Community input sought on Albert Hall draft Plan of Management

Released 26/05/2012

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today encouraged Canberrans to have their say on the Albert Hall draft Plan of Management.

"Having recently completed a major refurbishment of Albert Hall, the ACT Government is now developing a Plan of Management to guide the use and protection of this historic building and the broader site for the next 10 years," the Chief Minister said.

"Canberrans now have the opportunity to have a look at the draft Plan and put forward any views they may have.

"Albert Hall has been a much loved Canberra landmark since its opening on 10 March 1928. It retains much of its original character meaning it is an excellent example of the Federal Capital style of architecture of the 1920s.

"Albert Hall means a lot to Canberrans, many of whom in times past met their future partners at dances and events held there, who have been married there, or who have simply enjoyed one of countless performances held at the venue. More recently Albert Hall has also been used to host everything from national conferences, to markets and community celebrations.

"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.

"Feedback on the draft Plan can be made by completing a survey online at Hard copies of the survey are also available at Canberra Connect shopfronts and public libraries. Consultation closes at 5 pm on 20 July," the Chief Minister concluded.

Albert Hall was listed on the ACT Heritage Register in 2001.

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