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The lights go on at Manuka Oval

By 23 January 2013 54

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To celebrate your correspondent’s 40th birthday the powers that be have put on a rather grand game of cricket next tuesday and Ricky Ponting is going to captain a side against the West Indies at Manuka Oval.

Migrane@Kingston has sent in these cracking pictures of the new lights turned on for the first time despite the best efforts of the Inner South terrorists.

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Meanwhile a kilometre away Nick is enjoying the precision of the lights:

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54 Responses to The lights go on at Manuka Oval
#1
LSWCHP10:01 pm, 23 Jan 13

Hey John, I’m going to be in Bali next week and unlikely to be Rioting, so allow me to offer you early best wishes for your 40th. Some may consider this to be…wait for it…premature congratulation (boom tish), but what the hell. :-)

We aren’t allocated all that many birthdays ending in zero, so make sure it’s a big one. :-)

#2
Pork Hunt10:17 pm, 23 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

Hey John, I’m going to be in Bali next week and unlikely to be Rioting, so allow me to offer you early best wishes for your 40th. Some may consider this to be…wait for it…premature congratulation (boom tish), but what the hell. :-)

We aren’t allocated all that many birthdays ending in zero, so make sure it’s a big one. :-)

The first one is on your birthday.

#3
mossy11:17 pm, 23 Jan 13

As a local resident whose apartment block was flooded with light tonight, I can only consider these monsters an abomination. Platitudes about ‘restricting light spill’ are rubbish.

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

#4
c_c™11:58 pm, 23 Jan 13

mossy said :

As a local resident whose apartment block was flooded with light tonight, I can only consider these monsters an abomination. Platitudes about ‘restricting light spill’ are rubbish.

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

Perhaps try http://goo.gl/qvaQJ

#5
BimboGeek12:15 am, 24 Jan 13

looked right at them from franklin street. they are bright but not dazzling. they weren’t much brighter than the general area.

none of my mates even cared, even the ones working right across the road.

a total non issue.

#6
bigfeet6:35 am, 24 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

Hey John, I’m going to be in Bali next week and unlikely to be Rioting

You will probably be still be able to see the Manuka lights from there though.

#7
golden_youth6:50 am, 24 Jan 13

I dig them! they are pretty unique and will finally give Canberra a great location for day/nighters. Getting in before all the whingers…. it’s not like they are going to be on EVERY night, so chill out for a change!

#8
Growling Ferret6:55 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

As a local resident whose apartment block was flooded with light tonight, I can only consider these monsters an abomination. Platitudes about ‘restricting light spill’ are rubbish.

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

Congrats Mossy on the first NIMBY whinge.

They will be on less than 12 times a year. Plan other activities for those evenings…

#9
JC7:25 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

As a local resident whose apartment block was flooded with light tonight, I can only consider these monsters an abomination. Platitudes about ‘restricting light spill’ are rubbish.

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

Did you stop to think that the test last night was to ensure that they are doing what they are meant to and if there is any major light spill they can adjust them to minimise it? No didn’t think so.”

“As for the rest of your comments, I personally find the apartments that have been built in the Barton/Kingston area over the past 15 years, which is clearly where you live to be an abomination. They stick up above the tree’s destroying the vistas the residents of the houses once had. Not to mention all the traffic and the lowering of the standard of resident with all the riff raff coming in. “

“Bottom line though this is 2013, the city is moving on, growing, expanding, changing, so put up with it and get a bloody life.

#10
chewy147:32 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

As a local resident whose apartment block was flooded with light tonight, I can only consider these monsters an abomination. Platitudes about ‘restricting light spill’ are rubbish.

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

Ah the first Nimby of the season, they seem to appear earlier every year.

I think the lights look fantastic, abomination would be the exact opposite of what they are.

#11
tactless7:44 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

And when they’re not on, they’re an abomination. They stick up above the trees destroying the vistas along along Canberra Avenue and along Telopea Park.

What a disgrace.

I’m no grammar nazi, but is “destroying..or “have destroyed” the correct use? Either way these things are true;
1. You now have a new vista,
2. Canberra has an awesome oval for night time use and
3. You may need better curtains.

#12
thebrownstreak698:09 am, 24 Jan 13

I could see them clearly from my house 15 km south. But I can also see Bruce stadium when the lights are on.

#13
switch8:11 am, 24 Jan 13

What’s that ufo floating over the really bright one on the left?

#14
mossy8:27 am, 24 Jan 13

So, as a resident, not allowed to express an opinion?

Curtains on my apartment balcony where I like to sit in the evening and look at the night sky?

The apartments’ heights, in general, are just around tree height.

There’s almost no traffic to speak of – if you think this is traffic, you should get out of Canberra sometime.

#15
vg8:41 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

So, as a resident, not allowed to express an opinion?

Curtains on my apartment balcony where I like to sit in the evening and look at the night sky?

The apartments’ heights, in general, are just around tree height.

There’s almost no traffic to speak of – if you think this is traffic, you should get out of Canberra sometime.

Pot……this is kettle…..over.

I have mates that live right next door to the SFS and SCG. They love it

#16
chewy148:54 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

So, as a resident, not allowed to express an opinion?

Curtains on my apartment balcony where I like to sit in the evening and look at the night sky?

The apartments’ heights, in general, are just around tree height.

There’s almost no traffic to speak of – if you think this is traffic, you should get out of Canberra sometime.

You can express your opinion, expect it to be treated with the derision it deserves.

Yes you may need curtains for the extremely few nights of the year the lights are on. You live in a city, lights at night are generally part of that.

In general, the apartment’s aren’t higher than the trees, well except for the ones that are.

Canberra avenue currently has no traffic hey? Either way, traffic will only be increased significantly when a large event happens at Manuka which is still fairly rare.

Suck it up.

#17
Postalgeek9:06 am, 24 Jan 13

switch said :

What’s that ufo floating over the really bright one on the left?

Now that its 2013 I suppose I have to hazard the guess of inspection drone instead of the more traditional weather balloon.

#18
Keijidosha9:09 am, 24 Jan 13

Lives in an apartment block.
Complains about urban development.
My sides have ruptured.

#19
Thumper9:10 am, 24 Jan 13

Come Tuesday I shall be drinking beer and basking in the illumination of our newly installed Manuka nimby annoyers.

#20
Deref9:14 am, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

So, as a resident, not allowed to express an opinion?

Curtains on my apartment balcony where I like to sit in the evening and look at the night sky?

The apartments’ heights, in general, are just around tree height.

There’s almost no traffic to speak of – if you think this is traffic, you should get out of Canberra sometime.

Don’t sweat it. When they call you a NIMBY it just means that they have no argument. Like patriotism, it’s the last resort of the intellectually bankrupt.

#21
Postalgeek9:22 am, 24 Jan 13

I don’t live near Manuka, but I’m not going to pretend they are an attractive addition to the diminishing tree line in that area. I can understand people being disconcerted.

On the other hand, as far as design goes, they’re not as ugly as other floodlights and will revitalise that oval.

And you live in a city. Share the ugliness. Some people have power stations built near them, or major roads, or flight paths, or apartment blocks. I don’t see why anyone should be exempt from shouldering some aspect of ugly city amenity.

#22
davo1019:25 am, 24 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

We aren’t allocated all that many birthdays ending in zero, so make sure it’s a big one. :-)

Expressed in binary we get one every other year :-)

#23
Chop7110:21 am, 24 Jan 13

Thumper said :

Come Tuesday I shall be drinking beer and basking in the illumination of our newly installed Manuka nimby annoyers.

+1

Maybe the nimbys will now agree to the new stadium at Bruce.
(awaiting the whinge re parking over the next month, PMs11, WI game and GWS V Essendon)

#24
Holden Caulfield10:22 am, 24 Jan 13

Thumper said :

Come Tuesday I shall be drinking beer and basking in the illumination of our newly installed Manuka nimby annoyers.

Me too. Except for the drinking beer part. Something I’ve never been able to do. Shame on me, haha.

#25
Pork Hunt10:58 am, 24 Jan 13

Thumper said :

Come Tuesday I shall be drinking beer and basking in the illumination of our newly installed Manuka nimby annoyers.

Illuminati(on) will only lead to world dominance…
So beer and bask but be benevolent.

#26
Ben_Dover4:59 pm, 24 Jan 13

golden_youth said :

I dig them! they are pretty unique

[pedant]Something is either unique, or it is not, something cannot be “pretty unique”[/pedant]

Many happy returns JB. Happy to buy you a cold one if I see you there.

Who else is attending?

#27
mossy5:48 pm, 24 Jan 13

>Lives in an apartment block
Because supports appropriate urban development.

>Complains about urban development.
Complains about *inappropriate, extremely intrusive* urban development.

>My sides have ruptured.
Sorry to hear that.

>And you live in a city. Share the ugliness. Some people have power stations built near them, or major roads, or flight paths, or apartment blocks. I don’t see why anyone should be exempt from shouldering some aspect of ugly city amenity.

I agree with developing cities but I see no reason why they need be ugly. Any power stations proposed for the Canberra metropolitan area I should know about?

#28
Growling Ferret5:53 pm, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

>Lives in an apartment block
Because supports appropriate urban development.

So investing $5m in lights rather than spending $300m on a purpose built stadium seems like appropriate urban development and financial responsible investment to me.

#29
JC6:09 pm, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

So, as a resident, not allowed to express an opinion?

Curtains on my apartment balcony where I like to sit in the evening and look at the night sky?

The apartments’ heights, in general, are just around tree height.

There’s almost no traffic to speak of – if you think this is traffic, you should get out of Canberra sometime.

Sure you can express an opinion, but if it is stupid and NIMBY like yours was then expect some heat.

By the way I have thought again about the apartments being higher than tree level and your right they aren’t. Only because most of the tree’s were knocked down to build the ugly things in the first place.

The point still stands though, tree’s, vistas, views etc had to go to build the apartment building where you live, yes where YOU freely admit you live. Some like me hate those appartments in that nice (historic) part of Canberra, some, presumably you like them. Same to with the lights. It is called progress and don’t like it then move somewhere else, far far far away from the city lights.

PS traffic has increased in the area due to the apartments, do the maths it is simple. Where once there were say 3 houses there are now 30 appartments, sure not all will have cars, but I can bet you there will be more than than was before. Now read my post carefully I didn’t say how much there was, I didn’t even say there was more, but there is, all caused by the likes of yourself. NIMBY NIMBY NIMBY.

#30
JC6:14 pm, 24 Jan 13

mossy said :

>Lives in an apartment block
Because supports appropriate urban development.

Oh you make me laugh. Those apartments are not appropriate urban development, they are nothing short of a monstrosity designed to make money for the greedy developers of Canberra. What were once beautiful tree lined suburbs are now ugly concrete boxes with cars parked from one end to the other on what were once quite suburban roads were the children played. And you call that appropriate, yet call the development of a community facility, like Manuka oval, inappropriate.

I said it in the post again, go look in a mirror and what do you see. Yep NIMBY NIMBY NIMBY!

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