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Your thoughts wanted on the Albert Hall

By johnboy - 28 May 2012 12

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Chief Minister Gallagher is having a busy morning and amongst other things is calling for public comment on the Albert Hall’s draft plan of management.

“There is a need to balance the heritage of the Hall with ensuring it can be hired by a range of people in the ACT community. Albert Hall is a significant heritage site in the ACT, but it is also a unique and esteemed venue for individual, community and commercial events. We are interested in hearing what people value about the building and site, and what facilities should be included to ensure it is functional for a broad range of users.

The draft Plan of Management has been developed following a study by heritage consultants into the constraints and opportunities for Albert Hall, as well as community consultation last year which included input from a reference group, a web forum, community workshop and stakeholder interviews.

More music and less rug sales I say.

The Time To Talk website has a page for it, comments close 20 July 2012.

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Your thoughts wanted on the Albert Hall
Snidley 4:46 pm 28 May 12

I wonder how many holes it takes to fill it?

dungfungus 3:56 pm 28 May 12

caf said :

dungfungus said :

Despite a big spend up on the said building about 10 years ago, there is still no direct access for the disabled in wheelchairs.
This means the carer has to carry the person up the stairs at the front, find a chair and someone to keep an eye on the patient so the carer can then drag the empty wheelchair up the steps. Too bad if the carer isn’t strong enough. The process has to be reversed when it is time to leave.
I was under the impression that all public buidings in the ACT have wheelchair access.

Wheelchair access is possible through the side doors (directly into the hall) I believe.

I was told this last time I was there but as the ticket table was at the front steps entrance and the people running the function refused to leave the front section to open the side doors and why should they?

caf 3:11 pm 28 May 12

dungfungus said :

Despite a big spend up on the said building about 10 years ago, there is still no direct access for the disabled in wheelchairs.
This means the carer has to carry the person up the stairs at the front, find a chair and someone to keep an eye on the patient so the carer can then drag the empty wheelchair up the steps. Too bad if the carer isn’t strong enough. The process has to be reversed when it is time to leave.
I was under the impression that all public buidings in the ACT have wheelchair access.

Wheelchair access is possible through the side doors (directly into the hall) I believe.

dungfungus 2:40 pm 28 May 12

Despite a big spend up on the said building about 10 years ago, there is still no direct access for the disabled in wheelchairs.
This means the carer has to carry the person up the stairs at the front, find a chair and someone to keep an eye on the patient so the carer can then drag the empty wheelchair up the steps. Too bad if the carer isn’t strong enough. The process has to be reversed when it is time to leave.
I was under the impression that all public buidings in the ACT have wheelchair access.

johnboy 2:10 pm 28 May 12

On the other hand sacking most of ArtsACT to fund two people in charge of re-selling PL insurance to artists would do wonders for the arts in this city.

Deref 1:59 pm 28 May 12

johnboy said :

$20 mill in PL isn’t that hard to come by and anyone wanting to put on a show big enough for the albert hall should be able to sort it out.

I think it’s pretty easy to find for commercial organisations, but it’s next to impossible for private individuals who might want to use the hall for a private function.

Still, I suppose that wasn’t the question.

Truthiness 1:33 pm 28 May 12

$40 a month, assuming you have a good enough credit rating, which many artists don’t.

I think the ACT government has no idea what is like to be a poor artist in this city. We could fill that hall ten times over with doofers and trippers and musos and artists, but not one of them would ever want to deal with insurance companies and government administrators. Which is why we put on our raves out in the bush, where the government can’t make us pay to party, and the cops can’t make us stop.

imho Hadley’s major presence on the ACT art scene has less to do with his skill (which is awesome btw), and more to do with his willingness to deal with inept beuracracy. Most artists can’t or wont think like pencil pushers, thats what makes them special. And yet we always demand they fill in the forms and jump through the hoops before they can sing or dance or do what they do. When the fringe got canceled I was not surprised, beauracrats don’t value anything that won’t turn a profit. I was also not surprised when hadley subsequently announced he was leaving Canberra. Just another in the endless stream of artists out of canberra, off o places where you can put on a show without a degree in accountancy.

johnboy 1:15 pm 28 May 12

You don’t need $20 mill, you just need an insurance policy which covers that amount.

It starts around $40 a month (but can certainly be much higher than that).

Truthiness 1:09 pm 28 May 12

johnboy said :

$20 mill in PL isn’t that hard to come by and anyone wanting to put on a show big enough for the albert hall should be able to sort it out.

The hall is not that big, most school musicals could fill it. I’m glad to hear so many people have $20 million just lying around, but I must assure you, most artists do not.

johnboy 12:46 pm 28 May 12

$20 mill in PL isn’t that hard to come by and anyone wanting to put on a show big enough for the albert hall should be able to sort it out.

Deref 12:44 pm 28 May 12

I assume that our gubmint wants all users to take out a $20M public liability policy for each hire.

If so, forget the music. All you’re going to see is rug sales.

GardeningGirl 12:40 pm 28 May 12

“More music and less rug sales I say.”
+1
Thanks for this, going to take a look . .

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