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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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My Tasmania

by Leo Scofield

The Mercury, Saturday Magazine 13 November 2010


It would be interesting to know just how many members the group known as Save 10 Murray St has. I am all for preserving important buildings of any period, but it seems to me that 10 Murray ranks about 99th on the list of top 100 threatened buildings in Tasmania. That it’s a rare example of a 1950s modernist building is unarguable. But whether it’s an important building is another matter.

Its fans claim that it’s the best Tasmanian example of an office high-rise of this period is like saying Auschwitz is the best example of a Polish concentration camp. It’s not a dog but it’s transcendently undistinguished.

And if, as the chairman of the Heritage Council says, more than two thousand buildings need assessing, there are more important sites to be considered.

Richard Francis Jones, the man in charge of replacing this over-hyped building with something classier, it one of the most highly regarded architects practising in Australia.


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Appeals stall project

The Examiner, 23 May, 2010

The redevelopment of Hobart’s Parliament Square has hit a few obstacles, writes ZOE EDWARDS.

THE developer charged with revamping Hobart’s Parliament Square precinct says the multimillion-dollar project is running smoothly and on budget, despite planning appeals delaying the start of work.

Sydney-based developer Citta Property Group proposes to convert the area behind Parliament House into an open and grassed public space, including an amphitheatre with a giant outdoor screen, bars, eateries and office space.

The space is currently full of unused heritage-listed buildings, car parks and State Government offices.

The Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority in February approved the demolition of government high-rise 10 Murray Street, a row of buildings along Salamanca Place and the red brick annexe off Parliament House.

The planning go-ahead has sparked a number of appeals against the redevelopment, namely by a group intent on saving 10 Murray and the heritage- listed Printing Authority building from the demolition ball.


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A video about the Save 10 Murray art exhibition has been posted on the ABC Local Radio website.  Features sister0 (Nancy Mauro-Flude) and Madeline Kidd, two of the artists, and architect Paul Johnston.  Watch the video.

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Treasurer blocks building award

by Zoe Edwards

The Examiner, 7 May 2010

Tasmania’s Treasurer has blocked the nomination of Hobart’s 10 Murray Street’s government office building for an architectural award.

The 1960s, 14-storey building is one of two buildings in Parliament Square set to be demolished to make way for a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

Briony Kidd — the head of Save 10 Murray lobby group, which has launched an appeal against the demolitions — nominated the building for an Australian Institute of Architects 25 Year Award for enduring architecture.

But Treasurer Michael Aird has stopped the nomination, which needs permission from treasury — the building’s owner — in order to go ahead.

Mr Aird said it was inappropriate for the building to be nominated.


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This article shows what the building that will replace 10 Murray Street will look like and its positioning in close proximity to Parliament House.

The public can comment on the ‘Parliament Square’ development by  emailing info@waterfront.gov.au by 10 February.

The proposed demolition of 10 Murray Street is of relevance to anyone who is concerned about the building, not just Tasmanians – so anyone is entitled to comment.

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Text of advertisement in The Mercury from the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority, 31 October 2009:


Notice is given that an application for a planning permit under Section 57 of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and an application for heritage works approval under Section 32 of the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 have been received by the Authority.

Location: “Parliament Square” – the land bound by Davey & Murray Streets and Salamanca Place and part of the rear of Parliament House, Hobart (lots 1 & 2 and part of lot 3 of Central Plan Register No. 8496)

Proposal: Demolition, mixed use development comprising offices, art & cultural centre, eating establishments & hotel (bar), civic square & car parking, building alterations & additions, road works and public urban space building, works & furniture.

These applications can be inspected at the Authority’s office at 5 Franklin Wharf, Hobart between 9 am and 5pm weekdays. Any person may make a representation in relation to an application by writing to the Chief Executive Officer at GPO Box 2114, Hobart 7001 or by emailing info@waterfront.tas.gov.au.
Representations should be received by 4pm, Monday 16 November 2009.

Hadley Sides
Chief Executive Officer

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