Town Hall decision a boost for city heritage
Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson
29 August 2013
Town Hall decision a boost
for city heritage
Christchurch City Council’s
decision to save the Christchurch Town Hall represents a
line in the sand for heritage buildings in Christchurch,
says Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson
“It is great to see a unanimous
decision for a significant architectural landmark in the
“The arts community in Christchurch, from Gap
Filler, to the Court Theatre, the CSO, and all the relocated
galleries, artists, musicians and performers have kept
Christchurch spirits alive throughout the last three
“Their energy is vital to the exciting new city
Christchurch will be.
“It is important the Town Hall is
part of a network of complimentary and not competing arts
venues in the city,” Grant Robertson
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