Monday, March 23, 2015

Exporting a race to fools who would take it

While we were in Sydney, in a silly election stunt New South Wales Premier Baird threatened to steal the Grand Prix motor race from Victoria. It is actually a co-incidence that for the third year in a row we have been away while the Grand Prix happens in Melbourne, I think.

We Victorians are lumbered with it until 2020. Lordy. I will be almost dead by then.

Have a look at this document Sydney people and tell me if you really want our GP. I meant to annotate the scan with AU$ equivalents, but I forgot. Just add 20% more.

So please Premier Baird, take it and we will throw in some infrastructure to set it up. May I suggest the Harbour Bridge along with the streets of Neutral Bay and Mosman as a route for the race. So scenic.

My local federal member Michael Danby is playing politics and doing it quite well. His point about the RAAF flyovers is very valid. We both had terrible frights this week when a huge dark grey air plane flew up along St Kilda Road and we thought straight towards us. Our 911 moment! It went on to do a fly past of the Shrine where there was some welcome home parade for Afghan war veterans. It was so close to our building and could have ended the life of someone with a bad heart. The RAFF should not be flying large bombing planes low over inner suburban housing.


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  1. We live under the flight path for a base, so the big dark planes are a regular thing here. Good thing too, because when you sort of expect them they don't freak you out when they do appear. :)

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    1. Yep Snoskred. It is all about being used to things. We weren't used to a bomber flying towards us.

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  2. I am not too keen on the traffic jams, before during and just after the Grand Prix. Staying in Melbourne is great for car racing fans; others should leave the city as you have done.

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    1. Hels, the Friday before the GP, my last day of work before my Sydney holiday, my usual 20 minute trip home from work took 1 hour and 5 minutes. I cursed and cursed the Grand Prix.

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  3. If I sell my house I have to let all know that this is a fly zone for Moorabbin.
    Sometimes I think I should just open the back door and let them through but the helicopters make the most noise especially now that they have a service to Tullamarine to beat the road traffic. Can't stand the whining neighbours who knew the airport was there when they built.

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    1. JahTeh, it is a bit like that for us for GP. We knew it was here and if I thought it was really good for people and the state, I would shut up. But it isn't. People near airports can legitimately complain about airport expansion.

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  4. I am so glad that we don't have a Grand Prix here. Or any prospect of one. SummerNats and the associated car mad crowd is bad enough.
    JahTeh is right about the helichopters. Very, very noisy. And in ski season, frequent as they bring damaged skiers to medical treatment.
    Mind you, I have NO sympathy for the residents close to the hospital who complain that their arrival and departure interrupts their sleep.

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    1. EC, so skiing is dangerous? Why do so many people do it? Quite so about people who live near hospitals.

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  5. It's rather expensive for the tax payers, had no idea there was a 'fee', seems a loss making event. As for the plane, be a bit of a shock seeing that coming when you didn't know why..

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    1. WA, the cost to us is huge. The return, an imaginary figure on increased tourism. It takes a bit to scare me, but for half a second, I was worried about the plane.

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  6. Not in my backyard.....Vic can keep their costly and wasteful GP.

    We'll stick with our Mardi Gras parade.......unless Melbourne nicks it.

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    1. Allan, not a winner for your Premier? More disruption by Mardi Gras in Melbourne? No, you keep it.

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  7. whatchoo talkin' 'bout Andrew? Almost dead by 2020? That's only five years away!
    Let Sydney have the race if they want it, but I don't see they need a scenic route for it. Have you seen how fast those cars go? The drivers wouldn't have time to see more than each corner as they zip around it, they don't need scenery. The spectators go to see the cars and get drunk, they don't need scenery either.
    No one at all needs large, noisy, plane flyovers. We have the same plane here for the Clipsal race, which I understand you Melbournites are wanting to take from us.

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    1. Wise words River. Love your reference to an old tv show. I might be dead by then. You never know.

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    2. book quote: "we're all gonna die. The trick is not to rush it".

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    3. Great line River. I try not to rush it, but it will happen when it happens.

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  8. We don't have Grand Prix racing here, thankfully. The Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 traffic is bad enough outwith having sanctioned racing in the streets.
    I've always lived beneath a major flight corridor so have grown used to it, albeit not a bit fonder!

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    1. Jacqueline, they sound like wonderful community participation events. No?

      Planes are much quieter than they used to be.

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  9. Fun and loss of hearing come at a big price Andrew.

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    1. Indeed they do Fun60. What to do?

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  10. While I enjoy F1, I am of the opinion that Bernie E is a corrupt, greedy pixie and it is beyond belief that countries and cities waste such huge sums to bring a race to their locations. Leave it to the Middle East - they are the only ones who can afford it anyway.

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    1. Craig, did some shonky deal with the German government to avoid going to prison. Cost him heaps. I agree with your opinion of him.

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  11. You suggested the Harbour Bridge for part of the racetrack....in jest....I think.

    Mr Baird made the same suggestion!...tongue in cheek.....I think.

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    1. Victor, some took Baird seriously as I recall seeing someone carefully explaining why the bridge would be unsuitable.

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  12. One from the Kennett playbook - no thanks.

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