Posted by Andy Bell
The campaign to maintain the Hope Street bus continues.
A good turn out at Brunswick West’s Gillon Oval on Sunday September 9th for a rally and BBQ indicated that the fight ain’t over yet.
No need to rehearse the arguments about the strangeky wonderful 509 as I have done so already – https://fullcatastrophe.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/a-place-called-hope-street/.
So some brief observations:
Not just a BBQ, but cupcakes & burek too! Young & old, all kinds of accents and everyone together. This is no ordinary bus.
If this is the “People’s Republic of Moreland”, then bring it on. All politics is local and this is as local as it gets.
Joe had his 91st birthday today, the day of the rally. Without the bus his independence is done. He talked of living here all his life and of how the Hope Street bus kept people moving during hard times. His story is one of many & should be heard by those in power.
And then there was 5-year old William. He likes the bus too. If nothing else, he is learning from an early age about how people of all hues, beliefs and backgrounds can work together.
Can the Hope Street bus be saved ?
There are protests to come this week and the local council is hugely on side.
If they do end up being in vain, no one around where I live has gone down without a fight.
It’s a funny old thing being connected and feeling part of something.
We are united by a bus which takes us where we need to go and does it with a smile.
As someone said during the proceedings, we all know each other, but we don’t know each other’s names.
That’s community isn’t it ?