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Lundy commits money to Albert Hall

By Thumper 13 November 2007 26

In what appears to be a bit of bacon giving, Senator Kate Lundy has revealed that Federal Labor has committed $500,000 towards the restoration of the Albert Hall, according to the ABC online.

Senator Kate Lundy says Labor is recognising the importance of the Albert Hall to Canberra and said, “Once upon a time it was certainly the social and cultural hub of Canberra, as a newly born national capital.”

I think this is an excellent idea as the Albert Hall certainly has significance in the ACT.

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Vic Bitterman 8:50 pm 14 Nov 07

They need to invest the $500k in a bulldozer to raze that ugly shitbox of a building to the ground.

thetruth 3:26 pm 14 Nov 07

Just to be clear – I am not advocating bulldozing it or diminishing its heritage value.

Piecemeal refurbishment based on what costings in the context of an election would be a total waste of money. Let the old girl transform and be our legacy for future generations.

There are others but the QBV in Sydney is a classic example – i remember when it was a ruin waiting to be demolished and now it is a modern day hub of activity as a shopping complex on a transport hub, or the railway yards at redfern is now a high tech business park.

a $500k refurb will just be a nicer looking version of what it is, it is only turning a profit (if it is) because the asset is being run down (ie no new investment).

LET ALBERT HALL LIVE I say – don’t just put a clean band aid on a festering sore.

sepi 11:54 am 14 Nov 07

It is a lovely building, and part of Canberra’s history. I’d like to see it repaired and re-furbed so it can be used into the future.

caf 9:47 am 14 Nov 07

Who said it’s not making a profit? I believe it was, in it’s present state, with very little spent on maintenance. It’s just that it’s unlikely that a refurbishment could be justified in purely economic terms, since the potential increase in hire rates that the market will pay probably wouldn’t cover it.

Thumper 9:42 am 14 Nov 07

“It was a building that was meant to be used in a social and cultural context – allow it to be bought forward and used like that.”

I totally agree, therefore it needs refurbishment, not redevelopment.

Oh, and I mean ‘paradise’ 🙂

Mælinar 9:13 am 14 Nov 07

If they are heritage listed, then leave well enough alone. It’s time to decide if Albert Hall is either a heritage asset, or a place to get cheap carpets.

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