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Juniper Hall - 99 year Lease, September 2012
Paddington Society has met with representatives of the National Trust, Brian
Scarsbrick CEO and Gerry Hayes, Director of Properties on 17 September 2012
concerning the proposed auction of Juniper Hall. Following this meeting, the Society expressed the
Society regrets the proposed sale of the 99 year lease of Juniper Hall. The Society’s preference would be that
the National Trust was able to maintain this important historic building under
its direct care and control.
Society’s fundamental objective is that Juniper Hall remain a State heritage
item and that it be preserved and maintained appropriately.
National Trust has confirmed that Juniper Hall, as a State heritage item, will
be preserved and maintained appropriately.
Society’s preference is that any future use of Juniper Hall provides public
access, greater than has been the case for the last 25 years.
Juniper Hall was purchased and restored by the National Trust
during the 1980s following many years of being under threat of demolition. Funds were provided by the State
Government, Woollahra Council,
Amatil, Westpac, the Paddington Society and the National Trust.
Paddington Society acknowledges that the National Trust does not receive
sufficient funding from governments of every level to maintain its large
portfolio of historic buildings and that priorities must be made. The Society acknowledges that the
maintenance of historic buildings is very costly.
Society understands that the National Trust had approached state and local
government seeking any expression of interest of government ownership of
Juniper Hall. This was
Society understands that the National Trust does not have the funds to maintain
Juniper Hall. The Trust has not been able to secure
leases of the property that have generated sufficient income to make the
premises self-funding. The Society
understands that lessees will not spend the significant money required to
upgrade and maintain the building unless a long term lease is offered.
National Trust requires as a condition of sale of the 99 year lease that the
successful bidder provide a bond for the immediate maintenance needs of Juniper
Hall. Any works that are proposed
to the building will be required to be undertaken in accordance with the
requirements of the Juniper Hall Conservation Management Plan and will need the
approval of the Heritage Council.
Hall has been included on
the Register of the National Estate since 1978 and the State Heritage Register
since 1999. It is listed as a Heritage
Item in the Woollahra Local Environment Plan 1995.
Society will keep a close eye on the process for any proposed adaptive reuse of
the building and will make strong representations should any proposal not
comply with the Conservation Management Plan
National Trust has prepared a statement concerning the sale of Juniper Hall,
including why the lease is for sale and funding of the purchase of Juniper Hall.
This statement can be viewed on its web page www.nationaltrust.com.au About