The public meeting held at the Albert Hall on 24 May 2007 launched Friends of the Albert Hall to lobby against the National Capital Authority’s development proposals for the Albert Hall surrounds and the ACT Government’s privatisation of management of the Albert Hall.
Fiery meeting pressures government over Albert Hall Friday 25 May 2007. 8:00am (AEST)
A community meeting held to debate the future of Albert Hall last night erupted in anger as members of the public took aim at the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority. The NCA has already backed down on a major redevelopment plan for the precinct but many locals are still unhappy with its Draft Amendment 53.
They also want the ACT Government to abort its plan to put the management of the historic building up for tender. The Planning Minister Andrew Barr came under fire from individuals angry that Albert Hall has fallen into what they describe as a state of disrepair. Mr Barr conceded it needed attention. “The condition of the building is obviously a matter of concern and it is something that will need to be addressed,” he said. The tender process closed yesterday.
Backdown – Fairfax Media Digital Tuesday 22 May 2007 – 11:44pm
The National Capital Authority has backed away from a major redevelopment of Canberra’s historic Albert Hall.
Thousands of angry Canberra residents signed petitions opposing the proposed redevelopment of the area around Albert Hall, including plans for an open space precinct incorporating tourism, entertainment and leisure activities. The changes, part of a proposal known as Draft Amendment 53, included plans for low-rise development and a pedestrian plaza on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.
In a statement, the NCA said it had decided after meeting to make changes to the draft proposal, which would see the Albert Hall’s current uses continue, along with some extra social and community facilities.”The NCA has agreed to revise DA 53 so that the Albert Hall could continue to be used as a cultural facility and for ancillary short term commercial-retail activities with the addition of social-community facility land uses,” the authority said. Due to the changes to the draft amendment, the NCA is reopening the public consultation period. The NCA’s managing director of planning and urban design, Todd Rohl, said the proposed changes showed the NCA was listening to the people.