The Australia Forum to glitter upon the lake?

johnboy 11 April 2011 13
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The Canberra Business Council has released a scoping study for a Darling Harbour like development for the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. This follows a media release last year.

The Australia Forum will be a worldclass institution that caters for significant meetings, dialogue, cultural events and other occasions of national importance appropriately held in the Capital.

Getting Peter Shergold to run the scoping process certainly adds heft to the proposal.

But will we see a new national icon rising over the Acton boat and bike hire joints?

UPDATE: There’s a dedicated website as well.

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13 Responses to The Australia Forum to glitter upon the lake?
Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 9:59 am 12 Apr 11

I-filed said :

The NMA is a partner – I thought they were crying poor?

Not anymore, with all those Taxpayer Dollars

warmonga warmonga 11:19 pm 11 Apr 11

I was at the launch today, so can correct some misconceptions and am happy to answer questions if anyone has any.

1. I don’t know where the “Darling Harbour like” quote came from (a johnboy special?), but it couldn’t be further from the truth for the Australia Forum project, which is for a meeting place, an international centre for dialogue, a venue in the national capital to hold nationally and internationally important meetings like CHOGM… and an extension of (and connection to) the Civic area. Yes there will be soem restaurants and retail, but not Darling Harbour like…
2. The project reflects the original intent of the Griffin Legacy plan.
3. Far from greedy and short sighted, the project is being driven by a not for profit (CBC) with a lot of pro bono work being done by supporters from the business community.
4. The project has been running for a decade, so this is no “hey I had an idea, let’s build something by the lake” and is not the result of a “development mind-set”.
5. There has been a lot of work done on scoping and defining the need. It’s in the full report. Also, the current convention centre is not capable of running any of the large national and international conferences, events, meetings… Some of this is due to size, but most of this is security and capability issues (e.g. technology).
6. The site is currently a car park (and Mr Spokes bike hire), so not sure how this would interrupt “public access to the foreshore”… quite the opposite, it would enhance the area.
7. It needs Federal funding to go ahead, so is a long way from a done deal.
8. The Greens were at the launch.

Not sure why there’s is such conservatism on RiotACT, but it seems considered and reasoned discussion go out the window for an alarmist reactive response.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 10:51 pm 11 Apr 11

The problem is Darling Harbour was a stale industrial area doing nothing in a city people wanted to be in for business and commerce. It made sense to turn it into a place for people ALREADY going there.
Trying to make a hub for meetings when people barely want to come here is foolish.

I-filed I-filed 9:00 pm 11 Apr 11

If the Stanhope/Barr government thinks it is immune from the whiff of corruption from NSW Inc, they can think again. Brisbane has never recovered from the White Shoe Brigade travesties wrought on the Brisbane River. This vulgarity would wreck the lake. The foreshore should remain open public access for Canberrans.

Once again, where are the Greens?

I-filed I-filed 7:45 pm 11 Apr 11

Vulgar and obnoxious. ABC news reported earlier that the ACT Government is contributing $1 million of ACT ratepayers money to a feasibility study. Presumably we will never know how it is spent, on “commercial in confidence” grounds. The NMA is a partner – I thought they were crying poor?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 6:44 pm 11 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

I would second what Deref said also.

Deref for President. Screw these avaricious mongrels.

Chop71 Chop71 3:03 pm 11 Apr 11

“If you build it, he will come”

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 2:19 pm 11 Apr 11

ma7trlb said :

, or do they just have money to burn?

Well…Yes after they collect all those taxpayers money from here and there.

RememberImmigrationBridge RememberImmigrationBridge 2:02 pm 11 Apr 11

“Hey Teacher, leave the lake alone”

“As we prepare Australians for the dynamic opportunities
and challenges ahead new forms of engagement will be
needed. Australia’s best future will be shaped through
dialogue – and through facilities and technologies that
are enabling, democratic and globally connected.”

Hello Professor, where have you been, it’s already happening and without the need to be orchestrated by a group of eminent Australians. It’s called the Internet, and it doesn’t need a new building on the shore of my lake to make it work, it just needs a search engine and someone interested enough to post a thread or make a comment.

More later!

ma7trlb ma7trlb 1:39 pm 11 Apr 11

Do we really need to spend $328m on a second convention centre less than a kilometre from the current one (theatre 2500+, hall 2000+, banquet 500+, foyer 1000+) – is there a genuinely identifiable need for it, or do they just have money to burn?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:14 pm 11 Apr 11

I would second what Deref said also.

EvanJames EvanJames 12:31 pm 11 Apr 11

I think the development mind-set which is dominating the public mind these days (the same one that cries out for Big Australia) sees the lake as undeveloped real estate, and having water on it just makes it more attractive to them. water views! water views! money!

And what Deref said, +eleventy-billion.

Deref Deref 11:00 am 11 Apr 11

Oh kriste – just what we need. Another Darling Harbour-like abomination.

Canberra doesn’t need to be Sydney. It’s a beautiful and unique place – we should preserve and celebrate that unique beauty instead of bowing to these greedy, short-sighted bastards who see no value in anything that isn’t earning them a quick buck.

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