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]