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Lake George Zebras to be moved – REPRIEVED

johnboy 16 July 2010 48

[First filed: Jul 16, 2010 @ 8:22]

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The ABC has a story on threats to the recently beloved Lake George Zebras by the NSW Government.

Mr Aston did not seek permission from the relevant Government department, and the NSW Department of Lands has ordered their removal, citing safety and environmental concerns.

“I did get a call from the NSW Department of Lands,” he said. “They said they have to be removed forthwith.

“They are really popular and I’m a little bit disappointed with that.”

He says the herd will soon migrate to a new Canberra location.

We look forward to future sightings.

UPDATED: The ABC reports that the NSW Government has not liked the look of the growing PR surrounding this decision and is gently walking it back:

The department says it ordered the herd’s removal after a complaint from the grazier who leases the land. However, Mr Aston says the department has changed its mind.

“I don’t think it is a backdown. I just think it is different people in the department are having different views,” he said.

He has been advised to lodge a development application with the local council, improve fencing, signage and provide public liability insurance.

(RiotACT was this day approached for help to move the unwanted Zebras to Port Kembla.)


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p1 p1 11:57 am 21 Jul 10

and that one. Maybe I should start using the preview option?

p1 p1 11:56 am 21 Jul 10

I appear to have stuffed up that http://www.flickr.com/photos/25520343@N05/4813505149/“>link.

p1 p1 11:55 am 21 Jul 10

Ya’ll might be interested to know that if you type “zebras” into google, two of the auto-text options it gives you are now “zebras in lake george” & “zebras on lake george”.

miz miz 6:18 pm 18 Jul 10

dtc #22 – I agree that we need more of this friendly, accessible kind of art and less of the pretentious stuff in Canberra. Eg, I personally would approve of a big thing something similar to this . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpY8JqwhJCQ

DBCooper DBCooper 1:49 pm 17 Jul 10

Their is no legitimate need to have a Zebra Sculpture.

ARTWORK CAN KILL YOU!!! and it will only happen once.

Ban these F**king things before they wind up killing someone! Think of the children………FFS!

There’s no place like Australia!

Thumper Thumper 10:57 am 17 Jul 10

the zebras are welcome to graze on my large, well sited front yard.

Ian Ian 10:51 pm 16 Jul 10

The cat did it said :

That said, it was probably not very wise for the artist to not get the landowner/leaseholder’s ok before installing the zebras. Is it a case of a dreamy otherworldly artistic temperament, a guerilla artistic ideology, or just a lack of common sense?

I would be pissed off if he installed it on my land – or alternatively if it was a work of value, I’d claim ownership.

Hmmm, maybe I can clean my garage out, go and dump it on some politician’s front lawn and claim that its a work of art not a pile of junk?

Ian Ian 10:48 pm 16 Jul 10

Skidbladnir said :

Erg0 said :

More on Zebragate…

Not every story that may or may not turn out to be a scandal or conspiracy needs ‘-gate’ tacked onto the end of a noun.
The original Watergate had nothing to do with water, it was the name of the hotel.

The -gate suffix is a fucking stupid concept, revived through ‘scandal syndrome’ in modern media.
Also, it is overused.

</rant>

Hooray! The use of the “gate” suffix is one of my pet hates. It just screams when a journalist uses it that “I’m too lazy to think of anything original or better” not to mention “I’m a moron”.

Thumper Thumper 9:54 pm 16 Jul 10

They can put them on my front lawn if they want.

Hint?????

cleo cleo 9:37 pm 16 Jul 10

Maybe they think the Zebra’s will drown hee hee!

Wraith Wraith 9:25 pm 16 Jul 10

D999 said :

NSW Government…FAIL!!! You’d think they’d have enough internal issue to worry about that they wouldn’t care about artwork in woop woop

Yep, learning how to use Twitter properly…………

Can I have a Zebra?? Please?

prhhcd said :

Skidbladnir said :

Erg0 said :

More on Zebragate…

Not every story that may or may not turn out to be a scandal or conspiracy needs ‘-gate’ tacked onto the end of a noun.
The original Watergate had nothing to do with water, it was the name of the hotel.

The -gate suffix is a fucking stupid concept, revived through ‘scandal syndrome’ in modern media.
Also, it is overused.

</rant>

Bad Friday Skidbladnir?

But it’s still funny, so that’s why its used, deal with it.

Fisho Fisho 6:55 pm 16 Jul 10

Skidbladnir said :

Erg0 said :

More on Zebragate…

Not every story that may or may not turn out to be a scandal or conspiracy needs ‘-gate’ tacked onto the end of a noun.
The original Watergate had nothing to do with water, it was the name of the hotel.

The -gate suffix is a fucking stupid concept, revived through ‘scandal syndrome’ in modern media.
Also, it is overused.

Can we call it WaterZebra?

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The cat did it The cat did it 6:42 pm 16 Jul 10

When I were a lad, the whole idea of having a Department was that the different people in the department get their act together and reach a single agreed view. To do otherwise provides demonstrable evidence of Ministerial ineptitude/cluelessness/incompetence/lack of control over department. None of these are desirable characteristics, particularly when the media chooses to highlight them in the run-up to an election.

That said, it was probably not very wise for the artist to not get the landowner/leaseholder’s ok before installing the zebras. Is it a case of a dreamy otherworldly artistic temperament, a guerilla artistic ideology, or just a lack of common sense?

Thumper Thumper 5:45 pm 16 Jul 10

““I don’t think it is a backdown. I just think it is different people in the department are having different views,” he said

Even when they do make a prudent decision the NSW government still can’t get away from spinning…

BundahBoy BundahBoy 5:43 pm 16 Jul 10

Inappropriate said :

BundahBoy said :

Inappropriate said :

JessP said :

How much damage can 4 fake Zebras cause??

It would be from people trapsing out onto the lake, and people taking their eyes off the road as they drive past.

Yeh derr read the comments dont just react to them! You sound like the sort of person the NSW Govt is trying to protect from fibreglass zebras haha

Would you be happy if the public was trespassing onto your leasehold land?

Its a friggin empty lake…

Devil_n_Disquiz Devil_n_Disquiz 5:30 pm 16 Jul 10

“..and provide public liability insurance”

For what ?? In case some doofus jumping the fence with his camera trips on the top wire and has a spectacular face plant ?

Erg0 Erg0 4:43 pm 16 Jul 10

Ronnie said :

Hey dtc #22 I’m with you – animals sculptures throughout Canberra

Have a look at the bear in Denver!!
http://guide.denverpost.com/media/photos/full/big_blue_600x600.jpg

Now that’s art! 🙂

dtc dtc 4:24 pm 16 Jul 10

OMG, sarcasmgate

Ronnie Ronnie 4:02 pm 16 Jul 10

Hey dtc #22 I’m with you – animals sculptures throughout Canberra

Have a look at the bear in Denver!!
http://guide.denverpost.com/media/photos/full/big_blue_600x600.jpg

Inappropriate Inappropriate 3:54 pm 16 Jul 10

BundahBoy said :

Inappropriate said :

JessP said :

How much damage can 4 fake Zebras cause??

It would be from people trapsing out onto the lake, and people taking their eyes off the road as they drive past.

Yeh derr read the comments dont just react to them! You sound like the sort of person the NSW Govt is trying to protect from fibreglass zebras haha

Would you be happy if the public was trespassing onto your leasehold land?

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