Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull have devised a masterful plan to remodel Sydney’s West in the image of the Eastern Suburbs in order to keep Westies out of the East forever.
“Once this plan is implemented, the Western Suburbs will be as liveable as the Eastern Suburbs and Westies will have no reason to venture this side of Anzac Parade,” announced the Point Piper locals, much to the relief of Eastern Suburbs residents.
“Protecting our neighbours and former constituents from Westies is the primary focus of this plan. Unlike the Bondi Passport, and the proposed Westie Wall (now known as the CBD and South East Light Rail) our plan will succeed in ridding the East of this age-old scourge.”
The former member for Wentworth and former chief of the Greater Sydney Commission then outlined the details of their vision:
Beautiful beaches will be created in the West, replete with sand, seagulls, variable surf, seaweed and bluebottles, and of course westerly winds.
Beautiful beaches will keep Westies out of the Eastern Suburbs.
Decommissioned coal mining excavators will dig an enormous hole in Western Sydney, which will then be filled with water so that Westies can enjoy their own uninterrupted harbour views.
Harbour views will keep Westies out of the Eastern Suburbs.
Cranbrook School, The Scots College and Waverley College will move permanently to the West so that their First XV can fulfil their contractual obligations without leaving home. In turn, Cranebrook School, The Schofields College and Wallacia College will occupy the vacated facilities, where non-rugby-playing students will learn from the ‘dud teachers’ currently staffing public schools out west.
Private schools will keep Westies out of the Eastern Suburbs.
Semi’s with handkerchief gardens will replace the great Australian dream, and Westies will learn the joy of sharing a property with neighbours who think an open fire is warranted in a Sydney winter, and that big dogs love tiny homes.
High-density suburbs will keep Westies out of the Eastern Suburbs.
Attractive, valuable terraces with on-road parking will be in a constant state of renovation, and the attendant skip bins will clog the narrow streets and discourage Westies from cycling or walking anywhere.
Cyclable, pedestrian-friendly suburbs will keep Westies out of the Eastern Suburbs.
The Liberal party stalwarts also advised Westies to increase their wealth and thus their climate-change resilience. One aspect of the brilliant plan, however, was exposed as deeply flawed:
“We offered lucrative financial incentives to encourage Bondi hipsters to relocate,” explained the ex-PM,
“But it was rightly explained that once you take the hipster out of Bondi, you take Bondi out of the hipster…”
Malcolm and Lucy will then ensure our salvation when they move to the Western Suburbs.
First published in The Beast magazine, August 2022.
Image: The Adelaide Advertiser