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Suburban car collectors

By greencape - 8 July 2010 57

[First filed: Jul 7, 2010 @ 9:08]

I live in a heritage area that requires mind numbing amounts of paperwork to seek approval to remove a tree or change the look of a house.

However if I were to collect 52 unregistered cars, trucks, trailers, caravans, engine blocks, and sprinkle some household appliances among them? Well that’s just fine.

(Collect = distribute them around the front yard, street scape, neighbours yards and park them on the road when a good reshuffle is in order.)

Is crappy car collecting a socially acceptable secret I’m not in on?

UPDATE: Thanks to “Solidarity” for sending in this cracker from Wanniassa:

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57 Responses to
Suburban car collectors
Wraith 3:56 pm 07 Jul 10

Any decent old ones in there? Like 70’s old? Seriously.

troll-sniffer 3:28 pm 07 Jul 10

Br1anL said :

There is a house of Ebden St in Ainslie (numbers withheld) that has gone one better. They have made a wall out of piles of ‘rendered’ used tyres.

That represents an enormous fire risk and should be reported to the fire brigade. A fire in a pile of tyres is almost impossible to put out. If it got hold of such a pile even a fire brigade pumper would ghave trouble dousing it.

I know because a mate had a small wall of tyres out at Sutton and despite the presence of the fire brigade it destroyed two backyard flats.

forgoodnessake 3:00 pm 07 Jul 10

An ex of mine got in trouble with the council for having my dead car sitting on his lawn/nature strip. Admittedly there were another two there already…

ghughes 1:57 pm 07 Jul 10

You forgot to mention the caravan that once sold ‘dagwood dogs’.
Every area – even heritage listed ones – have their carnys.
It is safer to embrace them – rather than waste your time wishing they were neater.

hellspice 1:11 pm 07 Jul 10

a yard full of Fords eh ! dont just get rid of the cars, get rid of the owners too !

outdoormagoo 12:37 pm 07 Jul 10

Just make sure they are crap. I had my neighbour call the council to complain about the five cars out the front of my house, which were there for about 6 days.

They were there as we had finished a lease on an industrial unit and were waiting to settle on another that we were buying.

The ranger came and had a look and then spent the next 90 mins admiring the cars, all owhich were immaculately restored and consisted of a Mustang fastback, a dodge charger R/T, 2 minis and a Prince skyline GT.

The ranger told him that they were not scrap and he should wake up to himself.

Funnily enough he was arrested for growing pot under his house about 2 months later. He admitted he complained about all these things because he was worried the cops might come to check them out and make sure there was nothing dodgy going on and catch him out.

Br1anL 12:21 pm 07 Jul 10

There is a house of Ebden St in Ainslie (numbers withheld) that has gone one better. They have made a wall out of piles of ‘rendered’ used tyres.

farq 12:17 pm 07 Jul 10

We should have a competition…

Using google maps, who can find the house with the most number of dead cars on the lawn.

I’m trying to remember the street name of a bad one near a mates place in holt. Guy must have two dozen dead EA falcons lying around (for the best part of the last 10 years).

Genie 11:10 am 07 Jul 10

There is a house on the corner of my old street. He always have wrecked cars in his yard.. Every few years the Government forces him to clean it up. Right now there is about 10 cars that all look undriveable in his front yard. Most have smashed windows and/or panels missing. Its an eyesore and almost a traffic hazard.

pptvb 10:58 am 07 Jul 10

Lazy I said :

Sure is, you should get in on it. ‘wrecking’ or ‘parting out’ cars is extremely lucrative business especially with the advent of eBay and the like… sure beats going to a regular day job!

On a more serious note though I was under the impression that there were restrictions to having non-operational / wrecked or parted cars visible from the street.

I know in other states, councils enforce this and are happy to pay you a visit if a neighbour complains. Have you tried calling CanberraConnect to see what they have to say about it?

city.rangers@act.gov.au

trevar 10:34 am 07 Jul 10

Where I grew up, a house without a disused car on the ‘lawn’ is automatically assumed to be the home of an old lady.

Lazy I 10:33 am 07 Jul 10

Sure is, you should get in on it. ‘wrecking’ or ‘parting out’ cars is extremely lucrative business especially with the advent of eBay and the like… sure beats going to a regular day job!

On a more serious note though I was under the impression that there were restrictions to having non-operational / wrecked or parted cars visible from the street.

I know in other states, councils enforce this and are happy to pay you a visit if a neighbour complains. Have you tried calling CanberraConnect to see what they have to say about it?

fgzk 10:13 am 07 Jul 10

“Is crappy car collecting a socially acceptable secret I’m not in on?”

What planet do you come from. It is an Australian tradition. A mainstay in our culture. Where have you been living. Cars rule our society. You might like to extend your view beyond your street and view the impact from a world perspective.

I guess you don’t like being faced with a reflection of unrestrained consumer greed.

colourful sydney rac 9:42 am 07 Jul 10

Urgh. It is such an eyesore and surprisingly common in some suburbs of Canberra. It really manages to ruin the feel of a street.

p1 9:37 am 07 Jul 10

You could try addressing it as an environmental concern, some of those items must be leaching toxic materials into the ground…

Probably be though if you just work out when they are not home and arrange the scrap metal guys to pick it up for free….

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