Thursday, July 04, 2013

maccas update @ 4 july - day 4

Much has happened since my last blog entry yesterday morning. The 3rd of July was the 50th birthday of one of the protestors on the roof at the site, Janine. The community rallied around the day, with much singing of happy birthday and sharing of cake throughout the day. There was a general feeling of elation due to the announcement that the CFMEU had withdraw labour from the site.


As part of a show of community spirit, donations were collected from assembled on the ground protestors to buy the rooftop protestors birthday curries all round from local Tecoma eatery Saffron Cottage.

The celebrations continued, however at around 10pm last night, it is alleged that security guards pulled Janine off the hoarding, after accepting an offer of birthday cake from her, resulting in her being hospitalised.

I went down to the site last night after hearing of the alleged assault, community members there were angry about the unfolding events and took it up with the local police as well as security staff on site, but with very little success from all accounts. You could see signs of the scuffle with broken hoardings and detached chicken wire (I think the chicken wire is in place to stop paste ups).

In chatting to Janine today she sustained 2 broken fingers, 2 fine fractures to another 2 fingers, cuts and bruises, however was in good spirits after being very shaken last night. She has an interesting story to tell regarding the events of last night, but I'll leave her to detail that in her statement to police.

The CFMEU have reaffirmed their decision to walk off the construction site after a follow up meeting today at Trades Hall with the Building Industry Group (see story here).  It was reported today by community campaigners that the construction company Lanskey Construction and the demolition company Whelan the Wrecker are both fully unionised companies.

When I visited the site today, the community had taken to the hoardings and turned them into an enormous blackboard. Community members flanked both the front of the site and the gate entry to the construction site. An addition today was the Eureka flag, flown to acknowledge the support of the CFMEU. I can also report that a new set of protestors are now camped out on the rooftop. A local family visited the site with a steaming pot of home made soup for all the protestors on site.  

In terms of council, all paperwork, permits and permissions are in place for the demolition.  In terms of permissions and paperwork for the construction, the construction management plan and some sections of the Condition one permit (what needs to be amended on the plans according to the VCAT decision) are still being assessed and worked through, but I expect that will be finalised very soon.

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At 10:29 PM, Anonymous jess brown said...

Hi Sam, Loving the pictures! I have emailed you the word doc of fliers for Tuesday. I will see you on Sat anyway so will chat then. I feel very proud to be part of this amazing community. Jess Brown


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