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Offline smitho

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Changes @ Griffith Shops
« on: February 12, 2012, 11:56:28 AM »
Long established, slightly up-market cafe knbown as the Anz Panz has changed hands again...third time in 12 months - and is now known as High Societea.

Popular with locals inclding the St Clares and St Eddies brigade. ACTION artic driver known to enjoy morning coffees there too.

Former New Star Chinese Restaurant is nearing completion of refurbishment and extension and is becoming a southside version of the former All Bar Nun (O'Connor Shops)...to be known as The Griffen - not GriffIn) as I recall.

Adjoining Griffin Primary complex is about to be demolished to make way for senior citizens residential housing. Another bit of Canberra history going.   

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 07:23:47 AM »
i go for lunch their quite abit at school and i find it quite sad to see the old griffith primary going, i believe they could have kept that building and used it for some community facility. Also that cafe u were talking about smitho, this is probs not the best breakfast but you orta try the brazilian hot dog, it is fantastic and i find the service their is great aswell. I hope the current owners stay for the long run.

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 11:41:03 AM »
i go for lunch their quite abit at school and i find it quite sad to see the old griffith primary going, i believe they could have kept that building and used it for some community facility. Also that cafe u were talking about smitho, this is probs not the best breakfast but you orta try the brazilian hot dog, it is fantastic and i find the service their is great aswell. I hope the current owners stay for the long run.

Yeah, I agree with you about the demolition of Griffith Primary - a great waste. Since ACT self government, Canberra has seen a huge amount of demolition of well built, former Commonwealth buildings that still have a long and useful life expectancy...such as hospitals, schools, ...even a busway & bus interchange.

The green house effects of these knock down-rebuild policies seem lost on many people.

Thanks, but I think I'll pass on that Brazilian hot dog, at least at breakfast time. My tummy does not take kindly to real hot & spicy things (which I regret).

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 04:27:34 PM »
i reckon griffith needs another school and that would have done perfectly, just a new coat of pain and some moderning up, why did it close in the first place?

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 05:05:19 PM »
Metallic pain perhaps [in joke]

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 01:12:50 PM »
i reckon griffith needs another school and that would have done perfectly, just a new coat of pain and some moderning up, why did it close in the first place?

To save money of course, just like all of the other schools that have closed. It is a lot cheaper to run "super schools" than separate small primary and high schools, so a number of primary and high schools were knocked down and amalgamated - so places like Holt, Higgins and Flynn, and Gininderra High were merged into Kingsford Smith. I guess Griffith was merged into Telopea Park (though I'm surprised that Forrest and Red Hill Primary still exist). I'm (really) surprised (but relieved) that Maribyrnong, Kaleen PS, Giralang and Kaleen HS weren't merged, though they had planned to close Giralang PS.

Edit: As long as Griffith Vietnamese stays the way it is, I'll keep visiting Griffith, even though it's on the other side of town.
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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 05:33:47 AM »
Cheaper ?

 - Kids no longer walk or ride to school.

 - Parents must drive kids to school - once in cars, they are likely to continue on to place of work.

 - Buses must be provided to deliver kids, where prior to closure, they walked or rode bikes to schools.

Super schools may be 'cheaper' but really, the costs are passed on to you and me.

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 02:35:09 PM »
Cheaper ?

 - Kids no longer walk or ride to school.

 - Parents must drive kids to school - once in cars, they are likely to continue on to place of work.

 - Buses must be provided to deliver kids, where prior to closure, they walked or rode bikes to schools.

Super schools may be 'cheaper' but really, the costs are passed on to you and me.

Yeah, it's cheaper for the government to run 1 school with 1000 kids, than 5 schools with 150 kids.

No, I don't like the superschool idea. I went to both types of schools, and, yeah, it felt like being in a social experiment.

Then again, Telopea Park School isn't exactly a hole, like Amaroo or Kingsford Smith.

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Re: Changes @ Griffith Shops
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2012, 12:20:32 AM »

As long as Griffith Vietnamese stays the way it is, I'll keep visiting Griffith, even though it's on the other side of town.

Agree - Griffith Vietnamese is certainly very good.

The new venue operated by the All Bar Nun people @ Griffith Shops must be very close to opening now.