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Christmas call-in trumps consultation

Flynn community groups are dismayed but not surprised by the ACT Government calling in another minor development at Flynn Primary School, just a few days before Christmas. Community spokesman Roger Nicoll says the concerns included:   protecting artworks created by the community rather than destroying them   giving access to the only remaining accessible community […]

DA needs to make way for Flynn community proposal

Flynn community groups have asked the Chief Minister to follow through with a commitment to negotiate a community proposal, and allow amendment of a Development Application (DA) for Flynn Primary School. The latest approach to The Chief Minister comes after Flynn residents discovered that a DA for the site had been notified on 19 October […]

ACT Election 2012: Report card

Six years after the school closure and five years after the Flynn community first lodged a proposal for a lifelong learning and community centre, most of the school is vacant and the community is shut out. An investigation into the Community Services Directorate found hidden agendas, unacceptable work practices misinformation and integrity issues. Flynn residents’ groups asked the major parties what they would do to fix things.

Liberals’ election promise to Flynn

Flynn community representatives wrote to the parties asking for commitments to the community. This is Vicki Dunne’s reply on behalf of Canberra Liberals.

Labor election promise to Flynn

Flynn community representatives wrote to the parties asking for commitments to the community. This is Katy Gallagher’s reply on behalf of ACT Labor. Thank you for your letter of 4 October 2012 which followed our meeting last week. I appreciated the opportunity to hear the John Flynn Community Group’s views on a way forward for […]

Report shows disrespect

Article by Naomi Fallon from The Northside Chronicle, October 16, 2012, p.1. A LEAKED report has found that the John Flynn Community Group was mistreated by the government in their negotiations over the future use of the Former Flynn School site. Mindpath Consulting’s confidential review into the complaints raised by the John Flynn Community Group […]

A brief history of the Flynn saga

Since the controversial school closures of 2006, the Flynn Primary School has become a saga of failed consultations and missed opportunities. 2006 The most notorious and widely criticised consultation was the Flynn closure as part of the mass school closures in 2006. While The Costello Functional Review has still not been released, the reasons behind […]

Seven days to submit for Flynn

ACT departmental officials have given selected Flynn residents just seven days notice in peak holiday season that submissions on an important heritage report for the Flynn Primary School precinct are due. Some Flynn residents woke on Australia Day to find an ACT Government newsletter wedged in their junk mail, giving them first notice of a […]

Childcare opens at Flynn

There have been some questions about the position of the John Flynn Community Group and the P&C on the childcare centre that opened at Flynn this week (16 January), so we have answered some of the more common questions here. 1. What has been the community’s response to the childcare opening? The initial reaction to […]

Heritage listing, $40k-demands, and allegations of misconduct

Fresh support for the heritage value of Flynn’s school to be formally recognised has emerged as the Australian Institute of Architects have placed it on the Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture. A community spokesman welcomed the news as he reported it to the ACT Budget Estimates Committee, but said he was disappointed by the government’s response.

Images from Flynn

Angles on the textured concrete walls


Flynn grounds

Landscape setting & grounds

Enrico Taglietti visting the school he designed

History and design

Memorial to John Flynn

Memorial to John Flynn