Drill Occupied: Tunnel Picket Friday
|Ash and Toby settled atop the drill|
Arriving at 5.30am, I learned that a call had gone out earlier and that two picketers had scaled the drill. Within a short time the Search and Rescue team arrived to bring them down.
|Attaching the harness to Toby|
The young men put up no resistance and Toby was the first to be removed.
|Only one to go|
We settled down to doing what we usually do, and today there was a good piece of news to share. Yesterday it was announced that Lend Lease, one of the main potential tenderers for the East-West Link, had withdrawn from the contentious project to build a coal port at Abbot Point in Queensland. Perhaps this international company has finally concluded that environmentally damaging projects, which attract a lot of negative public attention, are just not worth their while. If that is their reasoning, maybe they will reach the same conclusion about the Tunnel. The drills will stand abandoned and silent, and will be circled peacefully by birds and hot air balloons. I can but hope.
|Early morning view|
But until that perfect day dawns, we stand watch as the drillers resume their work:
And are heartened by the ever-increasing number of toots from passing motorists.