Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson. It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it 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. Starting with a occasionally hilarious, often horrifying, collection of a compilation of some epic barbecue “fails” from around the world.
Now read on to find out why balcony barbies may be bad for you and why their time may be up.