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Waste everything at McGregor Hall

By johnboy - 21 September 2010 18

the wreckage of mcgregor hall

The unseemly haste at the demolition of McGregor Hall continues to amaze.

Photos have emerged on Facebook of the destruction of community property (fully functioning kitchen, the crockery including the Pensioners Club mugs, light shades, solid old office desks, tables and chairs, rotary awards…) as the Government and ANU attempt to eradicate all memory of its existence as quickly as possible.

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Waste everything at McGregor Hall
Rawhide Kid Part3 5:57 pm 21 Sep 10

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I was just wondering if the the building covered (to OH&S specifications)while the asbestos was being removed so as to protect the workers and passers by?

That should read “was covered” …dam slow keyboard!!!

Rawhide Kid Part3 5:56 pm 21 Sep 10

I was just wondering if the the building covered (to OH&S specifications)while the asbestos was being removed so as to protect the workers and passers by?

H1NG0 5:39 pm 21 Sep 10

The gear inside almost looks as good as the outside. In other words, crap. I really can’t believe people are still trying to preserve this junk. It has next to no historical value and the building is shoddy at best. I hate the ACT Governments decisions on a lot of things and their lack of public consideration, but this isn’t Cameron offices, it is an asbestos shack.

caf 1:11 pm 21 Sep 10

bit tricky when there’s a surprise lockout of the building VG.

Not to mention that the gear (the best stuff there was the recently-refurbed kitchen and the snooker table) belonged to the ACT Government, so taking it would have been theft.

Mia80 12:29 pm 21 Sep 10

But what happened to the Pool Table?
I hope that is not just tossed out in that mess.

Zanzibert 11:17 am 21 Sep 10

realityskin said :

I want that bookshelf

So do I!

But I really don’t care about MacGregor hall either. It’s the vandalistic waste of secondhand furniture that gets to me.

Waiting For Godot 11:14 am 21 Sep 10

Cameron said :

Am I the only one who has never heard of McGregor Hall (other than through the RA coverage) and couldn’t really care less whether they knock it down or name it a world heritage site?

You’re not the only one who had never heard of it. When this issue was first covered by RA I caused considerable embarrassment to myself by thinking it was in Macgregor (west Belco) and berating the OP for spelling the name wrong. In the ensuing months I’ve become convinced that the demolition of the hall was the right decision, although I would have preferred a new, modern community facility built in its place rather than new student accommodation.

The demolition of McGregor Hall merely continues the process of urban renewal in the precinct. A few years ago the buildings housing PhotoAccess and other services were redeveloped and the generally rundown and forgotten area had new life breathed into it. Surely nobody would claim that the City West area isn’t a lot better now than when those asbestos-riddled humpies were there surrounded by weeds and rubbish.

In a young city like Canberra, heritage is something which has a broader context than in other places. Witness the attempt to put a heritage order on the ugly, concrete cancer riddled Cameron Offices which were built in 1974 and were an embarrassing eyesore and a blight on this city. But in this latest case the right decision was made to redevelop the area surrounding – and including – McGregor Hall. It’s called progress, and thank goodness commonsense won out in the end.

neanderthalsis 11:14 am 21 Sep 10

I think Chairman Stanhope of the PRC was channeling one of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Deans Brothers Moments when he ordered the hall to come down.

Do we know what the site will be used for in the future?

p1 11:12 am 21 Sep 10

I can’t believe that there wasn’t some sort of community garage sale? Was the property owned by the ANU? Because I know that ANU has policies on the disposal of assets, and I’m pretty sure “run them over with a bulldozer” isn’t on the list of disposal methods…

johnboy 11:06 am 21 Sep 10

bit tricky when there’s a surprise lockout of the building VG.

vg 11:01 am 21 Sep 10

Community property that the ‘community’ cared so much about they left it in a building that was to be demolished. It’s actually called abandoned property.

The building has no heritage worth or value, and only became ‘beloved’ when its end was nigh.

WestonGuy 10:58 am 21 Sep 10

yeah, so sad they’re demolishing an ugly old asbestos riddled possum toilet.

Cameron 10:26 am 21 Sep 10

Am I the only one who has never heard of McGregor Hall (other than through the RA coverage) and couldn’t really care less whether they knock it down or name it a world heritage site?

realityskin 10:22 am 21 Sep 10

I want that bookshelf

Thumper 10:18 am 21 Sep 10

it’s a bit sad really that stanhope has taken it upon himself to completely eradicate any memory of the place. One would think it was petty and mean spirited?

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