For almost a hundred years, Melburnians have been looking at ways to better connect the city with the Yarra River, which had been rudely taken away from them by the Public Transport corporation. One story is well known, the drawn out Gas and Fuel to Federation Square saga. On the other side of the bridge, it’s been no less drawn out.
Who would have thought that less than two decades after the 1910 completion of Flinders Street station, there would have been calls to start again. That was in 1925, and the reason was congestion. The next attempt was in 1949, when James Alexander Smith proposed to rebuild it and roof over the railway yards. Again, that proposal didn’t take hold. In 1958 theatre architect Neville Hollinshed had a go. He was responsible for the Comedy, the Metro, Horsham Town Hall, and many other buildings. He wanted to see a new station, civic square, and public buildings there.
Woolbroker William Lempiere followed in 1961, and then a couple of years later came a plan that almost made it into being. As The Age described it in 1975 , 60 year old Keith Herbert Jones…
went to see the then Minister for Transport, Sir Arthur Warner, but was told by Sir Arthur to wait outside his office for a minute because he was expecting some idiot who wanted to talk about roofing in the Flinders Street yards.
“I said I was the idiot, but I wanted to roof in the whole station,” said Mr. Jones.
Jones created the scheme over many beers at the RACV club with an [unknown] architect friend. They, “sketched their ideas with their fingers in spilt beer on the bar.” How Australian is that?
1963 scheme ( NAA )
The scheme roofed over the yards between Flinders and Queen Streets, demolished the existing station, and provided a new concourse along Swanston Street. a 60 storey skyscraper would grace the new development, surrounded by a shopping plaza podium. Other buildings and hotels would be scattered through the development, and a, “scenic drive on the bank of the Yarra [would extend] form Batman Avenue to Queen Street.”
A few years later in 1969, with the scheme now in the hands of Lend Lease, Local Government Minister Hamer gave the go ahead. After millions had been spent on planning, Transport Minister Meagher told The Age in 1975 that this one wouldn’t fail, as it had funding and parliamentary authority.
But the atmosphere was changing. The ALP, architects, the Anglican Church, the National Trust and retailers were raising concerns. The 1970s brought with it a new awareness about ‘heritage’, and the old buildings were no longer just seen as hindrances to progress.
After a long break, and some underwhelming renovations to the Swanston Street concourse in the 1980s and 90s, congestion was once again enough of a worry to look at a major rebuild. This time round it would have to be self-funded by private development over the tracks.
There is little controversy about the need to develop, as it is getting horribly busy down there, and the Flinders Street facade and dome will be retained. Skirmishes instead erupted over the cloaked way the competition was proceeding. In response to a breakaway initiative by Melbourne architects to hold an exhibition of Stage One entries, Major Projects Victoria issued a veiled threat to shortlisted winners, hinting that exhibiting may result in disqualification. That didn’t go down terribly well in the media, even being reported in ArchDaily.
Possibly addressing this lack of transparency, the latest press release from Major Projects Victoria, dated 23rd April, makes a great deal of the upcoming People’s Choice Awards. People may not have much time to make a choice though if MPV hold to their original programme, exhibiting the developed shortlisted entries on the internet for a short time this July.
“This level of public engagement is the first of its kind. To have a People’s Choice vote in an architectural competition is only fitting giving the importance of Flinders Street Station… We want everyone to have their say on the future of the station precinct.” David Hodgett
They don’t forget to mention that, thanks to Australian Institute of Architects competition guidelines, the jury can’t take any notice of the People’s Choice Award, though they may look at the comments later, “to inform future plans”.
To be continued
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Can anyone spot the glaring error? Apart from labelling all Post-WWII buildings “plain”.
A: The photograph is of a high-rise extension to the ES&A building in Elizabeth Street (Chancellor and Patrick). It was constructed, controversially, about 10 years ago. Is this a suitable image for an article discussing the merits of mid-century buildings? In a way it is, as an example of what can happen when an important building is mangled despite heritage listings ( National Trust State Significance in this case ).
A little investigation on Google reveals that earlier today this Herald Sun article went under the banner “Protected Eyesores”. Not uncommon in the press, this lack of sympathy for modern architecture. They then select a few words from an interview with Melbourne Heritage Action spokesperson Rupert Mann. “They’re not much for the eye to look at, they’re not ornate (but they’re significant).”
Mr Mann was the counter point of view in the article to Victorian Planning Minster Matthew Guy. Mann thought Guy should rely on his heritage specialists, rather than say things like this: “There’s obviously one or two examples that we could keep, but I don’t think we should want to see a CBD awash with structures built in the 1950s.” My Guy is about to review and make the final decision on the City of Melbourne’s “98 CBD buildings” list. Heaven (or whatever is up there) help us. Though looking at the council list ( Graeme Butler & Associates PDF ), there are so few mid-century buildings there that Guy needn’t worry about the city being awash with these plain things in a few decades. I’ve mapped them, and can’t even find the nine the Herald Sun says are there:
View 98 Buildings in a larger map
(Note I did this quickly using a few scripts, so probably some errors 30cm from screen. Click an icon then MORE > Street View to see a pic)
Here are just a (very) few of the CBD 20C buildings that don’t make any grade that I can find. This gallery may grow as I find the time… ie it probably won’t grow.
03.09.12 in heritage
Word on the street (and the AFR) is that Total House has been sold to Riichard Gu and the AXF Group, for $40M. Word is also that it was marketed as a city development site. Quelle horreur.
Here’s the sliced version of the article at AFR.
The building houses an office block (resembling a TV or microwave) which sits astride a carpark. Designed in the early 1960s by Bernard Joyce (1929 – 1994) of Bogle Banfield and Associates, it is home, or has been home to many prominent architects over the decades. Recent tenants include John Wardle, Peter Elliot, BKK, and Shane Murray.
Total House missed out on inclusion in the City of Melbourne’s study last year into 98 unprotected buildings deemed worthy of inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register.
AXF Group has recently been in the news for restarting its rejected proposal for an apartment tower in Box Hill, 33 storeys this time. You can see that golden wonder at The Urbanist.
If demolished, it will join Australia’s first multi-storey carpark, which was just up the street, in carpark heaven.
2011 rendering, Windsor Hotel with lowered corner building, DCM
Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel redevelopment is back in the news. The owner, Halim Group, was seeking a 12 to 18 month extension to their planning permit, as they were not ready to start construction before the November deadline, set two years ago. Adi Halim received a letter from Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning, on the 18th. It refused an extension.
The November ’10 permit [ PDF ] was issued after an appeal by the owners to maintain the original height of the corner building (on Bourke and Spring Streets). The appeal was unsuccessful, though they were awarded an extra 20 odd centimetres. The stated reason for the appeal was that the entire development was not economically viable unless they could retain the upper two storeys shown in the design originally submitted for approval. Halim didn’t get what they needed but haven’t abandoned the project.
Since then little has been heard, publicly. Press releases on the development’s website ceased in May 2010. Media coverage of the project swung over to a lashing of the former Ministry for Planning. In 2011 The Age reported that the proposal was suffering financing woes. That’s about it…. until now.
Adi Halim, for Halim Group has just written an exclamatory opinion piece in The Age – with the subtitle, “Matthew Guy’s ‘‘bombshell’‘ is clearly aimed at stopping the project.”
“[The Minister for Planning’s] decision left us with three choices: abandon the project, appeal to VCAT and hope for a decision before our permit expires in November, or rush the construction plans to activate the permit.”
Halim group has signalled that the latter option is most likely, otherwise they are back to square one. The resulting redundancies and booking cancellations have the government crying ‘blackmail’. Anyway, DCM could be in for a busy couple of months.
29.07.12 in heritage
Architect / protaganist: Denton Corker Marshall [DCM]
My God, that is appallingly ugly. I forgot how ghastly it was, not having seen anything about this for a couple of years.
by James on 30 July 12 ·#
Phyllis Murphy, a Melbourne architect who practiced with her husband John from the 1949 till the early ’80s, talks us in this Culture Victoria video through the world of Victorian wallpaper, a passion of hers.
John and Phyllis Murphy’s major project was complete just seven years after their graduation from the University of Melbourne: The Olympic Pool (1956), with Kevin Borland, Peter McIntyre and Bill Erwin. Wikipedia entry
The pool, now unfortunately called the Westpac Centre, is one of the ten buildings featured in the new iPhone/iPad app, The Sound of Buildings, which provides a nice sequence of construction photos.
A house designed by the Murphys is for sale in Strathalan, Camperdown.
Halim group has submitted an ever so slightly lower version of their Windsor Hotel development to Heritage Victoria for approval. Two floors have disappeared, cutting the number of rooms from 332 to 300.
16.06.11 in heritage
This is a Masterpiece. RMIT is the greatest Architecture School in Australia.
by leehon on 18 June 11 ·#
Victorian Planning Minster Justin Madden issued a press release yesterday saying that the Planning Department supported Heritage Victoria’s May 2009 determination that Northcote Bowl is not worthy of a heritage overlay. The City of Darebin had been trying to protect the distinctive 1960s building (by architects Fisher and Jackson) from demolition and redevelopment as 96 apartments.
22.05.10 in heritage
Such is progress and such is Justin Madden and the Victorian ALP’s depraved liaison with the property developers.I used to work here, before Northcote was first taken over by ferals, and the subsequent march of the gentrifiers, when bowling was a real sport for some people, not some ironic hipster pastime. A side issue is that the bowling alley closed due to basically a lack of demand as the yuppies and gentrified moved in, but there are a number of restaurants etc who are using the alleys in their fitouts..riiight. Still, I had some great times there from about 1985-2000..RIP AMF Bowl.
by Ed C on 21 June 10 ·#
They really want to hang out in the past down at the Parks Branch. They’re about to bowl anything in Fitzroy Gardens that looks like it was built after 1939, after a spot of public consultation. They’ve lept on Heritage Victoria’s advice that the only decent things in the garden were built in the nineteenth century, at the turn of that century, and in the Inter-war period, which Parks mistakenly think ended in 1945. They appear to have taken their obligation to look after items from these periods as a license to obliterate anything else.
OK. This little website is still a bit touchy over a spot of vandalism four years back. It might show.
Some things have improved though – at least they’re telling us what they’re going to do beforehand.
In there headlong rush into the past, they’re intending to demolish most of the maintenance depot (‘cept the heritage buildings), that little ticket office outside Cooks’ Cottage, and..
The 1982 Joan Arnold sculpture is, “in very poor condition”, and people are nicking off with the little sea creatures. They also complain that it squirts people and wets the concrete and that there is a risk of injury. No!
Zooming back to 1989, it’s like.. déjà vu. Back then people were complaining that people were nicking off with the sea creatures, and that the fountain didn’t fit the gardens. Council was a different beast back then and approved a grant to restore the sculpture. The Age reported that the 71 year old Joan Arnold was delighted, saying she’d built the sculpture with children in mind – it was a long time since they’d had anything built for them.
Zoom way back to 1981, and The Age’s welcoming editorial : “In the graceful, historic Fitzroy Gardens, it will stand out as the sweet – but utterly inappropriate – work that it is.” They go on to right it off properly by calling it a “diversion for children”.
Take your kids to see it, now. Perrott Lyon Mathieson helped out building it, by the way.
Not an offensive building – and not very old. They are careful not to criticise the existing building’s modernist ’60s pavilion design, but kind of let the cat out of the bag with one of their options..
“A second option is for a café rebuilt on the same site with the capacity to provide the same level of services and functions as the present facility.”
Umm… so why would they want to demolish it? It mightn’t have anything to do with the cute little photo of the cafe demolished in 1963, dropped into the pages nearby? Replica Victoriana here we come.
A cabman’s shelter from “the turn of the 20th century” is getting wheeled out into the daylight. No associations with the gardens, other than having been stored in a shed there for a while. That’s apparently good enough.
Grey Street fountain, this Victorian piece with a pile of rubble at the base is to be retained and conserved. The Parks Branch tried pulling it out in 1968, and they got what for from the public.
Fitzroy Gardens may be about to get a maze, like any self-respecting British garden would. It would seem that this disobeys the policy of removing buildings from the garden that was used to demolish the gents monopod in 2006, rather than otherwise utilising them. But never mind, that was obviously just a temporary policy. The Parks Branch’s serving suggestion for the children’s maze:
The public is encouraged to comment before May 21st, 2010. In line with their heritage policy, Parks will only accept comments from members of the public who were alive during the inter-war period, or preferably before.
12.05.10 in heritage
Lonsdale House now looks like this… The facades of the ground floor shops have, rather eerily been left as a hoarding.
And a few from the vaults:
The five uncertain years in the lead up to the demolition of Lonsdale House and its neighbours saw rents in the lane drop, and some tenants we won’t forget move in. Most notably, St Jerome took over an ancient italian restaurant and sledgehammered their way through the back to create one of the best outside bar spaces seen in these parts. Its offshoot Shittown, built on a rickety fire stair, sold beer out of eskies and lived up to its name. Another offshoot, the St Jerome Laneway Festival started small in Caledonian Lane, grew out into Lonsdale Street, and now is all over the country . Not bad for a little lane.
Last I heard, the lane is going to fatten up somwhat. Apparently Myer need 8 metres width to accommodate their incoming trucks full of pillow cases and ipads.
07.05.10 in heritage
I went there a couple of times. Sweet. Shit bar was the best bar ever.
by luke on 7 May 10 ·#
Glum to see last night the Melbourne Dental hospital on Grattan Street in its vivid blue death shroud. Another building from the early ’60s falls on an asbestos pretext, making way for the energy-intensive construction of a new ‘sustainable’ building. The dental hospital has moved down the road and the Peter Mac is moving to the site, making way for apartments on its site in East Melbourne, so its dominoes all round. Here are some pics of the Melbourne Dental Hospital, all fairly recent phone grabs.
As she was:
Frank Heath was the architect*, with some early assistance from Percy Everett. It took decades to get built, due to money problems. Will be much quicker to demolish.
\* One article attributes the building to Frank Lynch.
21.03.10 in heritage
Has some history but certainly will not be shedding a tear for this oppressive looking thing … !
by Sean on 23 April 10 ·#
Well i thought it had some pretty good bits; the grattan street side was rather office-like, but the rest was great almost saarinen angles and curves. If had been built in the 40s when it was designed, we’d would have been screaming to save it.
by rohan on 17 February 11 ·#
This could be the last chance to have a good look around the Naval and Military Club in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. The low-rise 1967 building with its distinctive arched windows is due to tumble soon, a new planning proposal having been approved for a Buchan designed 32 storey hotel and apartment complex.
The planning report ( PDF ) by the DPCD decided that the demolition of the building, “does not raise any issues relating to heritage.” Well that’s their point of view. Due to the proposal’s floor area, the decision was automatically referred to the Minister for Planning, bypassing council. The new building will cast shadows over the Melbourne Club’s nearby walled garden in the morning.
Penthouse Mouse is currently using the space for a, “temporary fashion store, arts and events space.” You can access most areas. The entrance is via the new (doomed?) building at the rear (on Coates Lane). The foyer is still being used by the Little Collins Hotel and can be entered from Little Collins Street.
PHM is open daily until 19th March, 11-9pm.
Many more slightly wobbly phone pics of the opening night here
As it is..
And as it will be..
Isn’t that the new AIA marxican headquarters.
by luke on 14 March 10 ·#
u r right.
by hairdresser on 14 March 10 ·#
try driving round the city without the gps..
its all the same….????
by cabbie on 15 March 10 ·#
all burnt lattes served on try hard postcards with a view of nothing.
by hairdresser on 15 March 10 ·#
yep…all the same…
by cabbie on 16 March 10 ·#
(James Fawcett and HPC Ashworth)
The completion of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station is (once again) being discussed. But this time Ron Walker is on board, wanting to fund it with gambling dollars. Money was available when it was first built, but was rerouted into building an extra storey along Elizabeth Street.
01.03.10 in heritage
The National Trust has launched a SAVE THE WINDSOR website. They don’t mean the Queen.
Is it really necessary that the Windsor become a huge 332 room, five star hotel with rooftop swimming pool, gym, three cafes, huge new function room, business suites, meeting rooms, a glass atrium – and only 35 ‘heritage rooms’ in what would be left of the original building ?
08.10.09 in heritage
the national trust are anglican wankers and architectural fakes.
sold their souls on the shard at fed square – orifice licking tools of thwaites and molesworth who were after a cheap shot at kennett but had no credible aggenda of their own other than the negative.
Sad to see the windsor go but happy to pay the price to see them wince on their way to florentinos for their 1950s spag bol. price of the dull if in doubt grid her out curtain is worth it.
by hairdresser on 12 October 09 ·#
The National Trust (Vic.) has initiated a campaign to save 40 or so W Class trams that are to be mothballed soon, leaving just 12 to trundle the City Circle.
600 of the trams were built in Melbourne between 1923 and 1956. In 1990, there was a W Class Tram fleet of 300. Since then, a number have been sold off to overseas cities such as San Francisco, and many have been cannabalised for spare parts.
Princess Mary taking a tram to St Kilda, while in Denmark.
Image of SW6 class tram from W CLASS TRAMS
29.08.09 in heritage
Correction Peter – St Kilda not Saint Kilda.
Very sad to see the W Class go. Such a shame that Denmark finds them iconic our current government doesn’t …
Corrected. Why did I never know that? sunt kelda = “sweet wellwater”, no saints in the suburb. Footy team will be pissed off.
by peter on 2 September 09 ·#
The National Trust is considering getting hold of a W Class tram and upgrading it to be queiter and safer, “as a demonstration project”. But first they want to know if there is any support… ? Comment here or straight to the Nat Trust via their site.
Speaking of quiet, what’s the worry there. Those 10 year old white trams Kennett bought are MUCH squeaker than they used to be.
by peter on 22 January 10 ·#
Great idea this!
As a young thing with a soft spot for old things i sincerely hope to see the W’s on Melbournes streets in the future.
by julian sheldon on 14 February 10 ·#
The upcoming demolition of Lonsdale House, an art deco building in Melbourne’s dowdy Lonsdale Street, is attracting attention that must be worrying the developers and Myer. A brief survey of recent developments turns up calls to arms, critiques of Melbourne’s heritage policy, and thoughts about what inner Melbourne should strive to be.
I had naively thought that Myer needed more space to display its range of bloomers and whitegoods, but what we are going to get is a new shopping centre. And Apple is the likely tenant . Mayor Robert Doyle says the CBD needs to keep up with Doncaster Shoppingtown and Chadstone, which is an odd comparison. Philip Goad replies, “We shouldn’t need to compete with shopping malls. There should be a different way of doing it. We don’t need to emulate the shopping mall in the central city.”
The Age questions why Melbourne City Council finds it so easy to sell its laneways for private development, and reports they are to receive $1.4M for laneways lost in the Myer development. Cheap at twice the price. 4m wide Caledonian Lane is to be widened into an 8m wide thoroughfare and main service entrance.
Guy Rundle speculates on what he calls “the bizarre revival of Melbourne on the world stage.” “It’s not for Melbourne Central or QV, those identikit mid-west maulings… It’s the fact that Melbourne is still recognisably a historied city, with layers and textures, laneways and lifeways that give it a global brand, and a source of future value.”
Planning Minister Justin Madden says that, apart from the need to widen the laneway, the building needs to be demolished to provide an entrance addressing QV. Nonsense says Shaun Carney at The Age
The National Trust
“The demolition of the Art Deco Lonsdale House on the basis of needing to widen the lane for truck access, and the need for a ‘signature’ building, is however still on the agenda. This is now the subject of a Planning Scheme Amendment being drafted by the office of the Minister for Planning, and does not appear to be subject to any hearing or review.” LINK
SAVE LONSDALE HOUSE has been launched. “WE have a choice between a Melbourne where: heritage buildings and laneways are demolished for short term financial gain; OR heritage and community values mean something to our city and its culture.”
The Facebook group – 1200 and growing.
The National Trust urges people to write to Planning Minister Justin Madden. A form letter they provide states: “The development will destroy one of the now characteristic laneways of Melbourne, and specifically the St Jerome’s bar, home of the laneway festival. There will be no room for unusual or fringe activities that so animate Melbourne in the new shopping centre. Such unique spaces and activities are in danger of being destroyed by their popularity.”
A community protest is to be held at Lonsdale House on August 22nd, 1pm – 2pm.
An online petition has been set up and has 1500 signatures to date.
A proposal by RMIT students for an alternative development that retains only the Lonsdale House facade: LINK
by peter on 4 November 09 ·#
The facebook group says that the demolition of the building has commenced.
by peter on 15 January 10 ·#
I just stumbled on what looks like a valuable tool for researchers. The NLA has been quietly shifting thousands of old newspapers into a searchable digital format. The current date range available to search is 1803 to 1954.
An example from the Melbourne Argus, 1 February 1922:
Modern Architecture – Labour-saving arrangements
bq. ln the kitchen there are built-in cupboards, which are flush with the walls, for the reception of groceries and other commodities, and most convenient of all is a window which opens from the yard outside into a square safe of fly-wire. This safe can be also opened from the kitchen, and the orders for the tradesmen are written on a slate and left there. Thus when the butcher calls he reads what is required for’ next day, and he leaves to-day’s, supply in the safe. The milkman does the same, also the baker and grocer; so there is no time spent in waiting to see what is needed. Of course these contrivances need method to make them efficient, but without simple rules of management, muddle will ensue, no matter how energetic and industrious the housewife may be.
Here are some sketches by Messrs Stephenson and Meldrum of the new St Vincents Hospital builing in Melbourne, of the nurse’s dining rom and the lobby. (The Argus March 5th, 1932 )
And how could I resist this ad, from The Argus, June 11th, 1927 .
Lastly, the Malachi Gilmore Memorial Hall in Oberon, now a craft shop, was dubbed “ultra-modern” in 1937, the year it was built. The suggestion that it is a “minor replica” of a pylon in Pharos leaves me scratching my head. ( Argus April 2nd 1937 )
05.08.09 in heritage
Planning permit approved . Going, going…
Lonsdale House was most recently known for the Caledonian Laneway experience – a cheap rent refuge for barbers, mattresses, noodles, and long neck beer – until everyone was booted out.
St Jerome’s bar was wedged into a tiny old Italian restaurant until they exploded through the back door and took over the rear laneway creating one of the better night spaces in Melbourne. Neighbouring bar Shit Town was short-lived as it was never quite able to comply with the Building Code – housing a bar on a dilapidated stairway. Fun again while it lasted.
However, the new Myer has been given a green light, meaning lots of work for NH architecture doing this:
Which used to look like this, when NH extended their wrapped gift design onto Lonsdale House.
Down the other end of the laneway you’ll be passing by this soon, notwithstanding the GFC:
For more pixs of the glamorous escalatored atrium, see the NH project page .
The nice people at Open House are opening the doors on Melbourne this Sunday. Huge array of buildings old and new – worth getting out of bed for this one. Check the website in case you need to reserve for the one you want.
1. 101 Collins Street
2. Fifteen Restaurant Kitchen Tour
3. T&G Building
4. Collins Street Baptist Church
5. Manchester Unity Building
6. The Melbourne Athenaeum
7. 271 Collins Street
8. St Paul’s Cathedral
9. Melbourne Town Hall
10. Capitol Theatre
11. Russell Place Substation
14. Council House 2
12. Queen’s Hall – State Library of Victoria
13. Storey Hall
15. Melbourne City Baths
16. Treasury Reserve Walking Tour
17. Tasma Terrace
18. Fire Services Museum of Victoria
19A. Radiation Therapy Bunkers – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
19B. Research Labs – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
20. Orica House (formerly ICI House)
21. The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
22. Federation Square – back of house tour
23. Draw the Line exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre
24. Shrine of Remembrance
25. Denmark House
26. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
27. Donkey Wheel House
28. Mission to Seafarers
29. The Harbour Family & Childrens Centre
30. Kangan Batman TAFE
31. The Gauge
32. Central Pier Docklands
An Albert Park resident is having the usual problems trying to demolish his “bog standard” deco house, and has gone to the press with it as consultant fees top 150K. “When we’ve put extensions to [the council] previously they said they didn’t like architecture that mimicked previous periods… Then we bring in a contemporary design and they say it introduces new elements. I thought they were a bunch of megalomaniac tossers.”
Denton Corker Marshall is working with the Halim Group on a design for a 15 storey tower behind the historic Windsor Hotel. The tower will reportedly wipe out part of the Hard Rock Cafe – no great loss there. But the National Trust isn’t happy – CEO Martin Purslow saying, “This proposal is over twice the statutory height limit under Melbourne’s planning scheme. It says the statutory height limit is to preserve the scale of the Bourke Hill precinct, and that’s the bloody reason we have these limits.”