Destruction of Interim Park

Interim Park was demolished in 1997, when residents were outbid by developers.

Residents then resolved to protect and preserve a Chinese flame tree which was ideal for climbing. The tree was fenced off, but residents surrounded the work site in protest. Bill Burton asked them to charge at the gate: when they did, distracting the workers, Bill threw a blanket over the barbed wire and shinned up the tree. Police were called, and negotiations began with the residents’ committee.

They had to agree that the other trees be removed, but this tree must be saved. The compromise was that the tree was dug up, and moved to an end of the park, where it remains. The headland was also saved from the development, as one of only two open headlands on the harbour.

With the destruction of this social hub, neighbours and gradually dispersed.