Image parade of dumb stuff you are paying for

Image parade of dumb stuff you are paying for
Ian Meikle.

Right here’s bundle of photographic enjoyable to complete the yr. It’s “Seven days” with IAN MEIKLE.

IF an image’s value a thousand phrases, that is by far my largest column this yr!

I’ve been gathering all types of dumb odds and sods from my loyal and tireless snouts throughout the town. So I’ve bundled them collectively into this image parade of random stuff that largely has the inert ACT authorities lurking behind it. 

INNER-north snout and “Canberra Issues” columnist Paul Costigan despatched by way of a few pictures of an indication (this column lurves indicators) planted at floor stage round O’Connor.

“I had seen it many instances as I drove by and questioned who was alleged to learn it. I believed perhaps it was for the magpies,” he writes.

“On Sunday, curiosity received to me and I parked to have a learn.”

Seems it’s an invite from the ACT authorities for locals to “Have your say on path enhancements in O’Connor as a part of the Age Pleasant Suburbs Program”. 

“Appears the aged group operates at floor stage in O’Connor,” he sniffed.

READER Bob Cousins despatched in a photograph of a highway signal for “Oakeden Road”, Greenway. I regarded and regarded and needed to write again to ask what the purpose of the photograph was. Not less than I regarded, as a result of clearly the accountable officer for nomenclature within the Highway Indicators Directorate didn’t and waved it by way of. 

“A examine on Google maps, a have a look at EvoEnergy’s tackle and a have a look at the brand new developments on the street point out that it’s truly Oakden Road.” Doh! We’ll watch and see how lengthy it takes them to appropriate it.

HERE’S a cracker from my Yarralumla snout that makes you marvel what got here first, the pole or the pavement?

POTHOLES have been the toast of Canberra because the rain hammered down over latest months and uncovered how badly made a few of our roads are. However full marks to the tarmac crews going across the place filling them in troublesome circumstances. 

Perhaps they’ve missed this one at Katherine Avenue, outdoors Amaroo College. It’s sufficiently big to suit a (reluctant) canine into as reporter Lily Move is demonstrating along with her miniature dachshund Fletch. 

RON Tollenaar, of Richardson, wrote in response to the column’s name for entries within the “Seven Days disgrace award”. 

He in contrast Planning Minister Mick Gentleman’s feedback about native outlets being the “coronary heart and soul” of their suburbs with a photograph of his suburb’s derelict native outlets, which he says have been empty for greater than 4 years. I went and had a glance and so they’re an eyesore. 

Ron chased up the minister’s workplace for motion to be advised “sorry, non-public lease, nothing we are able to do about it”.

“This can be a poisonous blight, one which has a destructive impact on native householders and the potential worth of their asset and reveals whole disrespect of the area people,” he says. 

“This isn’t one thing that we must always count on in our lovely metropolis, nor some other for that matter, however the place does the answer lie, not with Gentleman Mick it will appear.”

SIMILARLY, emeritus professor Marian Sawer supplied up this for the “Disgrace” awards. She says it’s a Housing ACT property at 10 Barnet Shut, “which is a part of the heritage-listed cluster housing on Swinger Hill”. 

“Final yr they demolished the Bowral brick courtyard wall, which is a part of the itemizing however agreed to interchange it as soon as alerted they had been in breach of the 2013 heritage tips,” she wrote.

“Since then (ie late 2021) no repairs have been achieved, which is hardly an edifying sight for the town-planning college students coming to admire this pioneering cluster housing.”

Ian Meikle is the editor of “CityNews” and could be heard with Rod Henshaw on the “CityNews Sunday Roast” information and interview program, 2CC, 9am-noon. There are extra of his columns on


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Ian Meikle, editor