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20 ovals scrapped

johnboy 4 December 2006 19

Brendan Smyth might not have figured out paragraph breaks, but he has put out a media release on the information he’s extracted from the hapless Andrew Barr in annual report hearings.

“Mr Barr told the hearings that the Government will now not be restoring 20 sporting ovals, due to the drought.” Mr Barr, in confirming the breaking of another budget commitment, to restore 20 sporting ovals, said that “Unfortunately, water restrictions are now in place that would preclude, I think, any prudent common sense approach to rejuvenating ovals where there is no water available to maintain them.”

Apartment blocks anyone?

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19 Responses to 20 ovals scrapped
snahon snahon 10:48 am 06 Dec 06

and yet we need to ‘upgrade’ the yarralumla parkland with more plants…

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 9:23 am 06 Dec 06

I watched a game of rugby at Condo last year – each team looked for the grassed bits to get tackled on. There was no point enforcing the blood rul for scrapes, as there wasn’t a bloke on the field who didn’t have bloody knees or elbows!

morto1980 morto1980 8:38 pm 05 Dec 06

When I grew up in Condo the ovals were always dusty and dry. Didn’t stop us playing footy and soccer. Bloody kids these days 🙂

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 9:21 am 05 Dec 06

Will the hordes of fat kiddies be able to sue in ten years time for failure of the government to provide suitable areas for recreation, leading to the poor blighters to be stuck with else to do other than eat Krispy Kremes and play on their X-boxs and Playstations, directly leading to their incredible obeseness?

Maelinar Maelinar 9:09 am 05 Dec 06

There is more than enough water in Canberra to fuel sporting paddocks, do not be misled by the current campaign.

Enough water has dropped out of the sky and onto Canberra to maintain the 20 grounds for a full summer, the problem being that the water was allowed to run off, and not captured for use.

This is not due to Canberra’s incapacity to water the grounds, it was due to this Governments incapacity to capture the water.

Stanhope, Barr and the rest of the circus might want to ask themselves if choosing to water a nice garden over several sporting fields was ultimately a wise decision.

Thumper Thumper 8:03 am 05 Dec 06

Hanging Gardens of Babylon!

hahahaha. Choice words Miz…

miz miz 10:14 pm 04 Dec 06

School ovals, watered once a week – eg at night – would keep them safe for sport and play (and not cause sports injuries) and would save restorative time and money later. No one expects a golf green, just a usable ground. It’s rather unfair to have certain sports grounds lush (eg Gowrie – used by the local Catholic Py School, I wonder if they chip in to its maintenance?) and everything else, notably public school ovals, a dust bowl.

As for Barr, I think we now Expect inconsistency, hypocrisy and stupidity. I’m certainly not surprised at all that oval maintenance is off the agenda but the Gardens of Babylon are still on it.

johnboy johnboy 9:55 pm 04 Dec 06

awww, a fake quote AND misunderstandng a joke which *I* republish!!

Anyone would think you were a complete moron EQ!

equalitarian equalitarian 9:31 pm 04 Dec 06

“14% of the readership do not think JB is a wingeing bitch – 100% realise he is not a bitch at all!”

Brown turf is better than bricks any day. It will change, rain can/may/will come.
20 paddocks better than 50 flats. Plant cactus for Floriade 08.

andy andy 5:33 pm 04 Dec 06

lots of ovals down at kippax that are used for next to nothing from what I can establish.
don’t you assholes take them away though. I run along them.

KaneO KaneO 5:30 pm 04 Dec 06

Our govt have no leadership ability or anything resembling thought processes.
We have sod all water. We have sports grounds which we wish to use.
Dump sand on 6 of the 20 and set up venues for ‘beach’ cricket, soccer, AFL, rugby, volleyball etc. Of course there are problems associated with cleaning, cats crapping in it and such but they can be overcome or minimized with a bit of thought.
Tout Canberra as an ‘inland beach arena’ and turn our lack of water into a positive.

el el 3:14 pm 04 Dec 06

Townhouses, more like it.

morgan morgan 2:46 pm 04 Dec 06

more land to give to developers in exchange for donations?

Unbeliever Unbeliever 2:44 pm 04 Dec 06

Vb, I thought Qbn went to stage 3 well before ACT and are threatening stage 4 also? Don’t know how much longer those ovals over the border will stay green.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 2:24 pm 04 Dec 06

The oval near my house in Jerrabomberra is bright green and open for business.

seepi seepi 1:43 pm 04 Dec 06

Can’t they be maintained to some degree?

Do they have to be either never watered and dead as a doornail or else lush and green and perfect?

smokey2 smokey2 1:13 pm 04 Dec 06

I think I might have made similar comments on re grassing school ovals several months ago when lack of water seemed inevitable. They were supposed to be completed for February 2007.

S4anta S4anta 1:05 pm 04 Dec 06

I am more surprised that the Lib’s are mad enough to highlight that the govt has kicked itself in the goolies, and for the first time they had their heads and hearts in the right place.

Thumper Thumper 12:33 pm 04 Dec 06

Is anyone seriously surprised by this?

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