Lack of regular maintenance and willful neglect of the structures by successive government bodies over the years has led to deterioration of the brickworks. The National Trust believes that the "Old Canberra Brickworks" is under threat of deterioration and devaluation of it's Heritage Values and believes that the place be made available for appropriate occupancy and use. (Apparently there have been several recent ideas that haven't eventuated)
John Stanhope (ACT's Chief Minister) released a media statement (here) on the 16/04/2010 stating:
"The community is being invited to help determine the future of the iconic Old Canberra Brickworks site in Yarralumla, with a comprehensive consultation starting in the coming weeks"
Note: I think appropriate utilisation would be a wonderful solution I am sure this can be developed to be self supporting as the large brick lined kilns can effectively be used as shop spaces. I can remember in the early 90's when an ACT charity hosted an annual Antiques fair that was hugely successful. The kilns were perfect. I hope they don't bulldoze and sell the extremely valuable land.
Today the brickworks are closed to the public...
The Wikipedia entry is (here)
The tall chimney and newest kiln
Photo source (here)
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