Particularly she really wants to re-open the use of the twice coveted Fitter’s Workshop.
“This consultation is disrespectful to the community. If the Government has made up its mind it should not waste the community’s time asking them what they want when it’s a done deal.
“This Government doesn’t understand that community engagement works the other way around, that the people who will use the arts precinct should be consulted before such decisions are made.
“It’s this rough-shod top-down approach is what has lead to the divisions in the artistic community over the use of the Fitters Workshop, which could easily have been avoided.
“The Government is even having trouble taking its own commissioned advice. The Conroy report details a proposed extension to the Fitters Workshop required to accommodate Megalo’s move to the building, and describes the specific location of the extension as ‘vital’ to the synergy of the precinct. Days after the release of the report, a development application for this extension was lodged with ACTPLA that completely ignored the advice about the location.
“The Kingston Arts Precinct is an exciting prospect, but the back to front community consultation processes have made this a far more difficult and controversial project than it should be,” Ms Le Couteur said.