering oil-affected area.

· Some animals appeared to be attracted to the oil because of the presence of bait fish in it; and

· The oil spill was likely to affect food supply to young birds over a long time period.”

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

Eloise Dortch

Media Advisor to Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam for the Australian Greens

0415 507 763

Senator Siewert’s electorate office: 08 9228 3277

Senator Ludlam’s electorate office: 08 9335 7477

Concern mounts over the impact of oil in Indonesia and lack of information about 2 oil spills off the coast of western australia

Concern over impact of oil in Indonesia and lack of information

MEDIA RELEASE – Friday 30 October 2009

As new information comes to light about a second leak in the Timor Sea, reports from Indonesia seem to indicate that that the Federal Government’s responses in the questions in the Senate do not outline the full extent of the impact of the Montara oil spill on Indonesia, say the Australian Greens.

“We are just beginning to hear details about the second leak from the Chinese-owned Sinopec operation, about 50 kilometres north-west of Montara, now – although apparently this second leak started many weeks ago and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority has known about it for weeks,” Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“This second leak may be more ‘minor’ in nature, but in the context of the massive Montara spill, it is of great public interest.

“Meanwhile, we have also learnt that the oil is now reported to be lot closer to Indonesia than was suggested by the Government when I asked in the Senate on Tuesday (27/10/09) about reports in the Indonesian media of oil impacts,” Senator Siewert continued.

"Like everything else about this spill, the information provided by the Government is anything but clear. How much do they know about the spread of the oil into Indonesian waters, the reported fish deaths, and the impact on fishers and seaweed farmers of Rote?"

“A trawl operator based in Kupang says that in the past fortnight, crew on his boat operating in Indonesian waters have seen vast amounts of oil, with their vessel on some days surrounded by oil for the whole day.

“He has also confirmed that the official shipping warning given by the Kupang Harbour Master last week was that the spill was well within Indonesian waters, at 51 nautical miles (80 kilometres), south of Rote.

“Many of the villages on the south-facing coasts of Timor and Rote are extremely poor and remote, with few or no paved roads and a poor communications – making it hard to confirm Indonesian media reports,” Senator Siewert said.

“However, we have been in touch with a Bali-based Indonesian NGO that is travelling to these areas out of concern from eye witness accounts about oil damage to seaweed farms and fish deaths. The area is remote and information has been patchy, but certainly there is enough to go on now to say there is a real concern.

"It is unclear what obligations PTTEP have for the impacts of the oil in Indonesian waters and we urge the Federal Government to follow this up with the company.”

Editors: a transcript of Senator Siewert’s question, and the Senator’s answer, can be viewed at: http://greensmps.org.au/content/question/wa-oil-spill-impact-indonesian-fishing.

For more information or media enquiries, call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

Eloise Dortch

Media Officer to Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam

Australian Greens

Mobile: 0415 507 763

Email: eloise.dortch

Sen. Siewert’s electorate office ph: (08) 9228 3277

Sen. Ludlam’s electorate office ph: (08) 9335 7477

Web: www.greensmps.org.au


MEDIA ALERT -Senator Rachel Siewert to address oil spill protest in Perth today

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TODAY, Friday 30 October 2009

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert will join The Wilderness Society’s Dr Jill St John, and oil-covered protestors, today outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association offices in Perth to highlight rising public concern over pollution in the Timor Sea caused by oil and gas operations.

WHEN: 11am TODAY, Friday 30 October 2009

WHERE: Outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) office,

190 St George’s Terrace, Perth.

After a short action, Dr St John and Senator Siewert will address the protest. Senator Siewert will then be available for interview.


It is now 10 weeks since oil began pouring from the Montara wellhead in the Timor Sea owned by Thai company, PTTEP Australasia. Attempts to plug the leaking wellhead have failed.

Last night, the news broke that for the past several weeks, another leak has been occurring in the Timor Sea, this time 45km to the north-west of Montara, from an operation run by Chinese company Sinopec.

It is understood that the second leak was reported some time ago to Federal authorities but it has only become public knowledge now.

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

Eloise Dortch

Media Officer to Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam for the Australian Greens
Mobile: 0415 507 763

Sen. Siewert’s office: 08 9228 3277

Sen. Ludlam’s office: 08 9335 7477

Web: www.greensmps.org.au

Email: eloise.dortch

Really useful info & resources for west australians – WACOSS Update – 29th October

social policy | organisation development | membership | training
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Thurday 29th October 2009

News items listed in this bulletin include…

WACOSS Putting People First in 2010-2011 Pre-Budget Submission

Planning for social advantage, enhanced community sector capacity, and a greater investment in vital community services are priority recommendations made in WACOSS’ 2010-2011 prebudget submission, released today.

“Investing in the long term advantage of West Australians through prevention and early

intervention measures will alleviate cost pressures in years to come, especially as we prepare for the next economic boom,” said Ms Sue Ash, CEO of the WA Council of Social Service.

“These longer term strategies, together with investment in services that have an immediate focus, will ensure State Government resources deliver the best benefit for the people of WA, in the most cost efficient manner.”…

Click here to read Putting People First: WACOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2010-11

Click here to read the WACOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2010-11 Consultation Report

Click here to read the WACOSS Media Release announcing the release of the 2010-2011 Pre-Budget Submission.


WACOSS Consumer Utilities Project Comes to an End

WACOSS regrets to advise that as of tomorrow, 30th October 2009, the Consumer Utilities Project (CUP) will no longer be operational. The Consumer Utilities Project did not receive funding in the 2009/10 budget and as such can not continue in its current capacity.

We would like to sincerely thank the sector for its ongoing support over the life of the project. WACOSS is committed to continuing work in the area of essential services and will provide an update to the sector in the New Year following a review of resource capacity.

It will also be Linda Goncalves’ last day tomorrow in her role as Senior Policy Officer. We would like to thank her for her hard work over the last 9 months and wish her well in her future endeavours. If you would like any further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Irina Cattalini, Director of Social Policy, on 08 9420 7222.


Media Release: New WACOSS Board Appointed

The WACOSS Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 22nd of October.

The meeting was an unqualified success and included an address by The Hon Robyn McSweeney, Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; and Women’s Interests.

Ron Edwards, member of the National Social Inclusion Board, provided a keynote presentation, setting the scene for the challenges ahead for WACOSS and the

community services sector.

Finally, attendees were addressed by Gwen Mcllroy from EmployerAssist regarding the new Industrial Relations Support service for WACOSS members.

Click here to view the WACOSS Media Release (including an explanation of the new Board)

If you have any queries regarding the new Industrial Relations Support service available to WACOSS members please contact Louise on 9420 7222 or louise@wacoss.org.au


Submission in response to exposure draft of Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010

WACOSS has provided a submission to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) in response to the Commission’s draft modern award for the sector. The modern award will take effect from 1 January 2010 and will replace existing federal awards (such as the SACS and CASH awards) for many not-for-profit community service organisations.

WACOSS’ submission reiterates the key principles that the State and Territory Councils of Social Service have advocated for in the award modernisation process, and also draws the AIRC’s attention to a number of technical issues with the exposure draft.

Click here to view WACOSS’ submission


Emergency Relief Conference Fully Booked

The Emergency Relief Conference being held on 25th & 26th November is fully booked and no further registrations can be accepted.

Working with Clients needing Financial Literacy?

New training opportunity for Emergency Relief Volunteers and Staff

Expressions of Interest are now being taken for people interested in registering for training in Basic Financial Literacy Skills for Clients. The course will cover topics such as:

* Assisting clients to develop a personal budget,

* Identifying roles and boundaries relevant to the role of financial literacy education,

* Making referrals to a financial counsellor

* Recognising values and attitudes of diverse client groups in relation to money management

* and much more….

Only 50 places will be made available for this free training to be delivered in Perth.

To register your interest please contact Gosia on 9420 7222 or ssso@wacoss.org.au


WA Not for Profit Day – Providing Tools and Skills for a Resource Challenged and Competitive Sector, Thursday 10th December

This annual conference has become a significant industry event that addresses the unique SPAissues faced by not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. Gain invaluable insights to ensure you are keeping up in this competitive and often restrictive environment.

This one-day conference will provide you with the tools to address the latest issues and trends facing NFP organisations while exploring the latest technical, governance and sustainability challenges facing the sector.

Key benefits of attending:

  • Receive a comprehensive update on the ever-evolving topics of Western Australian Workplace Law, Superannuation, Accounting Standards and OHS;
  • Discover the impact and future of mergers and acquisitions in the NFP sector
  • Hear from experts on how key industry issues will affect you

    To claim the member rate, WACOSS members will need to ensure they register using the registration form rather than online registration, as we need to put that special rate through manually.

Click here for the event brochure and registration form


NFPN Events: Unfair Dismissal Information Seminar, Tuesday 24th November

As all employers should now be aware a new unfair dismissal jurisdiction is now in operation. This session will be informational and highly interactive – bring YOUR QUESTIONS about this issue and our experienced presenter will address them for you.

There are substantial changes to the previous Unfair Dismissal regime brought about by the removal of the 100 employee exemption (where employees working for an employer of less than 100 employees could not take a claim).

Prior to the introduction of the 100 employee exemption unfair dismissal claims were the most frequent and costly claims for employers across Australia – the result of its removal means the likelihood of employers experiencing a claim and its associated costs has increased dramatically.

This is information all employers must know.

Our seminar will be tailored to providing the information you really need to know, and it will be provided in a simple, easy to understand manner.

Issues covered will include:

  • Which employers are covered by the unfair dismissal regime
  • Which employees are covered by the unfair dismissal regime
  • The difference between the ‘large’ and ‘small’ employer unfair dismissal regimes
  • The threshold matters an employee must satisfy to get access to the unfair dismissal regime
  • What Fair Work Australia considers an unfair dismissal to be
  • The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code – how to apply and things to keep in mind
  • What is ‘harsh, unjust or unreasonable’ and how is it considered
  • What amounts to a ‘genuine’ redundancy
  • What remedies can be ordered should an unfair dismissal claim be found to exist
  • What organisations can do now to protect their liability and avoid claims

Click here to learn more about presenter Andrew Jones

Duration: 3hrs – including time especially for your questions

The Perth seminar will be held in a CBD location on November 24 (numbers permitting)

REGISTER NOW And take advantage of the special rates:

– $140 for NFPN Members (WACOSS members, email info@wacoss.org.au to receive member discount rate)

– $170 for Non Members

Click here to register


Effective Leadership for Community Organisations, Wednesday 11th November

Learn how to increase the confidence and competence of your staff to help them reach their maximum potential

Good leadership skills are essential for all staff working at all levels of an organisation. This practical workshop will provide attendees with a set of practical skills to develop their leadership skills.

Leading from Within is a WACOSS workshop informed by key principles of Leadership Best Practice.


  • Defining the difference between directing, coaching, supporting and delegating
  • Management and Leadership Styles
  • Identifying and Developing your own Leadership Style
  • Diagnosing confidence versus competence
  • How to usefully and respectfully apply this diagnosis in a collaborative framework
  • How to lead towards a shared understanding of direction and goals
  • Leading effective teams
  • Creating a Motivating environment through Effective Leadership

WACOSS Contact:

Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.

Communicating and Connecting with Aboriginal People in the Community and the Workplace, Thursday 12th November

Learn to improve the way services work with Aboriginal people in the Community

This training introduces you to cultural knowledge and practical ways of working with Aboriginal people, families and organisations. You will develop skills relevant to working with Aboriginal people in various locations and environments. The workshop is Aboriginal developed and delivered in its entirety.


  • Planning and Delivery of Services to Aboriginal People
  • Practical strategies for working with Aboriginal people in the community
  • Tools for consulting, building trust and communicating with Aboriginal people and communities
  • Effective ways to initiate contacts with individuals, communities and organisations
  • Broad information on Indigenous cultures in Australia in the past and today
  • Practical supportive guidance to assist workers when engaging with Aboriginal People

WACOSS Contact:
Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.

How to be a ‘SUPER’ Supervisor, Wednesday 18th November

Identify and explore the skills and knowledge needed to become an effective supervisor

Do you want to know how you can get the best out of staff, volunteers or contractors you supervise?

Want to understand the differences involved in managing, supervising and coaching others?

Supervising staff involves more than just signing the time sheets and checking that the job is done and deadlines are meet. A truly effective supervisor knows how to develop the full potential of others whilst ensuring their duties are met. This workshop will cover these topics and more.


  • Differences between managing, mentoring, coaching and counselling
  • Roles and responsibilities of supervising others
  • Identifying staff development needs
  • Effective approaches for dealing with staff performance issues
  • How to enhance performance
  • Key areas involved in delegation

WACOSS Contact:

Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.

The Tender Process – From Start to Finish, Wednesday 25th November

Learn how to increase your success rate and demystify the entire process

A MUST DO for anyone involved in or considering a Tender submission. Learn key tools for effective tendering that will increase your success. This is a practical and intensive course where the process and strategies are clearly outlined and the systematic steps to complete the task explained.


  • Tender basics
  • Cold proposals
  • Preparing different types of bids
  • Lodgment and follow up

WACOSS Contact:
Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.

The Project Manager’s Toolbox, Tuesday 1st December

Identify and explore the practical tools and methods for ensuring your projects achieve the desired outcome, with minimal stress along the way

If you are involved in managing a grant program, or your organisation’s regular and special projects, this workshop will give you a working knowledge and the practical tools and methods for ensuring your projects achieve the desired outcome, with minimum stress along the way.


  • Understanding the terminology, tools and resources used in Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK)
  • Developing project ideas and writing workable project plans
  • The different phases of a project and methods for managing each stage
  • Problem solving tools, techniques and templates
  • Managing and assessing risk
  • Developing and tracking a project budget
  • Overview of common software to assist in the tracking and progress of projects and their advantages and disadvantages

WACOSS Contact:

Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.

Business Planning for a Viable Future, Wednesday 9th December

Discover the impact a good business plan can make to your organisations success

This workshop will cover the key Business Planning questions and explain the planning process and the planning cycle.


* Who needs a business plan?

* Business planning versus Strategic planning

* The planning process

* understanding planning cycles

* resources to use.

WACOSS Contact:

Gosia Czarnomska – ssso@wacoss.org.au

Further Information
For the full details and to register CLICK HERE or visit the new WACOSS Organisation Development Services website at www.wacosstraining.org.au.


Australian Senate calls for release of oil spill environmental report

Senate calls for release of oil spill environmental report

MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday 29 October, 2009

The Australian Senate today (29/10/09) called on the Federal Environment Minister to table a marine survey on the environmental impacts of the Montara wellhead spill by Monday, 16 November.

The survey of environmental impacts was announced by the Rudd Government on 15 October, eight weeks after the spill first began, and following widespread calls for the Government to take greater action.

“The Senate supported the Greens’ motion, which also asks for all documents used in the preparation of the report, including drafts, to be tabled,” the Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“The public has a right to know as much information as possible about this spill, but to date both the Rudd Government and PTTEP have been far from forthcoming.

“The Environment Minister now has until Monday 16 November to provide these documents to the Senate. This is more than sufficient time to report back.”

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763