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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-16-02, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Canberra bleeding hearts at it again

Not sure if this belongs in the Pub or the Pits (or maybe the Assylum:bwhoa2: ).

As most of you are aware the Canberra 400 V8 Supercar race was cancelled recently due to a number of reasons but mostly due to a lack of interest (low crowd figures). Every June for three years all the do gooder, bleeding heart NIMBYs would waste hundreds of reams of paper writing letters to the Canberra Times bleating about how disruptive the race was and how noisy and smelly and uncouth etc it all was. Now the National Capital Authority has been approached by The Australian Power Boat Association to hold a three-day V8 boat race on Lake Burley Griffin from November 15, and guess what - all the tree hugging, greenie idiots are trying to get that banned as well. Makes me farking mad. Not everybody wants to look at the pretty flowers of Floriade (don't worry about Commonwealth Park that is closed off for a month or so or all the traffic disruptions...) or the latest (taxpayer funded) exibitions on at the Nation Gallery, some of us actually like motorsport.

Here's a link to an article.

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

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We get the same people here when the Clipsal 500 is on, it makes me mad to, diffeent people have different interests it isn't doing any harm so just leave it alone, they don't consider how much money these races bring into the state.

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mate its the say here in qld with the indy its jsut thankful that our premier is one of those "most be better then the other states" type and contines to fund it.

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good luck to em. most of the people i've met in canberra deserve to live in the shithole. won't be one of the places we'll be visiting in october that's for sure.
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Update - NCA rules out V8 boat race for lake

Bleeding hearts win again... :fmad:

From the Canberra Times

The National Capital Authority ruled last night against a power-boat grand prix planned for November in the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin.

The three-day event would have seen around 60 works teams in various categories of power boating coming to Canberra as part of a trans-Tasman trophy series, with a potential $250,000 spin-off for Canberra's economy and a promise of national and international media coverage.

The NCA's managing director of business, Lindsay Evans, said the authority had "said no" to the application because organisers had failed to demonstrate that the event would meet necessary safety and environmental requirements.

Organisers were professional and well managed, with experience in power-boat events. "However, given the time constraints and the fact that the safety and environmental issues are paramount to the authority, we weren't in a position to approve the application at this stage," Mr Evans said.

The lake ecology would not have been at risk and the NCA had agreed to consider up to two power-boat events each year in the central basin. Water-skiing had been well attended in the past and the NCA would consider an additional event if it was unique or had national or international standing.

The NCA was "always looking at opportunities" to attract more visitors to Canberra and would be willing to consider applications "of this nature" in the future.

The Australian Power Boat Association's vice-president, Grant Harrison, said he and other members were shattered by the decision, after being led to believe they had NCA support.

He said it was very disappointing and that many plans had been derailed.

The NCA had taken great interest in the event and had even suggested it should be free to the public. He had believed the NCA had given its backing, and they had been given approval by safety authorities.

"Probably $250,000 has been thrown out of the window now," he said. "Somewhere along the line there were wires crossed. We got a grant from ACT Tourism. We are a lot wiser now, and disappointed. We are shattered after months of being led to believe we had their support in principle."

The association had had only one serious accident in 25 years of racing and environmental concerns were no different to any other event.

The executive director of the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chris Peters, said he was disappointed to hear the NCA did not have the time to approve the application. "The V8 boat race has the potential to bring another exciting activity to Canberra to add to the rich tapestry of events," he said. "The chamber is keen to work with V8 boat organisers to ensure that the needs of the NCA are addressed for a future event."

ACT Business and Tourism Minister Ted Quinlan said the three-day event did not fall into the category of events that would create jobs and income for the community.

"I am not really convinced that three-day event would be a boost to genuine employment," Mr Quinlan said.

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

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what a boring little pretend utopia we live in ...

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Screw Canberrya Bring V8's to Tassie :)
Cos when Ambrose wins Bathurst and Skaife crashes in the first lap and Ambrose wins the championship (STILL POSSIBLE TECHNICALLY) they'll have to have a race in tassie cos the guy is Tazmanian

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Bullets are to good for a hippie commie pooftas, lynchings too quick and hand grenades simply make too much mess. Maybe a boobytrap with some dope on the ground with some punji sticks underneath with some hungry hogs should do the trick. Apart from big V8' of the 60's their 'hippie' generation is a lost cause a waste on society bunch of self centered, self righteous, deluded, idealistic wannabes who do not generally practise what they preach. Well those greenies who have graduated to the rich upper class "bleed heart club" apply to this rule. As for the ferals mentioned here cut of their dole checks and make 'em sing for their supper.
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