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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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Lundy commits money to Albert Hall
thetruth 12:27 am 14 Nov 07


caf 12:22 am 14 Nov 07

You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. The Albert Hall hasn’t lain dormant at all – in fact it is usually booked solid at least 12 months in advance. (I know this, because I work with a non-profit community group that has occaisionally put on events there – and not bloody carpet sales either).

Check out the Petersham Town Hall in Sydney, or the Collingwood Town Hall in Melbourne – the Albert Hall is the only building of similar historical interest in Canberra, and should be refurbished to similar standard.

It’s a public good, and you’ve completely ignored the point that there can be multiple good things that it is worth spending government money on. Simply because “A” is more worthy than “B” in your view does not mean that “B” should not be supported.

thetruth 11:59 pm 13 Nov 07

Oh get a grip NGA vs Albert Hall
Convention Centre was a fiasco and the Nohope Government has got a lot less value out of its investment.
Run down hospital – I was advocating investing the albert hall pork into hospitals. If it is not nurses (ie recurrent expenditure) I am sure there is a good machine that goes ping that they could buy to save a life or stop a Canberran from having to travel to Sydney.

Anyone from the Health department that could nominate a piece of equipment that could be purchased by Canberra Hospital that costs about $500k and give some details of what it would do for people.

Then someone tell me what $500k would do for Albert Hall

Pandy 11:51 pm 13 Nov 07

I have an idea, run the public hospitals down so people no longer use it and then sell them.

Oh who gives a toss for art? Sell the NGA!

And why did the Government invest $30 million in reinventing the Convention Centre? What an aweful waste.

thetruth 11:45 pm 13 Nov 07

Oh you believe in the socialist dream where you can just print money. The Albert Hall has sat dormant for years (with the occasional carpet sale – what is it going to be – a higher priced bargain store!!!!

Let the private sector invest in it an make it useful again in some new form.

The heritage value can be preserved (like the Hyatt or the Queen Vic in Sydney)

If the Macquarie option happened it would just be a tax – where do you think “public funds” come from – yes a tax.

Taxes are paid by people that make dirty money through oh …. CAPITALISM. Bah Humbug.

Pandy 11:44 pm 13 Nov 07

Will I have to one of those etag thingos if macquarie bank takes over the roads?

caf 11:35 pm 13 Nov 07

7 – *for a year*. That’s almost the definition of a band-aid solution. At any rate, it’s an irrelevant comparison because this funding ISN’T taking money away from health – it’s quite possible to do both. Playing this game (and it *is* a rhetorical game) lets you denigrate _any_ government project that doesn’t pander to your personal prejudices. For example – “Sure, the GDE will let some people get to/from work faster, but wouldn’t we rather put the money into the hospitals – people are DYING!!!”.

Management of the Hall has, up until recently, been contracted out to the private sector. Turns out that the cost of refurbishing it wouldn’t be recoverable by charging hire rates that the market can bear – so if we want to maintain some of the very little Canberra heritage there is, we’ll have to pay for it out of public funds.

Hey, I’ve got an idea. How about we sell the entire ACT road network to the Macquarie Bank and run it on a payin’ basis. We can put the proceeds into the hospitals and schools!

Pandy 11:27 pm 13 Nov 07

Piss off thetruth.

Plenty of real people want it saved.

thetruth 7:49 pm 13 Nov 07

Sell it the private sector can do that sort of stuff quite well – I will take the 7 nurses

caf 6:36 pm 13 Nov 07

Speak for yourself, plenty of us have been waiting for someone to stump up the cash to bring the Albert up to scratch. A one off $500,000 would get, what – 7 nurses for a year? I too think more money should go into health, but it needs to be an order of magnitude more than that.

thetruth 5:34 pm 13 Nov 07

Hmmm money for an old building which while sad that it has fallen into disrepair, no one has really missed or more nurses to stop people dying after being left of 4 hours in an emergency department.

Sell Albert Hall to some one that will make the investment in it and give it new life as something new and use the money on people.

captainwhorebags 4:27 pm 13 Nov 07

It’s hard to notice a decaying floor when it’s usually covered with Persian rugs (at crazy prices).

blingblingbears 4:25 pm 13 Nov 07

I attended a wedding there earlier in the year. It is such a beautiful old building and it is such a shame they have let it fall this far into disrepair. $500,000 wont nearly be enough to restore it to its full glory. Having said that it was still the perfect venue for this wedding and totally suited the theme (you just hoped that the rest of the guests didnt look too closely at anything or go upstairs where there were safetey hazards everywhere).

caf 2:44 pm 13 Nov 07


Off the top of my head, the floor needs refurbishment, the ceiling needs a lot of work and the lighting system needs replacement.

Cameron 2:23 pm 13 Nov 07

I haven’t been there in nearly a decade, so I simply don’t know: Is it in need of half a million in restoration?

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