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Where are the mowers?

By M - 31 October 2014 47

Does anyone know what is happening with the Government mowing at the moment? From Northside to Southside everywhere there is grass over waist height…. and not a single mower to be seen!

Yes, there have been perhaps 2 mowers out recently hitting the median strips around the busy roads, but frankly this is a poor effort on the Government’s part. There are far too many intersections and corners that are now blocked by tall grass – making it near impossible to safely see oncoming traffic. Overgrown roundabouts are also dangerous when you can’t see any traffic around you.

Don’t even get me started on residential areas… There are some Southside suburbs where the grass is reaching beyond waist height, making it not only dangerous for small children and snakes, but also a high fire danger (especially if it dries out due to this spell of hot weather).

Requests to FixMyStreet fall on deaf ears (big surprise), so if there are any of our Government ‘representatives’ reading, can we please get some mowing done in this town!

What’s Your opinion?


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47 Responses to
Where are the mowers?
prescott 10:47 pm 31 Oct 14

The best thing you can do is contact TAMS via Fix My Street. We put in a request and it was actioned. The more complaints they get the more attention it will get. The feedback I received was the people doing the mowing know they need more resources, but there isn’t enough budget allocated. Good call in topic for 666 Chief Minister Feedback 🙂

chewy14 10:18 pm 31 Oct 14

magiccar9 said :

chewy14 said :

I know right?
I mean why can’t they predict rainfall, weather and growing seasons so they can just quadruple their workforce after some spring rain and then fire them a week later when a heatwave hits and the grass dies off?

They should buy at least 10 times as many large mowers as necessary just in case they need them.

I knew the rainfall and seasonal card would come up. As previously commented, we have had sporadic rain at best recently, and most of the grass has been above knee height before the rain.

This comes down to supply and demand. If I retail outlet didn’t have enough staff to cater for customers, they loose business. So why can’t the Government employ more (or more efficient) contractors to complete the necessary work.

It’s also disappointing to see that the arboretum – nothing more than a glorified park – gets more attention than local suburbs where the community actually need some attention.

The mowing schedule on the TAMS website is pure rubbish. They think that 1 days mowing (probably less than half a day when you factor in contractor smokos and breaks) can actually cover a suburb properly? By the time the come back 4 weeks later to finish the rest, the first portion has grown back.

As said before, the Government needs to pull their finger out, hire some contractors to assist the community, and stop wasting our money on trains and free WiFi.

53mm in October is sporadic rain?

The government does factor in the extra demand during the warmer months but its simply uneconomic to increase the workforce and equipment to handle the very high growing peaks during this time of year.

Have you seen some of the whining on this site about the government wasting money and putting up rates willy nilly? Hey look, you even did it in your comment.

I’m pretty sure you can handle some longer grass for a few weeks every year. If not, buy a mower and get out there and help TAMS out.

magiccar9 8:21 pm 31 Oct 14

chewy14 said :

I know right?
I mean why can’t they predict rainfall, weather and growing seasons so they can just quadruple their workforce after some spring rain and then fire them a week later when a heatwave hits and the grass dies off?

They should buy at least 10 times as many large mowers as necessary just in case they need them.

I knew the rainfall and seasonal card would come up. As previously commented, we have had sporadic rain at best recently, and most of the grass has been above knee height before the rain.

This comes down to supply and demand. If I retail outlet didn’t have enough staff to cater for customers, they loose business. So why can’t the Government employ more (or more efficient) contractors to complete the necessary work.

It’s also disappointing to see that the arboretum – nothing more than a glorified park – gets more attention than local suburbs where the community actually need some attention.

The mowing schedule on the TAMS website is pure rubbish. They think that 1 days mowing (probably less than half a day when you factor in contractor smokos and breaks) can actually cover a suburb properly? By the time the come back 4 weeks later to finish the rest, the first portion has grown back.

As said before, the Government needs to pull their finger out, hire some contractors to assist the community, and stop wasting our money on trains and free WiFi.

dungfungus 6:22 pm 31 Oct 14

There is a lot of grass at the arboretum – this is where the government’s mowing resources are concentrated.
https://www.facebook.com/NationalArboretumCanberra/photos/a.471657889536740.96562.442591482443381/560454543990407/
Remember, it’s “Voices in the Forest” – not “Voices in the Grass”.

HiddenDragon 4:58 pm 31 Oct 14

With public money being spent on advertisements (which, at times, verge on the sanctimonious) reminding householders of their bushfire preparation responsibilities, it is more than annoying to see the state of many public grass/grassland areas around the town.

So far, this season, the rainfall seems to have been light and sporadic – can’t imagine what the place would be like if we’d had stretches of solid rain.

A_Cog 3:23 pm 31 Oct 14

spooner said :

You can find out which suburbs will be mowed which week here http://www.tams.act.gov.au/city-services/public_areas/2014-mowing-schedules

Thanks for that. Now I KNOW that TAMS are hopeless, coz they didn’t do their own scheduled mow of my suburb.

Good on ya Shaney, stopping those filthy petrol-burning mowers spewing their filthy carbon emissions into the atmosphere… except that the carbon emissions from our impending grassfires / bushfires / housefires will be a tad more significant. Gold star for trying, anyway.

chewy14 3:01 pm 31 Oct 14

I know right?
I mean why can’t they predict rainfall, weather and growing seasons so they can just quadruple their workforce after some spring rain and then fire them a week later when a heatwave hits and the grass dies off?

They should buy at least 10 times as many large mowers as necessary just in case they need them.

neanderthalsis 2:27 pm 31 Oct 14

The reserve across the road from our place in Higgins was mowed a couple of weeks ago. Getting rather long again as it is now well over the heads of my neighbours small yappy rats.

spooner 2:11 pm 31 Oct 14

You can find out which suburbs will be mowed which week here http://www.tams.act.gov.au/city-services/public_areas/2014-mowing-schedules

dungfungus 2:07 pm 31 Oct 14

Where are the mowers?
Try “A” for arboretum.

shirty_bear 2:05 pm 31 Oct 14

They don’t just outsource work these days, they offshore it. The grass in Cbr may be long enough to lose a moderate-sized child in, but in Bangalore it’s immaculate.

JazzyJess 2:01 pm 31 Oct 14

I’ve seen them heaps in Gungahlin, I think you can request a visit from the grass cutters via the Fix My Street website.

MERC600 1:57 pm 31 Oct 14

I noticed a couple mowing in Jons plantation. Couldn’t help but think that would be one hell of a contract, considering the size of the thing.

Gordoba 1:57 pm 31 Oct 14

I heard a new contractor won the contract to mow all of Canberra. They’ve been making a mess mowing Tuggeranong roadsides for a couple of weeks.

Can only hope they do a better job of mowing than they do recycling…………..?
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8921872/the-great-aussie-recycling-rort

A_Cog 1:15 pm 31 Oct 14

OMG totes +1 lolz

Like, we’re supposed to be the BUSH capital, not the bush-FIRE capital.

[FYI, this is Rattenbury’s responsibility. You can tell him how good a job you think he’s doing: RATTENBURY@act.gov.au ]

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