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The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

By Limp Jimmy - 6 August 2009 29

[First filed: August 05, 2009 @ 15:02]

Rat Patrol Oz

There is a rumour that the Rat Patrol have nowhere to host their workshop. I can confirm the rumour is true.

Our current hosts at the Rat Pad have to move out, and all Rat Treasures need to be moved to a new space. Can you help?

The Rat Pad — no more Rat Patrol workshop in Canberra? Let's hope not...

IS THIS THE END OF RAT PATROL OZ??

Without freakbike building, there is no Patrol. No communal workshop = no freakbike building. Unless we can find a new host location (or some good storage space), we have no workshop and no headquarters — the thought of which makes this Rat a very Sad Pandah indeed. This effects not just the Rat Patrol, but the fabric of the Canberra community.

Rat Patrol Oz is the Antipodean arm of the Rat Patrol (which has it’s origins dating back to the 19th century), and by all reports is the most happily benevolent strain of Rat on the globe. We don’t burn cars, we get kids to wear helmets. We don’t start fights, we stop ’em. We are a leaderless and wholly inclusive community-oriented non-political group who make bicycles from waste steel, which we call Functional Art (or FART). We laugh a lot and proliferate positive interactions and messages. We specialise in making dreams come true and using dangerous power tools while drinking beer. We do good stuff. Beer is good.

Can you host the RPOz workshop? Maybe you know someone who could?

We do stuff with our community.

RP workshop hosting brings many rewards and is central to the work of the Patrol. But if nobody can host, we will be forced to take our treasures to the tip where they will become rusty, un-used, un-wanted… wasted. What a great shame that would be… let’s hope we find a host in time. Please help, please ask around. Contact the Patrol by emailing oddbod AT cyberone DOT com DOT au.

If nobody can help with hosting, there will be no communal space for anyone to create FArt while drinking beer and using dangerous power tools at the same time. Tragedy.

Yours in bike bits and dreams, Limp Jimmy.

Sometimes we go boating on the world's first tall amphibious couchbike...

Rat Patrol hold inclusive Events... sometimes we joust each other in the head.

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willo 9:49 pm 06 Aug 09

try the industrial area at parkwood past the old west belconnen tip…..there are a few vacant yards there and there is a sign with contact details for the act ps dept that manages the area at the end of one of the streets….only “recycling” type businesses and activities are allowed to lease these yards….i think you guys may qualify…there’s a few wreckers, second hand steel yards firewood suppliers and the like out there along with mechanical shops etc….i am led to believe that lease rates are set on the merits of the various businesses/activities……..give it a go

I-filed 9:17 pm 06 Aug 09

Brandi said :

I-filed said :

“Drinking beer while using dangerous power tools” – remember, domestic back yards carry legal liability and a duty of care on the part of the owner, so I suspect Rat Patrol may not be welcomed by prudent yard & shed owners for that reason?

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

I’m not expressing an opinion about it – I just think it might be the case.

fabforty 8:19 pm 06 Aug 09

johnboy said :

fabforty said :

Why ? I think everyone is entitled to an opinion as long as it is expressed in the right way. Isn’t that what discussion fora are about ? Those comments might be negative but didn’t think they were offensive.

Because I said so is the first and last reason you need.

Final warning.

Johnboy, you have allowed posters above to make personal and offensive insults to Luther because he dared make a negative comment, yet I am threatened with moderation because I politely defend someone’s right to an opinion ? How does this fit in with the site’s Terms and Conditions ?

Limp Jimmy 11:49 am 06 Aug 09

Thanks for the buoying support and righteous offers of space. It’s comforting to know good people live in this town, thankyou all. BTW, we loved bannister’s #17 comment the best, that really speaks volumes about the Rat Patrol 🙂

WE HAVE A NEW HOME — WOOOOOT! Canberra can once again rest easy in the knowledge that more helmets are being worn and that positive mirth can indeed endure, despite an otherwise potentially barren landscape. We are very much inclusive, get in touch via http://www.rat-patrol.org/RPOz/ (+ you’ll find the email in the original post) if you would like to be involved or just come along for a ride.

For what it’s worth, I believe it is important to nurture your inner child… to live your dreams rather than pass fear and regret on to your children and others around you. It seems that the ones who shout senseless abuse the loudest are the ones who have much fear and the most regret.

This Rat has lived across the country and around the world most of his life and can confirm that CANBERRA ROCKS! Where else can you ride 30mins to work without cars, with blue sky, animals and trees, then drive 15 minutes to one of the world’s best inland hang gliding sites? Probably nowhere. I am proud to live here for a bunch of good reasons.

j from the block 9:44 am 06 Aug 09

I have the space and a 6 car garage / shed, but unless the rat patrol want a home 100 k out of Canberra, can’t really help (it’s a bit of a long ride along the Hume and Barton Highways)

mp2615 8:59 am 06 Aug 09

If I had the space I’d gladly offer it. I love what they do and this sort of activity is really satisfying on a number of levels. Not the least of which is to serve as a really useful target for citizens like Luther. I used to think I’d join the ulysses mc but not anymore. Go the Rat.

Brandi 12:18 am 06 Aug 09

I-filed said :

“Drinking beer while using dangerous power tools” – remember, domestic back yards carry legal liability and a duty of care on the part of the owner, so I suspect Rat Patrol may not be welcomed by prudent yard & shed owners for that reason?

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

Up The Duffy 10:53 pm 05 Aug 09

Yaa a “bitch fight” bring it on

I-filed 10:34 pm 05 Aug 09

“Drinking beer while using dangerous power tools” – remember, domestic back yards carry legal liability and a duty of care on the part of the owner, so I suspect Rat Patrol may not be welcomed by prudent yard & shed owners for that reason?

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