Protesters in the Dandenong Ranges town of Emerald are braving near-zero night-time temperatures to stage a vigil, all in a bid to save a local bus shelter. Cardinia Shire Council has said the shelter is at the end of its life and wants to demolish it and build a new one. The protest has been organised by Emerald Community House (ECH), which uses the colourfully decorated bus shelter as a noticeboard.
ECH manager Mary Farrow said the protesters were there to stop the shelter being demolished. "We've been putting up community information and community art [on the shelter] for seven years," she said. "We have an iconic art mosaic that was done by the youth, funded by the state of Victoria."
The council maintains that the shelter is unsafe and has reached its useful life. It wants to replace it with a new glass one. Glass bus shelters are regularly vandalised all around Melbourne and the glass is regularly broken by hooligans. You can see the Council's views on the shelter here.
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