Saturday, June 9, 2007

Red Friday - The Burnett Strikes Back

On the 17th of April the Beattie government launched a preemptive strike on rural queensland, when they announced that the voluntary "Size, Shape, and Sustainability" process to local government reform had been replaced by a rapid, forced, and undemocratic process. On Friday the 8th of June, Red Friday, the people of the Burnett struck back, holding a protest march in Gayndah.

Approximately 500 people met to listen to a bevvy of formal and informal speeches. The discussions revealed many important facts and a groundswell of sentiment, however two key points emerged.

The people of the Burnett are not prepared to idly accept the Local Government Reform process and secondly that the group gathered in Gayndah which to progress their protest in a robust fashion.

Below is a short video bringing out some of the main points of the day. Over the next week or two more videos of the speeches will be released and more information dispersed, so stay tuned.

Finally a list of the key speakers will appear beneath the video.

Cr Eddie Stone Mayor - Kolan Shire Council

Cr Bill Mellor Mayor - Gayndah Shire Council

Cr Wayne Honor Kolan Shire Council

Cr Graeme Claxton Deputy Mayor - Kolan Shire Council

Cr Clare Mildren Eidsvold Shire Council

Cr Glen Churchill Mayor - Banana Shire Council and Nationals Candidate for Flynn

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