September 11 2013

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have been diminishing, and that the powers that be may be slowly tightening their grip on day-to-day life in order to produce “risk free” living for all.

The majority of restrictions go unknown by the general public.

The following is a list of examples that show the lengths that the Victorian Government has gone to in order to overprotect social amenity:

  • Street Parties

Not only do street parties have to be registered to council, but they also have to include safety wardens, as well as have licensed food handlers if any meals are provided.

Anyone who is found with a dog or smoking on any public beach may incur a fine in excess of $140.

  • Garage Sales

Just in case residents may be selling off stolen items, all garage sales must be recorded to their local council and are restricted to once a year.

  • Banning Swings, Monkey Bars, See-Saws and Roundabouts from all New Playgrounds.

Kids would be vulnerable to schoolyard injury no matter what the activity; however, both Victoria and New South Wales have installed programs since 2008 that are phasing out playgrounds.

Many of Melbourne's Gardens and Parks forbid cyclists.

Though I realize we live in a culture that we wish to be sustainable and safe for all, it’s realistically unable to be achieved through over governance. And by minimizing the slightest harms that surround our lives, we may be minimizing our ability to enjoy the freedom that has allowed Melbourne to be such a liveable and  contemporary city.

Is your city/state over-governed? If so, how are they impeding on the daily lives of residents?

Credits: Data linked to sources.

Steven Petsinis

Steven Petsinis is an Urban Planning graduate from Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in Urban Research and Development projects in Medellin, Colombia and Saigon, Vietnam and is currently pursuing his masters in Melbourne, Australia. His main interests lie in land use and social planning, sustainability, as well as studies involving globalization and it's effect on third world communities. He has recently spent one year travelling throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, where he has gathered material and inspiration for his upcoming blogs for The Grid.

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