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By DMZ 2 December 2015 28

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Hi there, I found a car next to my place parked on the grass on the road side. The grass under the car is not doing well as no access to the sunshine.

I am just wondering is there any rule to regulate parking in a suburban road? The grass is on public land not under a body corporate.

Many thanks.

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Nilrem 9:36 am 14 Dec 15

madelini said :

Nilrem said :

farout said :

Sandman said :

I noticed several vehicles at the southern end of Brigalow St the other day sporting stylish yellow envelopes. They were parked out the front of private residences, on the nature strip but not blocking any footpaths, access or obstructing vision.

I noticed that too, and thought ‘Good on the ranger’.
Till I got to Dyson St up the road and had to squeeze through cars parked on both sides of the road (not on or partially on the nature strips), leaving just barely enough space for a car to navigate through. Fortunately there wasn’t another car heading towards me in the opposite direction at the same time.

Barely enough space, but enough space. Surely a small price to pay to have nice grass everywhere instead of dusty carparks?

“Nice grass”? The grass outside our house (in suburban Tuggeranong, no footpaths) is just the weedy variety that grew naturally. Even with my car parked on it nightly, it still looks better than it did in the drought.

Also, I don’t think parking on the street encourages people to drive to the speed limit. If anything, it makes them drive below, and frustrates them to the point where they break more road rules to get through.

The grass varieties used on nature strips in North Canberra must be less robust. Any house that has regular nature strip parking turns into a really ugly dustbowl of compacted soil.

Sandman 7:44 am 13 Dec 15

Masquara said :

Sandman said :

Kinda wish they’d run a blitz on the Limestone Ave apartments opposite the oval. Front strip of that place looks horrendous and I’ve seen the cars drive around the posts on the footpath to park. Pajero with qld plates is the major offender and there’s been a Saab with no number plates parked there for quite some time.

I walked past there the other day and I couldn’t see any visitor parking facilities, and it definitely wouldn’t be safe to park on the road anywhere near there. If the government isn’t going to insist on good residential planning, they shouldn’t be booking people parking where it’s safe.

You’re right, there’s nowhere safe on the road to park, at least not directly adjacent to the complex. There’s plenty on the other side of the oval, a short walk away. Of course, most of these aren’t visitors obviously. It’s overflow parking of residents. Again, you’re correct in stating that the government should insist on more visitor parking for these complexes in the planning stages, and perhaps renters and buyers need to consider other options in cases where they don’t have the allocated space to store their vehicles. Body corporate has obviously attempted to stop it by erecting pine bollards at either end but it doesn’t help. I can imagine it would be incredibly frustrating dropping all that money on a nice new ground floor unit looking across to the oval and having a perpetual view of your neighbors 4wd and associated dust issues.

I did notice the Saab ( which turned out to be a Renault) gone the other day.

Nilrem 4:19 am 13 Dec 15

madelini said :

Nilrem said :

farout said :

Sandman said :

I noticed several vehicles at the southern end of Brigalow St the other day sporting stylish yellow envelopes. They were parked out the front of private residences, on the nature strip but not blocking any footpaths, access or obstructing vision.

I noticed that too, and thought ‘Good on the ranger’.
Till I got to Dyson St up the road and had to squeeze through cars parked on both sides of the road (not on or partially on the nature strips), leaving just barely enough space for a car to navigate through. Fortunately there wasn’t another car heading towards me in the opposite direction at the same time.

Barely enough space, but enough space. Surely a small price to pay to have nice grass everywhere instead of dusty carparks?

“Nice grass”? The grass outside our house (in suburban Tuggeranong, no footpaths) is just the weedy variety that grew naturally. Even with my car parked on it nightly, it still looks better than it did in the drought.

Also, I don’t think parking on the street encourages people to drive to the speed limit. If anything, it makes them drive below, and frustrates them to the point where they break more road rules to get through.

People certainly drive more slowly on my street when there’s cars parked on it.

dungfungus 10:15 pm 11 Dec 15

madelini said :

Nilrem said :

farout said :

Sandman said :

I noticed several vehicles at the southern end of Brigalow St the other day sporting stylish yellow envelopes. They were parked out the front of private residences, on the nature strip but not blocking any footpaths, access or obstructing vision.

I noticed that too, and thought ‘Good on the ranger’.
Till I got to Dyson St up the road and had to squeeze through cars parked on both sides of the road (not on or partially on the nature strips), leaving just barely enough space for a car to navigate through. Fortunately there wasn’t another car heading towards me in the opposite direction at the same time.

Barely enough space, but enough space. Surely a small price to pay to have nice grass everywhere instead of dusty carparks?

“Nice grass”? The grass outside our house (in suburban Tuggeranong, no footpaths) is just the weedy variety that grew naturally. Even with my car parked on it nightly, it still looks better than it did in the drought.

Also, I don’t think parking on the street encourages people to drive to the speed limit. If anything, it makes them drive below, and frustrates them to the point where they break more road rules to get through.

That African love grass is taking over in Tuggeranong.
The government’s response is to cut it more which makes it thrive and spread.
It really needs Round(ing)up.

Masquara 9:19 pm 11 Dec 15

Sandman said :

Kinda wish they’d run a blitz on the Limestone Ave apartments opposite the oval. Front strip of that place looks horrendous and I’ve seen the cars drive around the posts on the footpath to park. Pajero with qld plates is the major offender and there’s been a Saab with no number plates parked there for quite some time.

I walked past there the other day and I couldn’t see any visitor parking facilities, and it definitely wouldn’t be safe to park on the road anywhere near there. If the government isn’t going to insist on good residential planning, they shouldn’t be booking people parking where it’s safe.

madelini 1:46 pm 11 Dec 15

Nilrem said :

farout said :

Sandman said :

I noticed several vehicles at the southern end of Brigalow St the other day sporting stylish yellow envelopes. They were parked out the front of private residences, on the nature strip but not blocking any footpaths, access or obstructing vision.

I noticed that too, and thought ‘Good on the ranger’.
Till I got to Dyson St up the road and had to squeeze through cars parked on both sides of the road (not on or partially on the nature strips), leaving just barely enough space for a car to navigate through. Fortunately there wasn’t another car heading towards me in the opposite direction at the same time.

Barely enough space, but enough space. Surely a small price to pay to have nice grass everywhere instead of dusty carparks?

“Nice grass”? The grass outside our house (in suburban Tuggeranong, no footpaths) is just the weedy variety that grew naturally. Even with my car parked on it nightly, it still looks better than it did in the drought.

Also, I don’t think parking on the street encourages people to drive to the speed limit. If anything, it makes them drive below, and frustrates them to the point where they break more road rules to get through.

Steven Bailey 9:33 am 11 Dec 15

Yep, it’s no good having people park in front of your house. Although the ACT government needs to lighten up when it comes to cars parked in places that really do no harm to anything or anyone.

Nilrem 5:18 am 11 Dec 15

DMZ said :

Thank you for all the support and information provided.

I tried to contact the ACT gov for it and they did send someone on the premise to attend this matter. The thing is the car on the grass is only at home after hours. It seems unrealistic to expect ACT gov to send someone for this during the night.

Now I have to consider how to attend this matter by myself.. 🙁

Polite note under the windscreen wiper explaining concern about damage to the grass?

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