For more information visit the Friends of the Albert Hall website.
The National Capital Authority released Draft Amendment 53 for discussion regarding redevelopment of the Albert Hall Precinct. Working with the Friends of the Albert Hall, the Yarralumla Residents Association organized a petition of concerned residents opposing the plan. The submission was presented to Annette Ellis MP in Parliament House on 14 May 2007.
The Albert Hall stands on ACT land and is thus listed on the ACT Heritage Register. The NCA is not required to produce a Conservation Management Plan for heritage sites on ACT land. The Conservation Management Plan for the Albert Hall commissioned by the ACT Government still has to be considered by the ACT Heritage Council.
24 May 2007
A public meeting was held at the Albert Hall to discuss future directions for the Albert Hall. A panel with local senators and MHRs, Chief Minister for the ACT John Stanhope, representatives of the Heritage Council, the Walter Burley Griffin Society and the Friends of the Albert Hall answered questions from the audience.
22 June 2009 (NCA Press release)
At its Authority meeting on Thursday 18 June, the National Capital Authority agreed to withdraw Draft Amendment 53, which proposed a change to the land use policy of the Albert Hall Precinct.
The Yarralumla Residents Association and the Friends of Albert Hall welcomed the decision, but ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Peters said it was a lost opportunity to enliven the area as a tourist hub, including putting cafes and restaurants on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore.
National Capital Authority chief executive Gary Rake said yesterday the draft amendment to the National Capital Plan, first announced almost 2-and-a-half years ago, had been withdrawn because it had been on hold since February 2008 and there was "currently no active interest by any proponent" to proceed with it.
"That amendment is dead and buried. With planning, there is always the potential for new ideas to come forward. If someone came with an idea for anything related to that site, we would start afresh and take account of the heritage of the area," he said.