Brush Farm was the Homestread of the noted colonial explorer Gregory Blaxland. Aquired and restored by the City of Ryde, legal and heritage issues imposed restrictions on the buildings use and a lease to the Department of Corrective services (DCS) restricted access by other users. A 20-year conflict between Council, community organisations and State Government had resulted in unsustainable operating costs of the building to Council. 

We investigated options including markets, gallery, function centre and closure.  Lisa identified a new tenant, Macquarie Community College (MCC), who could work within the legal and heritage condition. We negotiated the necessarylease changes with the existing lessee, including the license of additional DCS owned facilities to MCC.

By facilitation and negotiation, an innovative license arrangement reduced Councils’ annual operating costs by 75%. 

Client: City of Ryde