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Baffling questions around Bungendore

By Katydid 25 May 2009 34

On a day trip out to Bateman’s Bay on Saturday, my fiance and I noticed 2 question-raising sights around Bungadore. I’m hoping the RiotACTers can give us a hand.

    1. What’s up with teddy bears nailed to trees? At first we thought they were similar to the flowers and wreaths that are used to mark accident sites, but there were a lot of them, and always just a teddy bear.

    2. Two wombats had obviously (and sadly) been victims of traffic, but they were lying on the side of the road with what looked like hot pink crosses spray-painted on their sides. (My fiance assures me they weren’t gang insignia, but I’m thinking they might have been victims in something more sinister than road-accidents. No shoes hanging over powerlines nearby, but can we ever be sure?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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ant 10:35 am 26 May 09

MrPC said :

Once the wombats have been checked for joeys, shouldn’t they, oh, I dunno, be buried? Or incinerated? Leaving them to rot on the side of the road only serves as a breeding ground for insects.

The birds and other carnivores mainly eat them, if the local pig farmers don’t come and load them onto the ute first.

Qbn Gal 10:25 am 26 May 09

GRANNY!!!!!! You cheeky girl!

Granny 9:34 am 26 May 09

Thumper said :

Pooh Bears hole …

*snicker snicker*

Postalgeek 9:33 am 26 May 09

niftydog said :

Re; Pooh Corner – back in my day we used our imagination! No tinsel, soft toys, reflectors… nothing. Far more stimulating for young minds IMHO, and totally impossible to sabotage!

+1

It irritates me to no end that someone felt they had to ‘Disneyfy’ it.

Pooh Bears hole is actually part of a WW2 ammunition dump I believe.

I remember being told that too. Here’s some more detail:

From 1942 to 1944, the 14th Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps manned a shelter at a place which is now known as Pooh Bear’s Corner on Clyde Mountain. From this shelter they would trigger demolition charges under the King’s Highway between Braidwood and Bateman’s Bay. This was part of a plan to prevent any possible Japanese invasion party who might land at Bateman’s Bay from advancing on Canberra, the Nation’s Capital. A tunnel was dug under the King’s Highway at this location and explosives placed inside. The entrance to the tunnel has now been sealed by concrete. The conspiracy theorists suggest that there may still be some explosives inside the tunnel.

Thumper 8:09 am 26 May 09

Pooh Bears hole is actually part of a WW2 ammunition dump I believe.

I-filed 10:30 pm 25 May 09

The teddy bears are almost certainly the ones that were for sale in St Vinnies a few weeks ago – an entire laundry basketful for $1 each. They were all bought by one person.

MrPC 10:27 pm 25 May 09

Once the wombats have been checked for joeys, shouldn’t they, oh, I dunno, be buried? Or incinerated? Leaving them to rot on the side of the road only serves as a breeding ground for insects.

As if we need more flies in this country.

Holierthanthou 8:37 pm 25 May 09

People paint wombat corpses because you can’t tie two together and toss the pair into powerlines. Well, you could try.

Tedddy nailing is part of an Illuminati plot to overthrow the Cthulhu Cult.

Ivan76 5:38 pm 25 May 09

Teddy bears nailed to trees:
Its been named “Pooh bears corner” so it sounds friendly to kids but it is in fact a detonation point left over from WWII should the “Japs” decide to attack we can retreat up the Clide & blow the road.

But they were lying on the side of the road with what looked like hot pink crosses spray-painted on their sides:

Roadkill gets marked with a pink “X” when not being immediately collected so the roadkill truck can see it more easily when doing the rounds.

Pesty 5:24 pm 25 May 09

Could be drop bears?

mossrocket 3:27 pm 25 May 09

last time I checked Pooh Corner there was a blow up doll in there!
Pooh gets lonely!

Steady Eddie 3:26 pm 25 May 09

I’ve heard that the teddies were part of a scavenger hunt conducted by the University of Canberra as part of Stone Week several years ago. Others saw the bears and liked what they saw so they added their own. It has snowballed since then.

mossrocket 3:26 pm 25 May 09

My wife “tags” wombats – after sticking her hand up their clacker…
sick freaks those WIRES people…

(She’s checking for baby wombats in the dead mum’s pouch, then they spray them to let other WIRES people know they’ve checked that wombat)

I have noticed they use different colours in different areas – so I like to joke with my wife regarding her gang’s tag being pink…

Ceej1973 3:13 pm 25 May 09

A mate of mine who is a long time resident of Bungendore, told me a year or so ago, that there was one bear stuck to a tree that was found lost on the side of the HWY. Apparently (although I dont know the finite details), the council came and ripped it down, saying it was a driving hazard, because it distracted drivers from the road (like looking at your speedo does…..go figure). Well from there, the locals got ear of this pathetic reasoning, and decided to rebel against the council, and ever since locals have continued sticking them up on a regular basis. I believe they can be seen from Weetalabah, all the way to the escarpment.

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