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Kafka comes to Canberra as TAMS takes issue with displays on City Walk

By johnboy 29 August 2009 25

The Canberra Times brings word on the latest boneheaded stoush with the Department of Territory And Municipal Services (TAMS) and traders in Civic who’ve been putting displays and merchandise out in front of their stores.

TAMS sound moderately admirable when they say a permit needs to be obtained before taking appropriating the commons that is City Walk. Until it turns out that they don’t issue permits for these purposes.

Apparently they’re working on getting out a new draft policy next month. Perhaps it might be best not to crack down with a new interpretation of existing policy until the new policy is complete?

It’s just a thought.

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Mr Evil 9:31 am 31 Aug 09

I wasn’t aware that Robert Mugabe had moved to Canberra recently and taken up a job in the ACT PS.

Kramer 8:59 am 31 Aug 09

That would be for the street race and opening ceremony for the MTB world champs. One of the major sponsors is Nissan, hence the big Hilux.

Ari 9:33 pm 30 Aug 09

I went through Garema today and the Govt had basically cut the guts out of the joint with portable barriers, witches’ hats, assorted Hilux utes and other random obstructions.

Gawd knows what they are doing, but it seems the absolute height of hypocrisy to pick on Landspeed’s relatively tiny CD racks while at the same time alienating 90% of the enormous space with assorted crap.

… oh, and some Christian evangelists had snuck through the middle of the mess with a bunch of trestle tables feeding the homeless … did they get fined too?

Gungahlin Al 9:24 pm 30 Aug 09

I’m not so bothered by small displays, but I have had a gutful of the A-frame signs all these businesses have out in Garema. They are huge and the shops set them up 3 astern basically blocking several metres of footpath and there are heaps of them.

While on a rant about shops and signs – bloody Dobinsons. As is leasing most of the footpath isn’t enough, they go and stick more tables in the unleased footpath between the leased are and the door. Then they use signs to block off even more of it. So out of a 7 metre wide footpath, Dobinsons deign to leave just one metre for you know pedestrians…

George D 7:38 pm 30 Aug 09

Better yet, why not ban pedestrians? They get in the way of everything.

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