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What to do with the Lanyon homestead

By johnboy - 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
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gooterz 6:01 pm
22 Feb 12
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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

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dph 6:24 pm
22 Feb 12
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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.

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3
KB1971 6:38 pm
22 Feb 12
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They could do something about the thistles in the paddocks first……..

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4
shauno 6:40 pm
22 Feb 12
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Turn it into a European style casino

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5
cranky 7:00 pm
22 Feb 12
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A motor racing circuit :-)

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dungfungus 7:21 pm
22 Feb 12
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It should be left exactly as it is. There is nothing to discuss.

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I-filed 7:46 pm
22 Feb 12
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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.

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Thumper 8:00 pm
22 Feb 12
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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?

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shauno 8:01 pm
22 Feb 12
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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.

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madamcholet 8:22 pm
22 Feb 12
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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.

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farnarkler 8:54 pm
22 Feb 12
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Turn it into an open prison for those poor inmates who feel their human rights are being abused at the Hume hilton.

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dungfungus 9:56 pm
22 Feb 12
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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.

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andym 9:04 am
23 Feb 12
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Dung – Cafe / restaurant is excellent. Recommend the lamb skewers.

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andym 9:05 am
23 Feb 12
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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 !

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Buzz2600 9:53 am
23 Feb 12
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Hmmmmm, reading between the lines, does anyone else get that uncomfortable feeling that Lanyon will be the next housing development?

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