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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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NIMBY’s and Public Indemnity Strike Again.
Growling Ferret 12:45 pm 29 Sep 05

Look, when I was growing up, at least two kiddie (with occasionally helpful dads) constructed BMX tracks in Stirling were demolished, levelled, and fenced off 15 years ago for the ‘safety of the public’ (that, and new houses).

Its not a new thing for these things to be shut down. And Collins Park is in the middle of the snooty Tasmania Circle…

The kids should grab their shovels and move 500m up the hill to make a new track behind Mugga Way in the Red Hill Reserve…

Then they could build a speed track – they could get up to 50kmh on the bmx racing down the hill, hit the 1m high jump, and really see how much damage they can inflict upon themselves!

Thumper 12:44 pm 29 Sep 05

Indi,

Interesting that you mentioned rights, because you’re correct. The rights of the individual are being slowly eroded becaus eof the idealistic views of others.

Stanhope is the self proclaimed chamion of the world when it comes to human rights, but in reality, this sorry little saga shows exactly what we, or anyone really has in the way of rights.

Its okay if you’re a Afghan woman refugee, (nothing aginst them, just using as a reference), but if you’re the average kid on the street you are stuffed.

What next, ban street cricket. Too dangerous and you might get run over?

Ban frisbees. Someone might get hit with one?

Ban tennis balls at the lake in case someone’s dog chokes on it.

Its ludicrous. This country is going to have a generation of pissweak little sooks running it in 30-40 years time. Thank god I’ll be dead, or nearly, or won’t care….

Indi 12:37 pm 29 Sep 05

Bulldog – it’s just tiring to hear about such issues that take up sooo much time of the idle-minded members of our priviledged community. There are just to many ppl here who have nothing else to do but impede on the rights of others – all the more proof that Canberrans have a lot of growing up to do…kids should be allowed to be kids, test the boundaries etc etc without the ability of course to sue someone FFS!

bulldog 12:29 pm 29 Sep 05

Staggeringly stupid. We can’t wap kids in cotton-wool. As Thumper points out, they will get scraped knees, broken bones and unfortunately sometimes they will get seriously injured. It’s a fact of life.

Parents who see a child’s injury as a paycheck are the ones to blame here. More should be done in the courts to discourage frivolous litigation and public liability suits. Then we can see a return to normality where children can climb a fucking tree.

Good point Indi, no way to try and cure Canberra of it’s tarnished image.

Mr Evil 12:19 pm 29 Sep 05

How about a “got what they deserved because they were stupid” clause?

Thumper 12:05 pm 29 Sep 05

A ‘reasonable man’ clause?

bonfire 12:04 pm 29 Sep 05

perhaps the act needs ‘public stupidity’ legislation.

Mr Evil 11:51 am 29 Sep 05

The problem is the Govt has been forced into this ridiculous situation by the fact that too many idiots have been able to claim damages because little Johnny or Judy (often through their own stupidity) have injured themselves on public land. Imagine the outcry if someone’s child came along and tried to ride over these earth mounds, fell off and crippled themselves!

Maybe we will see it come to pass that children won’t be allowed out in public (a good thing!) anymore because of the many ‘dangers’ that surround us all daily. We’ll have a society of pale-faced, obese kids with no fingers and mutated thumbs from being locked indoors and playing PS2 all day long.

T_Bone 11:40 am 29 Sep 05

Thumper, Brisbanes new farm park has already erected fences around the parks Jacaranda trees to stop people climbing them. It has ruined the look of the park. Climbing trees on public property is already being banned.

Thumper 11:35 am 29 Sep 05

Oh, this really is priceless…..

“Some of the jumps were up to a metre high and were quite steep, which created particular issues, especially for inexperienced riders who might see it and think they will try it out and hurt themselves.”

Thumper 11:32 am 29 Sep 05

Actually one can see the day when kids climbing trees on public property will be banned…..

What is wrong with this place?

regulation upon regulation. The government knows best, etc etc etc…

Thumper 11:30 am 29 Sep 05

We keep getting told they are obese and lazy and when a bunch of them build themselves a little bike jumping area it gets demolished?

No wonder people get disillusioned these days. Whatever happened to having a carefree childhood? Geez, a couple of broken bones never hurt anyone.

Now they’ll just have to hang out at the mall and harass old ladies….

ssanta 11:28 am 29 Sep 05

Damn skippy. Get kids outside. make them build BMX tracks. Make them climb trees rather than watch telly etc. Good for rainy days technology is, but to be good in this world one needs to know how it works…

LurkerGal 11:17 am 29 Sep 05

Hey, I’m one of the people who don’t like children and think they shouldn’t be seen in public, and I really endorse them having these things in parks. If they are out skating or riding at the parks, they aren’t hanging around the mall, or sitting in front of the tv. We keep talking about childhood obesity and stuff, and then the govt bans them from doing something that is ACTIVE. This is absurd.

Indi 11:01 am 29 Sep 05

Problem is ssanta, this kind of event is a product of the bureaucratic nature of this town…next you’ll have an amendment to a law that will insist that children shouldn’t be seen in public.

And some wonder why Canberra has an image problem.

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