Hart's Mill Precinct
The Hart’s Mill precinct is under threat from a poorly conceived Council Development Plan that not only will allow the demolition of a major part of the built form, but will also allow 2, 3 and 5 storey buildings to surround the heritage buildings. The Council’s Development Plan was changed before the commencement of the Port Waterfront Redevelopment, to closely mimic the concept plan put forward by the Newport Quays development consortium for this area.
All the corrugated iron structures which make up the Flour Store and the Packing Store could be demolished. The proposed redevelopment would allow the building of 2 storey buildings to the north, 3 storey buildings to the west and 5 storey buildings to the south, effectively blocking out all views of the Mills.
PoANT is advocating against turning the heritage-listed buildings into a limited number of exclusive residential apartments, calling instead for a more enlightened cultural use which keeps the precinct accessible to the public. A community-driven group, The Hart’s Mill Project, has recently been established to further advance this outcome and to give voice to the community, encouraging people to contribute their own ideas and aspirations for the future use of the Mills precinct.
The Hart's Mill Project website
Harts Mill Project
The Harts Mill Project also has more images of the Mills on Flickr here;
and a Facebook page here:
Bryan Dawe's take on the Mills