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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

1 September 2006

Australian Heritage Minister opposes proposed WA Treasury development

The proposed redevelopment of the old Treasury site in the Perth CBD was like putting mag wheels on a classic vintage car, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

The height and design of the buildings that had been proposed would undermine the architectural and heritage values of the historic site.

“I have seen the plans and they are in massive conflict with the built heritage of the Treasury precinct,” Senator Campbell said.

“They will forever rob the people of Western Australia of the opportunity for a really significant central meeting place in what is an important historic location for the state.

“As the Australian Heritage Minister and a Western Australian with a long interest in the preservation the heritage of our city, I am horrified at the proposal. If this development is allowed to proceed it will be nothing less than an act of vandalism on our central city.”

Senator Campbell said he was concerned that while the State Government’s Planning Commission committee was due to make a decision about the proposal on September 20, there had been no adequate public consultation.

“This is a project of massive scale and for the State Government to allow it to proceed in such an important heritage precinct without proper public consultation is an absolute travesty,” Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell will be making a submission to the WA Planning Commission’s Central Perth Planning Committee detailing his strong opposition to the proposal.

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