Stonemasons of the Great Wall get a middle finger

Curtin’s Great Wall on Cotter Road… tarnished with graffiti.

Graffiti with rhyme, grannies under pressure, lady Raiders and falling prices! It’s another “Seven Days” in Canberra with IAN MEIKLE

The Great Wall of Curtin, said to be the longest stone wall of its kind in Canberra, is tainted with graffiti… and a joke.

Ian Meikle.

The stupid goblins have been out at night to damage the 650-meter-long 20,000 hand-placed stones along Cotter Road with a burst of incomprehensible spray paint to the southern end of the handsome soundproofing wall.

So I stopped for a closer look at the colorful mess that sends an ignorant middle finger to the craftsmanship and skill of the stonecutters. And there, amid the ugliness, in orderly capital letters, is a confirmation of the academic quality of the ACT education system in a message that reads, “STEEM CLEEN ME”.

The $1.2 million wall building in 2018 was subject to approval from the National Capital Authority due to its proximity to the Government House on Cotter Road and its location on designated land.

Will that help get it “cleaned up” faster considering it’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Thank you taxpayers, you can now clean up this mess.

THE silent Minister of Housing Yvette Berry was commented on publicly last week in response to the ACT Social Services Board’s accusation that Housing ACT forced long-term, mostly female, tenants to attend do-or-die meetings with the directorate-appointed panel for exemption of tenant relocation that they had not had time to prepare.

No no no, nothing like that. The minister said the invitation had been sent to 10 tenants who applied for a relocation exemption early in the process and who were simply given the opportunity to meet the Tenants Exemption Board at the next opportunity.

“However, these meetings will continue and no one will have to attend a meeting this week if they don’t want to,” she said. But anyone who objects will at some point have to appear and be judged.

“These meetings are just an opportunity for renters, and any supportive people they want to bring with them, to attend a meeting to discuss their needs and reasons for applying for a relocation waiver to support their application if they do. want.”

ACTCOSS CEO Dr Emma Campbell said: “No information has been made available to tenants or the community sector on the criteria for decision making; composition, qualification and independence of the panel; time limit for issuing decisions; whether decisions can be appealed; and whether tenants can appear remotely.”

And that panel? Housing ACT says it will “include outside representatives” and will “support decision-making in a transparent and holistic manner”.

Transparent? I can’t wait to see that.

GREAT news that the Canberra Raiders will be licensed to set up one of four new clubs to join the NRL Women’s League next year.

The Raiders join the Cowboys, Sharks, and Tigers to bring a new team to the NRLW, expanding the league to 10 teams.

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the Raiders’ inclusion in the NRLW was a very proud moment for the club.

“Having a team in the NRLW has been a huge focus for our club and now that we have been licensed, we look forward to providing a path for local female participants to play at an elite level.”

SINCE the stock market twitches and inflation is faster than a Gungahlin tram (joke), there is relief at the news that residential water and sewage rates will fall in the ACT next fiscal year.

While the average drop of 50 cents a week probably won’t curl many toes with excitement, the fact that prices aren’t rising is a godsend.

This made headlines earlier this month that electricity prices are also set to fall – at a measly 83 cents a week – but buoyed by relief they are not going up.

However, there is no escaping the looming shock of the annual rise in ACT real estate rates.

WHILE on the topic of saving money Barry Peffervan Nicholls, wrote that a friend of his has put bubble wrap over her south-facing kitchen window and noticed a favorable temperature difference.

He wrote to suggest that we invite readers to share economical, nontraditional ways to keep warm in particularly cold winter weather.

“It would benefit those people who can’t install adequate heating,” he says.

“This is especially true for people who rent or live in lower-rated EEA homes. I’m pretty sure any tips for cutting energy bills would be appreciated by everyone, especially with the cost of living rising so fast right now.”

All ideas and tips welcome to [email protected]

AND to conclude, a bon mot: Irony. The opposite of wrinkly.

Ian Meikle is the editor of “CityNews” and can be heard on the “CityNews Sunday Roast” news and interview program, 2CC, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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