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Lake Ginninderra Teepee?

By 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]

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25 Responses to Lake Ginninderra Teepee?
#1
grump10:09 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#2
Rollersk8r10:09 am, 20 Feb 12

It’s been there a few weeks at least. I’m interested to know also!

#3
Disinformation10:14 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#4
Skidbladnir10:35 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#5
Thumper10:40 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#6
ma7trlb10:47 am, 20 Feb 12

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?

#7
Keijidosha11:07 am, 20 Feb 12

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

#8
Deref11:17 am, 20 Feb 12

Looks to me as if the native Americans are scouting the place. Has anyone told the tent embassy?

#9
Heavs11:22 am, 20 Feb 12

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?

#10
Diggety11:39 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#11
Skidbladnir11:50 am, 20 Feb 12

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.

#12
PBO12:20 pm, 20 Feb 12

Expansion of the Tent Embassy?

#13
Thumper12:45 pm, 20 Feb 12

Ah ha!

What if you built a crannog?

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

#14
arescarti422:19 pm, 20 Feb 12

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.

#15
Chop712:33 pm, 20 Feb 12

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.

#16
BethiePrice2:41 pm, 20 Feb 12

PBO said :

Expansion of the Tent Embassy?

Tent Embassy doing some washing?

#17
astrojax2:43 pm, 20 Feb 12

Chop71 said :

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

or fourty years… [http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/]

#18
evil_olive6:21 pm, 20 Feb 12

He’s not indigenous, just a hick. I know the family. Oh, and THIS IS NOT NORMAL!

#19
PearlGem6:42 pm, 20 Feb 12

Hey Everyone,

Just letting you know this is actually the work of my very inventive brother (21 and studying industrial design). he’s currently working with the rangers to sort out something that allows him to keep the tee pee on the water but he loves talking to people about it, so if you ever see him don’t be afraid to say ‘ahoy’.

#20
ThrowawayAccount6:55 pm, 20 Feb 12

Chop71 said :

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

Paint it red and call it Brodburger II. Should give you a couple of years worth of leeway. Once that goodwill runs out, you can start calling it a cultural institution. Hell who knows, if they muck the gubbermint around for long enough they might let them moor it in the “Kingston arts precinct”…

#21
Bramina11:22 pm, 20 Feb 12

I think if it floats it’s a boat.

You could have some kind of tower structure.

Or you could have something that waan’t moored or anchored, beached on an island or something….

#22
Special G7:28 am, 21 Feb 12

Just a shade structure for a spot of fishing. Adhering to the governments sunsmart policy.

#23
PearlGem9:44 am, 21 Feb 12

PearlGem said :

Hey Everyone,

Just letting you know this is actually the work of my very inventive brother (21 and studying industrial design). he’s currently working with the rangers to sort out something that allows him to keep the tee pee on the water but he loves talking to people about it, so if you ever see him don’t be afraid to say ‘ahoy’.

just to add a neat link
http://jason-lu.tumblr.com/post/17937766035/teepee-activism

http://jason-lu.tumblr.com/post/17940768506/teepee-activism-how-do-you-get-home

#24
p112:18 pm, 21 Feb 12

Special G said :

Just a shade structure for a spot of fishing. Adhering to the governments sunsmart policy.

Hope he has a fishing licence.

#25
majuraman11:51 am, 02 Mar 12

Lacking in this thread is an acknowledgment of what precipitated this action- $380 fine for setting of an alarm while cooking :( What Nazi bulls*** is this? And who the eff are Campus Village Living- some sleazeball overseas corporation with their hands on taxpayer funded assets charging students a mozza because…they can? because an corporate minded user pays uni administration would rather hand over responsibility to whoever, as long as they get a kickback and bugger the welfare of the students? the kid is right , it’s an outrage and more needs to come of this…

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