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Obi Obi Campaign Event Timeline

Here is a listing of key events in the Obi Obi Campaign, in chronological order. Many other events occured during our campaign, and many events spanned considerable periods of time. This list should give you a feel of how large the campaign was, it shows that the campaign was sustained for years, in many locations around Australia, and by many many hundreds of people.

Event Date Month Year
Jon Woodlands makes video of platypus at proposed development site 5 9 2003
Placards are made and displayed at the site 7 10 2003
Rally For Platypus held in Maleny - the first of many, was well attended 25 10 2003
Save Our Platypus Trolley March was held in Maleny 30 10 2003
Protest held outside the Maroochydore EPA offices 20 11 2003
Protest held outside Woolworths Supermarket in Currumundi 20 11 2003
Rally held in Maleny 30 11 2003
Maleny Street Carnival - trolley parade and dresses made of plastic shopping bags 5 12 2003
Large protest held outside Maleny High School where developers were meeting locals 15 12 2003
Channel 9 TV Today Show - live interview with protest contingent present 22 12 2003
Traffic Chaos Rally - highlighting inappropriate location for major supermarket 14 1 2004
Maleny livestock Sale Yards demolished - clearing the site for the development 18 2 2004
Heavy rain caused local flooding and flood marks & burrow entrances on site were obvious 22 3 2004
Local Govt Election Day - banners and flyers handed out 27 3 2004
Site is cleared of most trees by Deen Bros contractors - major demonstration by locals 14 4 2004
Following day - very large police contingent, much media, hundreds of locals protest 15 4 2004
Public Meeting held in Maleny to discuss situation 17 4 2004
Initial siltation traps installed by contractors at site 17 4 2004
Local indigenous Gubbi-Gubbi people show their support for the campaign against development 19 4 2004
Woolworths offers to sell the site to Council - even though they don't actully own it… 19 4 2004
Bunya Tree Sit-in by Daniel Jones becomes a news story as the word gets around 20 4 2004
Protesters arrested on 14 April appear in court 21 4 2004
Trees knocked down on 14 April are salvaged from the site by local wood workers 22 4 2004
Public Meeting held in Maleny to discuss strategies - many committees and working groups formed 24 4 2004
Anzac Day - protest site closed down for the day as a mark of respect 25 4 2004
Protesters arrested on 14 April appear in court again 28 4 2004
Protesters arrested on 14 April appear in court again 29 4 2004
Cornerstone (the developers) announce they want $1.9M from Council for the site 29 4 2004
Caloundra City Council announces it will consider site purchase 29 4 2004
Call For Boycott of Woolworths Nationally - campaign is launched in maleny 1 5 2004
Today Show (Channel 9 TV) holds national live interview with Daniel up the tree 5 5 2004
Public Meeting held in Maleny 8 5 2004
Penelope Swayles (nationally known folk singer) holds fundraiser concert at Crystal Waters 8 5 2004
Developers threaten to evict Daniel from the tree - this does not eventuate 13 5 2004
Protest held at Caloundra City Council Chambers  - trying to get Council to buy the site 13 5 2004
Protest vigil continues at the site - even though it is very cold and wet 1 6 2004
Residents announce they are raising funds to purchase the site, in conjunction with Council funds 3 6 2004
Protest held at Caloundra City Council Chambers  - trying to get Council to buy the site 10 6 2004
Pantastic Fundraiser concert outside Community Centre in Maleny 11 6 2004
Maleny Campaign team attends World Environment Day event at Maroochydore 13 6 2004
Daniel Jones falls out of the bunya tree - end of the tree sit-in protest 14 6 2004
Fence attempt by contractors fails as large numbers of protesters attend site 16 6 2004
Public Meeting held in Maleny to discuss situation 19 6 2004
Council announces it will not buy the development site - delcare it is too expensive 24 6 2004
Alternative site purchase proposal announced by another local developer - does not eventuate 14 7 2004
Continuous vigil and tent at site since 14 April is ended - winter weather too cold 1 8 2004
Strategy Meeting held in Maleny 2 8 2004
Environment Court announces pro-development ruling - trees can be cleared right to waterline 14 9 2004
Vote With Our Feet Rally held in Maleny 26 9 2004
Perimeter fence around the site is decorated with autumn hues tree branches 9 11 2004
Campaign to return all junk mail from Woolworths received by Maleny commences 18 11 2004
Campaign team members travel to Sydney to protest at the Woolworths AGM 26 11 2004
Woolworths responds with a full page national advert - this is ceremonially burnt at the Maleny site 29 11 2004
Platty Claymation short film is released highlighting the issues at the site 10 1 2005
Woolworths Operation Trolly - WOTTING Campaign becomes public knowledge 15 2 2005
Protest held outside headquarters of the development company owners in Brisbane 16 2 2005
Ribbon Rally held in Maleny 27 2 2005
A stronger reinforced fence is errected at the protest site, with concrete barriers to prevent vehicle access 28 2 2005
Charges against protesters arrising from 14 April are dropped 10 3 2005
An old car painted green with slogans appears at the site - later burnt out by local youths 21 3 2005
Protests are held outside Sunshine Coast supermarkets 13 4 2005
Tesch Park Rally 14 4 2005
Anzac Day - protest site closed down for the day as a mark of respect 25 4 2005
Site brushcutting takes place in the rain - hundreds of protesters present - Camp Platypus set up again 5 5 2005
Protest when additional fencing erected to fully enclose the development site - including from hotel and creek 11 5 2005
Tower of Power erected mysteriously overnight from dozens of fence sections 22 5 2005
Wooldozer makes first appearance - a wonderful theatrical campaign prop 6 6 2005
Shopping Centre Protest takes place on Sunshine Coast 10 6 2005
World Environment Day attended by Obi Obi Campaigners 12 6 2005
Platypus Survey conducted on behalf of Obi Obi campaign involving scientists with specialist knowledge 15 6 2005
Uniton (New site owners) involved in confrontation with protesters when they attempted site surveying 23 6 2005
Police embarrased when their high tech spy cameras were easliy spotted and removed by protesters 24 6 2005
Novel twist in campaign - mineral prospecting undertaken at site - legally, developers cound not prevent it 27 6 2005
Key protest team members threatened with legal action - writs burned in public 6 7 2005
Silent Majority Quilt is unveiled - a wonderful display of craft skills with a message 7 7 2005
Eviction Deadline Protest - Uniton frustrated - call on Police to uphold the law 7 7 2005
Public Meeting - leaked info advises all that crackdown by Qld Govt imminent 9 7 2005
Hundreds of police evict all protesters from site and commence lengthy campaign to guard development site 12 7 2005
Auger and Burrows Probing - Uniton (the developers) are careful not to openly kill a platypus 14 7 2005
Concrete footings go in - protesters lie in front of trucks, trucks get police escorts from concrete plant 15 7 2005
Large public rally held in Maleny 16 7 2005
$2M Cheque Presentation - Developers and Woolworths decline despite actual funds being there to buy 16 7 2005
Drum Protest at site - call for global synchronised drumming… 18 7 2005
Cut and Fill Earthworks underway - burrows are now all completely trashed - platypus either dead or displaced 18 7 2005
Tooting Fines - locals are fined for showing support as heavy handed police presence is maintained 19 7 2005
Maleny Kids Protest March and Rally 20 7 2005
Brisbane Rally - Wooldozer and dozens or protesters campaign in Brisbane 22 7 2005
Survey Results Say No - Seven News Poll shows most people oppose the way things are going 22 7 2005
Traffic Concerns Car Rally held in Maleny 23 7 2005
Full page advert placed in national edition of Weekend Australian newspaper by Maleny campaign team at huge expense - all funds raised locally 23 7 2005
Protest activist Jon Woodlands arrested again for going inside 100m exclusion zone from site 25 7 2005
Cooke Park to Tesch Park Rally 30 7 2005
Rally of locals with many musicians - almost a carnival atmosphere - Jon Woodlands protests from a helicopter 6 8 2005
Wooldozer stolen by site construction workers - later returned unscathed 9 8 2005
First Slab Pouring - basically point of no return for the site - construction now inevitable… 10 8 2005
protesters fined in court for events during site construction work 12 8 2005
Cooke Park to Tesch Park Rally 14 8 2005
Concert held in Maleny Community Centre to celebrate the community spirit in our town 14 8 2005
Obi Mascot confiscated by police when the man wearing it (Daniel Jones) was caught inside the construction site 14 9 2005
Rally held in Maleny - end of the large scale protest actions, smaller numbers at the site thereafter 1 10 2005
Supermarket building nears completion externally, protest action now largly concluded at site 2 11 2005
Woodford Folk Festival Fire Event seen by 20,000 - theme of corporate greed - giant platypus and shopping trolly 1 1 2006
Store sign goes up in Maleny 28 2 2006
Remnant weed vegetation cleared and replanting of creek edge commences 14 3 2006
Woolworths Supermarket Opens - rally and protest outside store. The message was - We Won't Shop There - EVER 3 4 2006
Boycott story in national media - we won't shop there - ever. Woolworths supermarket has poor sales figures and visibly few cars using car park 16 10 2006
Flooding causes Obi Obi Creek to rise, foundation piers of supermarket go under water, replanting of creek edge damaged by water scouring 24 8 2007
Woolworths revealed - final bamboo removal on creek edge shows the full building to the town for the first time - regrowth trees will hide it eventually...
The boycott by locals continues...
14 6 2008