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Roos tell ACT Government to get stuffed

By johnboy - 5 July 2006 34

Some RA readers seem to operate within the Stanhope Government’s reality distortion field and think things are going rather well in these parts and the rabble on London Circuit are really good at their jobs.

Outsiders rarely take the same view in their brief and unpleasant encounters with the mouth of madness.

The Age informs us that the Kangaroos football club has not been impressed with the ACT’s negotiating tactics.

The ACT Government had set a deadline of this Friday for the Roos to choose between Canberra and the Gold Coast, but Kangaroos chief executive Geoff Walsh said last night that the club would run to its own timetable.

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Roos tell ACT Government to get stuffed
SLBrown 1:21 pm 05 Jul 06

Don;t bother with a demographic debate. The facts are there for all to see.

In Qld every school is growing and being upgraded and built upon. The polical power is shifting with two new seats from NSW and Vic.

Now I love Canberra for many reasons, but have had to move for opportunity and because of the apathetic attitude of the old public service guard who believe Canberra somehow belongs to them and not to the rest of the nation.

They want to keep it as some socialist paradise of the 1970’s – but it is slowly dying and soon it will be more schools more specialist services in hospitals, the public transport system (which is already marginal in utility). The ACT Governemnt cannot even afford to maintain the road system that it has. Thank god it was so good when the Feds paid for it – but in years to come the lack of investment in maintenance will start to show.

Growling Ferret 1:15 pm 05 Jul 06

“as an afl fan, ive gone to almost every match at manuka – to watch football.”

Ditto. The average crowd of 10,000 is made up of 2000 passionate Roos fans, 2000 passionate opposition fans, 1000 corporate types and 5000 football fans keen for a contest.

For the Swans game, it was 2000 for the Roos, 10000 Swanny Come Latelies and 2000 others 🙂

biogaz78 1:14 pm 05 Jul 06

I agree with bonfire.

I too am an AFL fan (Crows) and also go along to the games at Manuka. However, I just dont think there is enough interest in this town for “general” AFL games. I am sure if the Swans or Collingwood played 3 home games here a year then the matches would all be sell-outs. The fact that Swans fans outnumbered Kangaroos fans at the last game, and that the official Kangaroos cheer squad were chanting “North Melbourne”, just goes to show Canberrans arent good neutral spectators.

If Canberra didnt have a national team in each of the Rugby codes then the AFL experiment might work.

I say the ACT should now concentrate on lobbying for the next A-League licence. We have a decent stadium sitting there over summer not being used and we would have a team Canberra could call their own. Not some sort of Melbourne reject …

SLBrown 1:09 pm 05 Jul 06

Well Stanhope blurted out that for the first time in seven years the interstate migration was positive for canberra. What his cronies didn’t tell him was in the same period international migration was negative for the first time in seven years. The positive interstate migration figure for was 67 people with Canberras loosing people to Qld, Victoria, Tasmania and NT.

Hell even Tasmania and NT had net interstate migration of 340 and 477 respectively.

Qld was the only state to attract people (net) for all states and territories.

Mr Evil 1:08 pm 05 Jul 06

Instead of wasting money on a dragway, spend the 8 million on upgrading Manuka Oval: more bums on seats = more money for an AFL team that wants to play here.

Growling Ferret 1:03 pm 05 Jul 06

SLB, I’m not going to get into a demographics argument comparing and contrasting the Gold Coast and Canberra.

Swaggie – the Swans have a much higher fan base in Canberra for a number of reasons. Some of these include the fact that the Swans were the closest we had to a local club for many years. They have had a fw locally born players such as Craig Bolton now and Brett Allison previously. Their games are on free to air nearly every week. And they have been reasonably successful for the last decade or so culminating in the Premiership last year.

The Kangas, despite being the most successful club on the field over the 90’s did not consolidate this with a massive fan base, and have struggled off field ever since.

These days they are forced into being football mercenaries – seeking whatever corporate or government $ they can receive, and forced into using recycled players to fill their playing list rather than taking 3 years to develop juniors, as immediate survival is more important than long term planning.

However, any good will they had in Canberra is being burned quickly – playing a small but loyal band of supporters cultivated over 5 years of struggle in Canberra against the financial backing of the Southport AFL club and the wish of the AFL to develop the game in Queensland may end up winning no friends, and may be another nail in the coffin of the once great Kangaroos.

bonfire 12:54 pm 05 Jul 06

i think the interest in the swans is the afl’s own doing.

its the tv. usually the ONLY live afl games shown on fta are swans games.

i think the afl need to develop interest in afl in the act, not the act govt. why are my rates paying for afl ? or any PROFESSIONAL team liek the brumbies, raiders etc. let the market sort this out.

as an afl fan, ive gone to almost every match at manuka – to watch football.

Ari 12:49 pm 05 Jul 06

Hence the great Live in Canberra campaign that’s sure to bring them here in droves …

Swaggie 12:47 pm 05 Jul 06

I’m no AFL fan but there seems to be far greater interest in the Swans her in Canberra than there is in the Kangaroos anyway. No ‘roos is no big loss in my book and the Gold Coast ssems to attract financial parasites and get rich quick merchants so the Kangaroos will feel right at home.

SLBrown 12:42 pm 05 Jul 06

No they are Canberrans and Sydneysiders. Melbourne is attracting people, Tasmania is also.

Face the music Canberra is closing down slowly and silently. Unfortunately, most people are oblivious to the fact.

Growling Ferret 12:35 pm 05 Jul 06

72,000 expat Victorian pensioners have moved to the Gold Coast. They can have them…

SLBrown 12:32 pm 05 Jul 06

The fact of the matter is that the Gold Coast population has grown by approximately 72,000 people over the past five years. With the annual growth as a pecentage expected to be high. Over the same period Canberra’s population has grown by only about 9,000 (under the national average). Worse still this population grown is under the natural increase (difference between births and deaths) so about 3,500 more people CHOSE to leave Canberra than come to it.

So you can see why is bye bye Cannons, Comets, Cosmos, kangaroo’s, Giteau, John James hospital, 39 schools, hospital services etc. And the Raiders and Brumbies are being opening talked about in terms of relocation.

And before some bright spark goes and says but there are less people calling on services. I am yet to hear of any city having more because it is slowly dying. If it wasn’t for the federal Government spending like there is no tomorrow Canberra would be feeling the pinch now

capt_benno 12:25 pm 05 Jul 06

pffft… negotiation tactics. that call from the roos sounds to me as though a.) they are fishing for more $$, and b.) thye are waiting for their own internal decision making process to come to a conclusion.

barking toad 12:18 pm 05 Jul 06

In it’s belated efforts to do something about the state of finances the council will be happy to drop the funding commitment to the pauperoos who seem more attracted to the offer from the Gold Coast.

Melbourne’s chairman has threatened members that there may be a possibility of them playing home games in Canberra but I wonder if the council will be serious in getting another team to replace the pauperoos.

Growling Ferret 11:59 am 05 Jul 06

The Kangas are rapidly losing any good will that was built up with non Kangas fans in Canberra…

The money on the Gold Coast had better be worth it.

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