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The Lake Ginninderra teepee is a protest against UC student accommodations

By - 21 February 2012 57

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There has been growing interest in the teepee floating in Lake Ginninderra.

It turns out it’s a protest by UC student William Woodridge against student accommodation provided by CLV (Campus Living Villages) Australia.

Jason Who has tumbled a lengthy piece about what’s going on:

So Bill was a lodger at student accomodation provided by CLV (Campus Living Villages) Australia. They are a international organisation in the business of student accomodation catering to universities. Before 2008, The university residences were run by the University itself and there were some protests from students prior to the take over of residences by CLV.

Nevertheless after CLV took over the on-campus accomodation at UC not surprisingly the prices of student accomodation increased to as much as 30 – 50%, this is not including new fees and charges which CLV felt like they had to implement. Many will think “well tough that’s life” yes, but when you consider that a university student if unreliant on parents or guardian for finances may have to work up to 30 hours a week to pay the $180 – $280p/week on rent you might understand the frustration many students have. The tipping point for Bill was unfortunately for him a fire alarm fine which he set off whilst cooking. Because of this he was hit with a $380 fine. Ultimately he chose the decision he made because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers.

As a student this left him stranded and homeless. He refused to kowtow to a large profit driven institution so he took the first step into designing a teepee. A floating teepee for that matter, where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV.

[Photo by Jason Who]

UPDATE 21/02/12 16:34: Michael Jones has sent in a set of pictures:

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The Lake Ginninderra teepee is a protest against UC student accommodations
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Jivrashia 11:40 am
21 Feb 12
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Into The Wild, Canberran style.

Hats off to this brave lad.

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Skidbladnir 11:52 am
21 Feb 12
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Quote from the Jason Who tumblr:
[William Woodridge] chose…because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers…a floating teepee…where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV…

If he wanted to stop dealing with a faceless, money-loving bureaucracy, and instead chose to shelter under the protective aegis of the ACT Government?

By my reckoning, his potential fines just under the Lakes Act 1976:
50x penalty units for anchoring a boat on a lake at night, unless he wants (or gets a friend) to go ‘hand held rod and line’ fishing whenever he anchors (Section 24, strict liability).
50x penalty units for mooring a boat without a permit (Section 25, strict liability).
30x penalty units for using a boat as a houseboat (Section 31, strict liability).
10x penalty units for failure to correctly light a boat (Sect 37, strict liability).
30x penalty units for lack of emergency lighting on boat to replace required lighting (Sect 40, strict liability).
Plus court-ordered costs associated with ACT Govt recovering any cost of boat removal, should he choose not to do so himself when requested by a government inspector.

A personal penalty unit current equates to $110 so potentially ~$19,000, equal to about 18 months uni accomodation or sharehouse rent, without even trying?

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Thumper 11:54 am
21 Feb 12
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I’m thinking that this guy could be the new Thor Heyerdahl.

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p1 12:14 pm
21 Feb 12
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JessP said :

ANd how does he power the flat screen TV in the other link or is that just for show?

The article mentions that he uses a generator which he stores in a locked box…

I wonder if CUB know he cut one of their kegs in half?

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Skidbladnir 12:18 pm
21 Feb 12
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Jivrashia said :

Into The Wild, Canberran style.

No prep, no plan, no backup, no chance?

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21
New Yeah 12:23 pm
21 Feb 12
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Yo Bill, don’t give up. I rate your teepee/pontoon.

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Thumper 12:30 pm
21 Feb 12
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Skidbladnir said :

Quote from the Jason Who tumblr:
[William Woodridge] chose…because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers…a floating teepee…where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV…

If he wanted to stop dealing with a faceless, money-loving bureaucracy, and instead chose to shelter under the protective aegis of the ACT Government?

By my reckoning, his potential fines just under the Lakes Act 1976:
50x penalty units for anchoring a boat on a lake at night, unless he wants (or gets a friend) to go ‘hand held rod and line’ fishing whenever he anchors (Section 24, strict liability).
50x penalty units for mooring a boat without a permit (Section 25, strict liability).
30x penalty units for using a boat as a houseboat (Section 31, strict liability).
10x penalty units for failure to correctly light a boat (Sect 37, strict liability).
30x penalty units for lack of emergency lighting on boat to replace required lighting (Sect 40, strict liability).
Plus court-ordered costs associated with ACT Govt recovering any cost of boat removal, should he choose not to do so himself when requested by a government inspector.

A personal penalty unit current equates to $110 so potentially ~$19,000, equal to about 18 months uni accomodation or sharehouse rent, without even trying?

Hargreaves will be onto this in a flash.

Surely?

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:41 pm
21 Feb 12
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p1 said :

Although, unless he had quit all his classes for this protest, he is relying on the government not removing his illegal campsite while he is on campus during the day.

My experience of uni was that people like this don’t usually have many classes to go to anyway. When I was at UC I remember some people having 9 contact hours a week – and considered themselves full time!

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Lazy I 1:35 pm
21 Feb 12
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Diggety 2:00 pm
21 Feb 12
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So, he is protesting against having to support himself?

And people wonder why I always say “we need more freedom and responsibility“.

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Snave81 2:07 pm
21 Feb 12
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How does a poor and struggling uni student afford to build a raft and tepee? Is there a bit of stolen property involved that could potentially add to the list of other offences?

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Skidd Marx 2:20 pm
21 Feb 12
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I wonder if that thing’s been christened yet?

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Roadrage77 2:45 pm
21 Feb 12
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Vote with your feet uni-dude.

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devils_advocate 3:43 pm
21 Feb 12
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chewy14 said :

He does realise that he doesn’t have to live on campus right?

As a landlord, I’d like to point out that it’s not always the simplest thing to organise share house accomodation, especially as its a guy. Groups of girls are assumed (rightly or wrongly) to be cleaner.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

My experience of uni was that people like this don’t usually have many classes to go to anyway. When I was at UC I remember some people having 9 contact hours a week – and considered themselves full time!

Even then it’s not like you have to turn up for your contact hours to get a pass. Or even a HD.

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gazket 4:24 pm
21 Feb 12
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I would hate to pay $380 every time my smoke alarm went off . It’s that sensitive it goes off while cooking toast.

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