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$10k to get your grass back

By johnboy - 19 May 2009 34

The Canberra Times has the scandalous news that the Kingston traders have been asked to fork out $10,000 a year in exchange for getting a small patch of lawn back in Green Square.

    The traders have received a letter from Parks, Conservation and Lands asking them to consider collectively funding the ”additional costs required to establish and maintain a healthy cover of grass at Green Square”.

    The letter from Parks, Conservation and Lands acting director Jane Carder said the traders would be responsible for paying for the turf to be replaced every two years and for watering the grass using ”second-class water via tanker”.

If only there was a way to collectively fund community amenity.

Oh wait! Rates and taxes! And now special lawn levies for those able to pay for it.

UPDATED: The Greens Caroline Le Couteur is asking some good questions about where the Government’s priorities are in all this:

    “We don’t agree with Mr Stanhope’s suggestion that pebbles and spiky dry grasses are a suitable replacement for a communal lawn and think the Government should maintain grass for appropriate and popular public amenity, and in this case, it’s very little water for two small grass areas.

    “Perhaps the $10,000 a year could be found by taking a tiny portion of the seemingly endless funding for Mr Stanhope’s Arboretum,”

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$10k to get your grass back
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cring 11:51 am
19 May 09
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It’s called soil, grass seeds and water; ffs, it’s not rocket science.

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punkarella 11:55 am
19 May 09
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I’ll do it for half.

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peterh 12:01 pm
19 May 09
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fake turf would be longer lasting.

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Skidbladnir 12:10 pm
19 May 09
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Instead of Government demanding that the omnipresent chance of ineptitude in ACT Government be involved, why can’t the grass be decided on by the a committee of tenants (like a Cynodon dactylon “Legend” variant) and maintained privately using tenancy fees and tank water?

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MissChief 12:51 pm
19 May 09
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Brown Square! What an embarrassment.

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miz 1:12 pm
19 May 09
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This is ludicrous. Surely parks, conservation and lands ran it down in the first place? Besides, grass is much nicer than the spikes and bark look we are now getting everywhere (eg you can actually walk and play on grass).

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Clown Killer 2:07 pm
19 May 09
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Our Canberra office is in Kingston. I must say that the ‘green’ part of green square is looking a tad unloved. For a while there it seemed like every year landscape contractors would descend on the place once a year work over the ground and lay new turf, which looked good until it died of neglect and the cycle would eventually be repeated.

I imagine that water restrictions play a role in the condition of the grass but I can’t imagine that there couldn’t be a way to overcome that with recycled water or similar.
That said, the retailers of Green Square do yield a certain amount of amenity from the landscaping, which in part contributes to attracting customers to the cafes and other businesses there, so it might not be unreasonable for them to make a contribution to the upkeep of the lawns. They already cover the cost of daily cleaning and other maintenance to improve amenity so it’s really not that greater leap.

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Thumper 3:35 pm
19 May 09
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Wow, that’s brilliant. First the ACT government runs it down, and now they want money to fix it up.

The mafia couldn’t have done any better.

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peterh 3:57 pm
19 May 09
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Thumper said :

Wow, that’s brilliant. First the ACT government runs it down, and now they want money to fix it up.

The mafia couldn’t have done any better.

you are right. the suspicious mounds would have been too inconvenient…

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colourful sydney rac 4:04 pm
19 May 09
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If only Kate Carnell was still in power, she could paint it green.

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monomania 4:22 pm
19 May 09
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The idea that the grass should be watered using “second-class water via tanker” is totally absurd and further shows what how effectively people’s views have been distorted since governments have decided to blame urban water consumers for their own failures. Having tankers delivering “second class water” all over town is environmental vandalism and a waste of money. Potable water is not that precious. Not precious enough to waste money on rainwater tanks either Caroline Le Couteur.
It would seem that she is only smart about her own finances

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A Noisy Noise Annoys 5:13 pm
19 May 09
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Why does the turf need to be replaced every two years? And why can’t they install a sprinkler system instead of using tankers to water it?

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Thumper 5:42 pm
19 May 09
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I’m always amazed that such simple problems lead to such complex solutions.

Seriously, Bunnings sell great big tanks for bugger all. Why doesn’t the government do it’s job and simply buy some tanks and put in irrigation.

It’s not rocket science, but it is obviously against their ideology.

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peterh 5:45 pm
19 May 09
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Thumper said :

I’m always amazed that such simple problems lead to such complex solutions.

Seriously, Bunnings sell great big tanks for bugger all. Why doesn’t the government do it’s job and simply buy some tanks and put in irrigation.

It’s not rocket science, but it is obviously against their ideology.

drain the lakes for green square! ninja watering for all!

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sepi 9:29 pm
19 May 09
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The turf needs regular replacing cos it is about the size of two backyards, but is used by hundreds of people a week.

It cant be watered with sprinklers as watering lawn is not allowed under water restrictions.

Put in a tank and be done with it. They could have paid for it with all the consultation and plans for spiky grass and tanbark etc that they have drawn up.

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