Cottage Couple to be Thrown Out

Loose Brown 30 May 2008 74

The Canberra Times is reporting that the couple living in the Weston Creek cottage are to be evicted on Saturday night and a fence placed around the property with a security guard.

The couple are quoted as saying, “they have paid absolutely nothing for perfect caretakers of the cottage and now the people of the ACT are going to be paying through the nose to protect this place. It’s just unbelieveable.”

Or is it? It seems that the only people the security guard will have to protect the place from is the people who are currently residing there.

I find it hard to feel sorry for a couple who have paid absolutely no rent for nearly 30 years. If they are allowed to stay now the Government will probably be placed in a position where they will get some kind of recognition of ownership.

Mrs Farrell says, “today I am so angry I could scream. It’s just been a roller coaster of emotions. I just think it is so unjust.”

Does anyone agree?

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74 Responses to Cottage Couple to be Thrown Out
willo willo 1:26 am 25 Jan 09

re-assemble it next to blundell’s cottage

p1 p1 1:14 am 25 Jan 09

Disassemble it, and re-assemble it in the national museum. Problem solved.

sepi sepi 10:47 pm 24 Jan 09

Leaving things alone wasn’t costing us a cent either.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 10:31 pm 24 Jan 09

Too cheap and simple. Form a well-paid committee to ruminate on the problem for a year or two, then come up with that same decision.

Thumper Thumper 10:18 am 24 Jan 09

Put someone back in it and everything is solved.

el el 11:31 pm 23 Jan 09

Just bulldoze the farking thing already.

MWF MWF 10:50 pm 23 Jan 09

Having met this woman I believe the ACT govt did the right thing in throwing them out. She is only after what she can get for herself. She has said as much when she thought no-one was listening. However, I was listening. It has just taken me a while to put two and two together.

sepi sepi 3:21 pm 08 Jan 09

The reason for heritage listing a property is that is is relatively untouched, and represents its era. So heritage listed places are often out of the way, like this one. Or they are inhabited by little old ladies who haven’t changed a thing since 1909.

Nothing is an intersting antique in its day. You have to keep something in a good state for a number of decades/centuries, and suddenly it is fascinating – like Blundell’s cottage.

chewy14 chewy14 3:16 pm 08 Jan 09

Sorry Dan,
Sewerage refers to the infrastructure, sewage to the actual product.
I didnt say Sewerage treatment plant.
Sewerage can refer to the plant but not what goes into it.

Stop talking shit.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:16 pm 08 Jan 09

I love you, Danman.
In a completely non-sexual, non-contact, non-buying-drink-for kind of way.

Granny Granny 3:00 pm 08 Jan 09


Thumper Thumper 2:52 pm 08 Jan 09

Unless of course it is so wrecked that the best response is to develop the block into units

Now, that would never have entered anyone’s head, would it?

Danman Danman 2:49 pm 08 Jan 09

Sewage chewy, the word is sewage

Sewage is the mainly liquid waste containing some solids produced by humans which typically consists of washing water, feces, urine, laundry waste and other material which goes down drains and toilets from households and industry.

Sewerage is the system of pipes and collection points that the sewage goes to.

Was this sewerage plant a place where the manufactured sewerage system component?

If not its a sewage treatment plant.

Anywho… Back to 2009

chewy14 chewy14 2:12 pm 08 Jan 09

now please bulldoze it.
Heritage listing a caretakers building for a sewerage plant.
Only in Canberra.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:10 pm 08 Jan 09


Granny Granny 1:54 pm 08 Jan 09


Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:31 pm 08 Jan 09

Who are you to impose your worldview on this newly appropriated community art space?

sepi sepi 1:25 pm 08 Jan 09

As predicted this historic cottage is now being vandalised.

Our taxes are still gong towards security that would have been uneccessary had the previous tenants been left in situ.

Our taxes will also be used to fix up the cottage again when/if the govt decides what they want to do with it.

Unless of course it is so wrecked that the best response is to develop the block into units….
(CT, yesterday)

sepi sepi 5:48 pm 02 Jun 08

They are redeveloping around the cottage for housing – much like in Gungahlin where the various old shacks remain amongst the new rows of houses.

The development is not going to happen for some time though (like a couple of years I think), so I can’t understand the rush to get these people out of their house, and use our taxes to pay a 24 hour security guard for the forseeable future.

I would have thought it could be handled by leaving them there, agreeing on some sort of rent, and coming to an agreement that when Molonglo is built and a purpose for the cottage has been agreed (museum/tea shop etc), then the couple would move on.

And not everyone has to know about the cottage for it to have heritage value. I’ve never been to that heritage home in red hill, but I”m glad it is there and has been preserved so people can see Canberra’s history in the flesh. I”m sure there are people who haven’t been to blundell’s cottage, but that doesn’t mean we should bulldoze it – or put someone in to live there and pay market rent!

Loose Brown Loose Brown 5:40 pm 02 Jun 08

You are really something tap – I’ll grant you that!

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