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Lyons neighbourhood centre open for the community.

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MEDIA RELEASE Peter Lindsay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence PARLSEC 076/2007 Thursday, 12 July 2007

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The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Peter Lindsay, today officially opened a new Neighbourhood Centre in the community of Lyons, Darwin, which will become the community hub to residents when 700 new residential allotments are completed.

Construction has already started on the new allotments, with the first residents to arrive in Lyons in the coming months.

The Lyons development is a joint venture between Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and Canberra Investment Corporation (CIC).

Mr Peter Lindsay MP, today officially opened the Lyons Neighbourhood Centre.

Mr Lindsay stood alongside representatives of the local Larrakia people as they performed a ‘welcome to country’ ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Lyons Neighbourhood Centre.

“The opening of the Lyons Neighbourhood Centre is a very important part of the creation of the new community of Lyons. I would like to acknowledge the Larrakia people for welcoming us here today, and for welcoming the development of Lyons,” Mr Lindsay said.

The Neighbourhood Centre is strategically located in Garanmanuk (Larrakia for grandmother) Park which will become the community hub of Lyons. As part of the joint venture’s commitment to showcasing local cultural heritage in the development, significant pieces of Larrakia art will be incorporated into the centre.

“In addition to extensively landscaped parklands and a neighbourhood centre, provision has also been made for a child care facility for Lyons, which is expected to be operational soon.” Mr Lindsay said.

The centre was built at a cost of $1 million and consists of a large hall, a smaller meeting room, which is currently used as a sales office, kitchen facilities and amenities.

“The Darwin City Council has partially funded the centre and has agreed to accept ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the centre for the use of council and local residents and community groups,” Mr Lindsay said.

“This neighbourhood centre is the direct result of listening to and acting on community consultation between the Larrakia people, members of the Darwin community, CIC and DHA in planning this new suburb,” DHA Managing Director Michael Del Gigante said.

“Alongside the community initiatives that we have put into place, Lyons will also set new environmental benchmarks with special attention being given to stormwater management, energy efficiency, and vegetation protection and enhancement.” Mr Del Gigante said.

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