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Questions about National Trust property

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I wish to raise my concern about the diminishing history of Alice Springs’ historic residences in the CBD. 86 Hartley Street is one of few residences that should remain intact and cared for by the National Trust, writes Faye Alexander, a Member of Heritage Alice Springs, but not writing on behalf of that group.

National Trust to sell house in 86 Hartley Street

The National Trust will put on the market the house in 86 Hartley Street (pictured) but Les Hansen House will not be sold.

National Trust may sell off historic house

 

The historic Les Hansen House, built in 1942 on a large block corner Bath Street and Stuart Terrace, may be sold by the National Trust.

The Darwin-based CEO of the trust, Elisabeth Close, says the sale is being "discussed" because the trust has not been able to lease the property, it can't find a tenant and it is very expensive to maintain it. By ERWIN CHLANDA

Old Hartley Street School looking safe for next decade

A compromise may have been reached that will help the National Trust keep the Hartley Street School – one of the few heritage buildings in the Alice CBD –  open to the public as a museum.

Following a deputation to the Town Council on Monday night by members of the local McDouall Stuart Branch, an offer has been made on the future leasing arrangements of the building, owned by council and leased to the National Trust for a peppercorn rent for the last 24 years.

The lease expires on July 31 this year. Critical to the negotiations it seems is the income the trust is able to generate from two tenancies in the building, some $36,000 a year when both are let (there is one vacancy at the moment).

The trust was hoping for a new lease for 10 + 10 years over the whole building, and to retain the sub-lease income.

Committee and branch members turned up in good number of Monday night, with chairman Stuart Traynor and long-time committee member Dave Leonard articulately putting their case.

Questions from councillors concerned what the tenancy income was spent on and whether it was spent in Alice Springs (Deputy Mayor Brendan Heenan), the condition of the building (Crs Heenan and Geoff Booth) and the long-term sustainability of the volunteer effort (Cr Eli Melky).

This last was a "very tough question", acknowledged Mr Traynor, the "Achilles heel for heritage conservation".

Cr Melky also wanted to know what the branch would do if they didn't get the tenancy income: would they accept a 10 plus 10 year lease without it? KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

Pictured, above: Dave Leonard (left) and Stuart Traynor in the Hartley Street School museum, kept open by volunteers six days a week. • Left: From the street the museum gives an idea of what the mid-20th century Alice looked like.

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