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Supreme Court challenge

HOBART – 15 MARCH, 2011.  Lobby group Save 10 Murray announced today it will appeal the Resources Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal decision of last month that dismissed its objections to the ‘Parliament Square’ redevelopment.

“We hoped that we would be able to take this step,” says group spokesperson Briony Kidd, “We feel very strongly that this is an important issue for the future of Hobart.”

“We had a target for the amount of money we needed.  We haven’t got all of it, but we have enough to be confident of going ahead.”

“The level of support has been heartening.  We’ve raised a lot of money in a short space of time and we’re confident there will be more donations over the next week or so.  There are a lot of people out there who understand and appreciate what we’re trying to do.”

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Last plea to save offices

DAVID KILLICK   | The Mercury

January 19, 2011 12.01am

THE 43-year-old government office tower at 10 Murray St is part of a “threatened generation of city buildings” and should be saved from demolition, a planning tribunal has heard.

Final arguments in the appeal against Citta Property Group’s $100 million Parliament Square development were heard in the Resource Management Planning and Appeal Tribunal yesterday.

The main objector is the Save 10 Murray group which wants the building preserved because of its heritage significance and architectural qualities.

The Parliament Square redevelopment is intended to revitalise the block of government buildings between Parliament House and Davey St.

It has prompted controversy because the plans include the demolition of several historically or architecturally significant buildings including the 14-storey Murray St office tower and the former Government Printing Office in Salamanca Place.

Save 10 Murray’s lawyer Shaun McElwaine said two reports used to bolster the case for redevelopment were flawed.

“The evidence put forward in favour of demolition suffers a number of defects and should be rejected,” he said.

“The persons who say this building is of such low significance it should be knocked down did not study here, do not practise here and have not spent much time here.

“It is an important building in the Tasmanian context, although it is maligned by some.”

Mr McElwaine said 10 Murray St was one of just five surviving state office blocks built during the post-war boom.

“We’ve got a heritage watchdog with their eye off the ball. They swallowed the developer’s line,” he said.

A revised proposal for the site is being considered by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority.

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The arts and musical festival MONA FOMA is underway currently in Hobart…

The venue for many of the events is the revamped Princes Wharf 1, with smaller acts appearing on a stage in the courtyard area.  It’s a position that is effectively backgrounded by 10 Murray Street, Tasmania’s iconic 1960s State Offices building.

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Push to save 10 Murray:  Artists organise exhibition in praise of high-rise block

DAMIEN BROWN

The Mercury, March 4

A lobby group that wants to save a government high-rise building from the wrecking ball is organising an art exhibition to “creatively” protest against its demolition.

Save 10 Murray spokeswoman Briony Kidd said the exhibition would feature unique depictions of what the group considered to be one of Hobart’s finest examples of modern architecture.

The exhibition will be held from May 5-14 as part of the National Trust’s Heritage Festival.

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