An artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the former Red Hill Skate Arena by architecture firm Conrad Gargett.THERE is hope for a rebirth of one of Brisbane’s best known eyesores in coming months, as the owner pushes ahead with plans to redevelop the former Red Hill Skate Arena.The 1920s-built heritage building has sat dilapidated, neglected and vandalised since it was gutted by a fire on Boxing Day in 2002.Brett Heading and his partner, Susan Mercer, who run Clovely Estate Cellar Door next door, bought the landmark site near the corner of Musgrave Rd and Enoggera Terrace in 2011.Plans were approved by Brisbane City Council to transform the site into a function centre, retail shops and restaurants, but local residents objected and the dispute ended up in court.Mr Heading now wants to put that behind him and push ahead with a new plan to get something up and running soon.“We haven’t given up on it,” he said.Brisbane is a renters’ paradise“We’ll be asking the council to be flexible and allow us to stage the development.“We’re seeking a meeting with council at the moment and hope they’ll be enthusiastic with our plans for it.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena is edging closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Annette DewThe current development approval includes creating a new two level building on the site, but Mr Heading said staging the development would allow improvements to be made to the shell of the existing building first.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“We can get a roof on the arena and get it tidied up without having to do the development on the skate rink straight away,” he said.“At least then it would mean it’s not the unsightly wreck that it is now.”The former Red Hill Skate Arena site is getting closer to being redeveloped. Picture: Mark CallejaMr Heading wanted the space to accommodate a small function centre as well as offer an extended experience to Clovely Estate Cellar Door.“Everything from potentially wine blending to wine education classes and a cooking school,” he said.He envisages the process taking six to nine months if the council gives it the green light.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe plans would also allow for some separate retail tenants along Enoggera Terrace to complement the operation.Architect David Gole of Conrad Gargett said the objective was to maintain the site’s cultural significance and edgy, industrial feel.Mr Gole said the original idea for the site was to create a place where people could enjoy a food and wine experience.How much prices will rise in next 12 months“It’s always been a cultural site for Brisbane so it would be nice to think it could continue to provide that experience,” he said.
Third District Rep. Francisco Benitez,who is also part of the council, said he has filed House Bill No. 3890 toestablish a multi-species hatchery under the Bureau of Fisheries and AquaticResources (BFAR) in Talisay City with a releasing station in E.B. Magalona. Based on the Negros Third DistrictCoastal Resources Management and Development Agreement of 2019, the councilwill prepare a framework plan which shall guide member-LGUs in preparing theirrespective coastal management plans. He added the hatchery was intended notonly for blue crabs, which is abundant in the area but also for the otherspecies so fisherfolk will have an alternative catch during the “close season”for blue crabs. A chairperson will be elected from among the local chief executivesof the participating LGUs, and the others will serve as co-chairpersons. Anexecutive director will sit as ex-officio member. The signatory-mayors included NiloJesus Antonio Lizares of Talisay City, Mark Golez of Silay City, FrancisFrederick Palanca of Victorias City, and Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona. “I would like to congratulate thethird district on this launching and agreement signing. I wish the council verywell,” he said. Considering the critical condition ofthe coastal resources of the participating LGUs, the council was formed for therestoration and conservation of these resources, and for the maintenance andpreservation of sound ecological balance, clean environment, and equitable useof the resources and in giving preferential treatment to marginal fisherfolk. BACOLOD City – Four local governmentunits (LGUs) in the 3rd District of Negros Occidental have formed the CoastalResources Management and Development Council that will draft a restoration andconservation network plan for the area. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who sits asthe honorary chairperson, lauded the efforts of the mayors and otherstakeholders in establishing the council. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. PHOTO COURTESY OF PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL The partnership was formalized withthe signing of the memorandum of agreement between the local chief executivesof the cities of Talisay, Silay and Victorias and the municipality of E.B.Magalona, Negros Occidental in rites held at the Capitol Social Hall here lastweek. It will also formulate policies thatmay serve as a guide for the participating LGUs in managing all fishingactivities, and other related activities geared towards regeneration andutilization of resources as well as supervise all approved programs andprojects proposed in the coastal resource management plan, among otherfunctions and powers. The launching and signing rites werealso witnessed by provincial agriculturist Japhet Masculino, BFAR regionaldirector Remia Aparri and Chrisma Salao, vice president of World Wide Fund forNature-Philippines, an organization working with fishery stakeholders in thethird district for the sustainability of the blue swimming crabs’ industry.(With a report from PNA/PN)