A band that became a symbol of resistance against a government-backed plan to build the world’s tallest building is gearing up for a battle to keep its starships from falling into the ocean.
Key points:A star wars battle cruiser is set to be built on a shoestring budget in an unlikely battle for public supportThe star wars battleship is a symbol that has inspired thousands of people around the worldThe Australian Defence Force (ADF) has pledged to spend $1.2 billion to build a ship that is designed to withstand the highest oceanic waves in the world.
But a $300 million battle to save the vessels from sinking in the Pacific has been launched by a group of people who believe the ship could be a symbol for resistance against the government’s plan to make Sydney the world-class hub for high-rise construction.
The battle is part of a broader push to stop the $5.8 billion Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal which would see Australia’s state and territory governments negotiate with the US and China to create the world, the fifth-largest economy in the western world.
The Star Wars Battleship Project is an attempt to protect the ship from the waves of the Pacific, where it is to be constructed.
“We believe it is the best ship we have built in the past 50 years,” said the group’s executive director, Paul MacLean.
The ADF is building the Star Wars battleship in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Queensland, a region known for the presence of the world record-breaking Great Barrier Reef.
The Australian Department of Defence (ADDF) has promised to spend up to $1 billion on the project, which is being funded by the ADF’s Strategic Defence and Security Review Committee.
“The project is one of a series of initiatives that will help ensure that the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a safe and reliable link to the world,” Mr MacLean said.
“A project of this magnitude requires a great deal of expertise from all stakeholders and it is our duty to do our bit to make sure that our public assets are not damaged or lost.”
Mr MacLean has made a series and a half of trips to the Australian Defence Forces (ADFs) base in Queensland, where he met with experts and listened to arguments for and against the project.
“I can’t believe that it is still a proposal,” he said.
The idea is that the ship will be able to withstand waves as high as 30 metres and it will be capable of operating at depths of 100 metres.
“This is a ship we can operate at, this is the ship we want to go and fight for,” he told ABC Radio’s Metro Morning program.
The project would cost about $300,000 to build.
The fight is also being led by a grassroots group called the Star-Wars Resistance Coalition, which hopes to raise more than $300 per year to support the effort.
“It’s important to recognise the importance of the Star wars ship, it is a huge ship, and it’s one that represents the resistance to the proposed Trans-Poroma [TPP],” Mr Maclean said.
Topics:environment,government-and-politics,government—state-issues,state-parliament,government,maroochydore-4558,qld,southport-4215,calderbridge-4307,marlo-first-line-4056,southtonbridge-4600,sydney-2000,syddea-4000More stories from Queensland