The City of Yarra’s ban on alcohol in Edinburgh Gardens resulted in it being a ghost town over new years eve. Without the fuel to encourage them to defecate in children’s playgrounds and to destroy infrastructure, suburban losers went elsewhere.

The basic controversy is how the City of Yarra spent more money this year on preventing the gardens being trashed than they did last year cleaning up after they were trashed. Opinion on the no tolerance policy was mixed, but the consensus seems to be it went too far. But negotiating a common sense compromise with an amorphous yet-to-be mob seems unrealistic. What do you think should happen next year?

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8 thoughts on “all quiet on the northern front

  • 1 January 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    Interesting that Port Phillip Council spent a similar amount to manage the event – extra rubbish pick-ups, more police and a total alcohol ban.

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  • 2 January 2015 at 2:12 am
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    My nephew has been part of the celebrations at the gardens, but not this year. He always takes an old couch wherever he goes, such as to music festivals, and leaves them behind. He has left two at EG on NYEs. Charming as he is, I don’t approve. He is a North Carlton resident though.

    Maybe word will get out for next year that it is great place for families to go and have fun. What was happening there was clearly out of control and needing managing.

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  • 5 January 2015 at 8:45 am
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    Looks like those who were denied the please of thrashing the Gardens and shitting in peoples playgrounds have decided to try and injure those who enjoy the area on a daily basis. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/parents-warned-after-hundreds-of-wire-tacks-found-in-edinburgh-gardens-20150104-12hodo.html

    Good work by the Yarra Council to respond as quickly as they did. Played cricket on the main oval yesterday and it was tack-free. Hopefully the police can track down these mindless fools and charge them with attempted GBH.

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    • 5 January 2015 at 10:57 am
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      My theory is the opposite – the tacks were spread there by a local who wanted to injure young people partying at Edinburgh Gardens on NYE. It seems to have been the same person who put tacks on the cycle path. The article says they were reported on Fri 2 Jan, so were obviously there beforehand, possibly 31 Dec.

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  • 5 January 2015 at 11:20 am
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    I tend to think not. If the tacks were there placed before NYE they would have certainly been discovered before 2 January. This looks like a thwarted partygoer saying if they can’t enjoy/thrash the park, then no one else can use it safely either. The locals are the main users of the park, doesn’t make sense for them to spike it.

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    • 5 January 2015 at 1:04 pm
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      I am assuming there was a delay between discovery, reporting to the City of Yarra and publication of the story. I’m also assuming from the time it would have taken to make hundreds of these things that it is the work of a miserable old man with lots of free time who hates young people, cyclists, etc, not a presumably young thwarted partygoer. This began before NYE and seems highly premeditated.

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  • 5 January 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    The tacks were only discovered on Friday 2 January, according to the ABC News report. Unless the police make an arrest, I guess we’ll never be certain about the motivation, but my money would be on a thwarted partygoer.

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    • 5 January 2015 at 5:27 pm
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      The tacks have evidently taken some time to make, and were first found on the cycle path before NYE. Likely the same culprit.

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