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Julia moving out of the lodge

By johnboy - 11 October 2011 28

Finance has a lengthy explanation of the works they’re doing on The Lodge which will see the Prime Minister seeking alternative accommodation over the next 18 months.

The main issues are the roof and the wiring.

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Julia moving out of the lodge
Innovation 8:31 pm 11 Oct 11

Thumper said :

The Government should just commit to build a new residence befitting the status of a PM

Why does this country have an infactuation with demolishing anything old?

Fix it up, one day it’ll be a significant part of out history and heritage.

EvanJames is correct. Howard should have done it when he was PM.

I think there is a site somewhere set aside near the edge of the lake. Perhaps it could even be grand enough to stop another PM from boycotting the ACT and living in Sydney again.

Also, you don’t have to knock the existing residence down. It could be heritage listed and sold off or used for other purposes such as visiting dignitaries, the leader of the opposition or the Deputy PM. I think there used to be a residence somewhere for the Treasurer many years ago.

bigfeet 7:58 pm 11 Oct 11

The Lodge was only ever meant to be a temporary residence for the PM until a more appropriate venue could be built.

If you have ever been there you would know that it is a damp, crowded, leaky, run-down building. The entire place reeks of mould and the electrics are downright dangerous. Not to mention the fact that it does not have anywhere appropriate to host a formal ,even a medium informal, dinner or reception.

There is land set aside for a PM’s residence but no PM would be game to budget the millions needed to build it.

I think the only way would be for it to be allocated in a budget for 5 years into the future. That way they could say that it not for them..but for a possible future PM.

Henry82 7:19 pm 11 Oct 11

I think they should build two houses, one really nice, and one in the garden shed. If the ratings are lower than 50% you have to live in the shed.

ma7trlb 7:05 pm 11 Oct 11

for 7mill, they could have snapped up this in red hill – http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/27-mugga-way-red-hill-canberra-main/14139226123811?lid=167496550. They might have had to do something with the cubby house though!

Gerry-Built 6:40 pm 11 Oct 11

Maybe they should be looking to build a new lodge, in the site zoned for it (in Yarralumla foreshore, near the CSCC Yacht Club) to replace that temporary residence, built 80+ years ago, rather than spend a stupid amount on refurbishing what was only ever intended to be a temporary residence…

phototext 6:38 pm 11 Oct 11

There was some historian on the radio today (Sydney) saying that when Hawke was PM they did put aside some land for a new residence (Scullin Hill?) as the current one is hopeless for visiting dignitaries, dinner parties etc, not at all appropriate for a PM.

God forbid any PM that would spend the money on such a thing though, the media would have a field day.

#5. I agree, it is stupid in 2011 the PM doesn’t have a proper residence in the nations capital.

They should build the new one and sell off the old one to pay for it.

Classified 6:35 pm 11 Oct 11

They should knock it down and put up units. The government would make a fortune.

Thumper 6:20 pm 11 Oct 11

The Government should just commit to build a new residence befitting the status of a PM

Why does this country have an infactuation with demolishing anything old?

Fix it up, one day it’ll be a significant part of out history and heritage.

EvanJames is correct. Howard should have done it when he was PM.

Gerry-Built 6:06 pm 11 Oct 11

$7M-$8M is ridiculous…

Gerry-Built 6:05 pm 11 Oct 11

two words:
Knockdown > rebuild…

Innovation 5:59 pm 11 Oct 11

The Government should just commit to build a new residence befitting the status of a PM. If they locked it in to start and finish a couple of terms in the future, no-one could complain about the incumbent PM or Party feathering their nest.

MissChief 5:58 pm 11 Oct 11

Renovation includes the installation of a new Prime Minister?

nobody 5:34 pm 11 Oct 11

Julia, I have a spare room for you and a small yard for little Bill. Unfortunately there won’t be enough room for Tim so he will need to find somewhere else. Give me a call.

EvanJames 4:57 pm 11 Oct 11

I’m surprised they didn’t take the opportunity to fix it up when Howard was PM, as he seldom used it and would have quite happily relocated to somewhere befitting his notions of importance, the Presidential or Emporer suite at the Hyatt, for instance (I’m sure they have one).

gertel 12:51 pm 11 Oct 11

Just visited the Lodge a couple of weeks ago for the first time, at the ‘open house’. I was surpised at the condition of it (not to mention the relatively small size). I mean, it’s not falling apart but it was clear just walking around that it needed a bit of TLC.

It really looked like your average Deakin/Forrest/Red Hill kind of place – and the road noise was shocking, even on a Sunday morning. If it were up for sale on All Homes it might be a renovate or detonate special!

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