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Julia moving out of the lodge

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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Bobert 8:24 pm 16 Oct 11

It would be stupid to build a new residence. The Lodge is a really nice old house – it just needs some work to be done on it. I don’t think it needs to be big – any state function can be held at Parliament House, or at the residence of our head of state – the GG.

Someone earlier said that one day it will be a significant part of our history – I think the Lodge is already a significant part of our history, and given some TLC, it will continue to be one.

Thumper 8:53 am 14 Oct 11

Why not keep it as an historic building, open to the public and build a new place that is more suitable. You wouldn’t need to do anything near the level of the renovations that are going to be done if it is being preserved more as a museum than a house, and you ould probably build a new place for the price they are quoting to fix it up.

Certainly an option worth exploring.

Jethro 7:08 pm 13 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.

Why not keep it as an historic building, open to the public and build a new place that is more suitable. You wouldn’t need to do anything near the level of the renovations that are going to be done if it is being preserved more as a museum than a house, and you ould probably build a new place for the price they are quoting to fix it up.

Eppo 6:53 pm 13 Oct 11

I’d say he’s spot on in education needing the funding. Look at what a success his education was.

Thumper 6:17 pm 13 Oct 11

EDUCATION NEEDS THE MONEY derrrrr

Err, you do know how much the Building the Education Revolution pumped into schools don’t you?

And that schools are a state and not federal responsibility?

toriness 6:09 pm 13 Oct 11

marls1969 said :

THE PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO SPEND $7MIL ON RENOVATIONS, IS THIS GOVERNMENT ON STUPID PILLS OR JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!!! JUST KNOCK THE DAMN THING DOWN AND REBUILD, THE MOST IT WILL COST IS UPTO $700k, YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE BUILDING INDUSTRY — @JuliaGillard Aren’t you ashamed to give the go ahead on the reno’s for over $7 mil, are you nuts woman, EDUCATION NEEDS THE MONEY derrrrr

your finger slipped off the shift key towards the end there. next time perhaps just use caps lock?

marls1969 5:20 pm 13 Oct 11

THE PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO SPEND $7MIL ON RENOVATIONS, IS THIS GOVERNMENT ON STUPID PILLS OR JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!!! JUST KNOCK THE DAMN THING DOWN AND REBUILD, THE MOST IT WILL COST IS UPTO $700k, YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE BUILDING INDUSTRY — @JuliaGillard Aren’t you ashamed to give the go ahead on the reno’s for over $7 mil, are you nuts woman, EDUCATION NEEDS THE MONEY derrrrr

Gerry-Built 12:13 pm 12 Oct 11

mad_kiwi said :

The land set aside for a new residence is at ‘Sterling ridge’ somewhere near Yarralumla

I’m almost certain the site is at the end of Empire Circuit (cnr Forster Cres) – where the Westlake memorial is. There used to be signs up there announcing the planned use of the site, but I haven’t been there in years and couldn’t tell you if they are still there… (the absence of shadows on the ground on Google Maps indicate the planning sign, that used to be adjacent to the gate, may be long gone)

Classified 12:11 pm 12 Oct 11

Gerry-Built said :

Henry82 said :

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.

This^ has legs!!!

Yes it does!

Gerry-Built 12:05 pm 12 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

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.

This^ has legs!!!

Jivrashia 10:17 am 12 Oct 11

bigfeet said :

The Lodge was only ever meant to be a temporary residence…
…it is a damp, crowded, leaky, run-down bulding…
…not have anywhere appropriate to host a formal dinner or reception.

I always wondered why one of the most important residence in Australia was called “The Lodge”. It makes sense now, it wasn’t meant to be important!

mad_kiwi 7:50 am 12 Oct 11

phototext said :

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.

The land set aside for a new residence is at ‘Sterling ridge’ somewhere near Yarralumla

nanzan 11:03 pm 11 Oct 11

There is a parcel of land set aside for the permanent residence of the Prime Minister in Stirling Park in Yarralumla…not far from the Commonwealth Club, and overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.

Just as Provisional Parliament House, opened in 1926, was a temporary building (which lasted 62 years!), so too The Lodge was a Provisional Prime Minister’s Residence which has finished its work.

It’s time to build the Prime Minister’s/President’s Residence on Stirling Ridge.

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.

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