Baronda House future to be discussed

THE future of Baronda House in Mimosa Rocks National Park is the focus of a public meeting this weekend.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting members of the community to join the discussion on Sunday, from 2-4pm at the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club.

The property, including about 30 hectares of land, was added to Mimosa Rocks National Park in 1979 when it was donated to the government by Professor David Yencken.  

A lease-back arrangement of 2ha, including the house, had been in place until last year when the family decided to relinquish it. 

NPWS Ranger Helen Hayward said Professor Yencken and his wife Dr Helen Sykes planned to attend the meeting.

 “This will be a good opportunity for the community, the family, and the Parks Service to share ideas about the future management of the property,” Ms Hayward said.

 “We are canvassing options for future uses of Baronda House at Nelson Lagoon that would help maintain the heritage significance of the building and surrounds.

 “Any future uses would have to be compatible with our responsibility to the surrounding natural environment.

“By planning together we can come up with creative ideas and work towards a common goal.

“I hope the community will join us on Sunday, February 23.”

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