Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix Grand Prix Albert Park Lake Formula One
Well, they snuck that one in didn't they. The Grand Pricks started racing Wednesday, a day earlier than usual. I don't recall that being mentioned anywhere.
Before you say, well it was around before you moved here, yes, I am well aware of that. Does not stop me disliking it more each year. And, silly me, I thought that since the ALP was against staging the GP at Albert Park Lake, they would stop it when they came to power. Oh the naivety.
It will cost something around $50 million plus to we Victorian taxpayers and who would believe the figures of returns to the city via money spent. I hear you can easily get accommodation in Melbourne via the last minute holiday booking sites for this forthcoming weekend when the main events are run.
The event creates traffic chaos for weeks before when the setting up starts. There are four days of public transport disruption, although each year the PT resources are reduced as the demand for services reduces.
The swans on the lake seem to be reasonably untroubled by the event, but I would think other wildlife is strongly affected. I don't really know because it is impossible for me to visit the park, short of taking a pair of wire or bolt cutters.
For years local residents have lobbied our local council to improve access from the eastern side of Queens Road to Albert Park, by way of an overhead footbridge. Hasn't happened yet, but the GP organizers can have a temporary one erected overnight.
Reliable attendance figures are not available. Unlike any other major event, electronically coded tickets are not used. The Save Albert Park group do head counts at gates and their figures are always much lower than the official ones released, and that does not take into account thousands of free tickets given out. Second hand, I understand thousands of tickets have been offered to CFA volunteer fire fighters.
The Who, a group who should have stayed dissolved, are performing there on Sunday. They are desperate to get people to the GP. Fifteen minutes searching and I cannot find anywhere what time they are performing. They are not listed in the GP program. I am guessing after the main race on Sunday, which means fuss and bother until 10.00 pm and it is no longer all wrapped up at 5.00 pm.
The only reason high speed car racing could possibly of any interest to watch up close, is if there are crashes. I don't recall any spectacular ones in recent years at the event. Poor safety measures ensured one bloke on the sidelines was killed by a flying wheel though. Of course he did not die at the GP, because they would not declare him dead there, although it was obvious to all.
Funny, Parks Victoria is supposed to look after our parks. Bit of a joke in the case of Albert Park.
Even funnier, Sunday night is Earth Hour, when we are supposed to demonstrate our concern for our energy consumption and the health of the planet by turning off lights.
Bugger orf Bernie Ecclestone and take your tax payer ripping off event with you.
Its time has come to abruptly die.