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Flynn site talks abruptly ended
John Flynn Community Group members Jill Clingan, Ted Tregillgas, Shirley Pipitone and Roger Nicoll at the school where ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell
has used his call-in powers to end discussion.
Picture: Elesa Lee
THE ACT government has slammed
the door on more negotiation over the
former Flynn Primary School site.
Just before Christmas, Minister for
the Environment and Sustainable
Development Simon Corbell used his
call-in powers to approve refurbish-
ment of the site and end more than six
years of negotiation with Flynn com-
I have called in the development so
work can commence as soon as
possible on the second stage of this
important community facility, Mr
I have ensured the application has
also been independently and rigor-
ously assessed by the planning and
The decision I have made today is
final and cannot be appealed, giving
certainty to this important project for
the Flynn community.
John Flynn Primary School was
designed by award-winning architect
Dr Enrico Taglietti in the 1970s and is
on the Australian Institute of Archi-
tects listing of ACT Significant
Twentieth Century architecture.
Debate has raged about what to do
with the Flynn site ever since ACT
Labor s controversial school closures
In 2009-10 a government working
group was set up to look into the
troubled negotiations. It produced the
MindPath Report which roundly criti-
cised the Community Services Direct-
orate for its handling of the issue.
Negotiations about the school
between John Flynn Community
Group, the Flynn P&C Association
and Chief Minister Katy Gallagher
wrapped up late last year, just before a
development application was put for-
ward for the Flynn site. Despite
finding out about the application late
the community group and the P&C
managed to put in rushed submissions
ahead of the deadline.
The Chronicle reported at the time
that both groups were annoyed about
not being contacted by government.
Flynn P&C Association spokesman
Roger Nicholl says the move just
ahead of Christmas was heavy handed
and overrides community concerns.
We thought it was a bit of an abuse
of call-in-powers, Mr Nicholl said.
Meanwhile Mr Corbell says the
facility will provide an accessible
space for organisations to provide
In particular, space will initially be
offered to Marymead, which will
expand its community-based services
into the Belconnen region, and the
Belconnen Community Service, he
said. Marymead is proposing to run
services from Flynn which are similar
to the services they run at Narrabundah
including parenting support and coun-
He says the community hub will
provide an accessible space where
local groups and organisations can
provide important services to the
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