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Political debate, Kambah style

By johnboy - 26 July 2010 35

Kambah poster bollard

No one can ever accuse the Liberals’ young thruster Alistair Coe of lacking enthusiasm.

But it’s intriguing to see he’s been out and about conducting a guerilla campaign against, of all things, the cost of the new suburban poster bollards.

Pictured in Kambah at least one local disagrees. Quite forcefully at times:

Poster bollard 2

Perhaps more interesting is that a patch of wall around the corner has dozens of posters compared to the less utilised bollard, possibly because for uncoated community notices being under cover from the rain is important.

What’s Your opinion?


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Political debate, Kambah style
bd84 5:39 pm 26 Jul 10

Makes you wonder how many disability/community/health services or projects could have been funded instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars sticking some useless concrete blocks around the city.

In the internet age there is little point in sticking these things up as people just don’t look at them. I cannot say that I have ever looked at one for information purposes nor seen anyone else looking at one. Absolute waste of time and our money, but then Stanhope is consistent at doing that..

CanberraCreative 4:49 pm 26 Jul 10

I dislike Alistair Coe, he’s a real dweeb. One of those student politician types who learn’t how to speak but doesn’t know what to say most of the time.

That said, these concrete things are ugly and expensive eyesores.

JessicaNumber 4:39 pm 26 Jul 10

I definitely don’t want to put up my posters only to have them get rained on and either fall off or have the rip tags go all incoherent so I generally favour the indoor or sheltered community notice board.

I think it’s nice to put up these monoliths in areas where the facility is missing but it might have been wise to take a look at all the centres and find out which already had active community notice boards before having expensive concrete blocks made up. Some of the smaller centres have neither community notice board nor bollard while others now have both.

Thumper 4:38 pm 26 Jul 10

csri,

Has Alistair Coe actually come up with a single idea since he has been elected? Has he had one positive contribution to the political debate or has it all been base level negativity?

I should point out that I have no great love for him. In fact I have no idea how he got elected, I mean, he looks, sounds and thinks like a first year undergrad that has just joined the young libs.

On the other hand, look at the choices…

In Exile 3:07 pm 26 Jul 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Has Alistair Coe actually come up with a single idea since he has been elected? Has he had one positive contribution to the political debate or has it all been base level negativity?

Seriously, this guy was born old and whingy.

He was! I had the pleasure of attending school with Coe, and I can hear his voice saying this… I thought that our year six mock parliament was a waste of time back then, but it would appear that Alistair took a lot from those Wednesday afternoons and has kept his tactics consistent since he was 12.

colourful sydney rac 2:17 pm 26 Jul 10

Has Alistair Coe actually come up with a single idea since he has been elected? Has he had one positive contribution to the political debate or has it all been base level negativity?

Seriously, this guy was born old and whingy.

Anna Key 2:11 pm 26 Jul 10

And how much are litle Alistair’s posting costing us?

justin heywood 2:05 pm 26 Jul 10

“… a patch of wall around the corner has dozens of posters compared to the less utilised bollard, possibly because for uncoated community notices being under cover from the rain is important.”

It’s a similar story at my local obelisk. The bollard is largely naked while the old, (sheltered) community noticeboard carries on as normal. Where is the evidence that these bollards deserved funding at the expense of other issues?

The people running this town are like bored children. They are tired of the hard and tedious job of suppling what the city needs (a decent hospital, quality and affordable housing, a decent public transport system). They are more interested in their individual Grand Visions -Arboretum, Sleep Lab, AMC etc.

They are bored because no matter what they do, no matter how incompetent they are, we keep electing them.

colourful sydney rac 12:57 pm 26 Jul 10

Thumper said :

Well, he was elected, so you could say the same about Gallagher, Stanhope, whomever…

The difference is that he is the one putting up the posters complaining about what money is being spent on.

dvaey 12:50 pm 26 Jul 10

OP: Perhaps more interesting is that a patch of wall around the corner has dozens of posters compared to the less utilised bollard, possibly because for uncoated community notices being under cover from the rain is important.

Perhaps you only briefly looked at this wall. The ‘wall around the corner’ has posters there some of which are upto 2 years old. This concrete lump has only been in-place for a month or two.

captainwhorebags said :

That’s great Alistair, but not being a representative of that electorate I doubt the people who regularly see that sign can vote for you…

So, he’s spending how much money, to litter someone elses electorate. He still represents his party though, so my opinion of his actions will carry through to his party, whether he’s the candidate or not.

Inappropriate 12:36 pm 26 Jul 10

If you consider that an obelisk would last 10+ years, then if you amortise the costs it comes to $1800 pa, or $150 pm. Small price to keep fugly billposters off public structures.

captainwhorebags 12:12 pm 26 Jul 10

That’s great Alistair, but not being a representative of that electorate I doubt the people who regularly see that sign can vote for you…

ML-585 12:03 pm 26 Jul 10

Those stickers have appeared on other suburban obelisks as well.

My question is this: if Alistair Coe objects to having them installed, then why is he using them for their intended purpose?

Thumper 11:56 am 26 Jul 10

Well, he was elected, so you could say the same about Gallagher, Stanhope, whomever…

colourful sydney rac 11:45 am 26 Jul 10

And how much does Alistair Coe cost us?

An educated guess – salary of $118,000, superannuation of $18,000, staff allowance of around $90,000, printing allowance of say $5,000, car on a novated lease say $20,000, office in civic – god only knows, so well in excess of a quarter of a million dollars.

How about a RiotAct poll – what would you prefer a three year term of Alistair Coe or 40+ permanent community billboards?

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