Art by Rebecca Barkley
This is a non art-related subject, but something I feel very passionate about.
Today is the day McDonalds opens it’s doors in Tecoma, a small and quiet little town at the base of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia. Despite the community AND local council saying ‘NO’ for the past 3+ years.
I was born in neighboring Upwey and lived my early years in this community, and I am really proud of how they have together voiced their beliefs and stood their ground against this corporate bully pushing it’s way in.
Unfortunately, McDonalds went to VCAT who allowed them to build a ‘restaurant’ opposite my old kindergarten and primary school.
I’m posting this video because it shows everything the community has done together including a community garden and flash mob during their long and peaceful protest. The video goes for a while but even the first few minutes sums it up nicely – but I urge you to watch it through (there’s some fantastic local music!) and show your support to the group who will never. Ever. Give. Up.
You can find them and heaps more info on the ‘NO McDonalds in the Dandenong Ranges‘ facebook group. Show them your support! Tell Maccas to burger off!