This morning we took a group of Government reps and some of the members of the Port Renewal Steering Committee around some of the buildings in the Port (a case of "you tell me what you want us to see and we'll get the keys"). At the end of the tour we ended up back at the Hart's Mill carpark. Ben Hewitt, the Government Architect, missed out on seeing the inside of Hart's Mill when we looked through it about a month ago so, keys appeared, and voila, here's Hart's Mill Interior revisited. So much potential, so much character. Huge thanks to those who made this happen.
Last night, at Hart's Mill, about 170 people turned up with their tables, chairs, food, wine, candles, white table cloths, music and good spirit for a guerilla/gorilla/grilla dinner. The dinner was the launch for this website and an opportunity for the community to re-populate the Hart's Mill precinct and to start to engage and think about the mills and their future.
The numbers were all the more impressive as it had been raining off and on all day and, being so close to Christmas, many people couldn't make it. It was also impressive as it was organised as a word of mouth invitation only event - no emails, no invitations - just a reliance on community networks and neighbours talking with neigbours. The night was hugely successful in terms of media coverage with Channel7 turning up to record the event and reporters and photographers from the Advertiser/Sunday Mail and the Portside Messenger taking the time and effort to talk with those gathered about the Hart's Mill Project and their aspirations for the mills.
Well done to all those who could make it and we look forward to our next activity for bringing attention to the plight of the mills. Just imagine the turn out if it was a nice evening, Christmas wasn't just round the corner and we had used the internet to spread the invitations near and wide. If you are interested in being involved and don't want to miss out, leave your details on the "contact us" page.