Misfortune Cookies at the East-West Link Hearing (PTUA)
|A misfortune cookie, anyone?|
This morning the Public Transport Users Association staged a clever stunt outside the Mercure Hotel, venue for the ongoing East-West Link Hearing. I was happy to be asked to attend to take photos.
Pauline morphed into a bespangled fortune teller, complete with crystal ball, giving Hearing participants and passers-by the benefits of her predictions should the disastrous Link ever be built:
|Fortune teller at work|
There were some people for whom the fortune teller's predictions were old news:
|No surprises for Brendan, a stalwart opponent of the East-West Link|
There were others undoubtedly hearing these predictions for the very first time:
|Protestor in the making|
Messages in the cookies advised: 'When at the crossroads, take the train. Avoid the trucks' and 'Rails Beget Trains. Roads beget Traffic.' This food for thought, as well as for the stomach, received a particularly enthusiastic response from some passers by:
And I had a pleasant surprise myself. Tom Pikusa, barrister for Protectors of Public Lands Vic and Royal Park Protection Group, said that one of the experts for the Linking Melbourne Authority was recently forced to admit that the tunnel would only relieve traffic congestion for 5 years! 5 years at the cost of 8 billion dollars. Surely once that news gets out, the arithmetic will speak for itself.
Congratulations to PTUA staff and volunteers for a clever, playful and timely stunt:
|Outside the Mercure Hotel this morning|