BUILDINGS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF CITY'S BEAUTY
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This must surely be the case for those responsible for the design and approval of the necessary renovations and enlargement of the Griffith Court House.
Griffith being a relatively young city has very few historic edifices and many various building styles can be adopted and be in harmony with the existing streetscapes.
However the Griffith Court House, until now, was a building along with minor renovations over the years that reflected with dignity the era of its construction.
Along with the renovated City Library it was a jewel of a building in our main street.
I am aware that many architects and designers now have a love affair with corrugated iron and other forms of iron sheeting and it has its place in the right location, perhaps on new modern buildings.
The use of these materials on the Court House has completely destroyed the ambience of the original building and therefore the ambience of that section of our main street.
Whether it was to save money or just to keep up with the times we will probably never know.
However I would ask the question, "If renovations or additions were to be carried out on an historic building such as a Court House in Sydney or environs, would corrugated galvanised iron be used? I doubt it.
The damage is done and we now on a larger scale have a building reminiscent of the corrugated iron toilet block situated in the park in the top block in Banna Avenue.
I commenced by saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and as a beholder whose views may not be shared by many, I find that although very useful, both buildings are as ugly as sin and not representative of our beautiful city.
Noel Hicks, Griffith
HISTORY CAN'T BE CHANGED BUT HAS TO BE READ IN CONTEXT
Greg Adamson makes some valid points in his letter (The Area News, July 13) on recent questions being asked about our history.
He is correct in saying "our past is our past and nothing can change it", however our past must be correctly recorded".
I condemn some of the recent behaviour from the radical fringe that distort the efforts of well meaning groups that advocate for historic events, good and bad, recorded in context.
European colonisation has produced some almighty outcomes but in many cases at a considerable human cost.
As a child growing up in Griffith in the 1950s and 60s the treatment of indigenous people in the Americas, Africa, Asia and here in Australia was glossed over or not covered at all.
It is a fact that many parts of British and other European empires included aggression to indigenous occupants, ceasing of tribal lands, slavery, opium cultivation and trading, and racial segregation.
For mankind to learn from its mistakes and continue to progress all aspects of our history must be recorded in correct context.
Peter Thomson, Briar Hill
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