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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!


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quostatus 8:49 pm 01 Dec 14

Obviously TAMS don’t own any brush cutters or whipper snippers either as evidenced by the growing oat crops where the mowers can’t access. William Slim Drive, Coulter Drive, Ginninderra Drive should all be ready to harvest soon.

HiddenDragon 6:38 pm 01 Dec 14

rommeldog56 said :

magiccar9 said :

So we’re 4 weeks on from my post, and still nothing. Repeated reports to Fix My Street, and also Canberra connect fail to get anything done. The grass in my area is now over 5 feet tall, and after recent rain it’s still growing.

If anyone from TAMS Media Room is reading – can something PLEASE be done. Not only is this incredibly dangerous during warmer months, it’s just plain incompetent that our local government can’t get this stuff sorted.

Watch it there magiccar9, such negative vibes are not tolerated by some on Riotact who only want to read “positive” things it seems.

Anyway, the ACT Gov’t is no doubt far too busy building a Light Rail & a new building for public servants, managing the Mr Fluffy debacle, preparing legislation to increase the Ratepayer contribution to their political parties by 400% from $2 per vote to $8, urban infill, canning projects, working out what fees and charges to increase to help pay back the Territory’s debt, trippling Annual Rates and reducing services, how to fund the unfunded ACT public service superannuation liability, etc, to be too focused on a cutting a bit of long grass here and there !

Indeed – not too much of the money which is notionally saved by combining two levels of government seems to find its way to boring, unsexy, unexciting, non-visionary…… day-to-day municipal functions – there’s always far more important things to do with it.

dungfungus 4:11 pm 01 Dec 14

How many mowers were bogged after the deluge at the arboretum yesterday?
All that green grass and not a tree in sight.
Voices in What Forest?

A_Cog 2:13 pm 01 Dec 14

TAMSMediaRoom said: “The ACT Government is responsible for mowing 4,500 hectares of irrigated and non-irrigated grass in urban open space and at the urban edge.”

Translation: “Out job is really tough OKAY! Lay off!

TAMSMediaRoom said: “The mowing schedule, which is available on the TAMS website at http://www.tams.act.gov.au, is in place to sustainably manage public open spaces. Due to the scale and diversity of mowing requirements, the mowing program is reviewed weekly to ensure the most efficient use of resources across Canberra.”

Translation: “We do things to make sure our stuff is good, ya know? That’s gotta count for sumfin. And that schedule we got, it changes all the time, so it isn’t really a ‘schedule’, per se.”

TAMSMediaRoom said: “The ACT Government has a base mowing fleet comprising 80 internal ride on mowers which are supported throughout the mowing season by additional contract mowers.”

Translation: “With 80 mowers, we really should have mowing well in hand…”

TAMSMediaRoom said: “Mowing is prioritised to address public safety including line of sight along arterial roads, for access and fire fuel reduction. Slashing and mowing programs for fuel management generally commence at the time of grass curing or drying in early summer and again in autumn. High public use areas such as sportsgrounds and town and district parks are also given a high priority for mowing.”

Translation: Sure, we have a schedule, but we ignore it if there are more pressing areas to mow which we previously ignored as well, even though we have 80 mowers which should be enough.”

You’re not filling me with confidence, fellas.

rommeldog56 1:54 pm 01 Dec 14

magiccar9 said :

So we’re 4 weeks on from my post, and still nothing. Repeated reports to Fix My Street, and also Canberra connect fail to get anything done. The grass in my area is now over 5 feet tall, and after recent rain it’s still growing.

If anyone from TAMS Media Room is reading – can something PLEASE be done. Not only is this incredibly dangerous during warmer months, it’s just plain incompetent that our local government can’t get this stuff sorted.

Watch it there magiccar9, such negative vibes are not tolerated by some on Riotact who only want to read “positive” things it seems.

Anyway, the ACT Gov’t is no doubt far too busy building a Light Rail & a new building for public servants, managing the Mr Fluffy debacle, preparing legislation to increase the Ratepayer contribution to their political parties by 400% from $2 per vote to $8, urban infill, canning projects, working out what fees and charges to increase to help pay back the Territory’s debt, trippling Annual Rates and reducing services, how to fund the unfunded ACT public service superannuation liability, etc, to be too focused on a cutting a bit of long grass here and there !

Proboscus 8:46 am 01 Dec 14

magiccar9 said :

So we’re 4 weeks on from my post, and still nothing. Repeated reports to Fix My Street, and also Canberra connect fail to get anything done. The grass in my area is now over 5 feet tall, and after recent rain it’s still growing.

If anyone from TAMS Media Room is reading – can something PLEASE be done. Not only is this incredibly dangerous during warmer months, it’s just plain incompetent that our local government can’t get this stuff sorted.

Isn’t there something called weekend detention for people deemed not criminal enough to go to jail? What do these guys do? Maybe they should be mowing the grass to help clean up the place?

magiccar9 8:23 am 01 Dec 14

So we’re 4 weeks on from my post, and still nothing. Repeated reports to Fix My Street, and also Canberra connect fail to get anything done. The grass in my area is now over 5 feet tall, and after recent rain it’s still growing.

If anyone from TAMS Media Room is reading – can something PLEASE be done. Not only is this incredibly dangerous during warmer months, it’s just plain incompetent that our local government can’t get this stuff sorted.

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