Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What do we want???? .......NO SALE!!!!! When do we want it? .........NOW!!!!!!!

Yesterday I was a part of the Mount Gambier & District residents & businesses reprsenting our region in SAVE OUR FORESTS Rally held in ADELAIDE SA................

and I am proud to be part of it!!!!

We drove to Adelaide in our own car (3 of us), leaving about 7am, we passed about 5 buses at Tintinara (having a rest stop)...... where we also had breakfast......We wore our white  "SAVE OUR FORESTS" T Shirts and had comments of encorouragement from complete strangers, which was a positive sign we would achieve our purpose of halting the sale of our forests to private enterprise. A QUICK FIX for the Government, but a long term desimmation of our JOBS, and BUSINESSES,WITH A HUGE IMPACT ON OTHER RESOURCES including our schools, small business, Hospital, Housing Industry, (the list goes on and on) here in the SE, & other forests in our great state of South Australia!
We passed a few semi trailers on our way only the freeway into Adelaide.... and we were getting quite excited to see how many would turn up for the rally...We arrived approx 12pm...parked the car & walked past the Adelaide Oval & crossed over King William St to where the rally was to start....there already was a huge crowd there, with banners & placards ready!

A statue in front of the Adelaide Oval
Some of the placards

Part of the crowd only a couple minutes from the start of the walk to Parliment House.
1pm the lights turned red and we chanted ALL THE WAY TO PARLIMENT HOUSE:
WHAT DO WE WANT?..........NO SALE!!!!!!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?............NOW!!!!!!
Traffic was stopped going out of the city along King William St. Some of the drivers were waving and others.... well not too pleased about the INCONVENIENCE!!!!
There were several speakers including Mayor Steve Perryman, CFMEU, and business people encouraging Mr. Rann to come outside to speak to us.....(meh, didn't show)...... with many chants in between speeches..... the noise was incredible!!!!
I'm not sure what time the semi trailers started roll in from North Tce..... but the crowd had to move onto the footpath (they had been blocking traffic for quite a while)..... and it was STANDING ROOM ONLY, and was quite warm even in the shade of Parliment House.......

This photo was taken of the semis just arriving from North Tce looking towards the Casino and Railway Station..... Air horns blowing NON STOP....... it was music to our ears..... the noise was incredible!!!!! ....... the crowd was cheering and clapping and waving their placards the whole time until approx 70 trucks passed! 
It was quite emotional...... I saw many businesses using their trucks in the rally..... not just logging trucks..... their were builders, and Banner Hardware... big & small from the whole South East Region. Schools  and Football Clubs from ALL over the region showing their opposition to the STUPID, IGNORANT DECISION TO SELL OFF OUR FUTURE!!!!!

I have heard rumours that the Government has ALREADY done the dirty and it will be a waste of time protesting......BUT............. the Government have a FIGHT ON THEIR HANDS.........AND IT IS NOT FINISHED!!!!!!!