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Bus Depot Markets without the bus depot?

By johnboy - 18 August 2009 45

[First Filed – August 17, 2009 @ 10:11]

The Canberra Times brings word that the Gubbmint is planning to tear down the old Kingston bus depot to flog off the land for yuppie hutches.

The plan is to throw up some form of building to house the markets down by the lake.

    If a new building is approved, the markets will be run from an undercover car park for 12 months until the construction finishes. The ACT Heritage Council has decided the 1940s buildings, which were once used to service Canberra’s buses, lack the historical or architectural value to warrant listing on the Heritage Register.

UPDATE: With the ABC Mr Stanhope is trying to distance himself from the proposal while he figures out just how unpopular it would be.

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Bus Depot Markets without the bus depot?
Whatsup 2:45 pm 17 Aug 09

Canberra doesn’t have a lot of old buildings because its such a young city. Lets keep some middle aged buildings long enough for them to get old and interesting. That also means to spend some cash in their upkeep but its an investment in our city retaining and developing some character.

Ian 2:09 pm 17 Aug 09

Not too fussed about it. The markets are fine, the bus depot is a bit of a dump. I wouldn’t be spending money (or foregoing it) to save the buildings.

Feathergirl 1:54 pm 17 Aug 09

How horrible, what a crap idea Stanhope you tool. All those awards the markets have won and tourists they attract can be moved along so some ministers PA’s can have double sinked bathrooms – what a crock.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:02 pm 17 Aug 09

sepi said :

Sigh.

Is it someone’s job in ACT govt to find stuff that actually works and that people like, and to ruin it?

EG – Tharwa Primary, Griffith Library, now the bus depot markets.

That’s got to be the coolest job in the world.

“Now, to my secret jungle laboratory to identify new things that are working, and destroy them! Bwahahahahahahaha!”

H1NG0 12:47 pm 17 Aug 09

Nice work Mr Stanhope, trying to destroy what is one of Canberras finest attractions.

emd 12:39 pm 17 Aug 09

I’m a market junkie. I started my business at the Bus Depot markets, now I pick up new products to stock in my shop by finding local makers at markets. My faves recently are Handmade, Rose St in Fitzroy, and the Rocks. Canberra needs a weekly craft market in a sheltered space – Rocks is fine but there’s a couple of months that would be too cold and windy in Canberra for otheir outdoor setup. It needs to also be in a location that is nice to walk around – by the lake has been great for the Bus Depot. Move it to a spot with no nice views or no nearby cafes and the market will be dead. Looks like a land grab for money to me.

Danman 12:35 pm 17 Aug 09

Fisrt the Engineers workshop next door got taken down, now the old bus depot..
The powerstation facade remains, but its pretty much dead to me as well now..

Where will it all end ?

It is a pity that this town knows no heritage value in 99% of eligible old buildings.

All this whil emy mates old girl has to initiate a paperchain 2 years long to erect an awning on her “Heritage Listed” house in reid…. Go figure.

I-filed 11:46 am 17 Aug 09

It’ll be good to see the markets put out to tender properly, and a proper “locals, crafts” type regime, rather than the faux-enviro import products of exploited third-world labour on the “local craft” stalls … I have no problem with markets, but this gig was set up as a special government-enabled deal to support local makers – and never fulfilled its charter. Looking forward to the honestly private Yarralumla woolshed Handmade market …

RandomPoster 11:37 am 17 Aug 09

phototext said :

“lack the historical or architectural value to warrant listing on the Heritage Register”

What BS.

Yes, that sort of thing appears to not worry this government…

sepi 11:13 am 17 Aug 09

Sigh.

Is it someone’s job in ACT govt to find stuff that actually works and that people like, and to ruin it?

EG – Tharwa Primary, Griffith Library, now the bus depot markets.

Tempestas 11:13 am 17 Aug 09

Hmm Markets like this tend to work as they re-purpose an existing but disused structure, I suspect a “purpose built” markets will feel like a part-time shopping mall and end up being run the same way.

The Rocks Market works but not sure if that open air approach would work in that locale. Nor can I imagine there being an appropriate streetscape being built for it

Lets be honest its a blatant money grab for the land. Can’t see it any other way really.

braddonboy 11:11 am 17 Aug 09

While looking at the foreshore buildings from across the lake this morning I thought how nice the historic Canberra buildings fitted within the development. It will be a real shame when the bus depot is razed…as Honest John’ comments make it abundantly clear it will be. Wonder what sort of donation…nah, shouldn’t go there.

Thumper 11:08 am 17 Aug 09

Money, money, money…

Standard Stanhope. Flog it off as soon as possible.

phototext 10:36 am 17 Aug 09

“lack the historical or architectural value to warrant listing on the Heritage Register”

What BS.

pmm 10:29 am 17 Aug 09

I think a set up like the Rocks Markets in Sydney down by the lake would be great… maybe not in winter though…

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