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Green Square cocked up

By johnboy - 13 November 2008 17

Green Square in Kingston is a simple thing. A small patch of green grass surrounded by some pubs, cafes, and restaurants.

So it is with some surprise that I read in the Canberra Times that our local government has managed to mess up such a simple premise.

    “The office of Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, who is the new Territory and Municipal Services Minister, said yesterday the ”refurbishment of Green Square is on hold while community feedback and options are assessed”.

    ”There’s a new minister who intends to take a personal interest in this. The minister says there is no timeframe for a decision,” a spokeswoman said.

    When asked if the Government would in the meantime water the grass in Green Square, the spokeswoman said, ”The minister has not yet taken formal advice on the options or formed a view.””

Or they could turn the whole thing over to the traders and let them buy in the very small amount of water the place would use (or recycle their gray water for all I care).

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17 Responses to
Green Square cocked up
caf 11:07 am 13 Nov 08

Maybe we should suggest a grove of lemon tress, then.

seekay 10:59 am 13 Nov 08

I though drunks from that dive the Grail and the Durham would piss on that lawn often enough.

justbands 10:35 am 13 Nov 08

I urge you all to make these suggestions directly to Mr Stanhopes office then. Not for yuppies? Once again, tell that to a parent in the depths of Tuggeranong. I quite like the place myself, it’s ok every now & then…let’s face it though, it’s yuppie heaven.

housebound 10:35 am 13 Nov 08

The old ‘divide and conquer’ works again.

Green Square (which we never go near) can get watered without closing down every other sports oval in town.

That’s the argument Sonic etc want us to have. It worked for school closures.

A better approach is to work out how much water the place actually needs, and then perhaps design a greywater system to service it. If that fails, there’s some top quality recycled sewage soon to be available.

deezagood 10:33 am 13 Nov 08

justbands said :

> If they were watering the grass while they made up their mind it would be a different matter.

Gotcha. Still, I see no reason why some yuppie shops grass should remain green whilst kids sporting facilities are struggling.

The patch of grass is pretty small … smaller than many back yards. That said, stacks of little kids play there on the weekends while their parents eat brekkie/lunch in the little cafes. I am a huge water conservationist, but in this case, I think the grass should stay (maybe put in a tank?). Green square certainly isn’t just for ‘yuppies’; central location makes it an ideal meeting place for the whole of Canberra and loads of local workplaces have functions there or drinks at the Durhams Arms etc…

justbands 10:07 am 13 Nov 08

> If they were watering the grass while they made up their mind it would be a different matter.

Gotcha. Still, I see no reason why some yuppie shops grass should remain green whilst kids sporting facilities are struggling.

johnboy 10:05 am 13 Nov 08

justbands said :

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but does it not say “we’re not doing anything with it until we’ve assessed our options & listened to the community”? Seems sensible enough to me. If they do get rid of the grass, well I guess that’s a shame..hardly a big issue though. It’s Kingston shops, used by a small minority, not some amazing community space. Try telling the parents of a cricket playing kid in Tuggers or Gunghalin that it’s ok that there’s fewer & fewer ovals for cricket, ’cause the grass in Green Square Kingston is still being watered!

Because while they’re arseing about changing their minds over and over again they’re not maintaining the existing amenity.

If they were watering the grass while they made up their mind it would be a different matter.

ant 10:03 am 13 Nov 08

Giving precincts like this to the interested parties ie the businesses there would be a good way to go, provided the local chamber or association is willing to take responsibility for it.

Thumper 10:01 am 13 Nov 08

“we’re not doing anything with it until we’ve assessed our options & listened to the community”?

Consultation you mean? Like, um, school closures? 😉

Put in a water tank and let the shop owners look after it.

justbands 9:58 am 13 Nov 08

Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but does it not say “we’re not doing anything with it until we’ve assessed our options & listened to the community”? Seems sensible enough to me. If they do get rid of the grass, well I guess that’s a shame..hardly a big issue though. It’s Kingston shops, used by a small minority, not some amazing community space. Try telling the parents of a cricket playing kid in Tuggers or Gunghalin that it’s ok that there’s fewer & fewer ovals for cricket, ’cause the grass in Green Square Kingston is still being watered!

Granny 9:52 am 13 Nov 08

The next generation are going to grow up asking what grass is …. *sigh*

neanderthalsis 9:41 am 13 Nov 08

Really, how much water and effort goes into geeping the minuscule patch of grass there alive?

The TAMS plan looks as if they plan to go native on it and turn a nice patch of grass for the kiddies to run around on and folks to sit on into an ornamental shrubbery.

Skidbladnir 9:24 am 13 Nov 08

I thought it was going to be gravel and barkchips?

The proposed redesign is here:
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/117721/0842_Green_Square_Landscape_Intent_Plan_11_Aug_08_SM.pdf

Granny 9:02 am 13 Nov 08

Well, that’s just horrible! I disapprove.

Thumper 8:59 am 13 Nov 08

I heard rumours about this a few months ago. And those rumours basically said that green Square will no longer be green, rather it will be eucalyptus chip square.

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