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Lake Ginninderra Teepee?

By patrick_keogh - 20 February 2012 25

teepee on lake ginninderra

I was riding my bike round Lake Gininderra this morning when I saw something unusual that perhaps a rioter can shed some light on. In the section of the lake north of the Ginninderra Drive bridge,  near William Slim Drive, well out from shore there was a pontoon, perhaps 5m square.

Unusual enough.

On the pontoon there was a largeish teepee, a BBQ and a chair or two.

You don’t see that kind of thing every day.

Who knows what/who this is about?

[Photo sent in by Grump]

What’s Your opinion?


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Lake Ginninderra Teepee?
1
grump 10:09 am
20 Feb 12
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I saw 2 people assembling this on the western shore 2 weekends ago. Since then while riding/running along the bike path there I have observed a guy in his 20s I’d say, rowing a small tinnie to shore twice – most recently last Saturday morning after doing a spot of fishing off his deck. HMAS Teepee seems to drift a little – pic was taken perhaps Tuesday last week when he was close to the eastern shore, on Saturday he was moored more in the middle of that reach of the lake. Seems a bit of a length to go to to avoid rent! I would also like to know the story behind this.

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Rollersk8r 10:09 am
20 Feb 12
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It’s been there a few weeks at least. I’m interested to know also!

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Disinformation 10:14 am
20 Feb 12
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Well, it’s pretty much forbidden to camp on the lake shore. I can’t find anything so far that says you can’t camp on the lake.

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Skidbladnir 10:35 am
20 Feb 12
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Disinformation said :

Well, it’s pretty much forbidden to camp on the lake shore. I can’t find anything so far that says you can’t camp on the lake.

Lakes Act 1976 as effective 1 July 2011
Section 15: Erection of signs
The Minister may, by a sign erected or displayed within a lake area—
(a) specify an area in the vicinity of, and defined in, the sign as—
(i) a launching area; or
(ii) a mooring area; or

Section 24: Anchoring boats at night
(1) A person must not anchor a boat on a lake at night.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.
(3) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against this section if the defendant proves that—
(a) the boat was anchored to allow fishing by a hand-held rod and line; and
(b) the defendant or someone else was fishing by a hand-held rod and line for most of the time the boat was anchored.

Section 25: Mooring of boats
(1) The Minister may give a person a written permit to moor a boat in a mooring area under section 15.

(3) A person commits an offence if the person—
(a) moors a boat on a lake; and
(b) does not have a permit for the mooring.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(4) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Section 31: Houseboats prohibited
(1) A person must not use a boat as a houseboat or place of living in a lake area.
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

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Thumper 10:40 am
20 Feb 12
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Skidbladnir said :

Disinformation said :

Well, it’s pretty much forbidden to camp on the lake shore. I can’t find anything so far that says you can’t camp on the lake.

Lakes Act 1976 as effective 1 July 2011
Section 15: Erection of signs
The Minister may, by a sign erected or displayed within a lake area—
(a) specify an area in the vicinity of, and defined in, the sign as—
(i) a launching area; or
(ii) a mooring area; or

Section 24: Anchoring boats at night
(1) A person must not anchor a boat on a lake at night.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.
(3) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against this section if the defendant proves that—
(a) the boat was anchored to allow fishing by a hand-held rod and line; and
(b) the defendant or someone else was fishing by a hand-held rod and line for most of the time the boat was anchored.

Section 25: Mooring of boats
(1) The Minister may give a person a written permit to moor a boat in a mooring area under section 15.

(3) A person commits an offence if the person—
(a) moors a boat on a lake; and
(b) does not have a permit for the mooring.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(4) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Section 31: Houseboats prohibited
(1) A person must not use a boat as a houseboat or place of living in a lake area.
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

I guess they should relocate to Ginninderra Creek?

And hope that it does not rain.

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ma7trlb 10:47 am
20 Feb 12
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of similar interest is

32 Camping and caravanning
(1) A person must not camp, or keep a caravan, in a lake area at night.

so as long as its not a boat, and they’re not camping at night, seems legit?

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Keijidosha 11:07 am
20 Feb 12
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I guess the legality depends on whether a teepee raft is considered to be a boat.

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8
Deref 11:17 am
20 Feb 12
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Looks to me as if the native Americans are scouting the place. Has anyone told the tent embassy?

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Heavs 11:22 am
20 Feb 12
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Skidbladnir said :

Disinformation said :

Well, it’s pretty much forbidden to camp on the lake shore. I can’t find anything so far that says you can’t camp on the lake.

Lakes Act 1976 as effective 1 July 2011
Section 15: Erection of signs
The Minister may, by a sign erected or displayed within a lake area—
(a) specify an area in the vicinity of, and defined in, the sign as—
(i) a launching area; or
(ii) a mooring area; or

Section 24: Anchoring boats at night
(1) A person must not anchor a boat on a lake at night.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.
(3) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against this section if the defendant proves that—
(a) the boat was anchored to allow fishing by a hand-held rod and line; and
(b) the defendant or someone else was fishing by a hand-held rod and line for most of the time the boat was anchored.

Section 25: Mooring of boats
(1) The Minister may give a person a written permit to moor a boat in a mooring area under section 15.

(3) A person commits an offence if the person—
(a) moors a boat on a lake; and
(b) does not have a permit for the mooring.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.
(4) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Section 31: Houseboats prohibited
(1) A person must not use a boat as a houseboat or place of living in a lake area.
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

Does it define a boat?

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Diggety 11:39 am
20 Feb 12
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Skidbladnir said :

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

Maybe everything, but not everyone. Therefore we just play the race card…

“I am a coastal Aboriginal, and this is my tent embassy”

No one would dare try to disprove that.

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Skidbladnir 11:50 am
20 Feb 12
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Keijidosha said :

I guess the legality depends on whether a teepee raft is considered to be a boat.

Heavs said :

Does it define a boat?

Yes.
See page 36 of the Act:
Dictionary
[For the purposes of Lakes Act 1976] boat includes launch, yacht, canoe, raft, pontoon and anything else that can carry people or goods through or on water.

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12
PBO 12:20 pm
20 Feb 12
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Expansion of the Tent Embassy?

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13
Thumper 12:45 pm
20 Feb 12
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Ah ha!

What if you built a crannog?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crannog

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arescarti42 2:19 pm
20 Feb 12
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Skidbladnir said :

Section 31: Houseboats prohibited
(1) A person must not use a boat as a houseboat or place of living in a lake area.
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

Dammit. I’ve always considered floating a caravan on a pontoon on the lake in order to live close to the city without having to pay rent.

That sort of rules that out.

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Chop71 2:33 pm
20 Feb 12
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arescarti42 said :

Skidbladnir said :

Section 31: Houseboats prohibited
(1) A person must not use a boat as a houseboat or place of living in a lake area.
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
(2) An offence against this section is a strict liability offence.

Welcome to Canberra, we have laws and regs for almost everything.
Discuss.

Dammit. I’ve always considered floating a caravan on a pontoon on the lake in order to live close to the city without having to pay rent.

That sort of rules that out.

Just put a Red Black and Yellow flag on it and call it an embassy, you’ll be OK for about 20 years.

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