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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ditch The Yarra (Car) Park

The present state of Yarra Park (sadly, better known as the MCG carpark) is a disgrace. Even with the little rain we've enjoyed, almost a quarter of the ground is bare and churned up by vehicle traffic. With the completion of the MCG redevelopment and the Commonwealth Games long behind us, it seems that the slippery, muddy and deeply rutted surface is now a permanent feature. (If not for the traction afforded by imbedded bourbon cans and beer bottles, it would pose a hazard for pedestrians.)

Clearly, the relative merits of public enjoyment of parklands versus subsidised car parking for footy patrons - who willfully refuse to use either train station - has already been determined. The City of Melbourne should bite the bullet and just pave over the remaining patches of muddy lawn and operate a proper - and profitable - parking service. Artificially cheap parking and useless parkland is the worst of both worlds.



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Anonymous Anonymous vented ...

I think this is a good letter and I hope it gets published! However, it infers that all footy fans refuse to get trains and I think this is unfair.

I think that probably most of them do get the train - to Jolimont station or Richmond station. However, there is a sad (fairly large) group of people who are too committed to their enormous four-wheel drives to bother. (It's probably the only chance they get to get their 4wd's muddy).

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 11:54:00 am  
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Blogger Greg vented ...

Just to clarify, I didn't say all footy fans refuse to get trains. I only said that the City of Melbourne is subsidising those (ie that subset) who refuse to get trains.

The implication is that if they're going to be subsidising anyone (which they shouldn't), surely the ones getting PT should be subsidised, not vice versa!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 1:33:00 pm  

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