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Closing the gates at Kambah Pool

By johnboy - 6 May 2013 25

Mayor Rattenbury has announced that Kambah Pool is going to be harder to get to at night if you’re into that sort of thing:

In an attempt to reduce ongoing vandalism and antisocial behaviour at Kambah Pool, gates to the
recreation area will be closed overnight from 1 July 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“From Monday 1 July 2013, the access gates on Kambah Pool Road to the recreation area will be closed to vehicles on a nightly basis,” Mr Rattenbury said. “During non-daylight savings time the gates will be closed from 6 pm to 8 am and from 9 pm to 8 am during daylight savings time.

“While there has been ongoing issues at this site, over the last few years vandalism of recreational assets and anti-social behaviour including the dumping of rubbish, lighting fires and racing cars has been increasing.

“A recent example of destructive behaviour in the area involved the use of a chainsaw to cut down trees and damage walking trail bridges, the cost of which to repair was around $8,000.

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Closing the gates at Kambah Pool
gooterz 10:54 pm 08 May 13

bigcohuna1 said :

It’s supposed to save up to $8k per year but has anyone asked what it will cost to send someone down there twice a day to lock n unlock gates and do a quick vandalism tour ? Maybe $10k

The vandals that will probably not afford cars will ride there after dark, and they’ll go more regularly because they are guaranteed that no one will be there.

So the government hands out the free pass and the area gets even more demolished than what it is?

Why not just make it so there is very little they can destruct.

As others have said. why not have patrols etc.. Hidden infrared cameras etc..

Tetranitrate 9:41 pm 08 May 13

bigcohuna1 said :

It’s supposed to save up to $8k per year but has anyone asked what it will cost to send someone down there twice a day to lock n unlock gates and do a quick vandalism tour ? Maybe $10k

If not it’d be pretty damn close. There’s a local security company that does most of TAMS’s lockups/unlocks (ie: toilets, fadden pines, pine island, ect) so they’ll just add it on to those runs presumably – maybe they have a good deal, but I’d be very surprised if the cost still doesn’t come in at a very substantial portion of the 8k even if they are getting some kind of bulk rate.

Pork Hunt 9:34 pm 08 May 13

Gary_W said :

I couldn’t bring myself the read the whole post but what the subtext I gathered from skimming through it is; Gay weirdoes need to be discouraged from going to KP so that Nudist weirdoes can (let it all) hang-out without fear of having their sexuality brought into question.

Can anyone tell me if I’m completely misreading this?

I respect your reply, however to brandish nudists as weirdies to use your words is derogatory and only reiterates my comment that you are one of many that have no idea of the naturist community and founded on your societal upbringing and beliefs that nudism is wrong.

I am not going to get into a debate on your beliefs but i will not stand idle as your sub level name calling.

Gary Whetton

What value does using your real name (one assumes) add to the story? And are you a former All Black (google GW) ?

gungsuperstar 9:02 pm 08 May 13

DrKoresh said :

Gary_W said :

I am so sick of the negativity expressed regarding Kambah pool. Although I do support the locking of the gates but the issue is deeper. This may prevent some access but won’t stop those hell bend on tarnishing the area. TAMS and the police need to be active in patrolling this area for the undesirables as is the case with many clothing optional locations. We also, as a community also need to be active. The cost of repair comes from you the rate payer.

I am am an active naturist although this is not my chosen description as I am in reality a nudist and have been publicly for the last 7 years, although previously kept it to myself. I am a Canberra resident, born here some 50 years ago and although flew the region some time ago have returned.

Living here I have heard it all about Kambah pool and the creeps that persist in the area. Although I don’t extend my travels below the first beach area I have heard it all. To date I have not had any encounters but thats not to say that it won’t happen; but i am not interested period! I am there for my enjoyment and for like minded naturists; nothing more , nothing less. A place to unwind and I am pleased that I can go there rather that having to travel 3 hours down the road.

Despite what many of you believe (based on comments) there is a surprising number of active people that want Kambah Pool to continue. For those that prefer to make generalization of our lifestyles without partaking then you are only making comments based on what you have heard not from experience.

To those that don’t understand our (my) lifestyle then I say try it once if you don’t like it, simply get dressed and walk away; no harm done.

I for one will remain at Kambah pool as often as I can and am happy to meet like minded Individuals and will continue with my quest to get this area ‘cleaned’ up so we all have a place of enjoyment. We are all part of the same community in the end. Like it or not. I can hear the howls of protest if at the end of the day the powers that be close the area ( including) the textile region and the reserves for development.

Sure you say there are other areas to go. But I ask ‘Do you not prefer a degree of solitude when you take a break from the day to day? I and other naturist are no different.

Society has brought you up to believe that being nude is not acceptable – i challenge that belief and there are many that would also.

I am no ashamed of my naturist lifestyle and only to happy to put my name to it. How many of you can do the same?

Gary Whetton

I couldn’t bring myself the read the whole post but what the subtext I gathered from skimming through it is; Gay weirdoes need to be discouraged from going to KP so that Nudist weirdoes can (let it all) hang-out without fear of having their sexuality brought into question.

Can anyone tell me if I’m completely misreading this?

What’s a gay weirdo?

Obviously I know about Kambah pool… and I’ve even considered going down and experimenting with public nudism.

But your response has me a little nervous. Is a “gay weirdo” really just a perve? Is it someone whose going to invade my personal space?

Or is it just a derogatory term used to denigrate any gay people that go there under the assumption that they’re just going to check people out?

I’m confused… but damn I want to know more now before I can summons the courage to give it a try.

bigcohuna1 8:18 pm 08 May 13

It’s supposed to save up to $8k per year but has anyone asked what it will cost to send someone down there twice a day to lock n unlock gates and do a quick vandalism tour ? Maybe $10k

Gary_W 7:10 pm 08 May 13

I couldn’t bring myself the read the whole post but what the subtext I gathered from skimming through it is; Gay weirdoes need to be discouraged from going to KP so that Nudist weirdoes can (let it all) hang-out without fear of having their sexuality brought into question.

Can anyone tell me if I’m completely misreading this?

I respect your reply, however to brandish nudists as weirdies to use your words is derogatory and only reiterates my comment that you are one of many that have no idea of the naturist community and founded on your societal upbringing and beliefs that nudism is wrong.

I am not going to get into a debate on your beliefs but i will not stand idle as your sub level name calling.

Gary Whetton

goggles13 6:46 pm 08 May 13

why are they waiting for nearly two months to close the gates, why not do it immediately?

Pork Hunt 6:34 pm 08 May 13

DrKoresh said :

Gary_W said :

I am so sick of the negativity expressed regarding Kambah pool. Although I do support the locking of the gates but the issue is deeper. This may prevent some access but won’t stop those hell bend on tarnishing the area. TAMS and the police need to be active in patrolling this area for the undesirables as is the case with many clothing optional locations. We also, as a community also need to be active. The cost of repair comes from you the rate payer.

I am am an active naturist although this is not my chosen description as I am in reality a nudist and have been publicly for the last 7 years, although previously kept it to myself. I am a Canberra resident, born here some 50 years ago and although flew the region some time ago have returned.

Living here I have heard it all about Kambah pool and the creeps that persist in the area. Although I don’t extend my travels below the first beach area I have heard it all. To date I have not had any encounters but thats not to say that it won’t happen; but i am not interested period! I am there for my enjoyment and for like minded naturists; nothing more , nothing less. A place to unwind and I am pleased that I can go there rather that having to travel 3 hours down the road.

Despite what many of you believe (based on comments) there is a surprising number of active people that want Kambah Pool to continue. For those that prefer to make generalization of our lifestyles without partaking then you are only making comments based on what you have heard not from experience.

To those that don’t understand our (my) lifestyle then I say try it once if you don’t like it, simply get dressed and walk away; no harm done.

I for one will remain at Kambah pool as often as I can and am happy to meet like minded Individuals and will continue with my quest to get this area ‘cleaned’ up so we all have a place of enjoyment. We are all part of the same community in the end. Like it or not. I can hear the howls of protest if at the end of the day the powers that be close the area ( including) the textile region and the reserves for development.

Sure you say there are other areas to go. But I ask ‘Do you not prefer a degree of solitude when you take a break from the day to day? I and other naturist are no different.

Society has brought you up to believe that being nude is not acceptable – i challenge that belief and there are many that would also.

I am no ashamed of my naturist lifestyle and only to happy to put my name to it. How many of you can do the same?

Gary Whetton

I couldn’t bring myself the read the whole post but what the subtext I gathered from skimming through it is; Gay weirdoes need to be discouraged from going to KP so that Nudist weirdoes can (let it all) hang-out without fear of having their sexuality brought into question.

Can anyone tell me if I’m completely misreading this?

“I am in reality a nudist and have been publicly for the last 7 years”

Poor sentence construction right there I reckon…

DrKoresh 5:28 pm 08 May 13

Gary_W said :

I am so sick of the negativity expressed regarding Kambah pool. Although I do support the locking of the gates but the issue is deeper. This may prevent some access but won’t stop those hell bend on tarnishing the area. TAMS and the police need to be active in patrolling this area for the undesirables as is the case with many clothing optional locations. We also, as a community also need to be active. The cost of repair comes from you the rate payer.

I am am an active naturist although this is not my chosen description as I am in reality a nudist and have been publicly for the last 7 years, although previously kept it to myself. I am a Canberra resident, born here some 50 years ago and although flew the region some time ago have returned.

Living here I have heard it all about Kambah pool and the creeps that persist in the area. Although I don’t extend my travels below the first beach area I have heard it all. To date I have not had any encounters but thats not to say that it won’t happen; but i am not interested period! I am there for my enjoyment and for like minded naturists; nothing more , nothing less. A place to unwind and I am pleased that I can go there rather that having to travel 3 hours down the road.

Despite what many of you believe (based on comments) there is a surprising number of active people that want Kambah Pool to continue. For those that prefer to make generalization of our lifestyles without partaking then you are only making comments based on what you have heard not from experience.

To those that don’t understand our (my) lifestyle then I say try it once if you don’t like it, simply get dressed and walk away; no harm done.

I for one will remain at Kambah pool as often as I can and am happy to meet like minded Individuals and will continue with my quest to get this area ‘cleaned’ up so we all have a place of enjoyment. We are all part of the same community in the end. Like it or not. I can hear the howls of protest if at the end of the day the powers that be close the area ( including) the textile region and the reserves for development.

Sure you say there are other areas to go. But I ask ‘Do you not prefer a degree of solitude when you take a break from the day to day? I and other naturist are no different.

Society has brought you up to believe that being nude is not acceptable – i challenge that belief and there are many that would also.

I am no ashamed of my naturist lifestyle and only to happy to put my name to it. How many of you can do the same?

Gary Whetton

I couldn’t bring myself the read the whole post but what the subtext I gathered from skimming through it is; Gay weirdoes need to be discouraged from going to KP so that Nudist weirdoes can (let it all) hang-out without fear of having their sexuality brought into question.

Can anyone tell me if I’m completely misreading this?

Gary_W 5:11 pm 08 May 13

I am so sick of the negativity expressed regarding Kambah pool. Although I do support the locking of the gates but the issue is deeper. This may prevent some access but won’t stop those hell bend on tarnishing the area. TAMS and the police need to be active in patrolling this area for the undesirables as is the case with many clothing optional locations. We also, as a community also need to be active. The cost of repair comes from you the rate payer.

I am am an active naturist although this is not my chosen description as I am in reality a nudist and have been publicly for the last 7 years, although previously kept it to myself. I am a Canberra resident, born here some 50 years ago and although flew the region some time ago have returned.

Living here I have heard it all about Kambah pool and the creeps that persist in the area. Although I don’t extend my travels below the first beach area I have heard it all. To date I have not had any encounters but thats not to say that it won’t happen; but i am not interested period! I am there for my enjoyment and for like minded naturists; nothing more , nothing less. A place to unwind and I am pleased that I can go there rather that having to travel 3 hours down the road.

Despite what many of you believe (based on comments) there is a surprising number of active people that want Kambah Pool to continue. For those that prefer to make generalization of our lifestyles without partaking then you are only making comments based on what you have heard not from experience.

To those that don’t understand our (my) lifestyle then I say try it once if you don’t like it, simply get dressed and walk away; no harm done.

I for one will remain at Kambah pool as often as I can and am happy to meet like minded Individuals and will continue with my quest to get this area ‘cleaned’ up so we all have a place of enjoyment. We are all part of the same community in the end. Like it or not. I can hear the howls of protest if at the end of the day the powers that be close the area ( including) the textile region and the reserves for development.

Sure you say there are other areas to go. But I ask ‘Do you not prefer a degree of solitude when you take a break from the day to day? I and other naturist are no different.

Society has brought you up to believe that being nude is not acceptable – i challenge that belief and there are many that would also.

I am no ashamed of my naturist lifestyle and only to happy to put my name to it. How many of you can do the same?

Gary Whetton

magiccar9 1:45 pm 06 May 13

Opening at 8am… seriously? What happens to people who might take the dog down in the car at, say, 7am for a walk?
Perhaps it’s too difficult for the government rangers to rise earlier than that…?

I’m with you tim_c, increase the police presence there rather than just closing the gates. That way we could actually catch people doing to crime…

tim_c 12:42 pm 06 May 13

Why don’t they just include it on their regular Police patrol route? That would solve most of the issues listed. Oh sorry, forgot.

steveu 12:34 pm 06 May 13

I think you will find that Kambah Pool was being used as a drag strip more often than not. Also, pics on RiotACT have shown the number of vehicles dumped and torched there over the years. Pine Island has been operating with these arrangements for many years now. People survived with it.

Roundhead89 11:17 am 06 May 13

I can’t see this being too popular during mango nights in summer when it is 25 degrees late at night. And where are these walking trail bridges? I haven’t seen any bridges on the trails along the river. I’ve seen a lot of other things tho 😉

gooterz 11:09 am 06 May 13

I thought greens were all about love in the bush?

Nanny state, won’t stop anyone vandalising just panders to those sensitive people who know what Kambah is used for.

Next item on the agenda bring back full length bathers.

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