Pave Paradise.

Have you ever been to a re-enactment?

I have now. Three times. I went to Old Sydney Town and watched a very convincing actor/convict get whipped by a Colonel for stealing something from the gift shop. I also was witness to the First Fleet sailing into Sydney Harbour, 200 years to the day that they actually did it, thanks to the Australia’s birthday event in 1988.

I went to a re-enactment of the opening of the Windsor Bridge, which turned 140 today.

But before I tell you more (that is, if indeed you are still with me) I will tell you this.

PEOPLE GO APE-SHIT FOR RE-ENACMENTS!! I am going to try and grow my re-enactment skills to expand from my current menu, which is me re-enacting the time that I had food poisoning in Turkey, or the time that Mr Woog asked me to marry him. Both highly entertaining in my opinion.

The Windsor Bridge is in danger though, of being pulled down to be replaced with another bridge. Another two lane bridge that is designed to ruin the oldest square in Australia, that being Thompson Square. And on Thompson Square is the Macquarie Arms, Australia’s oldest pub. It was established in 1795 as a meeting place for the settlers, before Governor Macquarie formalised it in 1810. But you know what?

There is a group of locals who are so passionate about preserving one of the oldest sites in Australia, that they are doing everything they can to make sure that Thompson Square is saved. Called Community Action for Windsor Bridge, they are the perfect example of a group that is not going to go away for a while.

This from CAWB.

Australia’s Heritage is at stake. The Roads and Maritime Services (formerly the RTA) wants to demolish the Windsor Bridge and build a new modern structure through the Historic Thompson Square precinct. This will permanently destroy the heritage value of the area, restrict access and damage the economic viability of Windsor. This planned new bridge will only flow traffic adequately until 2026 and at a cost of $45 million to NSW taxpayers. A complete and utter waste of money.

There is a better way which will allow better flow of traffic and not damage our Heritage and our History- even the RMS/RTA admits this!

CAWB is not a “faceless organisation”. We are the residents of The Hawkesbury. We are tradespeople, professionals, business people and we will not go quietly.

Reminds me of The Castle.

Lets take a look, shall we?

The weather TURNED IT ON LIKE A SCONE!

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Looking down to the bridge from Thompson Square.

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One of the houses that fronts Thompson Square.

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A lot of people are not happy about this idea.

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These two dogs went ape shit when they saw a white, fluffy dog. Nothing to do with the story, but was very dramatic.

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This jacaranda might be enjoying its last Spring….

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Farewell, sweet cottages.

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This used to be a milk bar where I spent my bus money on lollies, before walking to school. It is now an advertisement to save itself.

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A dog showing some manners and interest.

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Did I mention the weather?

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Ye olde world cars crossing the bridge.

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BAGPIPES!

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Even Uncle Chris was marching!

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The Macquarie Arms.

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One of the volunteers.

A word about the volunteers. So passionate are they, that they have spent the past 400 days, with two people on roster, occupying the square. 24 hours a day.

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I even taught the Town Crier what a selfie was. Oh, and I went the whole weekend sans make up, (obviously) T’was glorious.

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They shouted the community to a free feed.

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And this is just it. THIS IS IT! Imagine if everybody did nothing?

Because once you pave paradise, you are screwed. There is no turning back.

To follow the progress of CAWB, please like them here.

Do you think that this sort of stuff is worth saving?