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City Hill goes up for sale

By GnT 12 December 2007 23

The grassy hill with the flag pole on the ends of Northbourne and Commonwealth Avenues is set to become the latest big development in Canberra, with City Hill going up for Auction this Friday. The Canberra Times has the story, as well as an opinion piece.

There’s a lot of controversy because this hill, along with Parliament House and Russell Offices, make up the Parliamentary Triangle, a major part of Griffin’s design. Maybe it should be public space with a design which reflects it’s purpose as the heart of Canberra City?

I think that whenever anything gets built anywhere you’ll have people crying “eyesore!” Once it’s built we’ll get used to it as part of the landscape and over time it WILL become a treasured part of the Canberra landscape (think Telstra Tower, Questacon, National Museum etc).

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VYBerlinaV8 10:32 am 18 Dec 07

The city has a long way to develop yet. When they get started on Braddon you’ll see some fairly spectacular stuff too, I suspect. Come on city property values!!

Holden Caulfield 10:26 am 18 Dec 07

Wow $92M! And people outside of Canberra thought the missus and I were nuts when we paid $72K for a block of land in Gungahlin back in 1998. Hah, where are they now!

Skidbladnir 2:40 pm 14 Dec 07

$92 million is the going rate for a good carpark in Civic these days.

Personally, I like the fact that Canberra has development happening instead of becoming a Shrine to Government, but I’d like to see WELL PLANNED development instead of the ongoing muckabout that is Canberra International Snowtown

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