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Recent History

With the observatory in a state of disuse, Monash University began negotiations in 2010 to decommission it. Initially the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) was approached to take over the lease but the ASV declined. So it was  that in June 2011 four senior members of the ASV (Ken Beard, Barry Cleland, Ray Schmidt and Perry Vlahos) and former professional astronomer James Murray formed the incorporated association Mt Burnett Observatory inc. with the intention of saving the Observatory. Several months of negotiations followed, but on December 1st 2011, a new lease was signed and Mt Burnett Observatory began a new life as a community astronomical observatory.