The official launch of ‘Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park’ took place on Sunday November 8. The event attracted around 80 people.
Organised by the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC*), speakers included John Butcher (GCPC Convenor), Allan Barnes (Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee) who presented the ‘Welcome to Country’, Clr Sam Iskandar (Mayor, Marrickville Council), Clr Sylvie Ellsmore (Marrickville Council), Linda Burney MP (Member for Canterbury) and Jo Haylen MP (Member for Summer Hill). As well, Sydney’s Solidarity Choir performed at the launch.
One of the most evocative parts of the event was the reading of Denise Levertov’s poem ‘Talk in the Dark’.
In many respects, Denise Levertov’s poem captures the essence of the Peace Park. While the poem gives voice to the psychological dread of nuclear war, it is also a potent plea for a nuclear weapons free world. In this sense it embraces the peace movement’s ultimate goal – the peaceful welfare and preservation of humanity.
Such a goal includes the replacement of ‘arm-to-survive’ defence strategies, including the reliance on ‘nuclear deterrence’, with a commitment to peacemaking and peacekeeping in conflict zones around the world.
* Marrickville Peace Group is a member of GCPC.