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The long awaited transformation of the Hart's Mill precinct is beginning.
Aspect Studios, in collaboration with Mulloway Studios (headed up by locals Anthony Coupe and Felicity Sando), have finished the detail design work for the area surrounding the Hart's Mill buildings and work has recently got underway. Woohoo :)
The updated concept
St Jerome's Laneway Festival will be coming to the Port and the Hart's Mill Precinct on Friday the 7th of February. It will great to see the precinct used as a backdrop for this prestigious national music festival, hopefully bringing a whole new audience to experience the Mills. It's unfortunate that the buildings won't be accessible but it's a start.
On Saturday we took the opportunity to show Mark Butler, the Federal Member for Port Adelaide, and Susan Close, the State Member for Port Adelaide, through the Hart's Mill precinct. They now have a clearer idea of the scale of the task ahead and with it a better understanding of the community's aspirations for this place. The clip shows the wooden and cast iron flour milling machinery that is still in place on the top two floors of the Adelaide Milling Co building.
The following appeared on the Indaily website on the 3rd of July 2012. Although not solely about Hart's Mill, it does talk about the revitalisation of the Port and the design competition for the Mills
PORT Adelaide's ever-faltering revival moved a step forward yesterday when a plan was presented to State Cabinet to turn the inner Port's vacant outdoor areas into green, gathering places for people.
The "activation program" was outlined to Cabinet by Port Adelaide Renewal project director John Hanlon before it goes to the Port-Enfield Council and then the community will get a chance to comment. Mr Hanlon, who is also deputy chief executive of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, has until December to complete a master plan for the Port's inner harbour. Undaunted by at least eight previous failed master plans for the Port, Hanlon told Indaily he was busy trying to generate renewed interest and investment in the precinct.
He said Cabinet had not given him a master plan budget "at this point in time" for the four different precincts along the river
"I've got to look at private investment in those areas and we'll be talking to people about whether they're prepared to reinvest in the Port," he said.
"I won't have a lot of government money to throw at it at this point in time. I'll have to do a pretty good selling job to Cabinet and Treasury to free up some dollars there. But we have got land and I can use the leverage of that land to help get some private investment. Interestingly, there's still plenty of people interested in the port. Not everyone's given up on it, and that's great."
The four precincts cover the area from dock one to Hart's Mill corner; completing the stalled Urban Construct development on the northwest side of the river; the historic area where the old boat slips are located; and finally Cruikshank's Corner. Hanlon's immediate focus is to get some human activity back along the riverfront.
"You go back and look at everything, all the master plans for the Port, everything that people asked for... it could have been, and it still can be, a fantastic place and space. Right at the moment it's not looking good but we're negotiating with a whole range of people to try to get that water activated again. You need some movement in and around there, people using the water and the harbour. We're talking to people about that at the moment. Hopefully we'll do some things that will get it moving and then gradually just build up on that and get some real interest and investment back in there. That's the aim."
Also on Hanlon's master plan agenda is an architectural design competition for the landmark Hart's Mill and the adjoining Adelaide Milling Company, near the Jervois Bridge. The competition was announced last January by Premier Jay Weatherill at a public meeting in Port Adelaide. Hanlon said local people had made it plain they wanted the building kept for community use.
"So when we write the brief for the competition we won't be leaving it so open-ended that someone will come back with, you know, 10 apartments and exclusive use for 10 people. The brief will have to be written so that it takes into account those previous views of the community down there. They’re been pretty clear about how they want Hart's Mill used."
He said the structure was in good condition although it might give SafeWork conniptions in its current state.
"The structure of the outside of the building is pretty damn good. But it's the floors and those sort of things that would all have to be reinforced. It's got a lot of heavy equipment right up the top floor, so it's obviously holding together pretty well like that. You wouldn't call it a safe place at this point of time but the outside structure, it looks pretty good. We could make it work, I think. Someone's going to have to throw some dollars at it to make it happen. There might be some opportunities for some commercial activity in there as well as community activity. That's what we'll leave to those people who want to throw their hat in the ring about a design competition. But I think in the main I'll be steering away from exclusive use arrangements for it,"
He personally escorted a group of local heritage campaigners through the disused Mill last month.
"It's a bit shaky in there but we went right up to the top floor. A magnificent spot"
For more details on the Port Adelaide Renewal project, click http://saplan.org.au/yoursay/port-adelaide-a-fresh-approach
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.
On Sunday, some of the members of the newly established Port Adelaide Steering Committee (made up of seven community representatives and supported by at least eight government representatives) went on a walking tour of Port Adelaide to show the government representatives some of the buildings that this community highly cherishes. In an unexpected and very much appreciated move, the government reps offered to open up these buildings allowing us to see parts of the Hart's Mill complex which has been closed off to the community for many years. We sincerely thank all those who organised this fantastic opportunity.
Following a community meeting on the 23rd of January where Premier Jay Weatherill asked for ideas on how best to revitalise the Port (and pledged a greater community involvement in the future of the Port) last night the Premier provided feedback to some of the questions raised by the community. One of the questions, asked by Emma Webb from the Hart's Mill Project, was about the future uses for Hart's Mill, and in particular about the community's wish that the Mill Precinct be transformed into something that we can all be proud of.
"Thank you to everyone who made the time to come out on a hot night to the public meeting on the 23rd of January.
At the meeting I promised to answer the questions that we ran out of time to address. Those answers are below.
I have looked at the many ideas that people wrote on the night and which are now posted on this website. I am grateful for the many ideas and these will be passed on to the steering committee we are forming to work with the community on the master plan.
People showed a strong interest in Hart’s Mill as a central focus of the Port's heritage and its use as a centre for the arts. They also want all residents of Port Adelaide and surrounds to be able to access the Mill.
Given this community interest, I have asked that we conduct an architectural design competition for how we can transform Hart’s Mill in a way which meets the needs of the local community. Feedback from the community during the master planning will provide the values to guide that competition."
Premier Jay Weatherill, 3 February 2012
Our sincere thanks Mr Premier from all at The Hart's Mill Project