We finally have a meeting with the ACT Government and the Brickworks developer. This meeting is next week.
It’s a relief to be able to meet face-to-face and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to negotiate an extension to our lease. Our first email asking about an extension of our lease at Yarralumla Brickworks was sent to the ACT Government on 20 March and despite ongoing communications in the months since then we still haven’t received a yes or no answer.
The Land Development Agency we had been communicating with no longer exists. The Canberra Brickworks Precinct project is now being managed by the new Suburban Land Agency (SLA), which wrote us on 11 July.
While a meeting is set up, the SLA wrote that it cannot extend our licence past the end date of 30 October 2017. They also wrote:
To this end, the SLA is willing to continue to discuss your aspirations and proposals with the preferred tenderer to seek to assist you in finding a mutually agreeable arrangement.
At least a meeting is a start. And it sounds like there will be room for negotiation.
The clock is ticking and the future of the business remains up in the air. While we have found a number of great options for new premises, no deal has emerged that can be sealed in time for us to be out of the Brickworks on October 30th. That means this coming meeting with the SLA and the developer is crucial.
In the meantime, we’re facing the reality of moving, clearing out excess stock to make the move as manageable as possible (keep an eye on our Out The Back sale web page) - there's some good deal on there if I say it myself).
I’d like to say a big thanks from all of us here at Thor’s Hammer to all our customers and supporters. Your suggestions and help in the search for new premises has been amazing. We will stay in touch with you through these newsletters, and are hoping for some good news from the meeting next week. We’ll let you know either way. Our clients are our lifeblood. Your support is what keeps us making beautiful things from recycled timber here in the ACT. We hope we can keep doing it for many years to come.