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9.30am today & the crowd had gathered to hear Federal Labor Grayndler MP & Transport Minister Anthony Albanese speak about the M5 4-lane highway that will now not happen. About 130 people listened to local residents sing 4 songs about roads that no-one wants. They were great & it was a terrific start to the meeting.
Bernie Hobbs of ABC TV & local resident was MC. A local Aboriginal elder & Tempe resident opened the meeting & welcomed us to Cadigal Country. Pat McInerney of community group Tempe 2020 spoke about the campaign’s history, the strong community support & the overwhelming opposition to the planned highway. Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar spoke saying Marrickville Council had supported the community against this highway from
Then Anthony Albanese MP addressed the crowd saying how it really was a road to nowhere & said something like – the more active the community was in opposing something the more they are likely to achieve their goals. In essence, if the community comes together in a campaign, politicians listen. This is important to remember.
Everyone was happy, including the Mayor & the Minister. Clrs Olive & O’Sullivan also attended as did Sam Byrne Greens Candidate for Grayndler & Pip Hinman, Socialist Alliance Candidate for Grayndler. There may have been other political representatives, but I missed them.
Then people stuffed themselves on hot bbq sausages donated by a Tempe pub. Thanks to Tempe 2020 & everyone else who sent in submissions, wrote letters & attended Tempe 2020 protest events to stop this highway. Apart from the obvious horrendous impact this highway would have had on the community, the Wetlands, Tempe Reserve & a lot of mature trees both sides of the Cooks River have been saved. We are all richer for this.
I wrote about this issue & the impact to the environment in February 2010 – http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/community-protest-in-tempe/