Imagine you’d signed off on a lease to use a property, and then a bunch of jokers turn up, decide they like your place too, and demand to veto where you put your furniture just so they can use it five days a year.
That’s basically where the Megalo Printers are with the old Fitters Workshop in Kingston.
Today the Greens’ Caroline le Couteur is practising her bandwagon jumping and demanding that the Fitters workshop be retained as a music venue with Megalo to make do in there without inconveniencing the five day a year musical purpose of the workshop.
“The ACT Greens support recent initiatives toward the creation of arts hubs in Canberra, and are very supportive of plans to relocate Megalo to the Kingston foreshore.
“However, my concern is that there has been very little consultation with the musical or the broader community on the use of the Fitters Workshop since the discovery of its acoustic qualities.
“The Fitter’s Workshop is recognised as having exceptional acoustic and light qualities. The building has played host to a number of musical concerts including classical, folk, world and jazz as part of the International Music Festival.
“The $3.9m allocated for the upgrade of the Fitters Workshop could be used to accommodate both uses. Megalo could be provided with the facilities that they need, while maintaining a functional performance space.
Note to Caroline: Less than 1% of the “broader community” gives any sort of a damn. ‘
I’m all for music venues, but we already have a number of them, which are already under-utilised.
I realise the highbrow music community are used to getting their way on pretty much everything at huge expense to other arts in this town, but it would be nice if their sense of entitlement could find some sort of limit.