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Abandoned petrol stations, won’t somebody think of the children?

By Barcham - 10 April 2013 33

lyneham

Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones is planning on raising the pressing issue of the intense dangers of unused petrol stations today to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Jones is scared that these abandoned buildings are causing stress and concern for local communities, which is brilliant. The only thing more pointless than stressing over an unused petrol station, is stressing over the possibility that others may stress over an unused petrol station.

Well done Jones.

“Abandoned petrol station sites at the heart of our local communities not only attract graffiti but also shame and embarrassment about how our local communities look,” Mrs Jones said today.

“Some of these sites have been left derelict for over a decade, and I question whether the Government is focused on ensuring these sites remain useful for the community.

“I have had many constituents raise with me their desire to see these sites redeveloped and today I will call on the government to release information to the community about what is being done to remedy the situation.

“Canberra parents want to be able to raise their children in clean and organised communities and the elderly want to feel pride in communities they have worked hard to develop, but these sites have become an eye sore and residents have had enough,” Mrs Jones concluded.

It’s nice to know Jones is keeping her gaze eyes on the big issues.

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33 Responses to
Abandoned petrol stations, won’t somebody think of the children?
chewy14 3:16 pm 10 Apr 13

Rollersk8r said :

Yeah – heaven forbid a local politician points out an actual local problem. You’re honestly saying decaying eyesores are too petty an issue for her to raise?? What do you think her job is? What should she be doing? Negotiating with North Korea??

She has a point. The Giralang shops site, for example, has been a fenced off disgrace for 8 years. It is shameful and it does impact the whole suburb.

She should be introducing more human rights legislation, installing copius amounts of public art and being a crusader for disabled lesbian aboriginal single mothers.

p1 3:16 pm 10 Apr 13

Rollersk8r said :

Yeah – heaven forbid a local politician points out an actual local problem. You’re honestly saying decaying eyesores are too petty an issue for her to raise?? What do you think her job is? What should she be doing? Negotiating with North Korea??

She has a point. The Giralang shops site, for example, has been a fenced off disgrace for 8 years. It is shameful and it does impact the whole suburb.

Just so long as her solution isn’t to fast track changes to the acceptable land use. If it isn’t viable to run a petrol station, surely there is some other business which can be run there? If not, I’m sure that the ACT community will benefit from the value of the land when the owner (who is unable to use it for anything) surrenders it…

Rollersk8r 2:38 pm 10 Apr 13

Yeah – heaven forbid a local politician points out an actual local problem. You’re honestly saying decaying eyesores are too petty an issue for her to raise?? What do you think her job is? What should she be doing? Negotiating with North Korea??

She has a point. The Giralang shops site, for example, has been a fenced off disgrace for 8 years. It is shameful and it does impact the whole suburb.

Pitchka 2:27 pm 10 Apr 13

zorro29 said :

but i really do hate abandoned petrol stations. they do attract a slacker
also #eyesore

Zombies love abandoned servos.

PBO 2:21 pm 10 Apr 13

I had a friend who stepped on a carelessly abandoned used petrol station, she got instantly hooked and caught AIDS from using an old coles discount docket. She is now dead and on hooked on methadone.

What if a kid had found it?

Jivrashia 2:20 pm 10 Apr 13

poetix said :

lest she see something that is not ‘clean and organised’.

I’m assuming you’re referring to the Raiders’ emblem graffiti on the roller door?

zorro29 2:10 pm 10 Apr 13

lol, i know everyone is being sarcastic about this (#2 made me giggle)…but i really do hate abandoned petrol stations. they do attract a slacker element and increased graffiti and so on. they should get rid of the sites faster…

also #eyesore

ToastFliesRED 2:03 pm 10 Apr 13

$360k being asked for a 1 bed 1 bath unit on the site of the old Lyons servo still up for sale on allhomes http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/18-devonport-street-lyons-canberra/1316814143111

chewy14 2:01 pm 10 Apr 13

poetix said :

Yes, every day I shield my daughter’s eyes from the appalling edifice that is the abandoned Lyneham service station, lest she see something that is not ‘clean and organised’.

Like multi storey units built by my friends?

poetix 1:26 pm 10 Apr 13

Yes, every day I shield my daughter’s eyes from the appalling edifice that is the abandoned Lyneham service station, lest she see something that is not ‘clean and organised’.

Tetranitrate 1:12 pm 10 Apr 13

pierce said :

Is that a Liberal politician insisting that the state dictate to the owners of private property what they do with their land?

Hope so – if you don’t use it, you ought to lose it.

pierce 12:59 pm 10 Apr 13

Is that a Liberal politician insisting that the state dictate to the owners of private property what they do with their land?

tim_c 12:51 pm 10 Apr 13

The problem is, most of the servos closed because they were not viable commercial entities. Many of them (at least around Weston Creek – Rivett, Chapman, Duffy) are ready for redevelopment but on hold until they get enough presales from buyers looking for a 2-bedroom apartment in a cramped boxy development, starting from as little as $550,000! In some cases, banks are requiring 100% presales before they’ll agree to loan money for such a project.

magiccar9 12:07 pm 10 Apr 13

Thank god! This has been worrying me for so long. I’ve had to take stress leave from work and am constantly kept awake at night thinking about it.
Good to know Giulia is dealing with my deep concerns. Other community issues that politicians are elected to work through aren’t important right now…. just so long as the abandoned petrol stations are taken care of.
Problem solved.

p1 11:43 am 10 Apr 13

Of course, were the government to issue a decision that no current petrol station site would *ever* be re zoned for residential use, I suspect this frequent co-occurrence of decades long vacancies would probably cease.

At the moment, the loss made in missed rent on a vacant block is quickly recouped when you eventually get development of a residential building approved…

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