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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 2010) . . Page.. 3648 ..


entirety, then revenues from land sales would far exceed the $100 million that we would expend on the brickworks.

MR COE: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, do you think it is a good rule of thumb to link the future of heritage sites to neighbouring land development projects?

MR STANHOPE: I think it is a good rule of thumb in government, whenever we look to protect and use a heritage asset, that we look to the most appropriate adaptive re-use that we can provide or find for that heritage asset. We have done it with the Kingston powerhouse in relation to the establishment of—

Mr Coe: It is an adjacent block, though, Jon. It is adjacent; it is not the same area.

MR STANHOPE: We should always seek to do that. We have done it with the powerhouse.

Mr Coe: It is not re-use, though.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe!

Mr Coe: It is separate.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, you will get a chance in a moment.

MR STANHOPE: No, with the powerhouse, we have actually established a glassworks in it. We are adaptively re-using it. We are not using it as a coal-fired powerhouse. We are using it as a glassworks. We have found another use for a coal-fired powerhouse. We are not going to begin remaking bricks, Mr Coe. We are not going to reopen the brickworks as a brickworks. We are looking at the possibility of adaptively re-using it for other purposes so that we can justify a certain or an optimum level of expenditure and so that the place can be an adornment to the life of the city in any creative way that we can think of or imagine or afford. In the context of that site and the capacity for development, of course, I think it would be absurd to think about a future adaptive re-use of the Canberra—

Mr Coe: It is a separate site, though, Jon.

MR STANHOPE: Well, we are going to integrate it. We are all into integrating our development. It would be a nonsense to think about investing massively, say to the tune of $100 million, in the Yarralumla brickworks, the Canberra brickworks, without looking at how we might utilise the large areas of land that surround it.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Hunter?

MS HUNTER: Yes. Minister, why have the brickworks been allowed to deteriorate so rapidly? Will you allow this deterioration to continue while the development plans are finalised?


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