Save the Mary campaigners Glenda Pickersgill and Jenny Mengel compare the contrasting images of Anna Bligh and Peter Garrett at Gympie Regional Gallery .
Save the Mary campaigners Glenda Pickersgill and Jenny Mengel compare the contrasting images of Anna Bligh and Peter Garrett at Gympie Regional Gallery . Craig Warhurst

The art of protest

THEY were taking an early peek at the Gympie Regional Gallery’s new tribute to our region’s unforgettable campaign to save the Mary River from the Traveston Crossing Dam.

“It brings back so many memories,” said one to the other yesterday, during their second circuit of the protest art and artefacts on display in the gallery’s The Gympie Times Exhibition Space.

“The Art of Protest” exhibition will be open to the public until next Wednesday.

The exhibition records and celebrates the many art forms – from caricature and photography to sign writing, graphic design, sculpture, knitting and craft art – which contributed to getting the message out.

The campaign and its success have emerged as parts of a significant episode in the history of Australian democracy, the “people power” victory of the Gympie Region over well-organised and well-funded lies.

The dam proposal and the brilliantly organised resistance of a tight and intelligent community have become part of many thousands of lives and family sagas throughout the region and beyond, even to Brisbane and the Sydney electorate of Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett.

And, for all his troubles over the insulation controversy, the display makes it clear that Mr Garrett still has friends in the Gympie Region.

Brisbane campaign leader, Gardening Australia presenter and Queensland Conservation Council executive Jerry Coleby-Williams will formally open the exhibition on Saturday at 11.30am.

Gympie Times


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