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Maleny Influence at State Government By-Elections
Saturday 20 August 2005

This mobile sign was seen around the Redcliff area on Friday and Saturday.

Labor lost both seats.


Rally and Concert Celebrating Maleny
Sunday 14 August 2005

On Sunday 14 August a large number of Maleny people gathered to hear the latest on the campaign against the unwanted Woolworths supermarket, celebrate living in Maleny together, and attend a wonderful concert that went on well into the night. Many local and Brisbane bands entertained assembled maleny folk and the evening was a great success.


80 Police in Maleny to escort Cement Trucks
Wednesday 10 August 2005

Today around 80 police officers were deployed to escort cement trucks into Maleny. They were also used for traffic control for trucks entering and leaving the Bunya St site. This should save the developer, Hutchinson Builders, some money as they will not have to employ traffic control people.


MALENY 'SILENT MAJORITY' QUILT ON SHOW
Saturday 6 August 2005

The lovely Silent Majority Quilt continues to grow and be shown at public gatherings in support of a park on the controversial Obi Obi Creek site. What an inspiring and creative exercise in positive visioning for our Platypus Park.


SPROCKET MUSIC MACHINE, A HELICOPTER, PROTESTERS SINGING AND THE POLICE
Saturday 6 August 2005

For the fourth successive Saturday in a row a large crowd of concerned Maleny residents gathered to voice their opposition to the Woolworths supermarket development and afirm their desire for a nature reserve and park on the Obi Creek development site. Local music group Hubbub brought their 'sprocket' machine along for the day and their wonderful music served to lift the assembled protesters. Jon Woodlands, a main protest spokesperson has been banned from going within 100m of the development site. In a novel move protest activist Jon Woodlands flew over the site in a helicopter taking photographs of the demonstration. The helicopter pilot was given some stick by the authorities for being involved, but is still flying...


LARGEST RALLY YET AGAINST SUPERMARKET DEVELOPMENT
Saturday 30 July 2005

On Saturday 30 July the largest rally yet held in Maleny saw a crowd estimated at between 450 and 500 people gather in Cooke's Park to hear the latest on the protest movement and current actions aimed at stopping the controversial Woolworths supermarket development. The crowd learned that several actions aimed at obtaining stop-work injunctions in the courts are currently underway.


WE ASK AMP TO HELP MALENY'S PLATYPUS COLONY
Thursday 28 July 2005

AMP is a leading Australian financial institution. Landcare's Project Platypus is a habitat restoration project aimed at improving the environment in which platypuses live. By planting native trees and shrubs on the surrounding land, water quality will improve and there will be less soil erosion and salinity - creating a better habitat for the platypuses. AMP helps the Upper Wimmera platypus, but AMP is also a major shareholder in Woolworths Ltd. Woolworths Ltd is intent on destroying a platypus habitat in Maleny. We wish to draw AMPs attention to this sad inconsistency in their company's actions regarding the platypus.


PREMIER PETER BEATTIE ASKED TO INTERVENE -
FREE OUR 'OBI' FROM 'CUSTODY'
Wednesday 27 July 2005

The Maleny community platypus character suit / mascot 'Obi' has been confiscated by Queensland Police officers and is being held in 'custody' as evidence.

'Obi' was photographed soon before being arrested with some of the boys in blue who took exception to his presence.


MALENY RESIDENTS RALLY AGAINST WOOLWORTHS
Saturday 23 July 2005

What started out as a meeting over concerns for the poor traffic flow design for the entry into the proposed supermarket ended up being a large rally against Woolworths and the development taking place on the bank of Obi Obi Creek. Many hundreds of Maleny residents turned out on an overcast and rainy day to voice their disaproval over the development. Many were heartened by the amazing local fund raising effort that paid for a full page advert to appear in the Weekend Australian newspaper nationally.


MARKET RESEARCH STUDY CONFIRMS MALENY RESIDENTS OPPOSITION TO WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKET
Thursday 21 July 2005

A leading independant market research organisation has confirmed what Maleny residents have been saying all along - we don't want a Woolworths supermarket on that site. Commissioned by the local newspaper, The Range News, the survey results have been published today.

As many as 79% of the residents did not support the development of a Woolworths supermarket beside the Obi Obi Creek in Maleny. The main reasons for this negative response were - anticipated future traffic problems (82%), environmental concerns (73%), negative effect on local business (48%) and Maleny-not a place for national corporate retailers (38%).


MALENY KIDS MARCH IN SUPPORT OF A PARK ON THE DEVELOPMENT SITE
Wednesday 20 July 2005

Primary school children from Maleny marched down the footpath to the RSL gardens opposite the construction site and held a rally. The children support a park on the site and are against the proposed supermarket, which will prove a danger to children going to and from the nearby primary school.


WOOLWORTHS EXPOSED AS BLOCKING SITE SALE BID
Wednesday 20 July 2005

In discussion with with local MP Carolyn Male, Woolworths true position has become clear. Whilst Mr Quinn of Uniton Pty Ltd is willing to hold negotiations, Mr Thomas of Woolworths Ltd most emphatically is not. Clearly Woolworths has been lying to the many hundreds of people who have been in contact with them on this issue in the past few days. Those Maleny residents involved in the negotiations firmly believe that the future tenant Woolworths hold the key to the sale of the property.

Woolworths CEO Roger Corbett arrives back from overseas to present Woolworths 4th Quarter sales figures to the media on Friday 29 July. No doubt Roger will be reviewing the situation. Let's hope with Roger back at the helm, good decisions can be made...

The whole nation noted that Woolworths declined the opportunity to have a spokesperson appear on the ABC TV 7:30 Report on Wednesday night when this issue was covered. We have heard a deafening silence from Woolworths in the past few days. Their latest tactic... Say nothing to get themselves any deeper into the mire.


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