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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.

dungfungus 1:35 pm 07 Nov 14

Gordoba said :

The last 3-4 years were some of the wettest in decades and yet they can’t keep up during this dry start to Summer, something says the resources aren’t what they were. And why is it when you look at the TAMS mowing schedules that only Gungahlin know when their Main Roads are being mown yet everyone is on board for their 2 week Christmas Shutdown?

I just drove down the Monaro Highway through Symonston.
The area around the AMC is over a metre high with dry grass. This is adjacent to a high traffic road so the chances of a glowing ciggy butt from a vehicle are very high.
If a fire started there the AMC would have to be evacuated – no doubt they have a plan in place for that but apparently no plan to mow the grass.
If I were running the AMC I would have the guests outside cutting the grass.

Gordoba 9:51 am 07 Nov 14

The last 3-4 years were some of the wettest in decades and yet they can’t keep up during this dry start to Summer, something says the resources aren’t what they were. And why is it when you look at the TAMS mowing schedules that only Gungahlin know when their Main Roads are being mown yet everyone is on board for their 2 week Christmas Shutdown?

gazket 3:36 pm 06 Nov 14

why is it in Gungahlin grass can’t get 10cm high before it’s mown again but in Belco the grass has to get 5ft high before they mow it.

Genie 2:39 pm 06 Nov 14

The reserve across the road from my place is about 1m – 1.5m high at the moment along the road. According to the mowing schedule it should have been done last week.

Gungahlin Bob – I’m with you… next week they will get complaints. TAMS already gets my complaint that my bins (and the rest of the street) gets missed at least once a month.

Antagonist 12:32 pm 06 Nov 14

The mowing has suffered since TaMS started using contractors several years ago, and coincides with a massive spread in African Love Grass.

rommeldog56 9:53 pm 05 Nov 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. 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.

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. 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.

Well, if “the mowing program is reviewed weekly to ensure the most efficient use of resources across Canberra”, its gotta be the amount of resources available – they simply are not enough – or has there been cutbacks ? There has to be some reason why.

magiccar9 8:58 pm 05 Nov 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. 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.

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. 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.

Thanks for the reply.

If the schedule is reviewed weekly, you may find that there are areas (like around my property) that haven’t been mowed for the last 3 scheduled visits. Grass is now past waist height, and in some areas over 4ft tall. Perhaps some more thorough reviews are necessary.

I appreciate that line of sight areas around our roads take precedence, however when the Government is pushing so hard for their “bushfire awareness” campaigns, it makes a laughing matter of their own competence that they, themselves, can’t put their own ideas into practice.

There are clearly many areas in desperate need of mowing, so would it be too difficult to hire some extra resources to manage the demand?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:44 pm 05 Nov 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. 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.

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. 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.

Thanks for the interesting response.

When do you think some of the high visibility areas will get mowed? Has the ACT goverment considered leaving it another week or two and then turning the grass into hay to be sold?

TAMSMediaRoom 3:29 pm 05 Nov 14

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. 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.

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. 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.

Proboscus 8:52 am 03 Nov 14

I’ve heard that the Mr Rattenbury is also concerned about the length of the grass around Canberra and is considering a putting mower blades on the light rail…

magiccar9 6:12 am 03 Nov 14

Sandman said :

Here’s another idea. Most houses have a mower. Get out there and lend a hand. I do a lot of the bits in my nieghbourhood when they start looking a bit long.

So if it’s so easy, why can’t our glorious Government work it out? They could get a fleet of contractors with whipper-snippers (only $200) to fill in any gaps.

A lot of homes (mine included) don’t own mowers. We don’t have lawn, thus don’t need them. I actually wouldn’t mind doing the grass around my place myself – if the Government could help out with some financial/time assistance. Perhaps more residents would be willing to do the same if the Government treated us like a community and not just cash donors.

dungfungus 11:17 pm 02 Nov 14

Sandman said :

Considering the cost of those machines (think mid sized car with a few options added) it’s not really feasible to have a fleet of “part-time contractors” on standby in case it rains and the grass shoots up.

Here’s another idea. Most houses have a mower. Get out there and lend a hand. I do a lot of the bits in my neighbourhood when they start looking a bit long.

I don’t think McCabe’s Nannies would allow that.
For a start you would have to wear a visibility vest, steel toe boots, safety glasses and have a union ticket.
This is Caberra, not Pleasantville.

Sandman 9:57 pm 02 Nov 14

Considering the cost of those machines (think mid sized car with a few options added) it’s not really feasible to have a fleet of “part-time contractors” on standby in case it rains and the grass shoots up.

Here’s another idea. Most houses have a mower. Get out there and lend a hand. I do a lot of the bits in my nieghbourhood when they start looking a bit long.

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