Jessica Milne ends protest
TIN Can Bay “Tip Chick” Jessica Milne is really out of her tree this time.
The ex-council dump contractor said she had negotiated another 48 hours to get her recyclables off site, after speaking directly to Mayor Ron Dyne and Gympie Regional Council CEO Ken Mason.
That includes dismantling the tree house, which has been her protest home all week, after news she had been replaced after another contractor was selected in a tender process.
“So long as they don’t chop the tree down,” she said as she lowered herself to the ground yesterday.
“I might reconstruct it as a replica on my property. I think I’ve made my point. They told me I would be removed by force and that would require specialised police officers and it would cost thousands.
“I wasn’t prepared to put the emergency services to that sort of cost and inconvenience.
“They’ve got much more important things to do. I was guaranteed by the Mayor that if I got down by 5pm, I’d get until 4pm Sunday, because my helpers are so tired.
“People have been wonderful. With a lot of them, it’s not as though I have cups of tea at their place, but they’ve just turned up to help me out,” she said.
“So long as they don’t chop the tree down, or kill it by moving the tip face closer to it.”