See Rob1936’s excellent ‘Jon Stanhope’s Phony Support for Heritage‘ detailing Stanhope’s and his absurd Heritage advisor’s current dumping of horrible recycled concrete bus shelters on the heritage-listed streets of old Ainslie.
It’s interesting to read Stanhope’s 2007 media release in which he announced a new era of shiny attractive ‘state of the art’ bus shelters http://www.chiefminister.act.gov.au/media.php?v=5973&m=50&s=4. Odd that he forgot to mention that part of the deal was that ugly old concrete monsters would be dumped on the streets of Canberra’s heritage precincts.
Stanhope’s government by the way has said that constructing the conrete and plastic horrors in front of pre-war houses is ok because there are already four of them in the Wakefield Gardens Heritage Precinct. In fact one of those, in front of the shops is due to be replaced by one of the steel and glass jobs. Command of detail has never been this government’s strong point.
Readers may enjoy some pictures of what heritage sites would like like if the remit of Stanhope and Zatschler extended beyond our funny little territory: