The peace walkers finally came to my part of the Central Coast. As a local I am reasonably familiar with the area and instead of leaving footprintsforpeace on the long and winding Old Pacific Highway to Mooney Mooney, we walked to Patonga where our wonderful and most reliable supporter and benefactor Glenys had organised a boat trip to Kangaroo Point for us.
The Prime Minister has declined our request to meet us in Canberra and has suggested we meet with Minister for Housing and Womens Affairs. We requested the meeting in November 2009.
This is a sample letter that has been sent to his office from the people on the Gold Coast.
Thanks to all who have responded in a similar fashion...
The walk is going well and we are still on schedule. There are many people we've connected with on the walk joining us in Canberra for our final days of this wonderful mission.
24th May - We will be walking into Canberra join us for the final few kilometres at the Canberra Railway Station in Kingston at 1pm. There will be activities at the Tent Embassy. We have requested many appointments with Members of Parliament and on Friday we were informed the the Prime Minister would not be able to accept our "invitation" and has referred our request to Minister for Womens Affair and Housing. Not sure how knowledgable she will be about the nuclear cycle, sustainability or peace.
When I read these words on the ‘FootPrints for Peace’ flyer I knew that I had to join the walkers. This is such an important message! Another World is possible and we can all help make it happen!
Listening to and reading the stories it is clear that this walk has been an amazing catalyst bringing together so many different groups and individuals around this vision that ‘ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE’. A world without nuclear weapons and with a sustainable future is a vision that so many Australians already hold dear and want to share with wider and wider circles of people, sparking their imaginations too.
It was the idea of one of the Dunghutti Elders, Auntie Mary, when I was telling them about Footprints for Peace and how we, Macleay Nuclear Free Alliance, were organizing an event to welcome the women walking for peace and a sustainable, nuclear-free future when they passed through Kempsey on their way to Canberra. I was trying to arrange for an Elder to do the Welcome to Country at the beginning of the event.
THANKS TO LM, PROTOCOL, CLR TORNAI AND LEE RHIANNON
BUT REAL THANKS GO TO THE WOMEN WHO HAVE WALKED THE HARD MILES TO HIGHLIGHT THE GREAT DANGERS POSED BY THE URANIUM AND NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES.
NOW MORE THAN EVER WE HAVE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE DANGERS OF NUCLEAR POWER BECAUSE THE INDUSTRY IS SET TO PROMOTE ITSELF AS THE ANSWER TO CLIMATE CHANGE. AN ANSWER WE KNOW WILL ONLY CREATE MORE PROBLEMS AND MORE DANGERS.
THIS IS AN ANSWER THAT WILL LEAD THE WORLD AWAY FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES TO AN INDUSTRY THAT IS MORE TOXIC AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS THAN PEOPLE IMAGINE.
On Sunday, May 9 2010, I hosted a civic reception at Sydney Town Hall and presented a Message from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, MP to the walkers. I have reproduced a copy of my speech below to further signify my support for Footprints of Peace.
“Good morning everyone and I extend a warm welcome to Sydney Town Hall. I would also like to acknowledge members of the Legislative Council, City of Sydney and Local Government Councillors and especially to all participants in the ‘Women’s Walk for Peace’.
I had just lit the evening fire at my home in Bundabah, on Monday (the 25th of April.) I went out to the shed to get some wood and there was a van in our street covered in peace and anti-nuclear stickers – the peace walkers had arrived! I was expecting the walkers the following day. I had been looking forward to the peace walk coming through Port Stevens and I was planning an event for the walkers in Newcastle on Friday the 30th of April. What a wonderful experience it has been to meet June, Cassie and Dawn and to walk with them for a few days.
All along the way we have had locals feeding us. It is most interesting how differently they do it. If we are generously invited to stay in people’s homes overnight, the supply of meals ranges from full service to no food service, with the kitchen for us to use.
What a journey this has and is continuing to be. We are just leaving the Gosford area and will be in Sydney tonight. Our walk into Warnervale was tinged with sadness as Dawn left the group to return to Brisbane. Dawn has been a very important member and her attention to the finer details (eg recording every walker, seeing everyone has an opportunity to write in our message book for Kevin Rudd and money management) is already greatly missed.