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The jackboot descends on the throat of the Backanalias?

By johnboy - 17 July 2008 32


In his Culturazi email Loadedog has detailed the iron grip of Government encircling the throat of one of Canberra’s more endearing cultural institutions, the Backyard Backanalias:

    Backyard Backanalia under threat

    This morning I had a visit from a very nice police lady who was responding to an ‘expression of concern’ from a member of the public about the goings on in our backyard. It was all very amicable and, while there are clearly risks for me personally from a public liability perspective, and some grey areas about what constitutes a private party versus a commercial proposition, she was satisfied that we were taking steps to keep the crowd numbers to a reasonable level and has left me thinking we have a green light from the cops to proceed.

    Which would be great if we hadn’t last week received a letter from our real estate advising us they were onto us (having seen the web site) and that we should cease activities immediately lest they throw us out. Hmm. We’ve previously been investigated by PALM (now ACTPLA), the cops have passed it, we might have a case to argue, but at this stage the status of the Backanalias is ‘under threat’.

    While it’s nice to see such unexpected thoroughness and rigour from the local bureaucracy it’s a shame if it means the end of an institution that has caused little harm and brought much happiness.

    In slightly better news Loadedog has moved websites. If you used to read you can now find him at Pictures of what he’s done to his ute ASAP.

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32 Responses to
The jackboot descends on the throat of the Backanalias?
Danman 9:58 am 18 Jul 08

Ask for a suggested donation at the door – that would cover the cost of ones estimated food and drinks consumption.

Mr Evil 9:55 am 18 Jul 08

Move it out to Tralee! 🙂

Mr_Shab 9:55 am 18 Jul 08

Does anyone else note that “community event” has to mean “government-funded oppotunity for breeders to congregate”. I don’t call that “community”.

Of course, when someone with a bit of nous like loadedog decides to organise something that is actually a “community event” (that being a grassroots event organised by a community off its own bat), it will be shut down, because it hasn’t been nerfed within an inch of its life.

For the record, I never attended a Backanalia, but the very fact that such a thing existed made me happy. As JB said, why pick on an event that causes little harm and makes many people happy?

Snahons_scv6_berlina 9:39 am 18 Jul 08

spot on thumper…

Thumper 8:20 am 18 Jul 08

As Ms Thumper said to me last night over a bottle of pinot grigio, Canberrans will whinge about everything and anything until it is gone.

And then one day when everything has been banned or taken away, then they’ll whinge that they have nothing to do and it’s boring.

shauno 7:22 am 18 Jul 08

They should just transfer from the backyard to a public picnic area. Dont charge any fees just have a BYO grog and sausage’s etc. Or is it illegal to congregate in public these days?

Nickamc 2:57 am 18 Jul 08

Sorry john was directing that at the organiser.

Thumper 9:41 pm 17 Jul 08

Guerilla gigs already happen…

ant 9:31 pm 17 Jul 08

I am not quite sure what these functions were, and it looks like they might have been fun, but what about moving them into public space or something? Or looking for loopholes.

Thumper 9:25 pm 17 Jul 08

That is frankly fckued….

johnboy 9:21 pm 17 Jul 08

Err. Not me dude.

Nickamc 9:20 pm 17 Jul 08

Yeah but the liquor licensing thing was kinda silly. I’m well impressed you got away with it for so long. They were always gonna come down on you for charging on the door.

johnboy 9:11 pm 17 Jul 08

Once a month, six months a year, with the amps turned off at 10?

Houses in Reid put up with much worse through the summer festivals in Commonwealth Park, doesn’t seem to make their houses less desirable.

andym 9:08 pm 17 Jul 08

Glad I dont live next door.

Pandy 9:01 pm 17 Jul 08


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