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Rant about Skyfire disorganisation

By 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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44 Responses to
Rant about Skyfire disorganisation
vg 8:53 pm 20 Mar 11

gourmetmumma said :

Yay it’s vg the tool again who loves getting on here making snide remarks to parents – you got me once before but not again. I won’t stoop down to your pathetic level.

For the constructive feedback – sounds like we were in the wrong area and Anzac pde would have been better. This was our first visit to skyfire and being from QLD our Brisbane equivalent of riverfire I took for granted at how well I felt it to be organized. We’ll definitely go back next year with food and torches in tow.
I agree with all that was said about the number of police vs the number of people and judging by the reports they seemed to do a great job of keeping most of the drunk morons at bay so the rest could enjoy the night.
I’m glad many of you had fun…hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I am parent Einstein……just a responsible one. You may not be familiar with that.

And you just did ‘stoop’, shown by your reply

Lazy I 6:29 pm 20 Mar 11

For the sanity and safety of the biggest audience – young families – spare a thought!

I thought the biggest audience was drunk 14 year olds?

Brindabella 6:15 pm 20 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

gospeedygo said :

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

Me either.

Let me guess – you are both about 89 years old right?

rottweiler 5:15 pm 20 Mar 11

Skyfire is skyfire it’s always going to attract large amounts of people, we too were caught out by lack of food, toilets and long lines at regatta point, we normally take our own but had spent the day in hospital with a family member so toughed it out. I too was surprised we didn’t see more Police we attend Aust. day event and they were in high presences. The long walk back to the car encountered a problem at the on ramp to commonwealth Av where a large group of intoxicated teens started a fight with bottles being thrown at cars people hell even he teens pushing each other in the large crowd of people walking some kids were highly distressed the police in car were approx 10 cars down comm. Av when approach by the crowd they had moved closer approx 5 cars but traffic wasn’t moving they turn the siren on sending teenage running pushing more people out of the way we were pushed over the bridge with the crowd and having younger ones in toe didn’t want to hang around but as far as we could see lights and siren was all the action we saw and they continued on down Comm. Av. As for a debate on whether it should be an alcohol free event my vote is NO. Just because a small majority (mostly teens) drink to much shouldn’t mean that the rest of the responsible drinkers should miss out.

Keijidosha 5:13 pm 20 Mar 11

Am I the only one who noticed a complete lack of synchronisation between the fireworks and music? It may have been syncronised to the PA system at Regatta Point, but there was no correlation to my radio from the NMA peninsula.

It was also clear to see that there was a lack of big boomers in the fireworks department. We had trouble seeing the majority of crackers for the trees. No doubt this was a cost-saving decision, and I’m not going to complain about an event that is provided free of charge.

Canon76 5:09 pm 20 Mar 11

gourmetmumma said :

Yay it’s vg the tool again who loves getting on here making snide remarks to parents – you got me once before but not again. I won’t stoop down to your pathetic level.

For the constructive feedback – sounds like we were in the wrong area and Anzac pde would have been better. This was our first visit to skyfire and being from QLD our Brisbane equivalent of riverfire I took for granted at how well I felt it to be organized. We’ll definitely go back next year with food and torches in tow.
I agree with all that was said about the number of police vs the number of people and judging by the reports they seemed to do a great job of keeping most of the drunk morons at bay so the rest could enjoy the night.
I’m glad many of you had fun…hindsight is a wonderful thing!

The family friendly areas are at the end of ANZAC parade and also across near Questacon/ National Library. It would be very useful if the organisers of the event actually put some thought into providing areas for different groups or suggested areas. I think for the Australia Day concert that the organisers produce a map with advertised areas.

gourmetmumma 4:49 pm 20 Mar 11

Yay it’s vg the tool again who loves getting on here making snide remarks to parents – you got me once before but not again. I won’t stoop down to your pathetic level.

For the constructive feedback – sounds like we were in the wrong area and Anzac pde would have been better. This was our first visit to skyfire and being from QLD our Brisbane equivalent of riverfire I took for granted at how well I felt it to be organized. We’ll definitely go back next year with food and torches in tow.
I agree with all that was said about the number of police vs the number of people and judging by the reports they seemed to do a great job of keeping most of the drunk morons at bay so the rest could enjoy the night.
I’m glad many of you had fun…hindsight is a wonderful thing!

georgesgenitals 4:39 pm 20 Mar 11

gospeedygo said :

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

Me either.

Snarky 4:28 pm 20 Mar 11

Wow. Sorry you had a bad night gm, but I can’t say we experienced the same.

We were down near the Carillion, a few minutes walk from our park up near Parkes Way. We brought all our food, wine and cups of tea with us, and went to the bathroom beforehand. There was a fair queue for the loos near Blundells Cottage when I walked past at about 8:00 or so, but there were maybe 40-people queueing for 8 toilets – it wasn’t going to take too long. If the kids are little, pop them off behind a tree discreetly in the background – no-one’ll care, seriously.

We saw a couple of groups of police cruising while we were there. Apart from some questionable parking we saw no lawnorder issues the whole night. As BenMac has already said – bring a torch if you don’t think you can find your way back to your car in the dark. For me, the moonlight, muted as it was, was plenty to get around with.

Quite enjoyed the fireworks among the conversation with friends – the soundtrack where we were was measurably improved by the complete absence of any radios at all! The finale was certainly one of the more spectacular ones we’ve seen.

Try it again next year, but take with it a few lessons from this year – bring your own food, rugs and a torch or two and a bunch of friends and enjoy the free show!

(also after the show it was INCREDIBLY satisfying to see the knob in a 4WD who tried to shortcut across Parkes Way to turn eastbound from westbound get stopped by the new cable fence! If he’d stayed in the lane where he was rather than being an arrogant prat he’d have turned around less than 2 minutes later, like we did! As it was he had to wait for about 20 cars to go past before someone’d let him back in, hee hee)

vg 4:19 pm 20 Mar 11

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

Way to go Parent of the Year

KayPezz 4:09 pm 20 Mar 11

We too encountered a serious lack of an adequate number of toilets, although our situation wasn’t as dire as yours gourmetmumma.

We were on the Russell side between the Anzac Parade Red Gravel and the Carillion, which had a grand total of eight Portaloos and a line close to 30 metres long. At one point, several of them were rendered useless as they refused to flush due to being backed up too much, or had no supplies of toilet paper.

As for food, we bought plenty from home, with plenty of other families & groups having the same idea with their BBQs. The atmosphere was wonderful and the entertainment was great. We also stuck to our usual ritual of waiting almost an hour after the completion of the fireworks display to head home, specifically to avoid the traffic chaos that always follows.

Next year, here’s hoping they consider the volumes of people who converge on the lake for the event and ensure there are enough toilets, or plant plenty of lemon trees instead!

Spideydog 3:25 pm 20 Mar 11

BenMac said :

You should have sat down the end of ANZAC Parade near the red gravel. Arrived at 615pm just as the FA18 had just finished. There were still plenty of spots to sit, despite the majority of the area cleared for safety as the military guns were directly in front.

Food took about 10mins. Hot chips and hotdogs, along with plenty of other choices. Yes, it started to rain, but very lightly and for about 10mins on and off. I had a 2 y/o with me and it didn’t mind him one bit.

The fireworks were great, and the walk back to the car in the dark was aided by the use of a torch. Always come prepared. Easy to get out of the ANZAC Park East car park and head over the hill past ADFA to get onto Limestone Av. Going the other way with all the traffic would have taken much longer. All in all, a great night.

I do agree with the Police presence. I thought with ACT Policing being a “sponsor” there would have been more visible officers. I saw 4 walk past my position during the night. I was expecting police on bikes in high vis clothing, SRS, GD’s and some RBT’s set up for motorists on the way out. Unless there would more on the southside, there weren’t any on the northside that I saw.

I do agree with the facilities situation particularly the toilet issue as I did see ludicrous line ups and felt pretty sorry for the poor parents with child in toe ……

Some people really need to think in perspective instead of “why I didn’t see a police officer every 5 minutes” Did you take into account:

1. The sheer amount of area to patrol – the entire central basin on both sides of the lake and VAST surrounding areas…….
2. Still required police numbers to Police the rest of the ACT (Everywhere else doesn’t shut down for skyfire)
3. Busy civic district, being a Sat night in all …… using more Policing resources
4. Police attending/tied up with incidents at Skyfire during the evening/night
5. Doing RBT outside the skyfire precinct would have been traffic chaos (damned if they do, damned if they don’t once again)
6. The entire area is OPEN to the public which I would suggest makes policing a unique challenge, not like to an event that is within a stadium.

And the list could go on and on ……… The type and scope of Policing presence “some” people seem to expect, would have required the entire ACT Police presence in the Skyfire precinct, so there was a Police officer every 50 metres !!!!

There were quite a lot of GD’s, SRS, Water Pol, and bike patrols on that night. If you didn’t see them as “much” as you expected, well that’s unfortunate, but I think the above points need to be considered to bring things into perspective.

I can say that Skyfire was a massive drain on ALL emergency (and other) services, of which ALL did the very best that they could.

A question may need to be asked, should Skyfire be a alcohol free event ? I’m not saying it should or shouldn’t, but it is a question worth asking perhaps.

gospeedygo 2:23 pm 20 Mar 11

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

BenMac 1:25 pm 20 Mar 11

You should have sat down the end of ANZAC Parade near the red gravel. Arrived at 615pm just as the FA18 had just finished. There were still plenty of spots to sit, despite the majority of the area cleared for safety as the military guns were directly in front.

Food took about 10mins. Hot chips and hotdogs, along with plenty of other choices. Yes, it started to rain, but very lightly and for about 10mins on and off. I had a 2 y/o with me and it didn’t mind him one bit.

The fireworks were great, and the walk back to the car in the dark was aided by the use of a torch. Always come prepared. Easy to get out of the ANZAC Park East car park and head over the hill past ADFA to get onto Limestone Av. Going the other way with all the traffic would have taken much longer. All in all, a great night.

I do agree with the Police presence. I thought with ACT Policing being a “sponsor” there would have been more visible officers. I saw 4 walk past my position during the night. I was expecting police on bikes in high vis clothing, SRS, GD’s and some RBT’s set up for motorists on the way out. Unless there would more on the southside, there weren’t any on the northside that I saw.

GardeningGirl 12:59 pm 20 Mar 11

Sorry to hear what should have been a great night out for you and your kids was such a disappointment.
Many years ago, having waited in a very long line for the loo near the carillon only to find that the lights didn’t come on as it got darker, I rang the radio station to suggest that aspect could be done better. All I got was some enthusiastic young thing eagerly telling me how great it had been in the VIP marquee with catering and everything! No interest whatsoever in how it was outside for the rest of us. Sad that it seems the same attitude still prevails.

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