Tunnel Picket Victory Celebration
Like all good parties it was well promoted. Thanks to Michelle:
We had stirring speeches. The one I found most moving was by the veteran activist, Ian Bird. In his tribute to the wonderful late public transport advocate, Paul Mees, Ian concluded that we protestors have 'put the dreaded East-West Link back in its box, with a stake through its miserable heart'.
|Ian paying tribute to Paul Mees, with Jill and MC Mel|
I should mention, that in recognition of the fact that the victory was the result of people power, there were in fact 24 speeches by community members, aka tunnel picketers. But before you groan I should add that the time limit for each was a mere 75 seconds, so the offerings were passionate but succinct. Get your stopwatch out because here is mine:
For me, we Tunnel Picketers are quite simply the Sea Shepherds of the anti East-West Link movement.
Andrew took delight in destroying this effigy of Napthine's car. Keith had a go too:
Anthony concluded the speeches by saying that while the Herald Sun had once described us as a 'motley crew', sometimes for him we had seemed more like 'Dad's Army'.
But however you describe us, what I have learned to my delight from being a tunnel picketer is that, as Anthony put it:
'No force in the world can stop the power of the people when they are organised around the right ideas.'