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WAN C.R.E.W.
"At CREW we don't see people and government as two separate entities, we see them as parts of one social organism. Those in government after all are just like everyone else, fallible human beings motivated by their own vision, goals and agendas. Some are dedicated to the overall well being of the society they serve and some are not. We believe the well being of society is served by communities of people being able to freely share their views and become pro-active where they find common understanding and purpose for the good of their community."

C.R.E.W. stands for Clearwater Revival East Wanneroo. It formed after the the first draft strategy was published in 2004 for proposed re-zoning of East Wanneroo. There was a group of residents who become concerned that the issue of development on land classified as medium to high risk acid sulphate soils that could cause contamination was not addressed in document, the issue was mentioned in a brief sentence.

Like other members of the public we were aware of the dangers these soils posed especially when disturbed for development purposes. We had read countless reports on ecological disasters where there had been poisoning of both groundwater and soil. Around that time the city of Stirling had a major crisis on their hands due to development on acid sulphate soils in their city. Not being scientists we thought it prudent to seek clarification from those in the scientific community who had expertise on acid sulphate soils in the East Wanneroo area. We wanted to see if the threat was real or imagined regarding the land being proposed for development. Doing so would enable us to decide whether or not resident's in the area should be concerned about the disturbance of acid sulphate soil in East Wanneroo, given that bore water was the only source of water for many residents and market gardens used this bore water to grow their vegetables.

After talking to a number of scientists we realised the problem was very real and so set about to inform residents by arranging a public talk at the Wanneroo council by these scientists, this meeting gave about two hundred residents the opportunity to question the experts about this subject and make an informed opinion.

We were happy to see that in the next draft of the “East Wanneroo land use and water management strategy” from the W.A. Planning Commission, the subject was given adequate coverage. However in that plan, urban development was still proposed right on top of medium to high risk acid sulphate areas especially in the Mariginiup area. We were a little perplexed by this because we were of the opinion that if they proceeded with their proposed planning they would be going against their own government planning guidelines and national guidelines when dealing with acid sulphate soils.

We realised then that there were many forces at play within any political party in or out of government. All levels of government public servants, local councils, state and federal members and their ministries all have different agendas and all don't communicate well with one another.

Take for example the agendas in the community that are driving the debate on global warming. Some politicians believe the science about global warming is correct others don't. For some the issue itself is an inconvenient truth, as they just want to remain popular to their electorate while others want to ensure that those who lobby them continue to donate to their election campaigns. Because of such dynamics can citizens trust that the decisions made by any government are in the best interest of the environment and people, particularly for local issues.

At CREW we don't see people and government as two separate entities, we see them as parts of one social organism. Those in government after all are just like everyone else, fallible human beings motivated by their own vision, goals and agendas. Some are dedicated to the overall well being of the society they serve and some are not. We believe the well being of society is served by communities of people being able to freely share their views and become pro-active where they find common understanding and purpose for the good of their community.

It was the publication of the new East Wanneroo Strategy Plan (released November 2nd 2009, we found out 15th of November) that motivated us to create this website and provide a venue for people to be pro-active. Of course if the deadline of Dec 16th was not there we would not have had to rush the website.

What happens now in regard to development plans in the East Wanneroo area is in the hands of us all.
 

Environmental Quote

"Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure."

— John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day

Social Quote

... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New

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We need your support and input to make changes in our community. Our vision is to create a place where everyday people can be heard and have the power to make choices. We are not only the custodians of our homes, but also our communities.

The CREW team, Banksia Grove, Mariginiup, Carramar, Tapping and surrounding suburbs
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