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Manuka Oval … not so brilliant.

lion 30 January 2013 65

Drove past the PMs XI today at Manuka Oval and noticed a Parking Inspector slapping down dozens and dozens of fines in the vicinity (wih no exaggeration).

Checked out the official parking which was fronted with a sign: PARKING FULL. Whats the use of updating the Oval if it cant even accomidate people parking first?

The whole suburb was chockerblocked, every piece of dirt was covered. Understandably, its an old suburb thats quite well developed… so really, the worst bit is isn’t that a dirty piece of revenue raising from the parking office?

Name and Shame. Maybe people should have events here exempt from fines.

There is no option provided, because let’s be honest- who would ride an Action bus?

[Ed – Well I rode my bike]


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Postalgeek Postalgeek 11:27 am 21 Feb 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Pedistools. 😛

Not quite as good as petal stools, which I’ve read in the past, maybe even on RA, but a good effort nonetheless.

Yeah I rated that too. Another name for a unicycle.

Emma29 said :

There is no alternative parking… Unless you want to park up the other side of Narrabundah, as Barton is full of the public service and already is over parked.

Who on earth would park way out on the other side of Narrabundah unless they wanted to?

At a pinch, if free parking meant that much to you, you would park in the Kingston Foreshore/Bus Depot carparks and have a short pleasant stroll through Telopea park. Otherwise you’d park in the Kingston carparks or Manuka multi story carparks like the common people do.

tim_c tim_c 11:06 am 21 Feb 13

First, you need to realise that parking illegally is illegal for a reason (if you think the reasons are invalid, you need to take this up with the relevant department, rather than just choosing to disobey it).
Second, if you let people off for willfully and knowingly breaking parking laws simply because they’re too lazy to walk the extra distance from the nearest legal parking space, this sends a clear message that the laws/rules really don’t matter – you can do as you like, when you like.

youami youami 10:23 am 21 Feb 13

Alderney said :

screaming banshee said :

Enterprising brisbanites that live near the large sports grounds have taken to charging for parking on their front lawn.

Why not volunteer your own front lawn for these poor misguided citizens and ruin your own green space.

Hear hear.

Emma 29’s rant is a perfect example of people wanting it both ways; of both eating their cake and having it too. It’s about choices.

Your choice to park illegally means you indicate your acceptence to the possibility, or probability, of being fined.

You choose to not take the whole day of work and to race in to the cricket with minimal time to spare.

You choose to take food with you or to stand in line and be charged high prices for the poor quality food you receive.

Nothing wrong with choice, just don’t whinge about it when it doesn’t all go your way.

Talk about a sense of entitlement.

+1

youami youami 10:21 am 21 Feb 13

Emma29 said :

Lion 30 you are spot on !

I am blown away by the amount of people supporting the parking fines! This is the first one day international we have held…. I can guarantee the ACT government has made lots of additional money from hosting the event in addition to driving away any interstate travellers who came to watch the game. I certainly wouldn’t come back to canberra if I travelled all that way to find that not only is there no parking but I would be booked for finding any space available.

You can say all you like about people catching buses, walking, riding! Sometimes life isn’t that simple! It was held on a week day, where many people took half days and rushed to the game as soon as they were off work. Stuffing around running to the bus, powering your bike along, it’s impractical and in no way makes anybody lazy or ignorant!

I happen to live and work in Kingston and I drove telopea park road several times throughout the day. The traffic didn’t bother me, the illegal cars were never in my way. I simply felt excited that so many people had showed up to support an exciting game. Talk about being lazy, having to slow down and drive around some parked cars as opposed to forcing the entire cricket attendance to to hike across from the other side of Narrabundah! Anybody who knows the area well knows it is already extremely limited in parking, even more so of a week day.

There is no alternative parking… Unless you want to park up the other side of Narrabundah, as Barton is full of the public service and already is over parked.
Then all the drivers who are upset with the over population of cars around Manuka oval can enjoy the thousands of people walking across the roads all over the area instead of just the one place!

Think shit through people. It absolutely kills me to realise how many morons out there sit on their pedistools, telling the cricket supporters they deserve what they get if they park illegally. What do you expect them to do.

I say free parking, with no tickets until the act gov can provide alternative parking.

Firstly, so you live and work in Kingston yet you still drive down Telopea Park (btw that is the name of the street, there is no ‘Drive’ suffix)? No wonder you don’t think that the lazy or ignorant drivers are lazy or ignorant?

Also, I bet you that most of the drivers who parked illegally are locals not tourists. That is because there is this notion that if there is an event you can park anywhere. I am just waiting for this year’s Skyfire so all the lazy and ignorant dirvers who park in the median of Parkes Way get fined.

And btw Emma29, there is plenty of parking in Kingston and Manuka. I live in the area and have never had a problem at any time of day and day of the week. I might not be able to get a spot outside the shop/cafe/restaurant that I want but it won’t take me more than couple minutes to walk or as I have done at times, walk to Kingston/Manuka which would take me 15in tops.

Alderney Alderney 10:16 am 21 Feb 13

screaming banshee said :

Enterprising brisbanites that live near the large sports grounds have taken to charging for parking on their front lawn.

Why not volunteer your own front lawn for these poor misguided citizens and ruin your own green space.

Hear hear.

Emma 29’s rant is a perfect example of people wanting it both ways; of both eating their cake and having it too. It’s about choices.

Your choice to park illegally means you indicate your acceptence to the possibility, or probability, of being fined.

You choose to not take the whole day of work and to race in to the cricket with minimal time to spare.

You choose to take food with you or to stand in line and be charged high prices for the poor quality food you receive.

Nothing wrong with choice, just don’t whinge about it when it doesn’t all go your way.

Talk about a sense of entitlement.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:50 am 21 Feb 13

Pedistools. 😛

Not quite as good as petal stools, which I’ve read in the past, maybe even on RA, but a good effort nonetheless.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 7:21 am 21 Feb 13

Enterprising brisbanites that live near the large sports grounds have taken to charging for parking on their front lawn.

Why not volunteer your own front lawn for these poor misguided citizens and ruin your own green space.

KB1971 KB1971 7:19 am 21 Feb 13

Emma29 said :

I say free parking, with no tickets until the act gov can provide alternative parking.

Um……where?

Emma29 Emma29 10:32 pm 20 Feb 13

zorro29 said :

yes i saw all the parking fines when i was on my jog last night.

i am all for it. i am so sick of people clogging up the area with illegally parked cars – it makes it dangerous for those that live in the area to drive around and get out of their driveways

I agree with your opinions on illegally parked cars being a nuisance on a regular basis. But really come on, on a day where they are holding an event that is seating thousands? Somehow, I think you would probably cope one day. I live on telopea park drive, and I survived.

Emma29 Emma29 10:30 pm 20 Feb 13

Lion 30 you are spot on !

I am blown away by the amount of people supporting the parking fines! This is the first one day international we have held…. I can guarantee the ACT government has made lots of additional money from hosting the event in addition to driving away any interstate travellers who came to watch the game. I certainly wouldn’t come back to canberra if I travelled all that way to find that not only is there no parking but I would be booked for finding any space available.

You can say all you like about people catching buses, walking, riding! Sometimes life isn’t that simple! It was held on a week day, where many people took half days and rushed to the game as soon as they were off work. Stuffing around running to the bus, powering your bike along, it’s impractical and in no way makes anybody lazy or ignorant!

I happen to live and work in Kingston and I drove telopea park road several times throughout the day. The traffic didn’t bother me, the illegal cars were never in my way. I simply felt excited that so many people had showed up to support an exciting game. Talk about being lazy, having to slow down and drive around some parked cars as opposed to forcing the entire cricket attendance to to hike across from the other side of Narrabundah! Anybody who knows the area well knows it is already extremely limited in parking, even more so of a week day.

There is no alternative parking… Unless you want to park up the other side of Narrabundah, as Barton is full of the public service and already is over parked.
Then all the drivers who are upset with the over population of cars around Manuka oval can enjoy the thousands of people walking across the roads all over the area instead of just the one place!

Think shit through people. It absolutely kills me to realise how many morons out there sit on their pedistools, telling the cricket supporters they deserve what they get if they park illegally. What do you expect them to do.

I say free parking, with no tickets until the act gov can provide alternative parking.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 1:17 pm 07 Feb 13

Manuka Oval … brilliant.

Dropped into Civic by my lovely daughter, took the bus in. Despite being full of the lower classes it wasn’t an unpleasant journey. Had a fantastic day at a great cricket match, Windies were as good as could be expected, some brilliant catches. Watson was outstanding. Drank more than a few beers (weak Aussie mid strength unfortunately.)

Was rather dismayed by the tuneless vacuity of the interval entertainment. The fireworks were rather good. Caught a bus back into Civic, and was picked up by my daughter.

A lovely day out at a very good cricket ground, made me glad to live in Canberra, let’s hope we get many more such class matches.

Kali Kali 1:02 pm 07 Feb 13

Boo Hoo….talk about ‘first world problems’ – (cue eyeroll) – plenty of parking at manuka shops, kingston oval or leave your car at civic/woden and catch a bus in as suggested….its a sign that your life is pretty comfortable when you have a whinge about something like this.

carnardly carnardly 12:55 pm 07 Feb 13

Lots of unhappy people whinging about the grey ghosts on the Canberra Times website . suckos to them! 🙂

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 11:21 am 07 Feb 13

I arrived late so I parked at Kingston Oval where there were a heap of spots still left. That extra 7 minutes walk each way was well worth $80 or whatever a parking ticket costs.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:42 am 07 Feb 13

Looks like the grey ghosts had another productive day in the inner south, if the snippet on WIN News last night is anything to go by.

poetix poetix 7:57 pm 31 Jan 13

muscledude_oz said :

.. to get to the beachside gym to work out and be photographed by Japanese tourists 🙂

Photo caption…painstakingly translated… :

Koalas are bigger and thicker than I thought!

dungfungus dungfungus 4:51 pm 31 Jan 13

Gungahlin Al said :

As this seems to be the place to connect with people who simply have to use a car for everything, the Arboretum has tweeted today that if you intend going to their opening day THERE IS NO ONSITE PUBLIC CAR PARKING.
But lots of free buses from all over, including from Bruce stadium for northsiders.
Righto. See you there maybe. On foot.

No such thing as a free bus.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:33 pm 31 Jan 13

Tnut said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Well it appears I was lucky then. I parked in a legal spot near the school, but noted as I was walking towards the oval it was only a 15 min space. I was expecting a fine when I got back after the game, but lucky me, I was spared.

The Manuka oval website states that parking time restrictions are relaxed on major event days and includes a map of the area affected. I know of people who parked on grass areas in preference thinking that the time restriction would result in a fine.

That’s good to know, thank you.

watto23 watto23 3:42 pm 31 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

There are two multi-level carparks in Manuka. Where they really full? I think not.

Do you have to walk 5mins, sure.

They were far from full. i had to go to manuka to the bank and forgot the cricket was on. Went into the car park and there were heaps of spots.

So rather than pay for convenient parking the option was still to illegally park to cut that walk down by 50metres.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:37 pm 31 Jan 13

As this seems to be the place to connect with people who simply have to use a car for everything, the Arboretum has tweeted today that if you intend going to their opening day THERE IS NO ONSITE PUBLIC CAR PARKING.
But lots of free buses from all over, including from Bruce stadium for northsiders.
Righto. See you there maybe. On foot.

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