Oakey fights back: Residents will be town proud at rally
IN THE words of American metal band Twisted Sister, Oakey residents aren't "going to take it anymore."
Residents are expected to come out in large numbers at today's Oakey Fights Back rally, which will showcase the perks of the town despite its groundwater contamination problem.
As Twisted Sister sung, these residents are saying they've got the right to choose, there ain't no way they'll loose and they'll fight the powers because this town is their destiny.
Rally organisers Craig Commens and Monique Cherry said the rally would re-frame the conversation around the town and give residents a chance to celebrate.
"It's not ground zero but some media reports would have you think that is," Mr Commens said.
"It's one small area (that's contaminated), they don't have to trash the entire town."
"Since we started (the rallies) the support has been phenomenal - the kind messages from everyone, local businesses have chipped in for sausage sizzles, there are supporter shirts - it's got everyone on the same page ."
Mr Commens said some residents had already hailed tomorrow's rally a success because of the town's excitement.
"This is going to be a happy gathering," he said.
"There's going to be a huge crowd for something that's been organised in less than three weeks - its gone gangbusters.
"So please Oakey people, come along and bring all your friends with you. Wear your Oakey clothes, your work uniform, your school uniform, your club shirt or anything Oakey."
There will be several speakers and a sausage sizzle at the rally which will conclude with a performance from a Cook Islands dance troupe.
The Oakey Fights Back rally kicks off at 10am at the Oakey Railway Bridge. For more event details click here.