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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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Skidbladnir 1:58 pm 25 Feb 12

PearlGem said :

Stolen, Honda camping generator 1000w. It was gone when i got back to the TeePee on the lake last night

Thus proving the wisdom in announcing that you have no neighbours, the precise location of your home, that you keep unsecured valuables on board, which are regularly unattended for a stretch of several hours daily…

Does this mean the experiment ends now that his tv doesnt work, or do we simply pull up lakeside seats and watchs a young man learns further tragic lessons about security, shelter, and the romance vs realities of live under canvas?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:33 pm 25 Feb 12

Leaving a generator for anyone to come and tke is pretty silly thing to do.

p1 12:11 pm 25 Feb 12

PearlGem said :

Passing on msg.

Stolen, Honda camping generator 1000w. It was gone when i got back to the TeePee on the lake last night (24/2/12). It could only of been stolen by someone with a boat, who was on lake Ginninderra on Friday. Canberra’s not very big this shouldn’t be to hard to find the !@#$er. It was a birthday present and holds a lot of value to me, reward will of course be offered for any information.

Please if you have any information, contact me on 0450 759 316 or the police by contacting crime stoppers 1800 333 000 and quote ref no. 490992.

Well that sucks pretty hard. Really hope the cock who nicked it gets some kind of karmic comeuppance.

When I first read the story I did wonder about the wisdom of publicly announcing that his possessions were being left unattended out there.

PearlGem 11:15 am 25 Feb 12

Passing on msg.

Stolen, Honda camping generator 1000w. It was gone when i got back to the TeePee on the lake last night (24/2/12). It could only of been stolen by someone with a boat, who was on lake Ginninderra on Friday. Canberra’s not very big this shouldn’t be to hard to find the !@#$er. It was a birthday present and holds a lot of value to me, reward will of course be offered for any information.

Please if you have any information, contact me on 0450 759 316 or the police by contacting crime stoppers 1800 333 000 and quote ref no. 490992.

GardeningGirl 12:42 pm 23 Feb 12

Love it! (And my husband thought I was seeing things.)
Setting off fire alarms as a prank which disturbs other residents should be dealt with but something like simple burnt toast shouldn’t be a source of profit for management, that’s just ridiculous!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:01 pm 22 Feb 12

KaptnKaos said :

Tell him to call it an embassy and he’ll be able to stay there forever and noone can touch him.

It’s funny because it’s true.

Ko. 4:00 pm 22 Feb 12

BethiePrice said :

HenryBG said :

Good way to brighten up a resume otherwise blighted by having “UC” listed on it.
Move into a sharehouse and enrol in a real Uni – you’re obviously way too good for that dump.

What is wrong with University of Canberra? Have you been to the University? Have you experienced the classes there?
I attend UC, only starting this year, and I find it enjoyable, the people nice and helpful, and the courses interesting.

You’re new here Bethie. You’ll soon learn that ANU graduates have a massive complex about which uni you went to. I’m not sure why but they seem to be insecure about something or rather *shrugs*

KaptnKaos 3:43 pm 22 Feb 12

Tell him to call it an embassy and he’ll be able to stay there forever and noone can touch him.

BethiePrice 3:30 pm 22 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

Good way to brighten up a resume otherwise blighted by having “UC” listed on it.
Move into a sharehouse and enrol in a real Uni – you’re obviously way too good for that dump.

What is wrong with University of Canberra? Have you been to the University? Have you experienced the classes there?
I attend UC, only starting this year, and I find it enjoyable, the people nice and helpful, and the courses interesting.

Skidbladnir 3:17 pm 22 Feb 12

jtcbruce said :

I think most people forget that as residents, we’re subject to the exact same conditions that normal tenants are subject to living off res. We pay bond, sign tenancy agreements and are subject to inspections.

Untrue. A person is only a tenant if the person has a right of occupation under a Residential Tenancy Agreement.
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 Section 6F: Certain kinds of premises mean no residential tenancy agreement
(1) A residential tenancy agreement does not include an agreement for
the right to occupy premises if the premises are—

(d) on the campus of an educational institution…

As such, you’re bound by this document, outside the boundaries of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

jtcbruce said :

-Staff entering my room without permission and removing items such as spare keys without consent

-Charged for steam cleaning and general cleaning of property which did not occur (previous tenants also charged for the same)
-Damage to car in carpark (no security cameras installed around carpark)
-Door to property damaged whilst residents were out. Residents charged $900 for repairs as we couldn’t prove who damaged the door.

Again referring to the Agreement you signed and those pesky Rules you agreed to be bound by
1) Section 41 paragraph 7: Residents are not permitted to duplicate keys… combined with Section 47 paragraph 1: …If Village management suspects that you are in breach of the Residential Agreement or these Rules…[residents agree to give access to Rooms/Apartments] without notice.
2) Thats when you get stat decs from current and previous residents, and remind the Village management that they should do something similar, until they cave. Assuming you noted the state of the premises on an entry condition report and believed the final state of premises to be equivalent at the time of vactating.
3) Section 8, paragraph 7: The Village is not liable for any damage to and/or theft of any vehicle or property left within the vehicle whilst the vehicle is parked in the Village…
4) Section 15 paragraph 1: When responsibility cannot be attributed to a specific person, Village management may, in its absolute discretion, divide the replacement cost and the administration fee between all residents and recover such costs from the residents of the Apartment and or the Village.

jtcbruce 2:08 pm 22 Feb 12

CLV are criminals and should have been made accountable a long time ago. Although I wouldn’t have gone to the extent of building a teepee, good on him none the less.

As a current resident I’ve been subject to a number of breaches of my tenancy contract by CLV. I think most people forget that as residents, we’re subject to the exact same conditions that normal tenants are subject to living off res. We pay bond, sign tenancy agreements and are subject to inspections. Unfortunately CLV don’t seem to extend to us the same rights that normal residential tenants are offered. Here are a couple of things which I have found most disturbing over the last 6 months living on campus:

-Staff entering my room without permission and removing items such as spare keys without consent.
-A toilet broken for more then 4 weeks. Multiple complaints lodged only to be told by the maintenance manager to have a bit more patience (no offer of recompence by CLV).
-Thick mold growing throughout the showers – fixed with a coat of paint after mutiple complaints.
-Charged for steam cleaning and general cleaning of property which did not occur (previous tenants also charged for the same)
-Damage to car in carpark (no security cameras installed around carpark)
-Door to property damaged whilst residents were out. Residents charged $900 for repairs as we couldn’t prove who damaged the door.
-Barely any security. I’ve stayed on multiple campuses around the country and UC by far has the worst security. No fences, open access to car park, 1 security guard at night.

Chop71 1:24 pm 22 Feb 12

get back to class

switch 10:17 am 22 Feb 12

rosscoact said :

Arts major who is striving for relevancy. Good on you, it should be compulsory.

Too good for Arts, should be doing Engineering. Oh I forgot, UC got rid of its real Engineering courses…

pptvb 9:13 am 22 Feb 12

yellowredme said :

UVC charges like a wounded bull. On top of rent utilities are currently $23 per week (gas, water, electricity), washing machines/dryers are $3 a load (No BYO washing machines), you are charged for a PO box if you want to receive post there, internet/phone in your room is quite expensive, but thankfully mobile technology gets around that charge. You can pay rent for 18 weeks of a semester, but if you do it this way you are not guaranteed a room when you return for Semester 2 (there are three semesters, S1, Winter Semester and S2), therefore you really need to pay for all three semesters, which is 45 weeks rent to have guaranteed accommodation, this is quite unfortunate as Winter Semester units are quite sparse at UC.

From memory, if your post-lease cleaning isnt up to scratch the charge is something like $38 per hour for cleaning. Prevoiusly basic weekly cleaning was included in accommodation costs. Lodging an application to rent there is a non-refundable $50 if you are unsuccessful, if successful you get half of the fee back when you leave.

I started at UC the year CLV took over ressies, 2008. At the time the newer on-campus accommodation had not been built, every bed was booked out far in advance and UCV increased campus accommodaton rates by a phenomenal amount.

Needless to say I lived off campus where there was also an accommodation shortage, so some very dodgy digs were on offer.

So I do think UCV are pretty greedy’ they know they have the market cornered. Not easy for some kids without the Govt/parents funding their education, not every degree at UC guarantees a big bucks career, for example Nursing. Good on you William Woodridge!

They also get a grant of around $8000 per student from the Govt. for providing student accommodation.

rosscoact 1:16 am 22 Feb 12

Arts major who is striving for relevancy. Good on you, it should be compulsory.

MJay 11:32 pm 21 Feb 12

spinact said :

JessP said :

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?

It looks to me like the red arrow in the photo above is pointing to his very own piss-a-phone so I guess he’s floating on his own toilet bowl.

Hehe, my image so let me explain- I added the red arrow with the caption “potential vegie garden?” on google+. It seems to be a pot sitting in a milk crate, I’m wondering if he is going all out in his hippie adventure and have a vegie garden? He wouldn’t have a problem fertilising it or watering it. And I’m told peeing on tomato plants can be very beneficial…

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