She was clearly distressed. They are tearing down the Council Chamber she declared. “We have to stop them” she said repeatedly.
Her concerns related to Council’s recent announcement about investigating redeveloping the Civic Centre Site. She understood Council was about to demolish the Town Hall and the Library. She believed that Council had sent her a letter confirming this.
Newspaper articles have refrained from identifying the Civic Centre site. They have used words like “towering over Town Hall”. Words like “radical proposal to cannibalise its own Council Chambers”. Ratepayers and others are also distributing flyers indicating Council WILL be building 8 storeys on the Village Green.
Please, please, please! Pay no attention to this alarmist dialogue. It is untrue. For the truth I invite you read my recent blog post.
And let me stress:
1 The Council is only considering whether or not to redevelop the Civic Centre Site. The Civic Centre site houses Council’s administration.
2 We are not demolishing the Town Hall or the Library. They are State Heritage listed buildings. As anyone who knows, we are very proactive in protecting our heritage.
3 We are not going to build over the Town Hall or Library.
4 We have no intention of building an 8 storey building on the Village Green.
5 We have not sent any letter saying otherwise.
6 We are simply looking into what opportunities a redevelopment of the Civic Centre site will provide to better serve the community of Unley.
7 The investigation will take some 12 months.
8 Our community will be asked to contribute what they believe we can achieve in considering such a redevelopment.
We will soon be asking you to help us determine what would be the best use of the Civic Centre site for our future community.
Can I close by asking you this question. Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?