Skip to content Skip to main navigation

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.


What's Your Opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
28 Responses to Julia moving out of the lodge
Filter
Order
gertel 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!

EvanJames 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).

nobody 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.

MissChief MissChief 5:58 pm 11 Oct 11

Renovation includes the installation of a new Prime Minister?

Innovation 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.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:05 pm 11 Oct 11

two words:
Knockdown > rebuild…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 6:06 pm 11 Oct 11

$7M-$8M is ridiculous…

Thumper 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.

Classified Classified 6:35 pm 11 Oct 11

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

phototext 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.

Gerry-Built 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…

ma7trlb 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!

Henry82 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.

bigfeet 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.

Innovation 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.

nanzan 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.

mad_kiwi 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

Jivrashia 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!

Gerry-Built 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!!!

Classified 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!

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2019 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site