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The Lake Ginninderra teepee is a protest against UC student accommodations

By - 21 February 2012 57

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There has been growing interest in the teepee floating in Lake Ginninderra.

It turns out it’s a protest by UC student William Woodridge against student accommodation provided by CLV (Campus Living Villages) Australia.

Jason Who has tumbled a lengthy piece about what’s going on:

So Bill was a lodger at student accomodation provided by CLV (Campus Living Villages) Australia. They are a international organisation in the business of student accomodation catering to universities. Before 2008, The university residences were run by the University itself and there were some protests from students prior to the take over of residences by CLV.

Nevertheless after CLV took over the on-campus accomodation at UC not surprisingly the prices of student accomodation increased to as much as 30 – 50%, this is not including new fees and charges which CLV felt like they had to implement. Many will think “well tough that’s life” yes, but when you consider that a university student if unreliant on parents or guardian for finances may have to work up to 30 hours a week to pay the $180 – $280p/week on rent you might understand the frustration many students have. The tipping point for Bill was unfortunately for him a fire alarm fine which he set off whilst cooking. Because of this he was hit with a $380 fine. Ultimately he chose the decision he made because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers.

As a student this left him stranded and homeless. He refused to kowtow to a large profit driven institution so he took the first step into designing a teepee. A floating teepee for that matter, where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV.

[Photo by Jason Who]

UPDATE 21/02/12 16:34: Michael Jones has sent in a set of pictures:

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57 Responses to
The Lake Ginninderra teepee is a protest against UC student accommodations
JessP 11:29 am 21 Feb 12

SO how does he handles his….hmmmmm ablutions?

ANd how does he power the flat screen TV in the other link or is that just for show?

aceofspades 11:29 am 21 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

hmmm. Except the Indians usually do the top a bit differently, so there’s a hole for the fire smoke but it stops the rain.

No wonder he set off the fire alarm.

borizuka 11:27 am 21 Feb 12

This is pure awsomeness.
Can someone tell him that he needs to get some solar panels!

Erg0 11:20 am 21 Feb 12

arescarti42 said :

bd84 said :

Or that someone else should to pay the bill for his carelessness when his cooking set off the fire alarm?

Would you like to explain to us how setting off a smoke alarm inflicts $380 worth of costs on CLV, for which they need to be reimbursed?

ACT Fire Service callout fee, perhaps?

No idea how much it is, but $380 doesn’t sound outrageous. I’ve lived in plenty of places where such charges for false alarms have been part of the rental agreement.

Mysteryman 11:18 am 21 Feb 12

Good for him. It’s a fairly impressive looking structure, too.

arescarti42 11:11 am 21 Feb 12

bd84 said :

Or that someone else should to pay the bill for his carelessness when his cooking set off the fire alarm?

Would you like to explain to us how setting off a smoke alarm inflicts $380 worth of costs on CLV, for which they need to be reimbursed?

p1 11:10 am 21 Feb 12

When I built a raft on the lake, put a tent on it and camped there, I was told by the powers that be in the ACT local council Government that the lake fell under exactly the same laws as the parks and stuff around them, and so camping on it was only allowed with permission, as part of some approved activity or event. It was very easy to get such approval for a few days, but I am assuming that he is simply squatting there?

Nice idea though, one of those low key protests that more and more people slowly notice. Although, unless he had quit all his classes for this protest, he is relying on the government not removing his illegal campsite while he is on campus during the day.

Thumper 11:06 am 21 Feb 12

chewy14 said :

He does realise that he doesn’t have to live on campus right?

He’s occupying the lake.

And yes he does!

bd84 10:50 am 21 Feb 12

So he thinks that the price of the accommodation would not have increased anyway to pay for the cost of refurbishing his accommodation? Or that someone else should to pay the bill for his carelessness when his cooking set off the fire alarm? This kid needs to pull his head out and join the real world. But hey, if he wants to live in a teepee, that’s fine with me.

Mr Intercourse 10:47 am 21 Feb 12

What’s he going to do when winter comes around?

Gantz 10:40 am 21 Feb 12

It’s one Keg?Barrel sliced in half for shelving purposes.

chewy14 10:40 am 21 Feb 12

He does realise that he doesn’t have to live on campus right?

EvanJames 10:38 am 21 Feb 12

hmmm. Except the Indians usually do the top a bit differently, so there’s a hole for the fire smoke but it stops the rain.

EvanJames 10:36 am 21 Feb 12

He designed that teepee? That is a very, very good teepee. I’ve seen some in the US and Canada, and I’m thinking he must have, too.

Um. I wonder if those kegs contain anything?

nice_enough 10:36 am 21 Feb 12

What a brilliant protest.

This CLV sounds like a real piece of work. US should be ashamed with the rise in costs to its students for on campus accomidation.

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