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Another attempt at re-development for the Canberra Brickworks

By Jonathon Reynolds - 7 February 2008 14

It looks like the ACT Government are going to have yet another crack at proposals for redeveloping the Yarralumla Brickworks for a mixture of residential and tourist uses. (At time of writing no articles online with the ABC or Canberra Times to cross-reference).

The brickworks have had a long and distinguished past as an integral part of Canberra’s history and heritage. A comprehensive timeline of significant events can be found HERE

Over time there are been several attempts to redevelop the brickworks. One of the most notable events in the process being a fiery public meeting in 2000 with sensational footage ending up on local TV as two prominent local individuals went fisticuffs over the control of a microphone. (I was actually at that meeting – and it was a wake up call as how passionate individuals can be about planning issues in their local suburbs). The area at that time was even being considered as an alternative location for Floriade. The events and interest shown by the community were recorded in the Legislative Assembly Hansard HERE (unfortunately the media and blogging back in 2000 was not as pervasive as it is today so it is hard to find good online articles)

Then in 2005 the Labor Government under then planning Minister Corbell authorised yet another study HERE. The outcome of the planning study basically went nowhere other than the Govenrment recognising that the site was of significant heritage value HERE.

Through the entire process the Yarralumla Residents Association have continued to be vocal and concerned about the future of the Brickworks.

It will be interesting to see what comes from the new studies that the Government are currently undertaking.

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
Another attempt at re-development for the Canberra Brickworks
s-s-a 9:59 am 09 Feb 08

Yarralumla Brickworks is currently home to Thor’s Hammer which recycles timber from demolitions and produces floorboards and other building products from it. Would hate to see this local business have to move on!

moff 11:10 am 08 Feb 08

Most brickworks have terrible soil contamination. I would doubt that this would be approved for residential purposes as it probably poses a health risk to anyone wanting to develope there.

I think the problem with the Canberra brickwork, correct me if i’m wrong, is that is has high levels of sulphuric acid in the soil.

I’d prefer it to be left as is. I used to love exploring the area when I was a teenager and very nearly died a couple of times. It has a bunch of Hobo shantys last time i went there. It also provides easy access to the golf course.

I would hate to see a developer riding on the coat-tails of the heritage of the site and high prices of yarralumla to put up over-priced, over-hyped, high-density townhouses (re: the Kingston forshore abomination).

Thumper 8:38 am 08 Feb 08

A live music venue..

‘The Brickworks’

Nice ring to it…

regularbrowse 4:57 am 08 Feb 08

Bring back the antiques market at the Yarralumla Brickworks. It was a good location for retro goods and art sales. Sadly the site is probably too unsafe for anything now without expensive structural work. I guess it will go to a developer for yet another exclusive block of units (ie Kingston Foreshore). It least this time it would be the Yarralumla of Yarralumla – rather than Gungahlin.

emd 10:51 pm 07 Feb 08

Ingee they’re just calling for EOI’s at the moment. Don’t expect a prospectus for quite a while yet.

p1 10:41 pm 07 Feb 08

For those of us that don’t recall ever noticing its existance before, THIS would be the brickworks yes?

Ingeegoodbee 10:04 pm 07 Feb 08

I heard there were going to be up to 25 residetial units. Is there a prospectus or somthing. These could be a handy little investment.

Holden Caulfield 4:19 pm 07 Feb 08

I thought that was back to front, not toe to toe. 😛

Ari 4:09 pm 07 Feb 08

Heath Ledger was one of them, I think.

Holden Caulfield 3:59 pm 07 Feb 08

Who were the two cowboys that went toe to toe?

caf 12:31 pm 07 Feb 08

This must be a use of the word “fascinating” that I was previously unfamiliar with.

S4anta 12:14 pm 07 Feb 08

three words – Collaborative Arts Space.

Jonathon Reynolds 11:04 am 07 Feb 08

I found the official media release from the Chief Minister:
http://www.chiefminister.act.gov.au/media.asp?media=3392&section=24&title=Media%20Release&id=24

And the 1988 Policy plan for the site actually makes fascinating reading:
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2002-241/default.asp

Thumper 11:00 am 07 Feb 08

The brickworks are cool, so spooky at night…

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