Christchurchs McDougall Gallery Bill before Parliament
21 February 2003
Parliament has begun considering the Christchurch City Councils
Robert McDougall Gallery Land Vesting Bill.
The Bill was introduced on Wednesday (19 Feb). It will be considered
by the Local Government and Environment Committee which will decide
on a closing date for submissions.
Central city MP Tim Barnett will see the Bill through its stages.
Im aware theres some urgency attached to the Bill,
he says. Given that local consultation has already happened,
Im sure that most issues have been resolved.
Mr Barnett says 2003 is an exciting year for the city. This
is a great year for local culture, with the new
gallery set to open and the museum alterations due to start
and getting over this legal hurdle will also help move things along.
The Local Bill formally called the Christchurch City Council
(Robert McDougall Gallery) Land Vesting Bill is needed because
the 1925 Act of Parliament that set up the old Robert McDougall
Art Gallery must be replaced to allow the building to be put to
The building, west of the museum in the Botanical
Gardens, ended its run as the citys main art gallery in
June last year. The City Councils new gallery is set to open
After considering submissions last year, the City Council decided
to lease the old gallery building to the Canterbury Museum to be
used as a gallery principally for the display of art and decorative
arts and crafts. The local Bill will allow those changes to
The building will become known as the Robert McDougall Gallery.
Through the City Councils public consultation, about 200 submissions
were received about the gallerys future use, with just under
150 supporting it being allied to the museum.
For a copy of Mr Barnetts speech to Parliament moving
the Bills first reading, call Bryn Somerville on 03 941 8949
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