Don’t forget: community meeting this morning (Sunday, 12 June 11am) at Moonee Beach Reserve. If you’re thinking, “Meh…”, here’s some reasons to attend:
- A show of hands is better than a show of Facebook “Likes”, and a show of heads is better than a show of hands. Meet with other concerned community members so we can discuss specific concerns and gauge the depth of feeling around this issue.
- Coordination and consolidation of activity. Discuss what other people are doing so the community has a unified approach to their protest. There’s no point starting an anti-development petition if there’s already one circulating (and there is: hopefully Richard will be there so your signature can be added to his petition).
- Swap ideas. If you’re struggling with your objection to Council regarding this development application, chat with others who can give you some tips or direction.
- And vice versa: if you’ve submitted your objection, lend a hand to others in the community who may not be so comfortable with this process.
- Share knowledge. The paperwork for this development application runs to hundreds and hundreds of pages; supporting documentation and reference material runs to hundreds and hundreds more. Developers pay professionals tens of thousands of dollars to prepare these documents; to oppose it, we have a small, pissed off community with limited time to sift through it all. If you have industry or professional knowledge or skills that might help, let’s hear it.
- Discuss strategy and involvement. Submissions to Council are the obvious (and necessary) first step, but what else draws attention to these concerns? Posters? T-shirts? Stickers? Signals of solidarity.
- Protests need bodies. A Facebook “Like” is encouraging, but it’s not really a protest. Nothing really sends a message like a coordinated, united group of pissed off people.
Bonus 8th point:
8. A number of people have already signalled their willingness to volunteer their time and skills — you’ll spot them because they’re the ones who look smart, influential and desirable. And we can all do with a little more of that, right.
There’s no specific agenda to today’s meeting: it’s more an opportunity to chat with each other, put names to faces, and count bodies. This current initiative — this website, the Facebook page, the letterdrop — has been put together in less than seven days in an effort to coordinate and channel community sentiment. A goodly show of people would be a satisfying reward and a show that these efforts are supported.
If you’d like to be more actively involved, please give it some thought. We could really use a hand running the website, the Facebook page and other protest activities. Are you a born leader? We could do with one of those, too.