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What to do with the Lanyon homestead

By 22 February 2012 18

carols at lanyon 08

Joy Burch has announced the release of a discussion paper on the future of the Lanyon Homestead (after her government removed millions of dollars worth of paintings from that facility against the clear wishes of the benefactor Sidney Nolan).

Ms Burch said the historic homestead and stunning grounds were an important part of Canberra’s history, and the ACT Government was keen to hear the community’s views on how it could be better utilised.

“Lanyon is a popular place with locals and visitors to Canberra who are looking to immerse themselves into our region’s heritage, and I encourage anyone with ideas about what other activities the Precinct could host to have their say in this consultation process,” Ms Burch said.

“The Lanyon Christmas Carols, Australia Day Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt are popular annual events. The grounds and gardens are also well used for family and social events such as picnics and celebrations including marriages, birthday and anniversary gatherings.”

Ms Burch said the Lanyon precinct also included significant Aboriginal sites and European heritage dating back to the 1840s.

“Following the ACT Heritage Council’s endorsement of a Conservation Management Plan for the site in 2011, I am keen to move ahead to explore options for further community use of this precious heritage precinct and the opportunities it has on offer,” Ms Burch said.

A public workshop will be held between 2-4pm Saturday 10 March at Lanyon to discuss ideas and opportunities for future community activities amongst the grounds and available venues.

The deadline for submissions is 23 March.

[Photo from the 2008 Carols at Lanyon]

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18 Responses to What to do with the Lanyon homestead
#1
gooterz6:01 pm, 22 Feb 12

Even though something has significant historical value. It has to make bucket loads of money or change?

Why not add more touristy things to canberra than over exploit the ones we have?

There was talk ages back of getting snow blowers for some of the mountains so we could have a local ski resort. Things like that

#2
dph6:24 pm, 22 Feb 12

gooterz said :

Even though something has significant historical value. It has to make bucket loads of money or change?

Why not add more touristy things to canberra than over exploit the ones we have?

There was talk ages back of getting snow blowers for some of the mountains so we could have a local ski resort. Things like that

That idea sounds way too fun & far too interesting for Canberra. Personally, I think Canberra needs another tree arboretum because the lack of trees & surrounding bushland in this city is frightening.

#3
KB19716:38 pm, 22 Feb 12

They could do something about the thistles in the paddocks first……..

#4
shauno6:40 pm, 22 Feb 12

Turn it into a European style casino

#5
cranky7:00 pm, 22 Feb 12

A motor racing circuit :-)

#6
dungfungus7:21 pm, 22 Feb 12

It should be left exactly as it is. There is nothing to discuss.

#7
I-filed7:46 pm, 22 Feb 12

Beware, Canberrans. The last “community consultation” by the government was dishonestly tweaked and massaged to result in outcomes that were the exact opposite of the desires and opinions of the residents who attended the initial workshops.

I reckon they’ll turn this into a push for elite housing on Lanyon.

#8
Thumper8:00 pm, 22 Feb 12

Discussion paper?

Why?

This is one of the most important, significant historical sites in the area.

WTF is going on here?

Does one get the feeling that the ACT government is keen to offload it as it doesn’t make money?

#9
shauno8:01 pm, 22 Feb 12

cranky said :

A motor racing circuit :-)

Yes on the lines of the Goodwood festival of speed in the UK. It can still be a casino but just have the Lanyon festival of speed once a year.

#10
madamcholet8:22 pm, 22 Feb 12

I was married to Mr Cholet at just this very place. It’s a beautiful place, very evocative. When we first came to Canberra in 2004, we lived about a kilometre away and it literally was our local coffee shop and weekend breakfast haunt. Most people we knew had never been there which I found quite amazing. I don’t think the gov does much to advertise places such as these and then to go and remove one major attraction against the wishes of the benefactor and a few years later ask people “what can be done” is quite incredible. I think they may well find out.

#11
farnarkler8:54 pm, 22 Feb 12

Turn it into an open prison for those poor inmates who feel their human rights are being abused at the Hume hilton.

#12
dungfungus9:56 pm, 22 Feb 12

Anyone had a feed in the cafe there lately? It was great about 10 years ago and not so great about 3 years ago – I haven’t been back since. It has the best al fresco view in Canberra but they could do with some more level ground for the tables/chairs.

#13
andym9:04 am, 23 Feb 12

Dung – Cafe / restaurant is excellent. Recommend the lamb skewers.

#14
andym9:05 am, 23 Feb 12

gooterz said :

There was talk ages back of getting snow blowers for some of the mountains so we could have a local ski resort. Things like that

You mean like the failed Corin Ski Resort !

#15
Buzz26009:53 am, 23 Feb 12

Hmmmmm, reading between the lines, does anyone else get that uncomfortable feeling that Lanyon will be the next housing development?

#16
dungfungus10:20 am, 23 Feb 12

andym said :

Dung – Cafe / restaurant is excellent. Recommend the lamb skewers.

Thanks for that – I’ll be going back again. I have wonderful memories of going to Lanyon regularly in the winter time, having a hearty lunch and then enjoying a classical guitar recital by some well known Canberra musicians.
It would be a tragedy if the developers are let loose down there but with the sort of defecit the government now has I believe it will be inevitable.

#17
Alderney1:06 pm, 23 Feb 12

Buzz2600 said :

Hmmmmm, reading between the lines, does anyone else get that uncomfortable feeling that Lanyon will be the next housing development?

My mail is that a condition of the ACT Government taking over Lanyon homestead is that development does not come within sight of the Homestead, let alone the property itself becoming a housing development.

Development would go against all the legal structures set in place to ensure the Homestead’s furture.

The Government had to cave in over Tharwa bridge, that fight was nothing compared to what they will get if they even publicly consider developing the Lanyon Homestead property.

#18
dungfungus2:36 pm, 23 Feb 12

Alderney said :

Buzz2600 said :

Hmmmmm, reading between the lines, does anyone else get that uncomfortable feeling that Lanyon will be the next housing development?

My mail is that a condition of the ACT Government taking over Lanyon homestead is that development does not come within sight of the Homestead, let alone the property itself becoming a housing development.

Development would go against all the legal structures set in place to ensure the Homestead’s furture.

The Government had to cave in over Tharwa bridge, that fight was nothing compared to what they will get if they even publicly consider developing the Lanyon Homestead property.

Standbye for the territory’s first underground housing estate.

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