Whose Heritage: Renovating Munro Martin Park in the Arts and Cultural Capital of the North

Castles, Anthony, and Law, Lisa (2022) Whose Heritage: Renovating Munro Martin Park in the Arts and Cultural Capital of the North. M/C Journal, 25 (3).

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[Extract] Over the past two decades the Cairns landscape has transformed from a remote tourist town beside the Great Barrier Reef to an international, tropical city with a new focus on culture and the arts. A number of important urban design projects have enabled this transformation, including key waterfront redevelopments, the addition of a large shopping mall and convention centre, a renovated museum, and now a new performing arts precinct and proposed ‘gallery precinct’ for the people of Cairns to access new art forms and events. Anderson and Law (556) depict recent developments as a kind of “mayor’s trophy collection” or set of “must have” attractions Cairns needs to stay ‘competitive’. More generally they might be interpreted as ‘entrepreneurial urbanism’ (Harvey) and the attractors for Richard Florida’s creative class, although there is now more scepticism about how these projects fuel property speculation and benefit the middle classes rather than the ‘bohemians’ Florida saw as key to urban growth and transformation (Wainwright). The renovation of Munro Martin Park discussed here is a culture infrastructure project helping transform Cairns into the ‘arts and culture capital of the north’. Here we interrogate the winners and losers of the renovation, with a specific focus on how its heritage values are preserved.

Item ID: 75800
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1441-2616
Keywords: Heritage, creative cities, Cairns
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Copyright Information: © 2022 Anthony Castles, Associate Professor Lisa Law This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 02:31
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440601 Cultural geography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130401 Assessment of heritage value @ 100%
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