Zinc FM announcer Rob Kidd throws his weight behind The Observer petition.
Zinc FM announcer Rob Kidd throws his weight behind The Observer petition. David Sparkes

Community shows faith in petition

THE ball is well and truly rolling on The Observer's Don't Sell Out petition.

Zinc FM jumped on board yesterday, hanging up the petition in the hope of collecting as many signatures as possible.

“I'm fully supportive of any community organisation,” Rob Kidd, Zinc FM announcer, said.

“If this looks like a group that's going to go homeless, I'm dead against it. So I want as many people (as possible) to get behind it.”

Mr Kidd said petitions had the power to make a difference.

“Definitely,” he said.

“Anything community orientated has to work.

“You get the people behind it (and it can work). In a small community like this, everyone's a friend of a friend, of course it can work. (Petitions) always have worked.”

There are no guarantees in life, but social momentum can be an irresistible force and, right now, that momentum is building.

The petition calls on QR National executives and Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser to find a solution allowing three Gladstone community groups to remain on land currently owned by QR National.

The groups are Queensland Country Women's Association, Gladstone Musical Society Inc and Queensland Railway Institute Social Club.

The petition will be reprinted in this Saturday's Observer.

Long Tenure

The QCWA has been on the land since 1923. The GMSI and QRISC have been there many decades.

The land was handed to QR National when it was privatised last year.

QR National is now making moves to sell the land.



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