A Federal Government decision in 2012, to consolidate CSIRO activities at Black Mountain, has left the Yarralumla site excess as well as many others to their requirements.
CSIRO sold the site to Gunyar Pty Ltd in June 2002, with a 20 year lease allowing CSIRO to retain control of the property until 2022. The Crown Lessee of the site is The Trustee for Gunyar A.C.T. Properties Trust.
The beneficiary of the Trust is The Shepherd Foundation, a Registered Charity whose primary purpose is to assist children with hearing loss. The Shepherd Foundation is headquartered in Sydney and has a local presence in Canberra.
Oakstand, has partnered with The Shepherd Foundation to deliver the evolution of the CSIRO site to Forestry Place, Yarralumla.
Forestry Place could be many things. Because of its size, heritage and location, the site could host educational, residential, commercial, cultural or community future uses… or a combination thereof. The name and branding reference the physical and social history of the site as a centre for forestry education and research.
Sites that integrate thoughtful, harmonious, creative, sustainable uses largely succeed only after careful and considered master planning. This helps ensure master planned solutions are not only flexible and adaptable, but are also environmentally and economically viable.
We explored all these possibilities in developing a draft master plan in consultation with key stakeholders and the broader community.
An application to amend the National Capital Plan has now been lodged with the National Capital Authority (NCA).