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Sartor Should Save Blacksmith’s Shop

Minister for Redfern-Waterloo Frank Sartor should step in to save the historic blacksmiths shop at the Australian Technology Park (ATP) at Redfern, according to NSW Greens MP, Sylvia Hale in this media release of 6th August 2008.

The Blacksmiths Shop, known as Wrought Art Works, has been at the park since its inception and has been responsible for restoring historic equipment and training apprentices in traditional skills that are in short supply.

“Wrought Art Works has always been part of the Australian Technology Park. It makes an important contribution to both our heritage and to the maintenance and development of traditional skills,” said Ms Hale.

“The demand by the Redfern Waterloo Authority and the ATP that Wrought Art Works pay market rates for the space it occupies is nothing more than a move to shut it down so the ATP can lease the space out for more money.”

“This is just the latest example of these authorities placing commercial imperatives above all else.”

“Frank Sartor is the Minister for Redfern-Waterloo. He should intervene to ensure the blacksmiths shop is saved to continue its important heritage and skills development role,” concluded Ms Hale.