I went along to the No Intermodal/save CPAC rally today, and was delighted to see large numbers of people gathering to support the Powerhouse. What was sad was the misinformation that was being bandied about, seems to me the Liberals feel that scaremongering is a normal way of existence… but if they don’t create the dire situation that the Powerhouse will be demolished, how can they then come along in a couple of years and claim saving it… because quite frankly I’ve not heard any information from any reputable source that indicated the Powerhouse building itself is under threat. I understand that the proposed rail bridges are a real concern, especially in the grade at which they will be installed, and this is unacceptable…. if they are too low semi trailers for exhibitions and productions would be unable to access the powerhouse and heaven forbid even Q & A couldn’t get in. There are genuine concerns about the impact of the bridges on the park lands and of course the ever present concern that the people and river will be the big losers in this whole thing.
This was supposed to be a politics free event. I was assured this by the Curator, but even the naive would not be surprised to know that from the ‘get go’ the Mayor went on a public endorsement trip for his colleagues in Werriwa and Hughes. Sadly this was the case in 2010 as well, another intermodal event that pretty much endorsed the then hopeful candidate Craig Kelly.
I was standing in the crowd near Alison Megarrity and felt her rage as the Mayor made statements that bore little resemblance to fact and her frustration that we’d been assured that it was not to be a political event.
After much encouragement from the crowd Alison was allowed to speak then further demands allowed the other candidates in the crowd to present their views as well… I’d like to thank those who demanded the Greens be given a voice ( I am buoyed by the support of Fowler Greens Candidate Benjamin Silaphet for his attendance and support, even though he was not afforded the opportunity to speak), after all in many ways we’ve been the lone voice for noise walls and the scaling down of the intermodal site and have done so for over 10 years now. Alison was also interviewed on ABC where she was able to outline what she had been doing on the situation for almost the same length of time and how the community had rallied against the Holsworthy airport together without the political theatrics .
I was heartened when I finished by the number of residents who sought me out to discuss the situation further and thank me for my comments… the misinformation abounds and helping them understand the scope of the proposals, how they will impact on the community and the environment. I am not so naive that I did have prepared an information sheet for the community on Mr Abbott’s real intentions for the intermodal and will post the links below for your information and the reverse side of the document that questioned Mr Kelly’s support within his party.
I have been fortunate to have the support of Senator Rhiannon as she has been a huge supporter of the noise mitigation for the community of the links who are not only being hammered by the continual noise of the rail but that of the M5 as well. She regularly calls for updates to ensure she knows exactly where we are at in relation to both the noise walls and the Megamodal and to offer assistance where she can.
thanks to the lovely Trish for taking these photo’s they just arrived in my in box 11.45pm… dedication and support and excellent timing, how lucky am I ?