Moving on - change of venue for Tunnel Picket
Arriving at the tunnel picket site in Clifton Hill this morning we found that it was surrounded by a fence. Apparently the fence company had arrived at 5am, unannounced, to do the job. The drillers were caged in, without toilet or water facilities - a nightmare scenario for health and safety. In the face of this, we adjourned to a nearby corner to strategise.
After considerable discussion, we agreed to march to the site, where we expressed our determination to continue our opposition, to the waiting media.
|'What do we want?' 'Public transport!' 'When do we want it?' 'NOW!'|
|'Beam me up, Scotty!'|
Speaking of horses, the consensus was that the horse had well and truly bolted in Clifton Hill, where only a few hours were required to complete the drilling. All in all, it seemed more sensible to move to a site where drilling had yet to start, in clear view of passing traffic. The corner of Station and Princes streets in Carlton, the next scheduled site, fit the bill, so we made our way there on foot, by bike and car. A most productive meeting ensued.
Speakers were at pains to emphasise that they are only speaking for themselves and their organisations, which was important as there is a great diversity of community groups represented among the protestors. Personally, as a novice, I very much appreciate the input from some of the veterans of other campaigns. I am also impressed with the commitment to ensuring that everybody who wants to speak gets a hearing. Though today, with the larger crowd, high winds and traffic noise, it's obvious that the time has definitely come for speakers to use a megaphone.