Young and old to protest

Service station proposal may see 'thousands' march

WANGARATTA mothers, Jodie Mays (left) and Michelle Prestianni (right), say concerns for their children, and the city's elderly, will have them marching in tomorrow's protest rally against Woolworths/Caltex's proposed 24 hour service station in Ryley Street.

“ANYWHERE between 1500 and 5000” people are expected at a protest rally in central Wangaratta tomorrow against the proposed Ryley Street Woolworths-Caltex 24 hour service station.

No Safeway Servo Community Group spokesman Simon Quilty said it was difficult to know how many people would turn out for the rally, but the group had received many offers of support.

Mr Quilty said 4500 to 5000 people had been notified about the protest rally.

“If the conciliation meeting is any guide, if you send out 5000 messages and get a fifth attending, terrific,” he said.

“It has been interesting to see the community groups stepping in and throwing their support behind us.

“Wangaratta Landcare group said they wanted to donate some money toward the fighting fund should we go to VCAT, and Oxfam has also thrown its support behind us.

“And lots of individuals are saying we’ll see you there.”

The rally will begin in Merriwa Park at 4pm tomorrow, moving up Ryley Street to the roundabout, then left into Ford Street, before turning right at the Ford Street roundabout, into Ovens Street, and stopping outside the Safeway carpark.

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