Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries

Pay Attention 7 September 2010 66

[First filed: Sep 6, 2010 @ 9:35]

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I do not want the Canberra Chronicle delivered. The only reason it is delivered free is because it makes enough revenue from advertisers to be economically feasible to publish and deliver.

My reasons are: – the cost to cut the trees down, ink to print the words and images, plastic it is covered in, petrol to deliver them to contractors, petrol of contractors to deliver them to houses, litter of all the copies left on the street, damage to waterways and wildlife from the plastic that eventually leaks into them.

Over the last 12 months, I have made the effort and contacted Paul Webber at the Canberra Times – – to have him add my address to the “Do Not Deliver” list. This has been unsuccessful recently, and the explanation I was given was “as the day was particularly windy, the paper that landed in your driveway was actually meant for amother house and was blown onto your driveway when it was thrown.

I do not accept this. If the contractor was paid to do the job in a professional manner, with attention to detail and ensuring that people did not receive the Chronicle if they made the effort to prevent it, then this would not happen.

How could this be accomplished? In 2002, Kerrie tucker introduced a Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly that made it a breach of the Criminal Code to put junk mail into letterboxes that had appropriate signs displayed, unfortunately, the ACT Government held an election and this Bill lapsed.

I spoke to the ACT Greens last week, and Chief Minister Stanhope, and both of them advised me that this junk mail legislation has not been mentioned anywhere in the last 6 years. If this legislation was reintroduced, and amended to include the distribution of free newspapers, I am confident that Rural Press would change the way they deliver, and advise their contractors accordingly.

If the legislation is not re-introduced, I am prepared to take affirmative legal action using the Trade Practices Act.

For both of these solutions, I would appreciate the help of any other citizens of Canberra who are concerned about the delivery of this publication. In the long term, if Rural Press was forced to only deliver to those who wanted the Canberra Chronicle (which, unfortunately, would also include those people who can’t be bothered making the phone call to stop it), perhaps the real number of readers would become known, and the advertisers would consider whether it was still worth it at all.

If you would like to help, please send an email expressing your concerns to:

Thanks, Andrew

The Canberra Chronicle

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66 Responses to Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries
zapjelly zapjelly 2:19 pm 27 Apr 18

Completely! I’m not sure why it had to be wrapped in plastic, why are we paying for printing of physical newspaper. Don’t want it, don’t need it. It’s littering, they don’t bother to deliver it in the letterbox but just chuck onto the ground. Complete waste of resource!

Brett Henry Brett Henry 8:43 pm 31 Aug 17

I know this is an old thread but I recently discovered how to stop having the Chronicle delivered. At the bottom of there is a distribution inquiries email I contacted this email address and they asked for me address and added me to the stop list. That was two weeks ago and so far no deliveries. I hope this helps anyone else that might stumble on this thread like I did a few weeks ago.

ricci ricci 4:09 pm 05 Nov 10

Go Chronicle!!! It’s great to see all those lazy sods having to exercise by getting up off their asses to pick up the Chronicle and take it to the bin. Even better if they walk it down to the bin at the local shops.

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 9:16 pm 10 Sep 10

The delivery to mine is spasmatic as with the reading of it. Often we get the Northside version when living in the South! Makes great fire starter, but if we are not into reading it that week goes into the recycle (with plastic on). Have a no junk mail and sometimes this works and some times not.

We live in ever changing times…

will roper will roper 7:59 am 10 Sep 10

“as the day was particularly windy, the paper that landed in your driveway was actually meant for amother house and was blown onto your driveway when it was thrown.”

That’s brilliant!!! That means that the house at the end of the street didn’t get a paper All you have to do is pick up the paper and walk it up to that house.

Don’t think for one minute that you will save any paper, petrol, or plastic.

canbe canbe 6:13 am 10 Sep 10

I believe newspapers price their advertising according to circulation numbers (if I can suspend reality for a moment and call the Chronicle a newspaper), hence the widest possible distribution even if unwanted.

audacity of hope audacity of hope 11:36 pm 09 Sep 10

We are another who have a no junk sign on our letter box and always get lots of unwanted chronicles. Next door is short term rental and the piles of chronciles make the pic above tame. Chronic is the word

Blathnat Blathnat 9:09 pm 09 Sep 10

We currently have about 4 sitting on our front lawn, and no intention of picking them up. I dont mind junk mail, every now and then it has some useful catalogues (a great way to compare coles/woolworths/aldi prices, but the chronicle is a waste of space. As a kid I used to deliver them for 4c a piece (regular catalogues were 2c each), but it was short lived. The papers were collected by me after school on a Tuesday, and had to be delivered by Thursday night, and several nights it was well and truely dark by the time I finished. We were also told that the chronicle was to be placed in or on the letterbox, how times have changed. Sadly, poor pay, lazy children and, lets face it, the fact that parents these days wouldnt EVER let their child walk around the suburb alone as it was getting dark, has led to the abundance of these moist plastic-wrapped driveway slurry piles.

housebound housebound 8:17 am 08 Sep 10

Running the stories that the CT rejects isn’t much of a selling point, that’s why it’s free

That says more about the CT and it’s blatant support for the government against communities.

garydlum garydlum 7:19 am 08 Sep 10

I’ve never had one delivered to where I currently live. I know I’m not missing much.

Sgt.Bungers Sgt.Bungers 2:11 pm 07 Sep 10

Collect all of your copies of the Chronicle… encourage others who feel the same way you do to do the same… collect any that have been left on the street for an extended period of time and could safely be considered to be “litter”…

Once you’ve got 10,000 odd copies of the chronicle (200 households collecting them for a year), stage a protest. Tip off the local TV stations re: when it’s taking place. Rent a tripper truck and driver, “deliver” all of your collected copies of the Chronicle to the ACT legislative assembly, in the same fashion that the Chronicle is delivered in Canberra suburbs.

Reprobate Reprobate 10:31 am 07 Sep 10

housebound said :

You won’t get support against the Chronicle from out our way. It is the nearest thing to independent community reporting that we have (other than WIN TV)
That says a lot in itself

The Chronicle will often pick up community stories (ie media releases or single issue nutbag rants) that the Canberra Times refuses to print.
Running the stories that the CT rejects isn’t much of a selling point, that’s why it’s free

They also include a TV guide
With listings of only 5 of the 13 channels broadcast in Canberra, it may have been useful in 1989 but now, not so much

and their tradies section has been good to us over the years.
Only a matter of time now


Rangi Rangi 10:11 am 07 Sep 10

As a kid I used to deliver them and other junk mail, I remember once just as I stuck one in a guy’s letterbox he can running up grabbed me, and was screaming at me about not being able to read. I asked what he was talking about, and he yelled that he had just put no junk mail signs on the box, I couldn’t see any so I asked him to show me and we found them on the ground, he hadn’t stuck them on properly. He didn’t apologise so when it was dark I snuck back and stuffed his letterbox full of all sorts junk mail, new & old Chronicles, and then what I couldn’t fit in I chucked on the driveway, childish I know but hey I was a kid and he started it. Lucky his street only had a half dozen houses in it so I could skip it from then on.

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 9:53 am 07 Sep 10

Supersoaker revenge, or those new kiddy paint ball SPLAT guns.

Wraith Wraith 8:20 am 07 Sep 10

Why whinge about it, turn it into a sport, horde the papers, hide in the front yard, as the delivery guy come round, throw the horded papers back at them, photograph the “surprise” on their face and post it here.

sleepyphoenix sleepyphoenix 1:31 am 07 Sep 10

I think this should be a concern directed to Australian obesity. It’s a 3 second walk. seriously

cleo cleo 12:17 am 07 Sep 10

I just love getting the Chronicle and all junk mail.

cleo cleo 12:08 am 07 Sep 10

(RiotACT Overlord)
10:30, 06 Sep 10
Waiting For Godot said :

“Boy, this makes floods in Victoria, an earthquake in New Zealand, floods in Pakistan and a hung parliament seem pretty inconsequential, eh?”

On the other hand all those things are beyond the scope of this website.

You said it!

p1 p1 9:52 pm 06 Sep 10

Ryan said :

p1 said :

Back in circa 2001, the princely sum of four cents per paper. Can’t imagine it has hit the big 1-0 since then.

Mmmm, from what I recall about numbers, I would have been getting about 3c a copy in the early nineties.

Anna Key Anna Key 9:29 pm 06 Sep 10

The home deliveries will stop if they are not supported by an obstetrician

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