Vicki Dunne is taking a swing at plans to do up the Lanyon homestead which neglect to do anything about the Nolan Gallery.
- “While I support the enhancing of Lanyon’s value as a heritage tourism destination, this Stanhope-Gallagher government is creating the classic donut effect,” said Ms Dunne.
“The access road will be improved, there will be visitor orientation signage for Lanyon and a range of conservation works will be undertaken. All to enhance the visitor experience.
“But the Nolan Gallery, which should be, as Lady Nolan suggests, considered part of the modern history of Lanyon, continues to languish and deteriorate,” she said.
The Nolan Gallery was closed on 1 January 2007 after the government concluded that the facility was unsuitable for the collection and visitor numbers were in decline.
“A simple analysis of the visitor numbers and special activities program shows a strong correlation between the two (see graph attached). When activities increase or decrease, so do visitor numbers, which was the case in the two years prior to the closure,” said Mrs Dunne.
Quite why the Stanhope Government so stubbornly insists on trashing the Nolans kind legacy to Canberra remains a mystery, but we’ll be sorry when the artworks on loan get recalled.