Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 28 August 2008) . . Page.. 4027 ..
protection, St John’s Precinct will be jeopardised when the Register of the National Estate is abolished in approximately 4 years time. This is an issue that will need to be progressed with the Commonwealth in the context of the proposed changes to the NCA.
• A Master Plan with proposed development options has been prepared by St John’s and released for public comment. St John’s are working with the NCA in considering public comments and development options. At this stage no decision on development options has been made.
• The ACT Heritage Council has met several times with St John’s about processes for developing a CMP for the precinct, and linking into the master planning program.
• St John’s Church was successful in obtaining an ACT Heritage Grant in this years’ round to develop a heritage area landscape conservation management plan.
F) Old Canberra House, Australian National University
• Old Canberra House is nominated to the ACT Heritage Register.
• Old Canberra House is registered on the Register of the National Estate as part of the Acton Conservation Area. The National Capital Authority maintains this register. While the registration currently affords it protection, the Acton Conservation Area will be jeopardised when the Register of the National Estate is abolished in approximately 4 years time. This is an issue that will need to be progressed with the Commonwealth in the context of the proposed changes to the NCA.
• The Heritage Register Taskforce has recommended that Old Canberra House, along with 16 other nominated places at the Australian National University, be removed from the ACT Heritage Register and placed on a ‘Places of Interest to Canberra’s Story List’ as they are under the protection and control of Commonwealth agencies.
• The Australian National University has applied to construct a new building on the grounds. Under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act the proposal has been referred for a ministerial decision.
• While the ACT Heritage Unit holds no jurisdiction over the development of land at the ANU, the Unit has been in close consultation with the ANU Heritage Project Officer, on the proposed development and other heritage matters at the university.
• A Heritage Impact Statement was prepared as part of the submission to the National Capital Authority for approval of this development, and this documentation, along with others will be considered by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources as the development is assessed.
(Question No 2172)
Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 7 August 2008: