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Manuka Oval … not so brilliant.

By 30 January 2013 65

Drove past the PMs XI today at Manuka Oval and noticed a Parking Inspector slapping down dozens and dozens of fines in the vicinity (wih no exaggeration).

Checked out the official parking which was fronted with a sign: PARKING FULL. Whats the use of updating the Oval if it cant even accomidate people parking first?

The whole suburb was chockerblocked, every piece of dirt was covered. Understandably, its an old suburb thats quite well developed… so really, the worst bit is isn’t that a dirty piece of revenue raising from the parking office?

Name and Shame. Maybe people should have events here exempt from fines.

There is no option provided, because let’s be honest- who would ride an Action bus?

[Ed - Well I rode my bike]

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65 Responses to Manuka Oval … not so brilliant.
#31
Innovation9:47 pm, 30 Jan 13

Options
1/ Park and ride on the shuttle from nearest bus interchange
2/ Park in nearby suburb and catch a bus or taxi to and from the car (even a taxi back to your car would be only about $10)
3/ Park legally about 250-500 metres (or, heaven forbid, 1km) from venue (I always find it funny that people will walk over 1km to get around places like civic but then whinge about walking a couple of hundred metres elsewhere)
4/ Park in nearby suburb and cycle to and from venue (an old 2nd hand rack and bicycle will set you back about $30 or $40)
5/ Get a friend to drive, set down and pick you up afterwards (or at least drop your passengers off and then do options 1, 2, 3 or 4).
6/ Park illegally, cop a ticket, contribute to ACT revenue, help keep taxes down for others and then whinge on Riot Act.

I’m sure there are other options available with five minutes forethought……

#32
c_c™10:45 pm, 30 Jan 13

There are two multi-level carparks in Manuka. Where they really full? I think not.

Do you have to walk 5mins, sure.

#33
Thumper10:55 pm, 30 Jan 13

Got to admit, mid-strength beer is pretty poor.

Has the ACT government decided that we’re too f***ing stupid to make up our minds about whether we drink light, mids or standards?

It would seem so…

#34
caf11:05 pm, 30 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

caf said :

I caught the free bus – it was perfectly pleasant.

There is no such thing as “a free bus”
No wonder ACTION’s revenues are stagnating.

You’re right, I had to promise to submit to the tyranny of government in order to board.

(I believe they were actually chartered by the event, so substitute “free” with “subsidised by all the other cricketgoers who didn’t use the bus” if you like).

#35
dungfungus9:22 am, 31 Jan 13

I have never attended an event at Manuka Oval. I don’t follow any of the sporting codes that use it and I think I would be in the majority after a poor crowd that turned out to watch the cricket match on Tuesday. I have always thought of it as a quaint precinct but with limited potential due to it being landlocked and there being no provision for parking. Certainly, the cost of installing the 6 floodlight towers was not justified. We already pay huge amounts of ratepayers’ money to attract AFL teams to play on the turf there, a decision that has mystified me and a lot of ACT residents.
I was at the Manuka Theatre on Monday night to see Argo (great movie BTW) and while waiting in the foyer I looked at the light towers and thought how much out of place they looked. They remind me of giant fly swatters and they would be better sited in the NGA sculpture garden.
If anyone from the Manuka Theatre is reading this take note that the area between the stairs and the windows is disgustingly filthy with garbage and discarded building materials caught on ledges under the stairs.

#36
johnboy9:26 am, 31 Jan 13

Looked like a good crowd to anyone who was there

#37
davo1019:30 am, 31 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

If anyone from the Manuka Theatre is reading this take note that the area between the stairs and the windows is disgustingly filthy with garbage and discarded building materials caught on ledges under the stairs.

Has the inter-tubes made us all brain dead? If you think the theatre is dirty and needs a clean then perhaps you should let them know directly.

#38
Holden Caulfield9:50 am, 31 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

I have never attended an event at Manuka Oval. I don’t follow any of the sporting codes that use it and I think I would be in the majority after a poor crowd that turned out to watch the cricket match on Tuesday…

The official crowd figure was 9500, for what equates to a pre-season warm up match. Not too shabby. I expect the ODI next week will be comfortably over 10,000.

Not sure what the official capacity is for cricket matches, but I reckon it’d be 13,000 or so. That would mean the PMs XI crowd had the ground at almost 75% capacity.

Poor crowds at sporting events certainly aren’t consigned to Manuka Oval. We’ve got Katie’s nice green turf and restrictive rectangular stadium out in Bruce to point the finger at as well.

#39
chewy1410:17 am, 31 Jan 13

Thumper said :

Got to admit, mid-strength beer is pretty poor.

Has the ACT government decided that we’re too f***ing stupid to make up our minds about whether we drink light, mids or standards?

It would seem so…

Pretty much all sporting events and even festivals have gone mid strength now. And you’ll note that they haven’t had the decency to reduce the price to a realistic level either.

More profit for organisers whilst hiding behind a community safety argument, It’s complete crap.

*Insert whinge about the nanny state here*

#40
Chop7110:37 am, 31 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

I have never attended an event at Manuka Oval. I don’t follow any of the sporting codes that use it and I think I would be in the majority after a poor crowd that turned out to watch the cricket match on Tuesday. I have always thought of it as a quaint precinct but with limited potential due to it being landlocked and there being no provision for parking. Certainly, the cost of installing the 6 floodlight towers was not justified. We already pay huge amounts of ratepayers’ money to attract AFL teams to play on the turf there, a decision that has mystified me and a lot of ACT residents.
I was at the Manuka Theatre on Monday night to see Argo (great movie BTW) and while waiting in the foyer I looked at the light towers and thought how much out of place they looked. They remind me of giant fly swatters and they would be better sited in the NGA sculpture garden.
If anyone from the Manuka Theatre is reading this take note that the area between the stairs and the windows is disgustingly filthy with garbage and discarded building materials caught on ledges under the stairs.

long way to say “you like movies, while others like cricket”

#41
AndrewW11:21 am, 31 Jan 13

muscledude_oz said :

Roundhead89 said :

This sort of thing is a killer for tourism. I remember going to Bondi Beach in the 1990s and always getting the souvenir of Sydney under my wipers when I returned. I just stopped going there.

Indeed, no-one goes to Bondi any more. The beach is positively empty.

Actually getting to Bondi Beach from the city is now a breeze thanks to the express, limited stop service in a bendy bus. Sound familiar? They’ve even pinched the old route number our Intertown service used to have – 333. Makes it easy to get to the beachside gym to work out and be photographed by Japanese tourists :)

Hey muscledude_oz, do you ever run into Roundhead89 during your visits to the beachside gym?

#42
arescarti4211:52 am, 31 Jan 13

davo101 said :

dungfungus said :

If anyone from the Manuka Theatre is reading this take note that the area between the stairs and the windows is disgustingly filthy with garbage and discarded building materials caught on ledges under the stairs.

Has the inter-tubes made us all brain dead? If you think the theatre is dirty and needs a clean then perhaps you should let them know directly.

I’m pretty sure Dungfungus was brain dead long before the inter-tubes were invented.

#43
DrKoresh12:00 pm, 31 Jan 13

AndrewW said :

Hey muscledude_oz, do you ever run into Roundhead89 during your visits to the beachside gym?

Nah, but they both get their steroids from the same bloke. :D

#44
Observing12:03 pm, 31 Jan 13

dungfungus said :

I have never attended an event at Manuka Oval. I don’t follow any of the sporting codes that use it and I think I would be in the majority after a poor crowd that turned out to watch the cricket match on Tuesday. I have always thought of it as a quaint precinct but with limited potential due to it being landlocked and there being no provision for parking. Certainly, the cost of installing the 6 floodlight towers was not justified. We already pay huge amounts of ratepayers’ money to attract AFL teams to play on the turf there, a decision that has mystified me and a lot of ACT residents.
I was at the Manuka Theatre on Monday night to see Argo (great movie BTW) and while waiting in the foyer I looked at the light towers and thought how much out of place they looked. They remind me of giant fly swatters and they would be better sited in the NGA sculpture garden.
If anyone from the Manuka Theatre is reading this take note that the area between the stairs and the windows is disgustingly filthy with garbage and discarded building materials caught on ledges under the stairs.

What mystifies me is how often I read people saying ‘I never have attended an AFL or cricket match at Manuka Oval but in my imagination of an event I didn’t go to, the crowds were small’. Just to clear it up for everyone that doesn’t go to AFL or cricket matches, the crowds are usually quite big and close to sell outs if not sell outs like the ODI game next week. The fact people are talking about how difficult it is to find a park might give you a big clue about this.

#45
Tnut1:56 pm, 31 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Well it appears I was lucky then. I parked in a legal spot near the school, but noted as I was walking towards the oval it was only a 15 min space. I was expecting a fine when I got back after the game, but lucky me, I was spared.

The Manuka oval website states that parking time restrictions are relaxed on major event days and includes a map of the area affected. I know of people who parked on grass areas in preference thinking that the time restriction would result in a fine.

#46
Gungahlin Al2:37 pm, 31 Jan 13

As this seems to be the place to connect with people who simply have to use a car for everything, the Arboretum has tweeted today that if you intend going to their opening day THERE IS NO ONSITE PUBLIC CAR PARKING.
But lots of free buses from all over, including from Bruce stadium for northsiders.
Righto. See you there maybe. On foot.

#47
watto233:42 pm, 31 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

There are two multi-level carparks in Manuka. Where they really full? I think not.

Do you have to walk 5mins, sure.

They were far from full. i had to go to manuka to the bank and forgot the cricket was on. Went into the car park and there were heaps of spots.

So rather than pay for convenient parking the option was still to illegally park to cut that walk down by 50metres.

#48
Holden Caulfield4:33 pm, 31 Jan 13

Tnut said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Well it appears I was lucky then. I parked in a legal spot near the school, but noted as I was walking towards the oval it was only a 15 min space. I was expecting a fine when I got back after the game, but lucky me, I was spared.

The Manuka oval website states that parking time restrictions are relaxed on major event days and includes a map of the area affected. I know of people who parked on grass areas in preference thinking that the time restriction would result in a fine.

That’s good to know, thank you.

#49
dungfungus4:51 pm, 31 Jan 13

Gungahlin Al said :

As this seems to be the place to connect with people who simply have to use a car for everything, the Arboretum has tweeted today that if you intend going to their opening day THERE IS NO ONSITE PUBLIC CAR PARKING.
But lots of free buses from all over, including from Bruce stadium for northsiders.
Righto. See you there maybe. On foot.

No such thing as a free bus.

#50
poetix7:57 pm, 31 Jan 13

muscledude_oz said :

.. to get to the beachside gym to work out and be photographed by Japanese tourists :)

Photo caption…painstakingly translated… :

Koalas are bigger and thicker than I thought!

#51
Holden Caulfield10:42 am, 07 Feb 13

Looks like the grey ghosts had another productive day in the inner south, if the snippet on WIN News last night is anything to go by.

#52
Growling Ferret11:21 am, 07 Feb 13

I arrived late so I parked at Kingston Oval where there were a heap of spots still left. That extra 7 minutes walk each way was well worth $80 or whatever a parking ticket costs.

#53
carnardly12:55 pm, 07 Feb 13

Lots of unhappy people whinging about the grey ghosts on the Canberra Times website . suckos to them! :-)

#54
Kali1:02 pm, 07 Feb 13

Boo Hoo….talk about ‘first world problems’ – (cue eyeroll) – plenty of parking at manuka shops, kingston oval or leave your car at civic/woden and catch a bus in as suggested….its a sign that your life is pretty comfortable when you have a whinge about something like this.

#55
Ben_Dover1:17 pm, 07 Feb 13

Manuka Oval … brilliant.

Dropped into Civic by my lovely daughter, took the bus in. Despite being full of the lower classes it wasn’t an unpleasant journey. Had a fantastic day at a great cricket match, Windies were as good as could be expected, some brilliant catches. Watson was outstanding. Drank more than a few beers (weak Aussie mid strength unfortunately.)

Was rather dismayed by the tuneless vacuity of the interval entertainment. The fireworks were rather good. Caught a bus back into Civic, and was picked up by my daughter.

A lovely day out at a very good cricket ground, made me glad to live in Canberra, let’s hope we get many more such class matches.

#56
Emma2910:30 pm, 20 Feb 13

Lion 30 you are spot on !

I am blown away by the amount of people supporting the parking fines! This is the first one day international we have held…. I can guarantee the ACT government has made lots of additional money from hosting the event in addition to driving away any interstate travellers who came to watch the game. I certainly wouldn’t come back to canberra if I travelled all that way to find that not only is there no parking but I would be booked for finding any space available.

You can say all you like about people catching buses, walking, riding! Sometimes life isn’t that simple! It was held on a week day, where many people took half days and rushed to the game as soon as they were off work. Stuffing around running to the bus, powering your bike along, it’s impractical and in no way makes anybody lazy or ignorant!

I happen to live and work in Kingston and I drove telopea park road several times throughout the day. The traffic didn’t bother me, the illegal cars were never in my way. I simply felt excited that so many people had showed up to support an exciting game. Talk about being lazy, having to slow down and drive around some parked cars as opposed to forcing the entire cricket attendance to to hike across from the other side of Narrabundah! Anybody who knows the area well knows it is already extremely limited in parking, even more so of a week day.

There is no alternative parking… Unless you want to park up the other side of Narrabundah, as Barton is full of the public service and already is over parked.
Then all the drivers who are upset with the over population of cars around Manuka oval can enjoy the thousands of people walking across the roads all over the area instead of just the one place!

Think shit through people. It absolutely kills me to realise how many morons out there sit on their pedistools, telling the cricket supporters they deserve what they get if they park illegally. What do you expect them to do.

I say free parking, with no tickets until the act gov can provide alternative parking.

#57
Emma2910:32 pm, 20 Feb 13

zorro29 said :

yes i saw all the parking fines when i was on my jog last night.

i am all for it. i am so sick of people clogging up the area with illegally parked cars – it makes it dangerous for those that live in the area to drive around and get out of their driveways

I agree with your opinions on illegally parked cars being a nuisance on a regular basis. But really come on, on a day where they are holding an event that is seating thousands? Somehow, I think you would probably cope one day. I live on telopea park drive, and I survived.

#58
KB19717:19 am, 21 Feb 13

Emma29 said :

I say free parking, with no tickets until the act gov can provide alternative parking.

Um……where?

#59
screaming banshee7:21 am, 21 Feb 13

Enterprising brisbanites that live near the large sports grounds have taken to charging for parking on their front lawn.

Why not volunteer your own front lawn for these poor misguided citizens and ruin your own green space.

#60
Holden Caulfield9:50 am, 21 Feb 13

Pedistools. :P

Not quite as good as petal stools, which I’ve read in the past, maybe even on RA, but a good effort nonetheless.

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