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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 10:36 pm 21 Feb 12

Skidbladnir said :

By my reckoning, his potential fines just under the Lakes Act 1976:
50x penalty units for anchoring a boat on a lake at night, unless he wants (or gets a friend) to go ‘hand held rod and line’ fishing whenever he anchors (Section 24, strict liability).
50x penalty units for mooring a boat without a permit (Section 25, strict liability).
30x penalty units for using a boat as a houseboat (Section 31, strict liability).
10x penalty units for failure to correctly light a boat (Sect 37, strict liability).
30x penalty units for lack of emergency lighting on boat to replace required lighting (Sect 40, strict liability).
Plus court-ordered costs associated with ACT Govt recovering any cost of boat removal, should he choose not to do so himself when requested by a government inspector.

My attention has been dragged to
1) He’s living-on-board his transportation, and according to some cursory Facebook stalking has easy access to The Lighthouse, so also worth considering is Lakes Act 1976 Section 50: Navigation of boat while intoxicated… (1) A person must not operate a boat on a lake while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units, strict liability.

IE: No booze while he’s Bill the Boatman, friends don’t let friends go boating unless stone-cold sober.

2) Two of the above offences have infringement penalties available under the Magistrates Court (Lakes Infringement Notices) Regulation 2004, should an authorised officer wish to avoid court prosecution for Moor Without Permit S25(3), and Failure to Show Light as Required S37(1).
They have the option to issue $550 and $110 infringements respectively against these offences at the Delegate for Lakes’ discretion.
The Delegate for Lakes currently seems to be Mr David Power courtesy of <a href = "this notifiable instrument.
However not all Lakes Act 1976 offences have this option (such as the remainder of the above).

I’m not trying to rain on Bill’s parade for his protest or discourage raising awareness of the plight of students needing accommodation, but unless Bill has some kind of support-fund for impending legal bills (in which case maybe you could get off the Lake and put the cash towards accomodation, Bill…) I suspect he missed out on the vital “Is it legal – what are the consequences” advice before starting a high-profile, one man, financially-liable-for-his-own-decisions protest involving ACT Government.
Defaulting on court-ordered fines (such as without an agreed payment plan) can land offenders behind bars for 1 day per outstanding $100 under a Warrant of Commitment.

PS: Don’t rely solely on the advice of strangers in online forums; they’re probably not lawyers. I have no legal qualification, am not a member of the ACT Government in any capacity, and further also have no understanding of how paying infringement notices for any single or multiple offences would affect liability for any other remaining related offences should they appear before the Court.
Also, fighting the ACT bureaucracy via the Courts is no fun at all.

damien haas 10:32 pm 21 Feb 12

I asked a TAMS person tonight at the BCC meeting (to do with recreational Uses of Lake Ginninderra) about the teepee pontoon. Apparently he has a a portaloo etc. They have been ‘liaising’ with him.

HenryBG 7:59 pm 21 Feb 12

Excellent work.
Original. Daring. Top workmanship.

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.

G.R.R 7:58 pm 21 Feb 12

Is this one of those bull$hit beatup stories where there’s no story but some lame marketing ploy to sell some product?!

It better not be or I’m setting that thing on fire!

spinact 7:58 pm 21 Feb 12

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.

mutley 7:41 pm 21 Feb 12

Thumper said :

Skidbladnir said :

Quote from the Jason Who tumblr:
[William Woodridge] chose…because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers…a floating teepee…where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV…

If he wanted to stop dealing with a faceless, money-loving bureaucracy, and instead chose to shelter under the protective aegis of the ACT Government?

By my reckoning, his potential fines just under the Lakes Act 1976:
50x penalty units for anchoring a boat on a lake at night, unless he wants (or gets a friend) to go ‘hand held rod and line’ fishing whenever he anchors (Section 24, strict liability).
50x penalty units for mooring a boat without a permit (Section 25, strict liability).
30x penalty units for using a boat as a houseboat (Section 31, strict liability).
10x penalty units for failure to correctly light a boat (Sect 37, strict liability).
30x penalty units for lack of emergency lighting on boat to replace required lighting (Sect 40, strict liability).
Plus court-ordered costs associated with ACT Govt recovering any cost of boat removal, should he choose not to do so himself when requested by a government inspector.

A personal penalty unit current equates to $110 so potentially ~$19,000, equal to about 18 months uni accomodation or sharehouse rent, without even trying?

Hargreaves will be onto this in a flash.

Surely?

Only if it scares his cat.

yellowredme 7:35 pm 21 Feb 12

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!

aussielyn 5:46 pm 21 Feb 12

Bill you have had your 15 minutes of fame & made your point in a very innovative way. Housing affordability is not being addressed, but bogged down in bureaucratic committees. If you move to a caravan park you will find you have no legal rights. Architecture in the real world involves demolition & removal of people and existing residences. The squattocracy when they gained power were quick to outlaw squatters.
In your case I don’t think you will be a target for submariners. Expect an early morning visit from the water police who may want to advise you about the law & regulations as Skid has explained.

If you had a possum on board things could get more complicated.

Henry82 5:37 pm 21 Feb 12

good on him, fantastic idea.

Tetranitrate 4:40 pm 21 Feb 12

Erg0 said :

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.

Probably. But I’d point out that some of these places are terribly designed and you really can’t blame students when it’s a systemic problem.

Case in point was the first Unilodge that was built at ANU.
When it was first built and occupied, the fire alarm was going off multiple times a day, with a callout from the fire department each time. Over the course of the year and after attempts to fix problems, it ended up averaging about once a day for all of 2007. You can’t seriously blame the students for stuff like that.

-the fans in the kitchens were totally ineffective, all they did was blow air/smoke around.
-windows couldn’t be opened properly, no idea why but they could only be opened a couple of inches, which made it nearly impossible to clear the room.
-if smoke hit the detectors in the hallways, they’d trigger an evacuation alarm and call the fire brigade.

So if someone opened the door to the hallway once there’d been even a minor cooking miss-hap, the building alarm would go. I have a feeling that it was possible for room alarms to trigger evacuation when the building was first opened and that this was changed eventually, but I can’t confirm.

What did keep happening later on though was that people would panic after burning something when their room/apartment alarms went off because they knew the fire alarms would go off easily and often end up setting off the hall detectors by opening doors/windows to clear the room. There really wasn’t enough (any) instruction given on what to do in the case of burning something.

gazket 4:24 pm 21 Feb 12

I would hate to pay $380 every time my smoke alarm went off . It’s that sensitive it goes off while cooking toast.

devils_advocate 3:43 pm 21 Feb 12

chewy14 said :

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

As a landlord, I’d like to point out that it’s not always the simplest thing to organise share house accomodation, especially as its a guy. Groups of girls are assumed (rightly or wrongly) to be cleaner.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

My experience of uni was that people like this don’t usually have many classes to go to anyway. When I was at UC I remember some people having 9 contact hours a week – and considered themselves full time!

Even then it’s not like you have to turn up for your contact hours to get a pass. Or even a HD.

Roadrage77 2:45 pm 21 Feb 12

Vote with your feet uni-dude.

Skidd Marx 2:20 pm 21 Feb 12

I wonder if that thing’s been christened yet?

Snave81 2:07 pm 21 Feb 12

How does a poor and struggling uni student afford to build a raft and tepee? Is there a bit of stolen property involved that could potentially add to the list of other offences?

Diggety 2:00 pm 21 Feb 12

So, he is protesting against having to support himself?

And people wonder why I always say “we need more freedom and responsibility“.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:41 pm 21 Feb 12

p1 said :

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.

My experience of uni was that people like this don’t usually have many classes to go to anyway. When I was at UC I remember some people having 9 contact hours a week – and considered themselves full time!

Thumper 12:30 pm 21 Feb 12

Skidbladnir said :

Quote from the Jason Who tumblr:
[William Woodridge] chose…because he refused to live under a money orientated organisation with very little thoughts on their customers…a floating teepee…where he could live rent free and not have to worry about the bureaucratic nonsense involved in living under the direction of CLV…

If he wanted to stop dealing with a faceless, money-loving bureaucracy, and instead chose to shelter under the protective aegis of the ACT Government?

By my reckoning, his potential fines just under the Lakes Act 1976:
50x penalty units for anchoring a boat on a lake at night, unless he wants (or gets a friend) to go ‘hand held rod and line’ fishing whenever he anchors (Section 24, strict liability).
50x penalty units for mooring a boat without a permit (Section 25, strict liability).
30x penalty units for using a boat as a houseboat (Section 31, strict liability).
10x penalty units for failure to correctly light a boat (Sect 37, strict liability).
30x penalty units for lack of emergency lighting on boat to replace required lighting (Sect 40, strict liability).
Plus court-ordered costs associated with ACT Govt recovering any cost of boat removal, should he choose not to do so himself when requested by a government inspector.

A personal penalty unit current equates to $110 so potentially ~$19,000, equal to about 18 months uni accomodation or sharehouse rent, without even trying?

Hargreaves will be onto this in a flash.

Surely?

New Yeah 12:23 pm 21 Feb 12

Yo Bill, don’t give up. I rate your teepee/pontoon.

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