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Penrith Panthers beat Cronulla Sharks 56-24, Broncos beat Bulldogs in battle of cellar-dwellers


Penrith has unearthed another star of the future in Charlie Staines, with the debutant scoring four tries in the Panthers 56-24 NRL demolition of Cronulla.

Playing for injured Dean Whare, the 19-year-old also added a try assist for good measure to spark the Panthers to their biggest win of the season.

Ivan Cleary’s side temporarily jump over Parramatta to top spot, with the Eels a chance of reclaiming pole position on Sunday when they face Newcastle.

The Sharks’ lopsided defeat not only snaps a three-game winning streak, but is also the heaviest under second-year coach John Morris.

The Panthers ran in a mammoth 10 tries, including two to another rookie in centre Stephen Crichton, while Nathan Cleary kicked seven goals.

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The signs were ominous for Cronulla the moment Penrith centre Brent Naden strolled over in just the fourth minute.

Liam Martin and Crichton crossed for soft tries soon after, before Staines flashed his potential on back-to-back possessions.

The Forbes’ product pointed straight at his home-town fans in the northwest corner of the ground when he claimed his maiden try in the 24th minute.

But that was just a preview of his next contribution, bursting down the right touchline on the return set and sending Dylan Edwards to score.

When Crichton crossed, the Panthers were racing the clock at 26-0, off the back of a dominant 76 per cent possession rate and a whopping 19-7 advantage in sets.

Cronulla eventually found its bearings late in the half, with Briton Nikora and Blayke Brailey reducing the deficit to 14 points at the break.

Staines ensured there was no second-half comeback when he scored off a Naden tapback, sending his mates, who had moved corners, into a frenzy.

Not even the sin-binning of James Tamou could halt the Panthers’ attack, with Billy Burns crossing despite being down to 12 men.

Jesse Ramien and Nene Macdonald, in his first match for the Sharks, added some respectability to the scoreline, before Staines completed his quadruple.

Compounding the loss for the Sharks is a suspected hamstring injury to Andrew Fifita, who failed to take the field in the second half.

Broncos beat Bulldogs in battle of the cellar-dwellers

A knee injury to captain Alex Glenn has soured Brisbane’s drought-breaking 26-8 NRL win over last-placed Canterbury.

It wasn’t pretty on Saturday evening but the Broncos finally snapped their six-game losing streak, notching their first win since March 20 and ending an agonising 113-day wait for long-suffering fans.

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The Broncos claimed a much-needed win over fellow strugglers in the Bulldogs.(AAP: Dan Peled)

Motivated by the thought that yet another loss would relegate them to last on the table, the Broncos did enough in a clanger-fuelled clash in front of 7,134 fans.

Glenn limped off in the 54th minute with a suspected medial ligament injury after an ugly tackle by Bulldogs centre Reimis Smith.

He was placed on report for a cannonball tackle after spearing into the former Kiwi international’s leg as the third man in.

In a match, billed as a battle for the wooden spoon, Brisbane — sitting 15th on the ladder — took on the bottom-placed Bulldogs and it showed in an error-riddled affair.

At times, the teams didn’t look like they knew how to play, let alone win, with the clash sometimes farcical due to the amount of dropped ball.

There were 24 errors with Brisbane committing 13.

In the end, inspirational prop Tevita Pangai and five-eighth Anthony Milford’s kicking game proved the difference as the Bulldogs suffered their fifth-straight loss.

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Pallas pads out inner-city headquarters


During the pandemic, Pallas Capital has banked $22.75 million for projects in Richmond and Chadstone.

The site for Pallas House Melbourne, at 67-69 Palmerston Crescent, was purchased last summer for $8.6 million. Construction is set to start on the nine-storey building in September.

To date, leasing deals worth $550,000 have been committed for the 3200 sq m of space, mostly from a cluster of finance outfits and property businesses.

The Double Bay office at 30-36 Bay Street is undergoing a $15 million upgrade which is expected to be completed early-2021. Leasing commitments worth $1.8m have been struck there.

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Caydon has offloaded another of the new shops at its Mason Square development, the $700 million project it built on the old Moonee Ponds market.

40 Hall Street shop fetched $1,025,000.

40 Hall Street shop fetched $1,025,000.Credit:

The 40 Hall Street shop fetched $1,025,000 and was sold to a Darwin-based investor putting money into commercial property for the first time.

The deal, reflecting a yield around 5 per cent, comes as the massive 1100 unit project gets close to completion.

The shop is leased to a Bottlemart bottle shop, an almost recession and pandemic-proof retailing category.

Only one space remains available along the Hall Street precinct.

CBRE’s Jason Orenbuch, Rorey James and Nic Hage handled the transaction.

Mr Hage said “The property was offered to the market before COVID-19 restrictions and initially intended for auction. The restrictions forced a change in tack, at which point the property was repositioned and a ‘private sale’ process commenced.”

North-east of the city on the corner of Bell Street and Upper Heidelberg Road, Mr Orenbuch and Zelman Ainsworth have leased a 186 sq m space to a cafe in Caydon’s imposing 248-unit Ivanhoe Apartments at $45,000 a year.

Mr Orenbuch said there has been high demand for operators wanting to be close to the Austin Hospital and the surrounding medical precinct.

Knight Frank agents Matthew Romanin and Nick Bisset are also selling a large 822 sq m office in the 443 Upper Heidelberg Road development which is expected to fetch around $5.5 million.

The ground floor office is leased to The Institute for Social Neuroscience Psychology College for 10 years, returning $358,817 a year in rent.

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Meanwhile just a bit further up the road at 537 Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg Mitsubishi is on the move, poised to leave a large 5606 sq m parcel of land vacant.

Mitsubishi is on the move from 537 Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg.

Mitsubishi is on the move from 537 Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg.Credit:

NSL Property Group’s Guy Naselli has the listing. The property, which has 174 metres frontage opposite Heidelberg Cemetery, includes a 2586 sq m building.

Mr Naselli said there have been enquiries from leading automotive brands, but the closeness to the Austin Hospital lends it to potential medical related uses.

He even flagged the potential for a hospitality group to make use of the big site.

The car yard site was bought nearly 20 years ago by REIL Dealership Bonds, an entity associated with Sydney-based accountants group Bentleys.

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Sport, exercise rules for locked down residents


Millions of residents locked down in Victoria are being reminded they cannot leave the area to exercise including to play community sport being held elsewhere or for a trip to the ski fields.

Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, to the city’s north, returned to stage three restrictions for six weeks from 11.59pm last Wednesday.

The only reasons residents can leave home are to go to work or school, for care or care giving, daily exercise and to buy food or other essentials.

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“You have got to be in your home if you are in the metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire other than for the four reasons and only when you absolutely need to leave your home for one of those four reasons,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday, announcing 216 new coronavirus cases.

“I will just make the point again that the exercise reason, one of those four, obviously is to go and get some fresh air, take some daily exercise.

“You cannot leave the metropolitan area if you are in the metropolitan area, and you can’t leave Mitchell Shire beyond, as in going further into regional Victoria, if you are in Mitchell Shire.

“That is just about trying to do everything we can to limit this getting into regional areas.”

He said there have been low case numbers or no cases recorded in parts of regional Victoria.

“But we are being extraordinarily vigilant around that issue,” Mr Andrews said.

He acknowledged it was “very frustrating” and “inconvenient” but every single Victorian would “ultimately benefit” if the strategy proves a success.

“It is the simple stuff, the common sense, just doing the right thing, the smart thing, that’s how we will get to the other side of this,” he said.

“This is not an ordinary weekend. It is anything but that.”

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WHAT SORT OF EXERCISE IS ALLOWED?

The Department of Health and Human Services advises many facilities including indoor sporting centres and swimming pools will be closed in the locked down areas.

“If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you cannot travel outside of the area to exercise and for outdoor recreation,” the department advises.

“If you live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you are not permitted to use these facilities elsewhere.”

Residents can leave their home to exercise outdoors in a public space either on their own, with people they live with or with a friend or family member from another household.

“This includes walking, running, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking and other types of exercise such as yoga in the park,” the DHHS states.

“While exercising with people outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5m between yourself and others.

“You should also stay close to home and use common sense and consideration when it comes to these activities.”

The DHHS states exercise between two people cannot be in a manner that “would mean you are less than 1.5m apart e.g. in a double kayak”.

Personal training outdoors is limited to the trainer and two participants and equipment must not be shared.

Outdoor facilities are capped at 10 “unless each group of two can maintain 100m distance from all other people”.

“Examples of outdoor facilities which may be able to open under these requirements include golf courses, footy ovals, tennis courts, or outdoor shooting ranges,” the restrictions state.

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WHAT ABOUT THE SKI FIELDS?

Earlier this week, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham announced their ski lift operations had been suspended for the next six weeks to coincide with the Melbourne lockdown until August 19.

Vail Resorts said the decision was made “after careful consideration” and is “consistent with the current stay at home directions”.

“We did not make this decision lightly as we know our employees, guests and the communities where we operate have already endured so much hardship this year,” Vail Resorts Australia senior vice president Pete Brulisauer said in a statement.

“However, we are focused first and foremost on health and safety, following local health guidelines and doing our part to support efforts across Victoria to address the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

“We recognise this is incredibly disappointing to our guests and pass holders, including those who have made reservations at Hotham and Falls Creek this season. We thank them for their patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this incredibly challenging time.”

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All reservations for lift tickets, ski and ride lessons, and rental bookings at the two resorts will be cancelled and fully refunded.

Customers are being asked to wait to be provided with information on processing refunds rather than contacting the centres at this time.

“Guests who purchased a 2020 Epic Australia Pass, who have not used the pass and who do not wish to proceed with their pass purchase, may obtain a refund by making a request here no later than Sunday 12 July,” Vail Resorts said.

“After the 12 July refund deadline, the 2020 Epic Australia Pass is non-refundable except as provided for under Epic Coverage and under Australian Consumer Law.”

Mt Buller has decided to stay open but the number of lift passes available each day is capped.

“Snowing on and off today. Here’s hoping for more white stuff for our regional Vicco friends because we’re staying open!” the alpine resort said on Facebook on Saturday.

“From a lockdown area? Stay safe, follow the guidelines, and we’ll see you on the flip side for some hopefully MEGA spring skiing.”

The post was peppered with comments from “devastated” Melburnians.

“Fingers crossed we can visit in six weeks,” one woman wrote.

Another said: “It pays off to be living in regional Vic.”



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West Coast Eagles thump Adelaide Crows as Nic Naitanui wins his battle with Reilly O’Brien — and gifts him a new phone


Nic Naitanui has had the last laugh with West Coast overpowering Adelaide in a 33-point AFL win in Brisbane to end their five-week Queensland hub stay on the up.

Crows ruckman Reilly O’Brien was forced into damage control after accidentally tweeting match notes which described Naitanui as “lazy and unfit” earlier this week — an error he put down to a broken phone.

Naitanui took the points during the game, but the highlight came after the final siren when the big Eagle produced a brand new phone as a gift to O’Brien.

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“Everyone expected me to have a go at the big fella. They sent me up a phone from Sydney, so I gave the big fella a brand new one,” Naitanui told ABC Grandstand.

“It’s a better phone than I’ve got. He’s a good fella, he was over the moon.

“I knew it came from a motivational side, not from any malice, so it was good fun … but if someone talks smack at you, you want to take it out on them.”

The Crow started with promise but it quickly turned sour for Adelaide, as the Eagles claimed a 10.7 (67) to 5.4 (34) win ahead of a return to Perth for next week’s western derby.

O’Brien quickly apologised ahead of their Saturday afternoon meeting — admitting he had no choice but to walk the walk — and fared well individually with 19 disposals and nine marks in a losing team.

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Both players had good games, but Naitanui took the points in the ruck.(AAP: Darren England)

The Eagles’ big man won bragging rights, though, kicking a smart snapped goal from a stoppage before pointing to his direct opponent as the ball sailed into the near-empty Gabba stands.

And his ruck craft orchestrated his side’s 29-17 domination of clearances, Tim Kelly (25 touches) the benefactor in his most-industrious game as an Eagle.

Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling helped the Eagles to four-straight goals before Chayce Jones replied for the Crows after winning a suspect holding-the-ball call.

Nic Naitanui gets a ride above a large pack of players, including Adelaide's Reilly O'Brien
The contest between the two ruckmen was keenly anticipated.(AAP: Darren England)

But the Eagles were red hot in the third quarter, Jack Redden streaking free to goal from 45m, before Darling’s accurate snap was desperately assisted by Liam Ryan, who lunged to knock back in play what looked a certain behind.

That quickfire sequence broke the game open before Brayden Ainsworth kicked his first goal for the Eagles since 2018 to create a 34-point buffer.

The Eagles’ second-straight win took them to 3-3, ensuring a promising end to a Gold Coast hub stay which began ominously with three-successive losses.

Winless this season, Adelaide had spent the week in South Australia but will end a month-long absence from their home stadium next weekend when they host St Kilda.

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Fremantle mounts monumental comeback to clinch memorable AFL win over St Kilda



Fremantle’s Lachie Schultz has kicked a goal with just over a minute remaining to secure a stunning six-point AFL win over St Kilda at Carrara Stadium.

The Dockers trailed by 36 points at quarter-time on Saturday afternoon and lost Sean Darcy and Hayden Young to injury before half-time, but dug deep to kick eight-unanswered goals which set up the 12.7 (79) to 11.7 (73) win.

The Saints hit back with three goals in succession to tie the game up with just over two minutes left on the clock, but Schultz made no mistake from a set shot soon for a famous win.

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The Dockers were two players down when Darcy (concussion) and Young (ankle) left the game.

Saints youngster Ben Long is set for a stint on the sidelines after being reported for a front-on bump on Darcy as he was bent over chasing a ground ball in the second quarter.

Michael Walters set the tone for a bad start for Fremantle when he kicked the ball the wrong way from the opening bounce.

Nathan Wilson gave away a 50m penalty soon after, gifting St Kilda the first goal of the match through Tim Membrey.

With their midfield well on top, the Saints’ forwards feasted on some poor defending to bang through seven majors to one to lead by six goals at the first break.

The Dockers were better early in the second term, but looked to have the job ahead of them when they lost Darcy.

But as their lead ruckman nursed a sore head, Matt Taberner kicked a goal with three minutes left in the quarter to begin the eight-goal run.

St Kilda’s lead was 13 points at half-time, but their first-quarter run and carry was nowhere in evidence as they failed to register a score in the third term.

The Dockers led by eight points at three-quarter time and by 19 when Nat Fyfe kicked his second goal with just under 10 minutes left.

Membrey booted his third to spark the Saints, but Fremantle held their nerve to improve to a 2-4 record in their last match before leaving the Queensland hub to return to Perth.

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Bureau of Meteorology warns of wild weather for east coast of Australia


Potentially severe storms are on track to hit the east coast of Australia, bringing damaging winds and rain over the next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a low-pressures system to develop over the next couple of days, which is anticipated to hit the New South Wales south coast and the Victorian East Gippsland.

Rain and battering winds are predicted across Sydney for the next three days, with more than 20mm of rain expected on Monday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sydney is expected to be battered by southerly wind gusts of up to 40km/h, set to bring large coastal waves and swells.

The onslaught of wild weather will plunge the harbour city to temperatures as low as nine degrees celsius in the coming week.

BOM meteorologist Dr Adam Morgan said there was still an array of possible forecast scenarios, but the worst of the weather would be felt on Monday and Tuesday.

“These are weather systems that can impact communities through flash flooding, damage to trees and property and coastal erosion,” he said.

“Beach conditions will be dangerous right along the coast.”

Dr Morgan also noted the NSW south coast is likely to experience the brunt of the storm cell.

According to BOM, the NSW town of Eden is expected to dumped with up to 80mm of rain, with the possibility of a thunderstorm in the area.

Victoria’s East Gippsland area is expected to miss the full force of the storm, scheduled only to receive an estimated 10mm to 30mm of rain on both Monday and Tuesday.

“With south coast and Eastern Gippsland landscapes still recovering after the summer bushfires, next week’s weather could see some serious impacts,” Dr Morgan said.

Rain is expected to hit Melbourne on Sunday and Monday, with the Victorian capital expected to hit a top temperature of 13 degrees tomorrow.

Sydney will hit a maximum of 19 degrees on Sunday, while patchy showers and maximum of 24 degrees is expected for Brisbane.

Adelaide is tipped to experience a shower or two on Sunday, with a maximum temperature of 14 degrees celsius.

Perth will have a sunny Sunday with an top of 21 degrees, while Hobart is forecast for showers and a maximum of 12 degrees.

Showers and a maximum of 13 degrees are predicted for Canberra and Darwin will be mostly sunny with a top temperature of 33 degrees.



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Poker players among the more than 100 fined for breaching Melbourne’s lockdown


A Victoria Police spokeswoman said there were many incidents resulting in fines where “people have been stopped on their way to visit friends, hang out with mates at shopping centres or attending birthday parties”.

Police are enforcing travel restrictions through a series of vehicle checkpoints around metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire and issued 21 additional fines issued after 6967 vehicles were stopped between on Friday.

Drivers on one major St Kilda thoroughfare were stopped and asked their reason for travel on Saturday morning.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday declined to discuss individual breaches of the stage three lockdown rules that came into force earlier this week.

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“Whenever you make a rule, there will always be room for interpretation in some parts,” he said

“If we were just dealing with ones where there was a genuine question of interpretation, that’s fine, but some of the examples that the commissioner cited yesterday, there’s no interpretation. That’s just not the right thing.”

On Friday, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton revealed a group of 16 people were fined, after they were sprung in a Dandenong backyard, after members of the birthday party had gone to KFC and bought 20 meals.

Mr Andrews said there was potential for different interpretation of the Chief Health Officer’s restrictions but asked Victorians not to spent time trying to get around the rules.

“Instead, follow them. We all have to do that. We don’t have the luxury of ignoring the reality we face, nor of thinking ‘there’s some other strategy that will just drive these numbers down so it doesn’t matter if I’m not compliant’,” he said.

“That thinking will only see more virus, more cases and a longer lockdown. I don’t want to have people locked in their homes any longer than is necessary.”

Health authorities announced an additional 216 cases of COVID-19 in Victoria on Saturday, with the death of man in his 90s taking the state’s death toll to 23.

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Jim Chalmers urges Scott Morrison to extend scheme


Labor says JobKeeper needs to be extended so businesses don’t fall of a cliff come September.

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers called for the Morrison Government to release its review into the wage subsidy scheme, which is examining whether further support is needed after the September cut-off.

Dr Chalmers slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not making the report public and denying businesses and workers clarity.

“It’s time for him to come clean about the future of JobKeeper,” Dr Chalmers told reporters in Logan, Queensland on Saturday.

“He’s had the JobKeeper review for weeks. It’s time that he released it.”

About 3.3 million Australian workers are receiving the $1500 per fortnight wage subsidy, which was initially implemented to cushion the negative economic effects induced by the pandemic.

Dr Chalmers said businesses and workers risked falling off a cliff as COVID-19 financial support measures are scheduled to end on September 27.

“It’s very clear that the economy won’t just snap back to life in September, or large parts of it won’t, as the Prime Minister has said that it will,” Dr Chalmers said.

Mr Morrison has promised income support will continue after the September cut-off, but has yet to provide specifics.

“The details of our decisions will be set out at the time of releasing the economic statement, as I have been saying for some weeks, and there is no change to that timetable. I do note today, regrettably, that the Labor Party has engaged in fear mongering during a pandemic and I think this is disgraceful,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

“I have made it very clear that there would be a further stage of income support and to make people feel more uncertain in this climate I think is disgraceful and I think it reflects badly on their leadership.”

Dr Chalmers hit back at the PM on Saturday, saying “now is not the time for the Prime Minister’s infamous glass jaw”.

“We released into the public domain some Treasury figures, which show the magnitude of the challenge here, and the size of that rapidly approaching cliff,” the shadow treasurer said.

“The Prime Minister says that that’s disgraceful. Well, let me tell him what’s disgraceful. Disgraceful is sitting on a secret report for weeks in a way that only adds to the uncertainty that businesses and workers feel. Disgraceful is focusing obsessively on the Labor Party, as he does, rather than on the national economic interest. Disgraceful is leaving businesses in the lurch and in the dark, and leaving workers behind.”



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Braybrook convent makes way for school’s performing arts centre


The orange brick structure formerly on this site was also riddled with structural issues, and was reaching the end of its lifespan.

Although this building was transformed to rubble, there were a number of strong architectural features that resonated with the architects of the practice, Brad Wray and co-director Nick Russo.

“Nick and I loved the dome above the altar as well as the layering of the exterior brickwork. There was also something quite charming about the three-dimensional relief work on the interior walls,” says Wray, who replaced the ’60s buildings with a brand new wing.

Constructed in concrete and glass, with massive steel girders, the new arts complex is orientated to a courtyard garden, designed by landscape architects Orchard Design in the footprint of the former complex.

As well as the many highlights in the former building, Branch Studio Architecture was initially inspired by the foyer in the Victorian College of the Arts’ performing arts centre at Southbank, designed by Peter Corrigan and Maggie Edmond.

“There was a performance by ballet dancers in the foyer, aligned on the vibrant blue floor,” says Wray, who recalls the image of these dancers as he traversed the wrap-around staircase and viewed this perspective from above.

The Arts Epicentre doesn’t come with a blue floor, but there is a circular arrangement to the way this performing arts space is used: a concrete staircase with a steel mesh curtain acting as a “veil” on one side, and a black steel curved staircase on the other side of the space.

“The idea is that you can circle the main performance space, with the silhouette of people going to the first floor, creating a theatrical backdrop,” says Wray, who also conceived the spiral staircase to include a balcony for the performers.

The outdoor area also becomes an important part of the stage, with one continuous automated glass and steel door bridging the indoors and outdoors.

Hence, the airport-style door that folds in on itself required substantial steel girders for support.

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“We were drawn to the industrial aesthetic, a feature of many of the industrial pockets that surround the school,” says Wray.

Pivotal to the design are five skylights that pierce the plywood ceiling, creating lightwells, as well as adding a sense of drama to the centre.

Set within the six-metre-high void, these steel-framed plywood-lined skylights are truly works of art in their own right.

Again, while not obvious for those who didn’t enter the former building, there’s the memory of the umbrella-shaped relief that once graced the walls.

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Branch Studio Architecture also brought the memory of Corrigan and Edmond’s colourful interior on this journey, with the series of adjacent change rooms created in strident blocks of vibrant colour, including blue.

While the performing arts space has a theatrical feel, the individual music and art studios on the first floor are more restrained, but as equally considered.

A sense of joy is also beautifully expressed on the building’s exterior, in particular the west and south elevations.

The perforated laser-cut steel screens, supported by concrete bands on either side, took their cue from the pianola script of Singing in the Rain (a memorable dance scene featuring actor Gene Kelly).

“You wouldn’t necessarily pick up this detail, but the screens certainly diffuse the light and add to the theatricality of the centre,” adds Wray.

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