Is it time to ban the balcony barbie?

. January 6, 2016 . 1 Comment

By Jimmy Thomson

Could this be our last summer of balcony barbecues?  It’s certainly shaping that way in NSW with legislation on the way that makes it a lot easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and potentially cancer-causing cook-outs that have become commonplace on many unit block balconies.

For some, barbecue bans would be truly un-Australian and make many reconsider if apartment living was for them. But for others, it’s a long-overdue curb on a selfish practice that doesn’t belong on high rise balconies and is just as intrusive and a lot more harmful than loud music.

So here are seven good reasons to ditch the one part of our lifestyle that belongs in backyards and nowhere else. And here’s a compilation of some epic  barbecue “fails” from around the world. httpv://

Peace and love. Your neighbours will stop hating you. You have people above and around you who will be forced to breathe in any smoke and stink you create, if they have their windows or doors open when you fire up the barbie. If you are one of those lazy slobs who “cleans” the barbie by burning off last week’s fat, you will probably be forced to get rid of it anyway.

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  1. Mary Ashton says:

    More of the nanny state. Windows can’t be fully opened in case children fall out by parents who don’t watch them. Now maybe no bbq’s on balcony. It was an internal refrigerator that caused the Grenfell fire – so what now – no electrical appliance in units. We have tenants who cook Indian food and I’m so hungry when I arrive home I would like to take my begging bowl and knock on their door. So are we to ban anyone to cooks smelly food. I don’t think so.

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