Latest on the battle to save HMVS Cerberus….

Back on December 8th, 2008, I posted about a 1.1200th scale model that was available about HMVS Cerberus. I also mentioned in that about the battle to save the real Cerberus which is currently ruasting away ion Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. There has been an update to the real ship and the following comes from the Friends of the Cerberus.

At the monthly meeting of the City of Bayside Council last night, Council decided to advise the federal and state governments that Bayside wishes to proceed with the bracing of the Cerberus gun turrets. Before the recommendation to Council was discussed, Peter Tully and I spoke for three minutes each. We stated our position that Friends of the Cerberus appreciated its close working relationship with Bayside and urged Council to accept the recommendation before it and Save the Cerberus. That all seven councillors spoke in favour of the motion was encouraging as were the comments made regarding the importance of saving Cerberus. Councilor Frederico summed up our view regarding the letter from the federal heritage department which she described as hilarious given their proposal that photos in an interpretive display somehow made up for allowing Cerberus to collapse. Councillor Hayes also took on board the irony of both the Commonwealth and St ate Heritage departments suggesting doing nothing and allowing Cerberus to collapse.

What was particularly pleasing was the gratitude expressed by councilors to Friends of the Cerberus for our work in campaigning to Save the Cerberus.

Councillors Frederico, Norris, Hayes and Mayor Cooper-Shaw all strongly expressed their gratitude. My suspicion is that the other three councillors, who also supported adopting the recommendation, were also grateful but it had all been said by the time that they spoke. The recommendation that the bracing proceed was passed unanimously. Council will now formally lodge an application for a permit to complete the bracing project.

For those who don’t remember, the City of Bayside is the legal owner of Cerberus as well as the project manager for the bracing project.

In summary, after the meeting both Peter and I were greatly encouraged and confident that Friends of the Cerberus in conjuncion with the City of Bayside and the National Trust will be able to convince the federal and state heritage bodies to reverse their opposition towards bracing Cerberus.

Friends of the Cerberus ask us to keep the letters going to Federal Minister for Heritage Tony Burke:

The Hon Tony Burke
Minister Heritage
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

and the Victorian Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy:

The Hon Matthew Guy
Minister for Planning
Level 7
1 Spring St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Write, call, email, support!

Occupy Melbourne

As readers of Thomo’s Hole would know, I rarely comment on political issues (or indeed bag my employer, my potential customer base and those who may well be my boss at some time in the future, shallow bugger that I am). However, the following from the Melbourne Age kind of amused me in a twisted way:

Assistant Commissioner Fontana said 150 police arrived at the square this morning but the number grew to 400 later in the day.

About 100 Occupy Melbourne demonstrators, who had camped out in the City Square for a week as part of global protests against corporate greed, defied an order to leave by 9am.

Assistant Commissioner Fontana denied police used excessive force in breaking up the protest.

"We don’t really want to engage in this sort of activity but we’re not going to back down either," Mr Fontana said.

"We’re trying to use the minimum amount of force as possible.”

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OK, so that’s 400 police (plus horses and I am sure some dogs as well) to remove 100 protesters. That is Victoria’s definition of “minimum amount of force”. It will not be surprising if this grows more in Victoria as a result. Peter Fintan Lalor would be rolling in his grave I am sure.