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EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket

By 10 January 2014 38

The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:

If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you a cent!

If you have a ticket to the match, then all you need to do is show your ticket or pass when you board an ACTION bus and you will travel for free both to and from the match.

Catch an ACTION bus from anywhere in Canberra to the Woden or City Bus Stations, and then jump on a free shuttle service that will take you straight to the ground.

From 12pm buses will leave every 30 minutes from platform 3 at the City Bus Station and from platform 10 at the Woden Bus Station.

After the match, the free shuttle services will operate from the eastern side of the oval and take passengers to the Gungahlin, Belconnen and Tuggeranong Bus Stations, as well as Woden and Civic.

These buses will leave 20 minutes after the match.

Catching the bus will save you the stress of finding a parking space and also from being fined should you park illegally.

If you are planning to drive then you need to plan ahead as significant road closures will be in place around Telopea Park.

Someone please tell Steve Dozspot he can’t park under the stands?

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38 Responses to EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket
#1
DrKoresh10:21 pm, 10 Jan 14

Better than having another spate of outrage from entitled shite-heads complaining about getting fines because they couldn’t be bothered finding a legal place to park.

#2
DrKoresh1:41 pm, 11 Jan 14

And Tosspot is in Opposition so I don’t see how that indicates hypocrisy if that’s what you were getting at there. But if you were just taking a dig at Steve because he’s Steve, then bravo.

#3
johnboy2:16 pm, 11 Jan 14

Steve had an epic public whinge last year that he wasn’t able to park on the pitch.

#4
DrKoresh2:18 pm, 11 Jan 14

Ah, that makes sense. He’s kind of priceless isn’t he? :D

#5
IrishPete3:14 pm, 11 Jan 14

johnboy said :

Steve had an epic public whinge last year that he wasn’t able to park on the pitch.

He should borrow Giulia’s car.

IP

#6
wildturkeycanoe7:12 pm, 11 Jan 14

There are three alternatives for me here:-

Number 1)
Take the bus to the game and-
A] Leave the ground by 9:30PM
B] Hope other people haven’t filled up the bus
C] take another bus from Civic at 9:53PM
D] Arrive at Cohen St. Belconnen at 10:23PM and catch last bus of the night
E] Get home around 11:00 PM and miss all the action at the end of what could be a brilliant match.
version 2 in this scenario means I couldn’t get a seat before 9:30 from Manuka and I have to walk a long way to get home because the bus drivers have gone to bed.

2) Drive to the game and cop a fine of $75-130?? Not really worth it.

3) Stay at home in my air conditioned comfort and have as many beers as I deem fit without fear of being kicked out of the premises, avoid hefty fines and exercise.

I think I’ll pick number 3 thanks.

#7
JimCharles7:24 am, 12 Jan 14

Also remember that the phone network (last year’s ODI anyway) was totally overloaded, so when people pulled their phones out at about 9pm to arrange pick-ups, many batteries were dead from constantly disconnecting/reconnecting all afternoon.

#8
Roundhead8910:03 am, 12 Jan 14

Slightly OT but there is a rumour going around that Abbott will use his speech at the cricket to declare that the official pronunciation of Manuka will be changed from “Marnicka” to “Manooka” in response to many requests over the years and representations from the NZ High Commissioner and the Maori/Pacific Islander community. Let’s hope this is true because the “Marnicka” pronunciation in Canberra is an embarrassment and has attracted ridicule from others interstate and overseas for many years.

#9
maxblues10:18 am, 12 Jan 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

There are three alternatives for me here:-

Number 1)
Take the bus to the game and-
A] Leave the ground by 9:30PM
B] Hope other people haven’t filled up the bus
C] take another bus from Civic at 9:53PM
D] Arrive at Cohen St. Belconnen at 10:23PM and catch last bus of the night
E] Get home around 11:00 PM and miss all the action at the end of what could be a brilliant match.
version 2 in this scenario means I couldn’t get a seat before 9:30 from Manuka and I have to walk a long way to get home because the bus drivers have gone to bed.

2) Drive to the game and cop a fine of $75-130?? Not really worth it.

3) Stay at home in my air conditioned comfort and have as many beers as I deem fit without fear of being kicked out of the premises, avoid hefty fines and exercise.

I think I’ll pick number 3 thanks.

I think you have omitted the option of stealing a car in Kingston.

#10
BimboGeek12:47 pm, 12 Jan 14

There are thousands of legal parks in the area. If you want to drive, just be organised. The Manuka Coles or art gallery are the closest and easiest, it’s only $10 for all day and the locals will naturally appreciate your visit a whole lot more.

Catching a bus might be a good idea if you’re on a tighter schedule or not inclined to arrive early and take advantage of the fabulous bars and cafes or do a bit of window shopping in the arcades.

I don’t really like cricket so I’ll probably just stay home too.

#11
wildturkeycanoe1:24 pm, 12 Jan 14

Roundhead89 said :

Slightly OT but there is a rumour going around that Abbott will use his speech at the cricket to declare that the official pronunciation of Manuka will be changed from “Marnicka” to “Manooka” in response to many requests over the years and representations from the NZ High Commissioner and the Maori/Pacific Islander community. Let’s hope this is true because the “Marnicka” pronunciation in Canberra is an embarrassment and has attracted ridicule from others interstate and overseas for many years.

What right do the Kiwis or Pacific Islanders have to tell us how to pronounce something which is named after a tree that originated in Australia in the first place? They can call it what they like but I have always heard it pronounced Marnicka and will continue to do so until the day I die, there is nothing embarrassing about it at all. Our fearless dictator can’t make me change how I say something, that’s a breach of my freedom of speech.

#12
Aeek3:23 pm, 12 Jan 14

maxblues said :

I think you have omitted the option of stealing a car in Kingston.

not to mention load up on wild turkey, then canoe across the lake.

#13
Ben_Dover6:38 am, 13 Jan 14

Any guesses as to what reception Abbot will get from the crowd?

Is it illegal to shout “You Wanker!” , accompanied by the traditional hand gesture, at the PM<?

#14
Growling Ferret8:47 am, 13 Jan 14

wildturkeycanoe said :

There are three alternatives for me here:-

Number 1)
Take the bus to the game and-
A] Leave the ground by 9:30PM
B] Hope other people haven’t filled up the bus
C] take another bus from Civic at 9:53PM
D] Arrive at Cohen St. Belconnen at 10:23PM and catch last bus of the night
E] Get home around 11:00 PM and miss all the action at the end of what could be a brilliant match.
version 2 in this scenario means I couldn’t get a seat before 9:30 from Manuka and I have to walk a long way to get home because the bus drivers have gone to bed.

2) Drive to the game and cop a fine of $75-130?? Not really worth it.

3) Stay at home in my air conditioned comfort and have as many beers as I deem fit without fear of being kicked out of the premises, avoid hefty fines and exercise.

I think I’ll pick number 3 thanks.

Enjoy drinking in your loungeroom with all your friends on a Tuesday, as Foxtel isn’t showing it this year.
I look forward to catching up with mates, lining up all day for overpriced midstrength and the inevitable dehydration headaches, grabbing something to eat from Manuka or Kingston at the change of innings, and bits I missed applying sunscreen to peeling by Saturday.

PM’s XI is a great day.

#15
johnboy8:56 am, 13 Jan 14

Cricket Australia are streaming it live on the website mind you.

#16
Pork Hunt8:59 am, 13 Jan 14

Ben_Dover said :

Any guesses as to what reception Abbot will get from the crowd?

Is it illegal to shout “You Wanker!” , accompanied by the traditional hand gesture, at the PM<?

This is your chance to find out. Let me know if you want a lift home from the cop shop… :-)

#17
Ghettosmurf879:58 am, 13 Jan 14

Growling Ferret said :

Enjoy drinking in your loungeroom with all your friends on a Tuesday, as Foxtel isn’t showing it this year.
I look forward to catching up with mates, lining up all day for overpriced midstrength and the inevitable dehydration headaches, grabbing something to eat from Manuka or Kingston at the change of innings, and bits I missed applying sunscreen to peeling by Saturday.

PM’s XI is a great day.

+1

I’ll be one of the prats abusing the English side and spraying the crowd with water tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that while not normally acceptable, everyone will be begging to get soaked in the 37 degree heat that is promised.

Such a fun day!

#18
dtc10:06 am, 13 Jan 14

Growling Ferret said :

I look forward to catching up with mates, lining up all day for overpriced midstrength and the inevitable dehydration headaches, grabbing something to eat from Manuka or Kingston at the change of innings, and bits I missed applying sunscreen to peeling by Saturday.

PM’s XI is a great day.

Can anyone come up with a reason why the only drinks allowed into the ground (home brought) must be in bottles under 600ml? I can understand why not glass or cans etc and why they should be unopened; but surely a 1.5l bottles of water can be taken?

As said, there is plenty of parking within a 15 minute walk; and while getting the bus is fine its getting to and from the bus station that is the problem.

#19
Holden Caulfield11:11 am, 13 Jan 14

Roundhead89 said :

Slightly OT but there is a rumour going around that Abbott will use his speech at the cricket to declare that the official pronunciation of Manuka will be changed from “Marnicka” to “Manooka” in response to many requests over the years and representations from the NZ High Commissioner and the Maori/Pacific Islander community. Let’s hope this is true because the “Marnicka” pronunciation in Canberra is an embarrassment and has attracted ridicule from others interstate and overseas for many years.

Any word on when WA will call it Dar-bee like everyone else in the world, or are you happy to leave them be with Derr-bee?

Yes, and I thought that “Marnicka” was a locale, you see, a name of a district, you see, ’cause that “icka” looks like an “ooka”.

P-off! Not B-off. Whoever heard of a Bost office?

#20
Holden Caulfield11:12 am, 13 Jan 14

dtc said :

Can anyone come up with a reason why the only drinks allowed into the ground (home brought) must be in bottles under 600ml?

Capitalism?

Fascism?

Or perhaps both!

#21
Holden Caulfield11:14 am, 13 Jan 14

Three post nutbag?

Now that I live within walking distance I’ll be parking my car in its dedicated and secure undercover spot and walking to the ground.

#22
Thumper11:19 am, 13 Jan 14

Ghettosmurf87 said :

Growling Ferret said :

Enjoy drinking in your loungeroom with all your friends on a Tuesday, as Foxtel isn’t showing it this year.
I look forward to catching up with mates, lining up all day for overpriced midstrength and the inevitable dehydration headaches, grabbing something to eat from Manuka or Kingston at the change of innings, and bits I missed applying sunscreen to peeling by Saturday.

PM’s XI is a great day.

+1

I’ll be one of the prats abusing the English side and spraying the crowd with water tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that while not normally acceptable, everyone will be begging to get soaked in the 37 degree heat that is promised.

Such a fun day!

Exactly…

Great day…

#23
Ben_Dover12:50 pm, 13 Jan 14

Pork Hunt said :

This is your chance to find out. Let me know if you want a lift home from the cop shop… :-)

Cheers, what’s your number?

#24
thatsnotme3:50 pm, 13 Jan 14

So looking at the Manuka (Manooka? Marnika?) oval website today, I noticed this link, to a map of ‘relaxed parking restrictions’. http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.pdf for major event days.

Only problem is, there’s no indication of what ‘relaxed’ actually means. Does it mean if you park on a street with 2hr parking, and stay for 5 hours, you’ll be ok? If streetside parking is up to 5.30pm, and you arrive at the game at 1pm, do ‘relaxed’ restrictions mean you won’t come back to your car to find a ticket?

All this assuming you’re legally parked in the first place.

#25
EDDCommunity12:26 pm, 14 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

So looking at the Manuka (Manooka? Marnika?) oval website today, I noticed this link, to a map of ‘relaxed parking restrictions’. http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.pdf for major event days.

Only problem is, there’s no indication of what ‘relaxed’ actually means. Does it mean if you park on a street with 2hr parking, and stay for 5 hours, you’ll be ok? If streetside parking is up to 5.30pm, and you arrive at the game at 1pm, do ‘relaxed’ restrictions mean you won’t come back to your car to find a ticket?

All this assuming you’re legally parked in the first place.

As long as you are legally parked within the specified area outlined on the map http://www.manukaoval.com.au/documents/Parking-restrictions.jpg (also found on the website), you can stay there all day. For example, parking in a 2hr or 5hr spot is fine. If you park illegally, you will be fined!

#26
watto232:25 pm, 14 Jan 14

apparently its is also on 666 Radio as well as the CA website.

That said I had a brain wave of an idea last night. Pakistan are currently playing Sri Lanka in a test series in the UAE. I struggled to see anybody at the ground watching the game. Surely we could offer the Pakistan team a crowd to host them a test series in Australia. Canberra could host 1 and Hobart or somewhere else the other. I reckon you’d get 5000 there. Maybe a Pakistan vs NZ series would get heaps more.

Maybe they want some kind of home ground advantage in the UAE, but given Australia walloped them there last time (i think they got bowled out for 50 odd in both innings) and they lost to Sri Lanka, its not much of an advantage….

#27
Mess3:15 pm, 14 Jan 14

Cook must want to beat the traffic. Gone second ball.

#28
Ms_Grumpy6:03 pm, 14 Jan 14

Currently sitting in a non air con bus for my 45min home thanks to the @#$ cricket. Apparently the air conditioned bus we have had lately (while school hols are on) was given to the free ride to the cricket program.

A rather sweaty bah humbug to y’all!

#29
thatsnotme8:49 pm, 14 Jan 14

So after a rather early end to the game, it seems that the promised buses to Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong don’t actually exist…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

#30
thatsnotme11:36 pm, 14 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

…it’s Civic and Wodonga only. So that’s kinda annoying…

Damn smartphone with it’s auto correct…Woden, not Wodonga. Wodonga would be REALLY annoying if you happened to get on the wrong bus!

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