19 March 2009
A circle of climate change activists are sewing up a heap of flags to dress Horseshoe Beach during the 4th annual People's Blockade of Newcastle Harbour on Saturday 21 March.
"It's will be beautiful day to be at the Beach, with lots of fellow climate change activist and their families, lots of kayaks and lots of colour, " said sewing circle organiser Graeme Dunstan of Peacebus.com.
"The sewing circle will be adding to the colour," he said. "We aim to make up 40 blue, orange and yellow flags to array on Horseshoe Beach."
Sewing circles are the most convivial form of creativity, Graeme said and he invites interested sewers to join the circle for an hour or two or a day or too, Wednesday 18 through Friday 20 March at the The Wilderness Society studio, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
"We aim to make the Blockade beautiful and memorable and we want it to grow and grow as an annual event," he said.
"The time will come when there are so many people on the Harbour calling for an end to coal exports that the coal ships will be stopped," said Greens Councillor Michael Osborne, sewing circle backer.
"Not long after that we will be standing at Horseshoe Beach watching the last coal ship leave. What a great day that will be!"
"May that day be celebrated forever in Newcastle with an annual gathering of happy citizens, lots of flags and maybe water sports between kayaks and police jet skis," he said.
11 am Thursday 19 March, TWS Studio 50 Hunter Street Newcastle
The Beach Flag Sewing Circle has been supported by a variety of Newcastle environment groups.
Cr Michael Osborne will be at the Sewing circle.