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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 376 ..

Ainslie Primary School - Future Use

(Question No. 81)

Mr Corbell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the proposal for permanent heritage listing for the Ainslie Primary School Site (Block 1 Section 31, Braddon), why has the ACT Heritage Council proposed to not maintain the works from the interim citation, 'this is best achieved through continued use of the place for educational purposes' in the permanent citation.

Mr Smyth: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Ainslie Public and Primary Schools and surrounds are highly valued by the community or a cultural group for reasons of strong or special religious, spiritual, cultural, educational or social associations and the heritage criteria assessment states that in this regard:

"The establishment of the Ainslie Schools played a pivotal role in the development of the community to the north of Civic Centre. The schools continue to be a cultural focus for the community. "

The ACT Heritage Council has considered the proposed variation to the Territory Plan which covers the Ainslie Primary School. The variation includes the following conservation policy:

The school buildings, shelter sheds, former lavatory, original internal fittings and grounds are to be conserved and appropriately maintained consistent with their heritage significance.

The ACT Heritage Council considers that the overall significance of the place can be protected by this conservation policy which does not specify a particular use. The retention of the words in the conservation policy "this is best achieved through the continued use for educational purposes", is not regarded as being crucial to protect the heritage significance of the place.

The ACT Heritage Council considers that continued educational purposes is just one of the strategies which should be considered in seeking appropriate and compatible ongoing uses for the place.

Currently, the interim Heritage Register citation is still in effect.

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