LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – The National Trust of Australia (NT) is today launching a petition to save the former Anzac Hill High School from demolition.
When the government released a tender last week to demolish the school, we had to act.
The old school was entered on the National Trust’s Register of Significant Places on June 8, 1999.
The Statement of Significance in the Register reads: “This place marks a significant milestone in the history and development of education in Alice Springs and the Northern Territory. It was the first purpose built school for the education of secondary school students in Alice Springs and was a significant step-up in school design to meet the increasing needs of the community.”
The Register of Significant Places records sites of heritage throughout the Northern Territory but does not provide any legal protections against destroying the building.
Petitions will be available at the Old Hartley Street School and circulated around town.
The tender closes on April 12. By then, we hope to have a convincing response to take back to government to show the real community concern about their plans to demolish the focal point for so many locals’ education.
There are mixed reactions about the old school, but it is significant for many people and an important part of Alice Springs’ development. Once it is demolished, there is no going back.
The National Trust is a statutory body and community organisation set up to protect, preserve and champion the Northern Territory’s built and cultural heritage.
The Trust maintains nine museums or precincts around the Territory: in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Newcastle Waters, Borroloola, Katherine, Pine Creek and Darwin.
The Trust celebrated its 60th anniversary last year in Alice Springs and has fought successful campaigns locally to save the old Hartley Street School and the former Alice Springs Prison, which is now the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
Director, National Trust NT
Save Anzac Hill High School: National Trust
LETTER TO THE EDITOR