SUE JACKSON Therapist | Writer | Photographer | Activist

An avid blogger for the last fifteen years, I believe in the power of the word to change the world. I have participated in, and reported on, a range of protests during this period, including the successful East-West Link campaign and, more recently, our wonderful, home-grown Extinction Rebellion (XR). If you believe, like I do, that it is time for ordinary people to rise up in defence of the planet, I encourage you to explore this blog, share it with your networks, and – of course – take action.

Friday, November 01, 2013

'And they're off!': Derby Day for East-West Link Protestors

Off to the Races - Not!

Dressed to impress in black and white, in keeping with Derby Day tradition, Tunnel protestors from a range of different groups met this morning at the corner of Racecourse Road and Bellair Street, the epicentre of Flemington Racecourse-bound traffic.
As Hummers, limousines, taxis and private cars jostled for position or sat immobile beneath the trains flashing overhead, the case for committing public funds to the expansion and improvement of our public transport system couldn't have been more self-evident.

My Kingdom for a Train

Protestors didn't just restrict the racing motif to their clothing. Many placards were designed with race fans firmly in mind. There was Take Your Blinkers Off, Premier Napthine. And $8 Bn Will Leave Victoria Saddled with Debt. But my personal favourite would have to be:

The perfect touch - a bandaid - just what the Tunnel would turn out to be

It was great to meet new people from other parts of town, equally determined in their opposition to the East-West Link. It's beginning to feel like a ground swell to me. Or perhaps it's a wellspring of hope I'm experiencing...

New friends and allies

Sure, it might be a photo finish. Perhaps we'll only get across the line by a nose. But I know where I'm placing my bet.


Blogger MR.GRIM said...

Great job Mum! :)

10:39 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thanks so much for the support, Mr Grim!

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was exciting to be there...
organized, well behaved, sober,
meeting others concerned about the destruction of Royal Park, destruction of homes and the totally stupid waste of money .
Public transport is the way to go.
Royal Park is the lungs of the city...why destroy your life support system?


12:46 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

I couldn't agree more, MJ!

2:06 AM  

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