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Mcgregor Hall Heritage application rejected

By johnboy - 26 August 2010 12

Mcgregor hall

The fight to save McGregor Hall has suffered a blow with the Heritage Council deciding it “does not meet their criteria for heritage nomination” according to the Save McGregor Hall Facebook group.

Apparently they will now fight them on the Development Application.

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Mcgregor Hall Heritage application rejected
Thumper 4:01 pm 20 Sep 10

it’s a pity the government could not see it deep in the mean, petty, dark recesses of their collective black souls to provide a like for like facility.

Clown Killer 3:24 pm 20 Sep 10

But I’ll still stick with the premise that it has no real significance whatsoever

I think you’re probably on the money there anyway Thunmper. I think their best chance for building a case might have been “social” value or at a pinch “rarity” (given the propensity for pre-fab temporary buildings to be demolished).

Holden Caulfield 2:59 pm 20 Sep 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Just the roof lying on the ground this morning (still completely assembled). And that’s coming down now.

BTW how does one demolish a building from the bottom up??

I noticed that on the weekend too and found it a bit odd. My only guess is they did it that because they want to recycle the roofing material???

Thumper 2:14 pm 20 Sep 10

The associated Guidelines to the Burra Charter provide a framework for assessing significance

Actually CK you are correct. Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve used the Charter and it’s guidelines in anger.

But I’ll still stick with the premise that it has no real significance whatsoever 🙂

Clown Killer 1:48 pm 20 Sep 10

Seriously, go and have a look at the Burra Charter and see what it says about heritage significance

I’m going to have to call you on that one Thumper. The Burra Charter provides a best practice framework for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance. It isn’t about determining what makes the cut and what doesn’t. The associated Guidelines to the Burra Charter provide a framework for assessing significance, but here too the focus is on the best approach to assessing significance rather than what is and what isn’t significant.

But back to Macgregor Hall.

A failure to gain interim protection would most likely be the result of failing to convince the ACT Heritage Council that the hall was able to address one or more of the criteria for inclusion on the ACT Heritage Register. I’m guessing that the proponents of the application would have gone for criteria D and H and possibly F or G. Nevertheless it seems that they were unable to demonstrate a likelihood of significance that got above threshold for inclusion on the register.

Gungahlin Al 1:18 pm 20 Sep 10

Just the roof lying on the ground this morning (still completely assembled). And that’s coming down now.

BTW how does one demolish a building from the bottom up??

rosscoact 12:00 pm 20 Sep 10

It’s just a memory. A memory, of the way we were.

Pandy 8:41 am 27 Aug 10

Tha is why they need a hip youngster to run government. Not some grumpy grandpa

Thumper 8:17 am 27 Aug 10

It’s simply not a heritage worthy building so it will be demolished. Seriously, go and have a look at the Burra Charter and see what it says about heritage significance. Burrill Lake rock shelter is significant, a largish fibro shack in Canberra is not.

Having said that, one would think that the government, after removing such an important community facility would replace it with something similiar in a similiar area or at the very least provide facilities that could duplicate what McGregor hall is providing.

Of course, sadly, this won’t happen.

bloodnut 5:42 am 27 Aug 10

harvyk1 said :

It’s a hall (and an ugly looking one at that) which I don’t think has been the scene for any major events (notable outside of the ACT), inside it’s nothing more special than the local community houses \ scout halls, and in any case you’d be able to find such things near the city.

A similar rationale could apply to pensioner’s, but then you remember that to a few people they’re Grandma.

H1NG0 6:01 pm 26 Aug 10

Good. A victory for progress. This is McGregor Hall we are talking about, not Albert Hall. McGregor hall is nothing special. There are already way too many heritage listed dumps in Canberra. Callam offices is one prime example. It may be a bit different, but its a wreck.

harvyk1 5:50 pm 26 Aug 10

Seriously, under what sort of criteria would it fit under a heritage listing? It’s a hall (and an ugly looking one at that) which I don’t think has been the scene for any major events (notable outside of the ACT), inside it’s nothing more special than the local community houses \ scout halls, and in any case you’d be able to find such things near the city.

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