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Students’ ideas for adaptive reuse of Gardener’s Lodge

Her Excellency Governor Marie Bashir officially launched the initiative by the Redfern Aboriginal community to process an “Expression of Interest” to lease the former Gardener’s Lodge at the junction of the Sydney University axis and City Road from the Council of the City of Sydney reports Col James in the December 2007 edition of the South Sydney Herald.

A ceremony was arranged by representatives of the Redfern Aboriginal community, Paul Coe (Tent Embassy Movement), Michael Mundine (Aboriginal Housing Company) and Beryl Van Oploo (Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training College) at the Carriageworks, Darlington on Tuesday November 22.

Ideas for the adaptive reuse of the heritage listed Gardener’s Lodge and environs, prepared by Sydney University architecture students, were displayed for a gathering including City Council representatives, heritage architects, Eora Tafe College, Sydney University staff and students, local residents and kids, local MP Tanya Plibersek, and the Governor of NSW.

After discussion with students involved and a wonderful commentary by the Governor, the guests had a taste of things to come with Aunty Beryl’s damper and tea.  Empowered by the enthusiastic reception, University representatives will prepare a full submission for discussion with local community and Council early next year.

Source: South Sydney Herald December 2007