Parking Manuka Oval

Sigma 17 December 2011 25

On Friday I attended the Chairman’s XI vs India at Manuka Oval. As usual parking is a nightmare no parking anywhere around the ground even diving into side streets only to be met with 2 hour parking or no parking signs, Parking Officers were also in force to give people tickets on the spot.  I continued to the eastern side of the ground and parked on the grass along with about 30 or so other cars. This area was off the road not hurting anyone entered the cricket only to come back to a $81 parking-fine.

Now I could understand if I was in a 2hr park or obstructing traffic but not parking on the grass attending an event that the ACT government  knows full well there is no parking for.

Manuka Oval has been for a long time an oversight of the ACT government for parking as the area has been over developed with houses and apartments. Every other state uses their Main Stadium for Football & Cricket where the facilities are adequate why cant we do the same?

For once I wish the ACT government would wake up and use some commonsense for once.

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Chop71 Chop71 9:40 am 19 Dec 11

New stadium at Bruce> Plenty of space for parking> Revert old stadium back to an oval for cricket and AFL. WIN WIN WIN. (also close to transport hubs of GDE, Belconnen and Civic)

It’s about time Canberra grew up and became a Capital City and not a country town trying to be a Capital.

luther_bendross luther_bendross 9:28 am 19 Dec 11

el said :

Suncorp stadium – No parking, minimal street parking in surrounding suburbs, with the closest suburbs having 2 hour max limits and patrolled heavily (I have seen entire streets of cars with yellow envelopes after events).

The Gabba – No parking, and almost no on-street parking for miles (and restricted during events). Public parking available 1 kilometre walk away at the Mater hospital for ~$25 per day.

Probably bad examples. While both these venues have limited parking, they also have day-long free public transport for ticket holders. I’d argue that Suncorp has the best public transport arrangement of any stadium I’ve been to.

Mang Mang 8:54 am 19 Dec 11

Karma for supporting such a boring game,

MORE FINES > LESS CRICKET > LESS PEOPLE WANTING TO DISCUSS CRICKET > WIN

AG Canberra AG Canberra 7:51 am 19 Dec 11

A few of us old enough to remember when the parking inspectors went on strike actually know they do an important job in any city (when they use common sense).

A bit of order and judicious use of the rules keeps the spaces turning over – and everyone is happy.

If you don’t like $81 fines – move to Burnie, TAS, where the fine for not displaying a ticket is a massive $13!

djk djk 11:53 pm 18 Dec 11

el said :

#firstworldproblems

God I am sick of this. Riotact would be a pretty quiet place if it wasn’t for discussion about “first world problems”. Kinda makes sense given we live in a first world country, and are probably one of the most well-off, predominantly white, comfortable lifestyle cities in that country.

I don’t actually recall any threads saying “this is more important than world hunger” in them.

The Antichrist The Antichrist 8:05 pm 18 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

…All day parking at Coles is $4 for early bird or $10 otherwise…..

exactly.

Some punters need to think before they whinge about doing something stupid. How far is it from the Coles carpark to the front gate at Manuka Oval ?? Maybe 200m max……

BimboGeek BimboGeek 7:12 pm 18 Dec 11

All day parking at Coles is $4 for early bird or $10 otherwise.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 6:46 pm 18 Dec 11

There is enough of parking for Manuka Oval, those who think otherwise are just cheapskates and/or too lazy to walk 5mins.

dvaey said :

I wish the parking inspector who failed to see my parking permit (and issued a fine), was happy to ‘let it slide’. Apparently (according to the guy who withdrew the fine), the inspector who issued the fine wasnt the tallest of people, and failed to see my permit on the dashboard. But, I do agree with the point they book you for the small things while letting the big ones go.

I really want to get a look at this guy. I mean unless your driving a semi or a monstor truck, how could he not see the dashboard. Oompa loompa?

Ryan Ryan 6:40 pm 18 Dec 11

Frustrated said :

threepaws said :

Frustrated said :

The parking inspectors were out in force this week. I and many other copped fines for parking in the street adjecent to Anzac Pde. Its 2 hrs of course, but the buggers up until now have pretty much ignored that street all year.

Clearly out to fill their quotas or top up the christmas party coffers.

Parking Inspectors are one of the lowest forms of employment out there.

Wow. So;

You park all day in a designated 2 hour spot and complain when you get a fine;

You imply that the ACT government are corrupt or the parking inpectors themselves are on the take;

And then… then, you also state that parking inspectors are worse than telemarketers.

I hope that that all parking inspectors in the ACT have a massive Christmas pi55 up, and I hope it is funded by taxpayers. Lord knows they cop enough abuse each and every day just for doing their job…

You obviously have strong feelings about parking inspectors. Why don’t you let the Rioters out here know what you do for a living so we can make a judgement about how high up (or low down) the food chain you are.

Or just suck it up and park legally.

Wow, jump to conclusions much.

Where did I say I park there all day all year.

I was referring to handful of times I have parked there, and not been fined.

I actually have free boom gated parking otherwise.

Sounds like I hit a nerve, work for them or know someone who does do you?

So basically you parked illegally a few times without getting fined before somebody did their job and wrote you a fine. Expensive whinge.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:19 pm 18 Dec 11

threepaws said :

I don’t have to be a parking inspector or know one to find what you said offensive.

That made me chuckle just a little. A Riot-ACT post is probably the best place on earth to find something someone says is offensive. Just f get over it or don’t come here in the first place.

threepaws threepaws 1:02 pm 18 Dec 11

Frustrated said :

threepaws said :

Frustrated said :

The parking inspectors were out in force this week. I and many other copped fines for parking in the street adjecent to Anzac Pde. Its 2 hrs of course, but the buggers up until now have pretty much ignored that street all year.

Clearly out to fill their quotas or top up the christmas party coffers.

Parking Inspectors are one of the lowest forms of employment out there.

Wow. So;

You park all day in a designated 2 hour spot and complain when you get a fine;

You imply that the ACT government are corrupt or the parking inpectors themselves are on the take;

And then… then, you also state that parking inspectors are worse than telemarketers.

I hope that that all parking inspectors in the ACT have a massive Christmas pi55 up, and I hope it is funded by taxpayers. Lord knows they cop enough abuse each and every day just for doing their job…

You obviously have strong feelings about parking inspectors. Why don’t you let the Rioters out here know what you do for a living so we can make a judgement about how high up (or low down) the food chain you are.

Or just suck it up and park legally.

Wow, jump to conclusions much.

Where did I say I park there all day all year.

I was referring to handful of times I have parked there, and not been fined.

I actually have free boom gated parking otherwise.

Sounds like I hit a nerve, work for them or know someone who does do you?

I don’t have to be a parking inspector or know one to find what you said offensive.

BearBuns BearBuns 10:38 am 18 Dec 11

I too have no sympathy whatsoever either. I used to volunteer just down from the oval and every time there was a match on people would park on the lawn all over the place and when you had the nerve to tell them that they were on private land, the attitude was ‘well, what are you going to do about it’. They would then ungraciously move their car to the other side of the footpath so they were on Government-owned land.

If you have ever attended an event at Manuka Oval then it is blindingly obvious that there is little parking or, God forbid, you might actually have to pay for it – suck it up sunshine. I am sure all the people who live there are breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to put up with cars on their front lawns and littered with rubbish that people have decided not to take with them.

arescarti42 arescarti42 11:30 pm 17 Dec 11

“For once I wish the ACT government would wake up and use some commonsense for once.”

You purposefully parked illegally despite the fact that you seemed to be well aware that parking officers were out to give fines to people who did so. Then you act surprised and badly done by when you get a parking fine, and you think it is the ACT government that needs to wake up and use some commonsense?!

Pay for parking at Manuka or if you’re too cheap to do that, get there 15 minutes earlier next time and park on the street 1km away, I guarantee you there is ample parking if you can be arsed to walk for more than 3 minutes.

Frustrated Frustrated 11:00 pm 17 Dec 11

threepaws said :

Frustrated said :

The parking inspectors were out in force this week. I and many other copped fines for parking in the street adjecent to Anzac Pde. Its 2 hrs of course, but the buggers up until now have pretty much ignored that street all year.

Clearly out to fill their quotas or top up the christmas party coffers.

Parking Inspectors are one of the lowest forms of employment out there.

Wow. So;

You park all day in a designated 2 hour spot and complain when you get a fine;

You imply that the ACT government are corrupt or the parking inpectors themselves are on the take;

And then… then, you also state that parking inspectors are worse than telemarketers.

I hope that that all parking inspectors in the ACT have a massive Christmas pi55 up, and I hope it is funded by taxpayers. Lord knows they cop enough abuse each and every day just for doing their job…

You obviously have strong feelings about parking inspectors. Why don’t you let the Rioters out here know what you do for a living so we can make a judgement about how high up (or low down) the food chain you are.

Or just suck it up and park legally.

Wow, jump to conclusions much.

Where did I say I park there all day all year.

I was referring to handful of times I have parked there, and not been fined.

I actually have free boom gated parking otherwise.

Sounds like I hit a nerve, work for them or know someone who does do you?

thatsnotme thatsnotme 10:15 pm 17 Dec 11

As mentioned by Jethro already, there is plenty of parking around the Manuka shops. It sure as hell would have been cheaper to park for the day than your $81 fine, and it’s really not that far away.

As for the idea that you were ‘parked on the grass, not hurting anyone’ – where does it stop then? If you can argue that you should be able to park on the grass to go and see the cricket, does that mean that I should be able to park on the grass if I’m going to do my Christmas shopping and the car park is busy? Or if I just don’t feel like paying for parking when I go to work, and there’s some spare grass next to the road, should I be able to park there?

If a line isn’t drawn, it turns into a free for all situation. And as for not hurting anyone, have you seen what happens to grass when it’s used as a car park? Do you really want to see our green spaces turned into dust bowls, as grass dies due to becoming defacto parking lots?

Sorry, no sympathy here. You had options, you just chose not to use them, and you paid the price.

Henry82 Henry82 10:08 pm 17 Dec 11

taninaus said :

Sorry Sigma – you took the risk even knowing there were inspectors around and you lost – pay the fine. You parked on public land that is not designated for parking. Also the Government isn’t required to provide parking for every patron at the grounds, sure it would be nice, but you are dealing with a busy business district and ovals are generally used on the weekends for larger events.

+1 totally agree

el el 9:37 pm 17 Dec 11

Every other state uses their Main Stadium for Football & Cricket where the facilities are adequate why cant we do the same?

When you say ‘facilities are adequate’ are you claiming that there is plenty of parking nearby?

Just off the top of my head;

Suncorp stadium – No parking, minimal street parking in surrounding suburbs, with the closest suburbs having 2 hour max limits and patrolled heavily (I have seen entire streets of cars with yellow envelopes after events).

The Gabba – No parking, and almost no on-street parking for miles (and restricted during events). Public parking available 1 kilometre walk away at the Mater hospital for ~$25 per day.

#firstworldproblems. Get organised: Arrange to be dropped off, or catch a taxi or bus. Sounds like you were aware of the lack of parking prior to going, but decided to park illegally anyway.

dvaey dvaey 8:41 pm 17 Dec 11

CrankyGit said :

I see this as victimisation, parking inspectors seem happy to ‘let it slide’ when people park in disabled and loading zones without a permit, yet they’re overly keen to book you when you park in a seemingly benign place.

I wish the parking inspector who failed to see my parking permit (and issued a fine), was happy to ‘let it slide’. Apparently (according to the guy who withdrew the fine), the inspector who issued the fine wasnt the tallest of people, and failed to see my permit on the dashboard. But, I do agree with the point they book you for the small things while letting the big ones go.

threepaws threepaws 8:07 pm 17 Dec 11

Frustrated said :

The parking inspectors were out in force this week. I and many other copped fines for parking in the street adjecent to Anzac Pde. Its 2 hrs of course, but the buggers up until now have pretty much ignored that street all year.

Clearly out to fill their quotas or top up the christmas party coffers.

Parking Inspectors are one of the lowest forms of employment out there.

Wow. So;

You park all day in a designated 2 hour spot and complain when you get a fine;

You imply that the ACT government are corrupt or the parking inpectors themselves are on the take;

And then… then, you also state that parking inspectors are worse than telemarketers.

I hope that that all parking inspectors in the ACT have a massive Christmas pi55 up, and I hope it is funded by taxpayers. Lord knows they cop enough abuse each and every day just for doing their job…

You obviously have strong feelings about parking inspectors. Why don’t you let the Rioters out here know what you do for a living so we can make a judgement about how high up (or low down) the food chain you are.

Or just suck it up and park legally.

taninaus taninaus 6:36 pm 17 Dec 11

Sorry Sigma – you took the risk even knowing there were inspectors around and you lost – pay the fine. You parked on public land that is not designated for parking. Also the Government isn’t required to provide parking for every patron at the grounds, sure it would be nice, but you are dealing with a busy business district and ovals are generally used on the weekends for larger events.

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