Saving the Palace
Before the meeting at (Taipa,) I remarked to John Carter, “I need something to do.”
He replied, “Go get your hammer”.
Nuu, with her copious notes, sat at the head table while I went to the back, ultimately sitting next to Marion Walsh as she took minutes for Winston Peters. Nuu and I had decided not to speak, but to listen.
As the meeting went on, I was surprised by how accurately informed the speakers were. I still have the minutes, cost estimates, and even a portal frame diagram that we did when we met at The Palace four years ago to determine a path for having her conveyed to The Oruru and Inland Valleys Association Inc.
I have reviewed the OPUS Rehabilitation drawings. I have read the engineers’ reports, the 03/07/18 Oruru meeting minutes, and the 23/10/18 business plan.
Monday, Nuu and I visited The Palace. Given that the floor is solid and the framing is native timber, the focus should be on the structural analysis by Fraser Thomas. If those structural plans are implemented, making The Palace structurally sound, will the council divest her to the Oruru Association?
The last re-roofing was done by volunteers. I remember when we met at The Palace to discuss purchasing the iron. I was standing next to Cr Fiona King (Cr Felicity Foy’s mother), and we discussed council goodwill. This is again about council goodwill or “grumpiness”.
As far as a working bee, three builders offered to help as they exited the meeting.
The passing of time with a limited duty of care has left The Palace looking a bit haggard. She needs a face lift and a structural upgrade, but she is far
more substantial than “nails holding hands”.
The community consultation at Taipa was well subscribed, and although the comments were usually passionate, they were also generally gracious and for the most part spot on.
Like others, we have fond attachments to The Palace. In the 90s, for a big night out, our family would pack up and go to the movies. Before health and safety reared its concerns, Richard would sit on the balcony railing and critique the night’s entertainment.
If the decision is to do the Fraser structural work, the permit will need to be signed by a site 2 LBP. On 11/04/14 I cancelled my AOP 2 and carpentry licence (BP100594). On 15 /04/14 a letter was issued receipting my voluntary cancellation and offering me the opportunity to reapply at any time. If I can be re-licensed, my efforts would be filing FNDC applications, structural supervision and responsible management. I am doing what John advised. I am picking up my hammer.
Saving The Swamp Palace will be a heroic achievement.
MIKE WARD Doubtless Bay