Labor spends $3 million on doomed building

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The Territory Government is spending $3 million for repairs to the old Chan Building opposite Parliament House, despite the Chief Minister saying in February that the building is an "eyesore" and "simply has to go."

The Chan Building currently houses government owned computer servers and the $3 million is being spent to ensure the computers are held in a safe and functioning environment.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner, told the NT News, the Chan Building will be demolished as part of State Square redevelopment plans, but that is a three year project and "urgent repair work cannot wait," Mr Gunner said.

Independent MLA Gerry Wood, criticised the decision, saying it showed "a strange lack of foresight and planning."

"Why would they spend that much money on the building just to tear it down later?" He said.