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Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries

By Pay Attention - 7 September 2010 64

[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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Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries
astrojax 11:12 am 06 Sep 10

johnboy said :

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.

aww, i dunno, pro’ly one or two canberrans have been to new zealand..?

rapunzel 11:01 am 06 Sep 10

This is a chronic problem. I hate any articles being left on my front lawn. Really clogs up the lawnmower.

sid 10:38 am 06 Sep 10

I hate it. I’ve often thought about collecting 12 months’ of the Chronicle and then dumping them back on the front lawn of whoever publishes it. But, as with a lot of things, I couldn’t be bothered.

johnboy 10:30 am 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.

Waiting For Godot 10:28 am 06 Sep 10

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

essfer 10:23 am 06 Sep 10

Education, helthcare, traffic, increase in property crime, slipping family values, monopolistic national and multi-national companies, censorship, workplace safety, taking responsibility for one’s own action in an increasingly litigious society…

International financial meltdown, depletion of oil reserves, ‘war on terrorism’, attacks on civil liberties, excessive whinging about attacks on civil liberties…

Abortion, religious freedom, religious oppression, holy wars…

On-going delivery of the Canberra Chronicle.

“one of these things is not like the other”

trevar 10:17 am 06 Sep 10

I would have thought there were enough storms about this weekend without having them in our teacups as well!

As much as I admire your chutzpah, and agree with the reasons for your it, I don’t think it’s worth that much angst. There are a few homeless kids on our streets and in our refuges, costing the city millions of dollars and wasting other non-renewable resources. Lifeline are always looking for volunteers for their counselling services. And if litigation is your thing, I’m sure you could find a worthy recipient of your enthusiasm.

These would be slightly more worthy causes for the time you save by simply unwrapping your Chronicle and depositing it in the recycling bin like the rest of us. What the CT and their customers choose to waste is their own problem.

Holden Caulfield 10:13 am 06 Sep 10

I hate my “free” copy of the Canberra Chronicle too … make it stop!

troll-sniffer 10:12 am 06 Sep 10

nhand42 said :

Advertisers should know they’re wasting their money.

In your case that is a true statement. Across Canberra though it falls a bit on the flat side.

I don’t bother with the Ch-ronicle myself (it doesn’t make it to my unit complex), but I have a few friends who do get their fill of community information and often get quotes for work from the tradies section.

Actually come to think of it on the odd occasion I am looking for a tradie I’ll knock one off from a driveway down the road and see if there are any that fir the bill. My experience with the ones who advertise in that trades section is they are often good value and more likely to be a keen self-starter (and finisher) than some of the ones in the old yella pages.

When I last lived in a house I treated the unwelcome arrival of the freebie papers as little different to the leaves and branches falling off the tree out the front, I just picked them up and dealt with them as part of the gardening. It wasn’t a big deal.

embilly 10:12 am 06 Sep 10

I completely agree with you, Andrew. We have a no junk mail sticker which does do its job, however the Chronicle continues to deliver to our building. We live in a block of 12 apartments, and we get a pile of Chronicles (wrapped in plastic no less!) in front of the letterboxes, which NO ONE picks up.

It’s massive waste of resources, and it ends up creating a big mess every week!!!

Not to mention the fact that the paper is dire! It just indicates to me how desperate the paper is to up their ‘readership’ and circulation numbers to justify to advertisers why they should not pull their advertising dollars…

PickedANickname 10:05 am 06 Sep 10

Rural Press doesn’t own The Chronicle because it was bought out by Fairfax.

banjo 10:04 am 06 Sep 10

I don’t mind junk mail per se, I am fine with removing it from the mailbox and having a look through then recycling it when I am finished. The Chronicle is a different story though, I never find it anywhere near my mail box let alone in it. When I do find it for that week it is usually browned from the sun, dirty and wet. At this point I remove it from the plastic and place each part in the appropriate bins. I have seen the people who deliver it in my street, the process consists of driving slowly whilst driver and passenger haul them out the window in the general direction of the homes. Unlike getting the newspaper delivered there is no weight to the Chronicle so my copy never makes it further than the gutter. So yes, I would rather not receive it at all given this.

Sammy 10:00 am 06 Sep 10

If I drove around in my car throwing a thick wad of advertising wrapped in plastic onto every driveway, i’d be charged with littering. Is there some law or exemption that allows them to do this? If I incorporated about 2% editorial material into my advertising, would I be allowed to do this as well?

bobbatty 9:55 am 06 Sep 10

nhand42 said :

Advertisers should know they’re wasting their money.

Well not with me they aren’t! I love the Chronicle for the local stories and action it delivers. It also provides cost effective advertising for the trades. I love to support locals and the best way to contact them is via the Chronicle.

You whingers need to get a job so you don’t have to think up things to complain about.

nhand42 9:48 am 06 Sep 10

I’ve got a No Junk Mail sign on my letterbox and despite having no legal enforcement it does a pretty good job. I very rarely get junk mail.

Except for the @^%$*! Canberra Chronicle. Every bloody week there’s another sodding mess of water-soaked plastic-wrapped newspaper sitting on my driveway. It always goes straight into the bin. Advertisers should know they’re wasting their money.

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