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NIMBY’s and Public Indemnity Strike Again.

By S4anta 29 September 2005 27

The Canberra Times has this unfortunate story of a group of Forrest kiddies having their holiday plans waylaid, and six months work destroyed by heavy handed public indemnity requirements and complaints from dithering neighbours with nothing better to do.

“The boys aged nine to 14 had built a series of jumps in Collins Park, Forrest, to keep themselves occupied, but found them razed by front-end loaders in the first week of the school holidays. ”

Now pardon my language but this is just shit. Growing up Belco, i can remember at three of things built by suburban kids within a half hours ride from my childhood home. Rarely were there accidents other than scrapes or bruises and the odd stick shoved through someone spokes. The excust that they are running with is that the park needs to be protected as it being considered for heritage listing. This is happening at the same time they are running promotions such as Round Town where they are attempting to encourage the use of Canberra’s Open Spaces.

Pull your heads in you turds, just a sign of the times I guess.

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seepi 6:23 pm 29 Sep 05

WEll how do we get peopole barred from suing – that sounds like the way to go.
About 3 years go, Downer Communicty Association got a grant (from Katy Gallagher) to bguild a jump track at downer oval. They built it, fenced it, is was really popular. Then it had to be bulldozed due to insurance issues. And the kids went back to hooning around the carpark.
IT is a crazy world.

Evictor 3:17 pm 29 Sep 05

We need some sensible public liability legislation like they have in NSW where shit like this just wouldn’t happen. You are statute barred from suing in just a situation like this.

Thumper 2:03 pm 29 Sep 05


colsim 2:01 pm 29 Sep 05

The Gov’t is pretty well at the mercy of the insurers in this case – if they don’t go around sucking the fun out of life, the premiums they have to pay on public indemnity go through the roof (at which point, I’m sure that at least some of the esteemed posters on this site would have something to say about the gov’t wasting their hard earned through a lack of planning).

It’s a sucky sucky world.

Mr Evil 1:44 pm 29 Sep 05

Imagine what would happen if a teacher made naughty kids stand under a magpie nest nowadays!

Maelinar 1:28 pm 29 Sep 05

I feel no need to comment here, my sentiments exactly chaps and chappesses…

bulldog 1:22 pm 29 Sep 05

not letting go; swimmer crabs are the worst offender. I had one once that grabbed my finger(I was going to use him for bait) and would not let go until he was in about four parts. Luckily I had a blunt heavy instrument in my proximity. hurt like all buggery.

I remember being in primary school where if we misbehaved during PE, the teacher would give us five minutes in the sin bin. The sn bin just happened to be right under a magpies nest and the rest of the class would spend five minutes laughing their asses off at the unfortunate kid who was being chased around the oval. gold. pure gold.

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