1 April 2005

Summernats Inquiry - Clean Bill of Health

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Just heard on radio, the Summernats Inquiry has found Summernats to have only positive impacts on Canberra, not quite the Stanhope fit-up RiotACT (we seem to recall) insinuated it might be.

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[ED – ABC Online coverage is here and a Greens request for a health impact assessment of SummerNats is here]

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Go summernats,
at last we have the proof that it is a good thing for this little town.

Now if we can get the world rally championship to come to the forests of canberra… WA government has canned the event, and it is looking for a new home. The rally of canberra has been here for years, now we can upgrade and get world exposure..

Having now read the report, several things leap out:

Watson/Downer residents are whingers.

Only 47 of them turned up to a public mtg – so they are apathetic largely, or supportive EXCEPT for the whingers.

The noise monitoring devices picked up more ‘bird noises’ than fireworks or burnouts. But noone complains about noisy birds. SO instead of banning fireworks and clamping down on burnouts, there should be MORE fireworks exploding and cars doing burnouts all year round so they become used to the noise.

Finally – Im very surprised that the Comrade is supporting Summernats. It seems to be the type of pro-fun thing he likes to close down or ban.

im waiting for the floriade investigation to begin. if anything is a bigger waste of public money than floriade i dont know what it is.

apart from onroad bike lanes perhaps.

Summernats are crap to the extreme.

I for one do not miss living near the Summernats precinct in January.

I for one welcome this announcement. A vibrant city that people will want to live in is made up of more than just the (excellent) institution-type places and events that we have here.

Of course I’m biased, being a car fanatic, but I would be just as pleased if the announcement related to an annual footy tournament of some sort – which I dislike.

The national capital is for everybody after all, not just politicians and public servants. “Come see Australia reflected in its capital”, as the ads say.

Sadly no-one’s got their media releases on this isue online yet.

Without access to the report, and there having been no transparency at all in the process it’s hard to comment other than to say I’m releived at the outcome.

I’ve never been to summernats, and I don’t plan on going, but as it’s run at no cost to the taxpayer I really don’t see why Government thinks it’s fit to have an opinion at all.

I suspect the salient deliberations were in ALP focus groups, and they’ll never let us see that data.

I think the summernats is slowly becoming a family event, sure you get the rev heads, try hards, ethnic hooligans, drunk bogans and the like, but those people are bringing money to our city, and leaving without it, how can it be a bad thing? generally speaking, the arrests are reducing.. traffic infringments are about the same as always.. but with worse consequences.. its slowly becomming a more peaceful event.. maybe next year i can take my missus in without getting into a biff.

You would think that after th flogging the ACT has received for not being ‘edgy’ enough, that events like this would stay and more would begin to be included on our events calender. I am not a summernats fan, but many of my ilk are, and if it brings in buckets of money and keeps the kiddies happy… whats the damn problem?

I suppose this will provide the cardigan wearers with something local to moan to the Canberra Times and 666 about for a few days.

Sharpen you quills, and fill your ink pots!

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