Charny Carny 2007

johnboy 6 March 2007 59

Hold onto your hats, the ever intriguing “Charny Carny” is on from 1pm on 17 March at Lhotsky Street in, you guessed it, Charnwood.

They’ve even got their ad up on YouTube:

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59 Responses to Charny Carny 2007
bobbo123 bobbo123 2:21 pm 19 Mar 07

Bravo Nemesis.. stick it to the snobs.

tj29 tj29 11:06 am 18 Mar 07

A HUGE congratulations to the organisers of yesterdays ‘Charny Carny’! The event was massive with people from all over Canberra venturing to the Carnival to see fire twirlers, some young Canberran singing talent, awesome rides like the Claw, and cha cha, and masses of Community group involvement. My kids had a blast! Ask any of the 5000 (min) who attended! As a parent at one of the schools which benefits from the funds raised by the Charny Carny, I find it incredibly disappointing that people choose to bag out an event based on their own preconceived notions. But considering that these people must be absolute angels in their own right, Im going to try not to take the classifications and generalisations too personally. I know my kids are going to benefit through the increase of resources at the schools, and I saw all the smiling faces yesterday where the main word for the day was clearly: ‘COMMUNITY.’
A special thanks to all those people who have worked so hard on the organisation for the event for many months and a very long day!

Danman Danman 12:22 pm 09 Mar 07

Then goback to the pub.

Thumper Thumper 9:43 am 09 Mar 07

If I could be aresed I’ll wander down there and check it out.

Then go to the pub.

bonfire bonfire 9:27 am 09 Mar 07

thanks for the update on turner, i’ll add it to my list of locales to avoid.

and next time i drive thrugh charnwood i’ll blast ice t’s ‘colours’ from my stereo.

Danman Danman 8:17 am 09 Mar 07

Me – a sophistocate – Thats a corker…..

Nemesis Nemesis 10:28 pm 08 Mar 07

I started Work for the Dole at Charity Computers in 46 Lhotsky Street Charnwood (old Charnwood High School). I now do volunteering at the same, and am studying a Cert IV in Computer Networking.

They do a great job supplying low-cost computers to the aged, disabled, and unemployed with PCs; having a stated mission to break down the digital divide (so everyone can visit They provide usually free computer training (Cert II thru CertIV) for the same groups. They are doing something to solve the terrible toxic e-waste problem. Last year they sent a load of computers to a school for the deaf in Latvia. Another load is soon going to Uganda. These missions are hard to orgainse since they do not just dump the hardware but also provide training, IT infrastructure, and skill/tech transfer. Most generally under-resourced community support group, NGO’s, Not for Profits, etc here in Canberra, have computers and network supplied by us. The “Charny Carny” is being held on their front lawns/oval.

I first encounted Charity Computers several years ago when I went up there to make a donation of an old computer, modem, and printer. Driving around Charnwood looking for the place, I was appalled by the graffiti, broken windows, and car bodies. It looked like something I had only seen on TV, in images of ghettos in Los Angeles and parts of UK.

On my recent return, I have been Amazed by the transformation of the area. In four months visiting, I have found it Clean, developed, young professionals as well as young families, good community infrastructure like schools, churches, shops, and PCYC (removed from Turner). No junkie beggars or car bodies. The area is now deserving of respectability.

I wish I could say the same for my area here in Turner (I recently moved from Braddon/Reid). Just yesterday, I got off the [b]313 Action Bus[/b] from Charnwood in Civic. I hadn’t even got 20 metres to my bike, when I was already being accosted by a junkie beggar. It’s the same around my place; litter, violence, drugs, vandalism, and yes even derelict car bodies.

What does amaze me is the comments of the *sophisticates* posted here on the-Riotact. These comments evince them to be snobs, with class based prejudice. They are dealing in Myths. I am appalled how they defend these, and attack (ridicule as arguement) anyone who dares challenge their myths, with Real Facts. They should get out more, expand their horizons, maybe even visit the Charnwood Carnival on March 17th.

With Regards, Mr Warwick (Turner ACT).

Thumper Thumper 9:18 am 08 Mar 07

Nah, it’s actually pretty popular.

But I’d rather go to the pub…

Danman Danman 9:07 am 08 Mar 07

This whole charny carny conjures up images of “Piss Weak World” a’la 1992 Late Show era on ABC.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:51 am 08 Mar 07

…and used syringes.


Hey, I just realised that ‘Charnwood’ and ‘Charming’ both start with the same four letters!! Coincidence? I think not!

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:39 pm 07 Mar 07

Oaks Estate is lovely; it has a nice mix of industrial sites and rundown old houses.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:41 am 07 Mar 07

I’ve been to Oaks Estate. What a winner of a place THAT is!

snahon snahon 9:50 am 07 Mar 07

ah good ol’ Oaks Estate – the forgotten suburb of Canberra or shall it forever be called ‘lower qbn’ ?

bonfire bonfire 9:46 am 07 Mar 07

“I don’t like the Charny Carny. but I live here and find the term “Charny” degrading 😛

but I agree with leaving your car at home, we had someone burn a car at the end of our street just last weekend “

gold pure gold

Thumper Thumper 8:31 am 07 Mar 07

I’ve never been to the Charny carny Magical Mystery Tour and probably won’t.

However, whilst living in Charnwood i have never had a problem.

Besides, why would you break into a house in Charnwood? There’s nothing to steal….

And for boganism in its truest form one must venture south to PJs Tuggeranong.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:09 pm 06 Mar 07

I consider myself quite the bogan, and I’d live in the Oaks Estate anyday than the shit hole that is Charwood.

Lessa Lessa 9:10 pm 06 Mar 07

I don’t like the Charny Carny. but I live here and find the term “Charny” degrading 😛

but I agree with leaving your car at home, we had someone burn a car at the end of our street just last weekend

seepi seepi 8:52 pm 06 Mar 07

Charnwood has changed a lot since housing went up and yuppie couples moved there cos it is more affordable. The old reputation lives on though.

jellen jellen 8:38 pm 06 Mar 07

I have recently moved from Kingston to Charnwood. Kingston has far more drunks and druggies, in fact that is one of the reasons we moved from Kingston. The areas of disadvantage in Canberra are not readily comparable to other cities because there are pockets of public housing all over Canberra, in marked contrast to the other capitals. The average income for Charnwood residents is around 45k pa, and unemployment less than 5%. To suggest that is comparable to some of the concentrated pockets of disadvantage in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane is to defy logic, reason and the ABS, and betrays a sheltered life in the bubble of the ACT because if you had any experience of the relevant areas in Sydney, Melb or Brisso you wouldnt draw the analogy. Woodridge in Brisbane is around 30k pa and 20% unemployed. Macquarie Fields maybe even worse.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:43 pm 06 Mar 07

I have nothing specific against Charnwood – I just dislike places with burned out cars in the front yards of houses and drunks lying on the footpath outside the local shops – so Charnwood, Macquarie Fields and Braodmeadows are places I avoid.

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