|Heritage is something we inherit from the past and something we value enough today to leave for future generations.|
Heritage can incorporate both the tangible and intangible and is present in many forms including landscapes, landmarks, places, buildings, objects, languages, customs and ceremonies.
Unlike many heritage organisations the National Trust takes an holistic approach to heritage and gives equal consideration to natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage as well as moveable and maritime heritage.
Since the National Trust was established in 1959 it has actively promoted knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to Western Australia’s unique heritage.
|The National Trust does this by:|
- The conservation and interpretation of heritage places it manages on behalf of the community and government of Western Australia, many of which are open to the public.
- Running a comprehensive curriculum based education and learning program.
- Working with Aboriginal groups through Foundations established to support conservation and interpretation of Aboriginal heritage values.
- Supporting private landholders to conserve their bushland through conservation covenants.
- Supporting other organisations, including local governments raising funds for the conservation and interpretation of places in their care through National Trust Tax-Deductible Heritage Appeals.
- Compiling information on heritage places throughout Western Australia and making that available to the public.
- Providing comment and offering advice on issues impacting on heritage places.
- Supporting individuals and communities promoting knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to heritage places that are special to them.
|The work of the National Trust is guided by the Burra Charter and the Australian Natural Heritage Charter which set out best practice in the identification, conservation, promotion and management of heritage values.|