Heritage listing for Canberra?

Gungahlin Al 14 September 2007 15

The NCA appear to have some time on their hands lately. Earlier this week we had them floating the idea of lifting height limits in Canberra – an idea Catherine Carter and the PCA were clearly cock-a-hoop with.

Now they are sending up another balloon with the idea that Canberra could be heritage listed. And of course that would likely have some substantial impacts for development, leading to very cautious comment from the PCA .

Poor Catherine Carter’s having an up-and-down week.

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15 Responses to Heritage listing for Canberra?
chris_underscore chris_underscore 7:40 pm 18 Sep 07

^^ Ooo how magical (sarcasticly)

Canberra isn’t very unique with restaurants.

sepi sepi 6:01 pm 16 Sep 07

I think we should market a 3 day weekend restaurant tour – a different region for each day.
Asian one day (Dickson and any other good ones), African the next and European to end. Yum!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 6:48 am 16 Sep 07

Probably not in their hoards Seepi, but they’re an identifyable market segment as far as tourism industry straegists are concerned – and the bit they like most about them is the fact that they fall near the top end of the spend spectrum.

sepi sepi 9:33 am 15 Sep 07

I don’t think tourists come here for the planned city.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 11:02 pm 14 Sep 07

I think if we have a mature approach and ditch the OMG bullSh!t factor in an attempt to try and not look like complete dipsh!ts, it’s not actually that much of a big thing, and there is the tourism potential associated with cashed up visitors coming here expecting to experience an example of a planned 20th Century political capital city based around a WBG design.

chris_underscore chris_underscore 9:36 pm 14 Sep 07

My god this is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard of. Aside from the ‘age’ factor of all, why would anyone want to heritage list Canberra? Imagine this city being ‘Internationaly heritaged’ people will expect an amazing historic city, but all they will find is crappy suburbia, lots of porn stores in fyshwick and a CBD full of 70’s-80’s crappy buildings, oh and perhaps a artificial lake.

Moral of the story is that it will never work.

If the ACT government is trying to use this to draw people in,
It would probably do opposite, because of the increased hurdles for future development.

So if this happens, I will definatly ditch this city.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 8:58 pm 14 Sep 07

How old somthing is isn’t always a consideration in determining its heritage value – it might be useful to look at the relevant heritage legislation and associated criteria which concentrates on things like rarity, representativeness, association and/or value to the community or parts of the community.

Besides, while the press coverage would like yo have us believe the intent is to cover all ov Canberra, the reality is more likely to mean listing of Commonwealth managed lands associated with the original WBG design and its evolution.

Must have been a quite news week.

VicePope VicePope 7:33 pm 14 Sep 07

If the ACT makes a case based on, say, the unspoilt beauty of the Kambah shops carpark, it cannot lose.

barney barney 5:53 pm 14 Sep 07

“They” should Heritage-List the Woden Bus Interchange !

asp asp 5:47 pm 14 Sep 07

I’ve seen Canberra and aside from some nice architecture in the Parliamentary Triangle and the Science Dome, very little is heritage worthy. When you look at the much older cities of Melbourne, Sydney, heck even smaller centers like Geelong, they have much more that is deserving of heritage listing.

chris_underscore chris_underscore 5:27 pm 14 Sep 07

Omg this is so stupid, canberra isn’t even 100 years old and people want to heritage list it, it’s the same as putting Dubai on the heritage list. lol.
Canberra needs a mass makeover before it should get heritage listed, as in 100 years.
If this makes it harder for developments, it will be such a stupid plan.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:13 pm 14 Sep 07

Forced employment expansion?
So when there’s a reversal of policy thanks to change of government\finances\NCA-membership etc, and things expand in the more organic fashion, Gungahlin gives off the appearance of getting lubed & reamed, when it is in fact just a return to a more natural order?

Thumper Thumper 1:59 pm 14 Sep 07


it must meet four criteria by the Burra Charter.

those being, social, historical, aesthetic, and cultural significance.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:53 pm 14 Sep 07

Doesn’t something need to be over 100years old to be heritage listed ?

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 1:49 pm 14 Sep 07

If it forces employment expansion in Gungahlin (sadly lacking at present) then I am all in favour of the concept.

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