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the new stone age

14 March, 2012

Somehow I hadn’t heard about the latest tourism-oriented developments down in Esperance before reading this exchange from last Tuesday in the W.A. Legislative Council:

HON ROBIN CHAPPLE (Mining and Pastoral) [5.53 pm]: […] The proposed creation of a waterfront inlet and surrounding buildings will impact on the cultural heritage values of Esplanade Reserve. These impacts could be mitigated by reducing the space removed from the public domain. Following on from what my colleague said, we are not necessarily opposed to the development, but the community values of the area should be recognised. It is proposed that the Florence Hummerston building will be relocated from Esplanade Reserve to the Supreme Court Gardens, which flies against a basic premise of heritage. Heritage is an association with a place; we do not pick up Stonehenge and move it somewhere else.

Hon Helen Morton: You do in Esperance! They have done that; apparently it is fantastic!

Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE: Do not get me going on that one either, please! I think that is one of the greatest sacrileges the state of Western Australia has had foisted upon it!

Subject: Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment 1203/41 – Perth Waterfront – Disallowance [Legislative Council – Motion]

Date: 6 March 2012

Hansard reference: p. 598 [online (pdf)]

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