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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 1131 ..



Gungahleen Schoolhouse

Mr Wood asked the Minister for Urban Services -

(1) What is the heritage status of the `Gungahlin' Schoolhouse and its grounds on North Lyneham.

(2) Are there any proposals for development or other activity on the site and if so what?

(3) What funds can be made available to restore the Schoolhouse.

(4) Will the neighbourhood be asked to participate in any decisions about the site.

Mr Smyth - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The Gungahleen Schoolhouse and its grounds (Block 10, Section 95), North Lyneham was entered into an interim Heritage Places Register on 4 September 1996. The registration incorporates the building and the remnant landscape and planting identified in Figure 1 of the citation.

The Gungahleen Schoolhouse is on unleased territory land and is currently managed by Planning and Land Management, Department of Urban Services. The site is designated for community facilities use.

(2) The KUSA Association Incorporated has applied for a direct grant of the land in Lyneham to establish a place of worship, community activity centre and associated residential uses. The development proposed by KUSA will feature a library and administration area, residence, monk quarter, temple hall, public area and on-site car parking.

(3) The KUSA Association has advised that the Gungahleen Schoolhouse will be restored as part of the development and used as a Library.

(4) The proposal has recently been open for community consultation, as part of Planning and Land Management's (PALM) consideration of the request for a direct grant of land. Consultation in this instance involved writing to residents most affected by the development.

PALM is continuing its assessment of the submissions received from the community and each submission will be acknowledged. Further negotiations with the applicant on these submissions will occur over the coming weeks. Following this, PALM will go back to the people who have made the submissions.

Should the proposal by the KUSA Association proceed to the next stage, it would be considered a development application affecting a heritage place and would require public notification.

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