Is Walk21 asking or telling?

johnboy 1 December 2010 16

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that his government is going to start calling people up to tell them how great walking is as part of the Walk21 push he’s signed us up to.

“The survey will ask Canberrans to express their opinion on the importance of walking and identify the physical, social and institutional barriers that limit walking in the ACT,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Feedback from participants will be focused on five key areas including current walking profiles, motivational tools for walking, barriers and perceptions of walking and identifying what can be done to encourage more walking in the ACT.

It gets better:

“The Make Walking Count benchmarking survey is a step in the right direction to help improve the culture of walking in the ACT. I encourage all Canberrans who may be contacted over the next few weeks to have their say,” Mr Stanhope said.

The Walk21 Make Walking Count benchmarking survey will take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete and will conclude by 17 December 2010.

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Holditz Holditz 12:26 pm 02 Dec 10

JessicaNumber said :

I *want* to walk! Tell him to seed the clouds so it stops raining!

Actually, seeding clouds *makes* it rain…

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 12:01 pm 02 Dec 10

Hey, don’t knock Stanhope. I’ve seen him walking before! Walking from the Legislative Assembly to the carpark…

JessicaNumber JessicaNumber 12:37 am 02 Dec 10

I *want* to walk! Tell him to seed the clouds so it stops raining!

Mysteryman Mysteryman 11:46 pm 01 Dec 10

sepi said :

I will tell them I particulalrly enjoy walking on golf courses and local primary schools on weekends. Also nicely mowed ovals. I used to walk to the local shops, but they seem to be boarded up (Downer.) I used to walk to the preschool in Dickson, but the footpaths are blocked by Developers trucks and fences.

I like the cut of your jib.

Wraith said :

I for one would be very happy if he took a long walk.

Me too.

PantsMan PantsMan 11:08 pm 01 Dec 10

Pork Hunt said :

I want to walk from Albert Hall to the National Museum but there is a physical barrier called LBG. What happened to the immigration bridge?

It got canned.

Build a bridge and get over it.

I-filed I-filed 5:35 pm 01 Dec 10

How many members of the ACT Government walk/bus to work?

I-filed I-filed 5:34 pm 01 Dec 10

Don’t forget, folks, that the chief minister’s office is NOT bound by the usual privacy laws. They can glean all the info they want from any call to your number, and set it aside for later political use. And they do. Just ask anyone who has attended a “focus group” run by Stasihope’s office. The one I attended, there were CMO staff taking notes in the corner – no permission asked. All the info they glean at ratepayer’s expense in the guise of social marketing is carefully sorted, and don’t for a moment think there isn’t a nice little dossier built up on everyone. And I recommend dialling 1831 ahead of the number if you call the ACT Public Service. They will log details on an extraordinary range of callers.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 4:44 pm 01 Dec 10

I want to walk from Albert Hall to the National Museum but there is a physical barrier called LBG. What happened to the immigration bridge?

MJay MJay 4:14 pm 01 Dec 10

GardeningGirl said :

“I encourage all Canberrans who may be contacted over the next few weeks to have their say, Mr Stanhope said.”
Is waiting to be contacted the only way to have a say?

Oh haven’t you heard? That’s how government consultation works. They chose who they want to consult and who they want to listen to, which is not always everyone who has been consulted. They’re after yes men, it makes life easier for them.

Then they tell us they spent a long time consulting the community have listened to what they want.

Wraith Wraith 3:26 pm 01 Dec 10

I for one would be very happy if he took a long walk.

Holditz Holditz 2:34 pm 01 Dec 10

housebound said :

Doesn’t Stanhope have anything better to do? You know, like running the ACT?

Apparently from the above he is walking the ACT.

housebound housebound 2:21 pm 01 Dec 10

Doesn’t Stanhope have anything better to do? You know, like running the ACT?

sepi sepi 2:04 pm 01 Dec 10

I will tell them I particulalrly enjoy walking on golf courses and local primary schools on weekends. Also nicely mowed ovals. I used to walk to the local shops, but they seem to be boarded up (Downer.) I used to walk to the preschool in Dickson, but the footpaths are blocked by Developers trucks and fences.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 1:33 pm 01 Dec 10

“I encourage all Canberrans who may be contacted over the next few weeks to have their say, Mr Stanhope said.”
Is waiting to be contacted the only way to have a say?

aronde aronde 1:31 pm 01 Dec 10

Here is a tip for getting people to walk John – fix the footpaths! 18 months ago and at regular intervals since, I’ve reported broken and raised footpaths around the local primary school and besides marking them with white lines nothing has happened!

TVStar TVStar 1:17 pm 01 Dec 10

There was a lot of walking in the Soviet Union in the direction of Siberia. Maybe survey that too, Stanhope, and pick up some ideas?

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