Lugarno's Glenlee features in National Trust exhibtion of endangered historic properties

Glenlee at Lugarno is one of 20 properties featured in the No Time to Spare exhibition which is showing at the Natioanl Trust until the end of March.

Glenlee at Lugarno is one of 20 properties featured in the No Time to Spare exhibition which is showing at the Natioanl Trust until the end of March.

Glenlee at Lugarno one of 20 historic properties in danger of being destroyed that feature in the National Trust of Australia (NSW) exhibition No Time to Spare.

Glenlee, also known as Lugarno Farm, is listed on the National Trust Register as a part of the Lugarno Early Settlers Local Heritage Precinct.

A Development Application for the property at 80 Boronia Parade, Lugarno calls for the demolition of the existing cottage and associated outbuildings, and a Torrens Title subdivision of the lot into 31 lots.

One hectare of the property is covered by blackbutt eucalypt bushland classed as 'High Ecological Value' which filters stormwater runoff from surrounding streets, and is habitat for swamp wallabies, echidnas and 12 species of threatened wildlife, including eastern ospreys, powerful owls, white-bellied sea eagles and endangered microbats.

An Interim Heritage Order was placed on the property last August and a conciliation hearing has been scheduled for early February.

Georges River Council wrote to the NSW Government requesting an Interim Heritage Order which would stop any potential demolition for 12 months.

The council also decided to write to local MPs seeking State and Federal Government funding to purchase the site which has an estimated cost of $15 million.

Glenlee is one of 20 properties featured in the No Time to Spare exhibition which is showing until the end of March.

The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary in 1962 of the landmark exhibition which featured photographs by Max Dupain of early public buildings and houses of Australia.

The 20 images in exhibition include the War Memorial and St John's Cathedral at Parramatta and Sydney's Central Station.

"Now is the time to come together to call for better outcomes for a more beautiful, layered and complex future; one that is entwined with our past, not built over it," a National Trust spokesperson said.

"Our historic landscapes, iconic sandstone buildings, celebrated public spaces, vital wildlife corridors... all of these are actively under threat.

"Our cities and our forests have evolved over many years, yet can be destroyed almost in an instant. This display of images invites us to take time to understand and appreciate our heritage - the importance of respect, of community, the value of our past - not just to the past but to the present and to our future."

Event Details

Annie Wyatt Room, The National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill

Regular opening times: Tuesday - Friday, 11am-5pm, 29 November 2021 - 31 March 2022.

Tickets:

Entry to this photographic exhibition is free. To attend you are required to:

  • Be fully vaccinated if you are 16 years or over, with proof of your vaccination certificate or medical exemption
  • Be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult if you are under 16 years old
  • Check in using the Service NSW QR code upon arrival
  • Wear a face mask indoors
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others

If you feel unwell or if you have experienced a temperature, cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days, please stay home.

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