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Rant about Skyfire disorganisation

gourmetmumma 20 March 2011 44

Frustrated is one word I can use to describe how I & my family & friends felt at tonights Skyfire event and I’m certain we’re not alone judging by many complaints I heard from people sitting around us. Myself, husband, 2 kids and our newborn arrived at 6 just in time for the fighter jet (which I can say was the highlight!) but then things went downhill from there.

We found a nice spot to sit at regatta point, but on venturing down to get some hot food as was promoted as being there on the 104.7 website i questioned – Why would an organizer of an event that attracts thousands of people put only 2 small food vans onsite???

We joined the line to find out the people in front of us had been waiting 50 minutes already and there were at least 100 people still in front of us. There was only fairy floss and popcorn left so needless to say we didn’t wait and were left with 2 hungry kids.

I counted 73 people in the toilet queue for the one and only toilet nearby so I’m glad the kids knew how to ‘hold it in’.

I heard that the police were there to crack down on rowdiness and under age drinking – there were none to be seen where we were sitting but the droves of teens coming in with cartons of bunch rum and beers the pics would have been way out numbered. Sad to say with 2 hungry kids busting for the toilet we left when the rain came just after 7 and missed the main event. Glad we did because with no lighting, the after dark mad rush to the car would have been mayhem.

Next year can the organizes please put a little more thought into the services you provide for the number of people you are expecting?? For the sanity and safety of the biggest audience – young families – spare a thought!


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EvanJames EvanJames 3:26 pm 22 Mar 11

gourmetmumma said :

Hiding behind the anonymity of a username makes it easy to forget we are all people and have feelings and there is just no need to make others’ feel bad about themselves through your faceless comments”

Evanjames…what part of this do you still not get?

Well, you’ve got my name, so I’m not “hiding behind the anonymity of a user name”.

Are you Mrs or Ms Mumma, and did your parents really christen you “Gourmet”?

gourmetmumma gourmetmumma 2:32 pm 22 Mar 11

gourmetmumma said :

“As for those of you who thought you had the right to judge my parenting and organisational skills based on my post, by making rude, sarcastic and patronizing comments, you can stick your judgments where the sun don’t shine. Hiding behind the anonymity of a username makes it easy to forget we are all people and have feelings and there is just no need to make others’ feel bad about themselves through your faceless comments”

Evanjames…what part of this do you still not get?

EvanJames EvanJames 2:22 pm 22 Mar 11

gourmetmumma said :

The fact that I stated I have 3 kids including a newborn would indicate to any reasonable thinking person that I have little time to scratch my own butt let alone organise a picnic extravaganza just to watch fireworks.

You are kidding, right? You are too busy to put together a picnic? Ye gods.

gourmetmumma gourmetmumma 2:18 pm 22 Mar 11

beejay76 and grungehippy…you actually get it. Thankyou. The fact that I stated I have 3 kids including a newborn would indicate to any reasonable thinking person that I have little time to scratch my own butt let alone organise a picnic extravaganza just to watch fireworks. And Yes, the plan was to buy the kids dinner there as a treat…not unreasonable to expect there to be food there considering it was promoted on their website. Since it was our first time there having moved here a few months ago, how was I supposed to see into the future and know how undercatered and chaotic it is at regatta point??
As many of you suggested, yes I have learnt my lesson for next time. Bring food and lots of it; stay away from regatta point; and bring wet weather gear. All great points and I will certainly be doing this next year.
As for those of you who thought you had the right to judge my parenting and organisational skills based on my post, by making rude, sarcastic and patronizing comments, you can stick your judgments where the sun don’t shine. Hiding behind the anonymity of a username makes it easy to forget we are all people and have feelings and there is just no need to make others’ feel bad about themselves through your faceless comments.

And for those who passed judgment that it was wrong to take a newborn to somewhere with loud noises…she actually slept right through the loud noises with a little bit of those ‘poor parenting’ skills I learned called ‘sticking my fingers in her ears’… derrrrrr.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 10:17 pm 21 Mar 11

i didnt go this year, we had a family commitment interstate, but as a mum, and having been a mum with a newborn, sometimes you just want to go out and BUY FOOD rather than bring everything plus the kitchen sink to drag kilometres and sit by the lake.

in any case, I have expressed my distaste for skyfire last year. Having been in brisbane at the same time as riverfire last year, it S***S all over skyfire.

plus the whole scotty and nige/ home and away starlets crap just makes it so cheesy and bogan-tastic I just cant anymore….

Snave81 Snave81 10:02 pm 21 Mar 11

KB1971 said :

Greta said :

when we were there last year, there were 2 families having a fight and my kids learnt some new colourful vocabulary. The crowd in front of the NGA was much more civilized.

& they say the bogans all live on the south side…….

Maybe the bogans have evolved into super bogans and have learnt how to cross a bridge or have discovered the 300 buses. Northsiders may need to be on the lookout.

STOLEN CAR STOLEN CAR 9:22 pm 21 Mar 11

Thumbs down to the idiot pouring what was left of his drink onto cars travelling on Parkes Avenue from the footbridge from ACTON Park to the Lakeside Hotel…do we have to wait for someone to drop a bottle onto a car at 80km/hr before something is done to prevent this sort of crap ?

Suggestion – FM 104.7 can for pay either extra Police or Private Security to cover the event more comprehensively

waiting for a reply from you 104.7 !

whatsinaname whatsinaname 4:36 pm 21 Mar 11

Snave81 said :

Given that an estimated 130,000 people were at Skyfire, over a third of the population of the ACT, you can’t expect there to not be some queues. If you don’t like it then don’t go and stop whinging about it. Alternatively, don’t go to Regatta point, the most popular and crowded spot. There are plenty of other locations to watch the fireworks from. Did you consider taking your own food to the event? No lines and a lot cheaper.

Hit the nail on the head there Snave81. You know there’s gonna be a lot of people there so prepare yourselves for the event or don’t go. I would think most people would take something to eat and drink (especially if you’re bringing kids), something to sit on and (considering the weather forecast said it would rain) an umbrella or raincoat. Sure, there could be a few more toilets about the place, but it’s not like they can have 130,000 portaloos around the lake – one for everyone (although I would like to see what that looks like). It’s free, great for the kids, and if you’ve prepared properly, it can be lots of fun. I’ll be there next year.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 4:28 pm 21 Mar 11

Snarky said :

motleychick said :

georgesgenitals said :

gospeedygo said :

I still don’t get why people actually go to this thing.

Me either.

+2

I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that the 80,000 people that turned up did so because they thought they’d enjoy it! And judging by the relatively few complaints expressed here and small number of arrests made by ACT Policing I’d say the huge majority probably DID enjoy it and will probably go next year too.

There are 90 odd days of summer when there aren’t 80,000 people there. I’ll go then.

KB1971 KB1971 3:27 pm 21 Mar 11

Greta said :

when we were there last year, there were 2 families having a fight and my kids learnt some new colourful vocabulary. The crowd in front of the NGA was much more civilized.

& they say the bogans all live on the south side…….

Greta Greta 3:07 pm 21 Mar 11

We made the same mistake last year, but have learnt a lesson since. We no longer go to Regatta Point. We now go and sit in front of the National Gallery, much easier and safer with kids. We arrived at 8.10pm (fed and toiletted, hehe), enjoyed the fireworks and off we went. Regatta Point is just crazy – when we were there last year, there were 2 families having a fight and my kids learnt some new colourful vocabulary. The crowd in front of the NGA was much more civilized.

beejay76 beejay76 1:46 pm 21 Mar 11

jasere said :

vg said :

You took your newborn to where fireworks and a low flying fighter jet were to be?

Way to go Parent of the Year

+1

Did I go to the same Skyfire? My Family and I had a great time at the National Museum and my son loved it Age 3 can’t stop talking about the F18. Picnic with friends no hassle getting out no drunk teens was a top night.

btw OP I’m no expert but why bring 3 kids out to an event like skyfire and not bring food/snacks for them maybe no room in the esky after the bundy and cokes parenting fail.

So, are you guys saying that because she’s had a baby and should be confined to the house? The other kids in her family just have to suck it up? I don’t understand the difference you are seeing between someone bringing a baby, and you bringing your toddler.

Did it occur to you that maybe with three kids (one of them a newborn) the OP may have been a bit pressed for time to prepare nutritious snacks, especially as she was expecting to be able to buy food there? Or possibly that she was using the event as a treat for the children, and allowed them to eat out? Of course it didn’t. You’re too busy puking hammers.

EvanJames EvanJames 12:48 pm 21 Mar 11

Back when we used to go to Skyfire, we expected huge crowds and planned accordingly, where to park the car, what to bring (everything). I guess the OP shows there’s a market for some kind of premium area, like those special seats at the movies with waiter service, for people who need to be treated like special people.

KaptnKaos KaptnKaos 12:20 pm 21 Mar 11

The Kaos Klan found this year to be a lot better than previous years. We parked the kaosmobile at the nat gallery, walked to a spot between the gallery and the high court right on the path with a grassy knoll behind, esky, chairs etc in tow, plenty of room for KaosKlan and friends and for kids to run around.

The gallery’s toilet block (behind and on the lake side of the galley) had no lines, male or female. Police were patrolling all night with two joining us for the big bangs, drunk teens were missing (probably all at regatta point). Highlight, that FA-18, brilliant flying. Fireworks were ok, better and longer than they have been for a while.

Walked back to the kaosmobile through the gallery garden paths, KaosLight assisted, packed the KaosMobile with esky, chairs, KaosKids etc. and left the carpark easily. Only encountered slight traiffic jam at heading on to the Monaro from fyshwick/kingston.

Lessons: Take food/drink and lots of it. Take chairs and rugs to sit on. Take warm jackets. Take glow sticks for kids (save paying $10 for something you can get for $2 in go-lo). Get there early, make an evening picnic of it with friends, have a good time.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:07 pm 21 Mar 11

Snave81 said :

Given that an estimated 130,000 people were at Skyfire, over a third of the population of the ACT, you can’t expect there to not be some queues. If you don’t like it then don’t go and stop whinging about it. Alternatively, don’t go to Regatta point, the most popular and crowded spot. There are plenty of other locations to watch the fireworks from. Did you consider taking your own food to the event? No lines and a lot cheaper.

No need for me to suggest this now, and well said.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:06 pm 21 Mar 11

Grumpy Old Fart said :

Skyfire what a great night of visual entertainment from my front deck in upper Chapman. No maddening crowds, food and beer on tap, no traffic and no Police. Ah living on the Southside we get it all. How was the view from Charny? Oh that’s right Belconnen is Gods country……

Haha, at least the view from the many vantage points in Turner/O’Connor/Lyneham don’t necessitate stealing a telescope from Mt Stromlo to actually see the action!

Snarky Snarky 11:11 am 21 Mar 11

motleychick said :

georgesgenitals said :

gospeedygo said :

I still don’t get why people actually go to this thing.

Me either.

+2

I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that the 80,000 people that turned up did so because they thought they’d enjoy it! And judging by the relatively few complaints expressed here and small number of arrests made by ACT Policing I’d say the huge majority probably DID enjoy it and will probably go next year too.

jasere jasere 11:09 am 21 Mar 11

vg said :

You took your newborn to where fireworks and a low flying fighter jet were to be?

Way to go Parent of the Year

+1

Did I go to the same Skyfire? My Family and I had a great time at the National Museum and my son loved it Age 3 can’t stop talking about the F18. Picnic with friends no hassle getting out no drunk teens was a top night.

btw OP I’m no expert but why bring 3 kids out to an event like skyfire and not bring food/snacks for them maybe no room in the esky after the bundy and cokes parenting fail.

Snave81 Snave81 11:04 am 21 Mar 11

Given that an estimated 130,000 people were at Skyfire, over a third of the population of the ACT, you can’t expect there to not be some queues. If you don’t like it then don’t go and stop whinging about it. Alternatively, don’t go to Regatta point, the most popular and crowded spot. There are plenty of other locations to watch the fireworks from. Did you consider taking your own food to the event? No lines and a lot cheaper.

Mothy Mothy 11:00 am 21 Mar 11

For mine, was glad to be organized when it came to food with the tribe all bringing our own stuff, with me delegated to salad duties.

Could see a great many Canberrans were similarly minded when heading in to Coles in the early afternoon found them sold out of Roast Chickens, the staff commenting on the roaring trade in that regard.

Still jealous of the guy I saw setting up his little gas burner in the car parks next to us though. Well played sir, well played.

Gourmetmumma – next year, scout out a spot that has more than one toilet beforehand?

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