The Patron of the National Trust of Western Australia is Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia
The National Trust of Western Australia works to raise knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to Western Australia’s natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage. The Trust achieves this objective through the conservation and interpretation of heritage places it manages on behalf of the community and government of Western Australia, and through its education and learning programs.
The National Trust of Western Australia was established in Western Australia in 1959 by a group of concerned citizens who identified the need to promote heritage conservation. This group grew rapidly and included some of the most prominent citizens in the State. Some five years later an Act of Parliament was passed in the State Parliament which formally established the Trust as an independent community based organisation.
The National Trust is a registered charity.
The National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act 1964-1970 can be found on the Australasian Legal Institute (Austlii) Database.
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A Western Australian community valuing and conserving its natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage for the wellbeing of current and future generations
The National Trust of Western Australia will engage and inspire community support for the conservation of our natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage for the present and the future
| The National Trust of Western Australia is a statutory body that delivers heritage services through whole of government appropriations. The organisation delivers services in the areas of property and collection management, natural heritage management and education and learning programs.
|The National Trust of Western Australia acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state.
The National Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.
The National Trust is committed to working with Aboriginal people to ensure these practices are recognised and included in the conservation and interpretation of its properties and Aboriginal people are consulted and involved in the development of Trust projects and programs.
Patron of the National Trust of Western Australia
Council of the National Trust of Western Australia
The Council consists of 25 members, of which 16 members are elected from amongst members of the National Trust and the remaining nine members are appointed by nominating organisations. Terms conclude following the Annual General Meeting in the year of expiry.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Donaldson brings to the National Trust significant leadership experience gained in a career spanning the commercial and arts sectors. He is committed to involving the community in the National Trust’s mission to conserve and interpret [our] Western Australia’s cultural heritage and will emphasise the role of storytelling in deepening the connection people have with heritage. He is focused on ensuring that all West Australians have the opportunity to engage in the National Trust’s role in building a valued sense of our place in the fast changing world through reflection on our rich and diverse cultural heritage. Mr Donaldson led the Perth International Arts Festival over a decade before joining the National Trust of Western Australia in 2016.
Enzo Sirna AM
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
With over 20 years experience in education, Mr Sirna was previously a Senior Policy Advisor for the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and a former Head of Languages and Director of Studies at Penrhos College. He has over 25 years experience governing community and not-for-profit organisations. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community through education, multicultural affairs, welfare and the arts.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr McLeod joined the National Trust of Western Australia in July 2017. He has significant financial and management accounting experience within the public sector, holding previous roles in the Office of the Auditor General, Chief Finance Officer of the former Department of Lands and roles of Senior Analyst and Chief Finance Officer in the Department of Treasury.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Community Services
Anne Brake has been working in the museum and heritage industry for 30 years. Anne believes people will embrace heritage places if they continue to play a part in contemporary society through their adaptive and innovative continued use. She has a strong commitment to engaging community through the Trust’s properties and programs in an endeavour to build an understanding of the similarities between diverse groups and to respect their differences. The National Trust has an important part to play in nurturing and supporting community well being through a heightened sense of place.
Committees of Council
The Executive Committee is appointed by Council.
Pursuant to Section 15 of the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act, No. 85 of 1964, the Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all the powers of the Council to administer, manage and conduct the affairs of the Trust, provided however that it shall, at all times, comply with all directions given and made by Council from time to time in relation to particular matters. That unless Council resolves otherwise, the Executive Committee may co-opt Trust members as required.
The role of the Committee is to promote knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment by the National Trust of Western Australia to the rights of Aboriginal people to self-determination, community empowerment and respect. The Committee will form a vital link between the Aboriginal Community and the National Trust and ensure that all National Trust projects, programs and place are informed by Aboriginal perspectives.
The purpose of the Committee is to awaken, stimulate, encourage and maintain the interest of members of the public in, and to provide public knowledge of, buildings, structures and artefacts from the Inter War Period in Western Australia which are of importance by reason of historic, architectural, traditional, sociological, artistic, literary, scientific or of other special interest
The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist Council in fulfilling its statutory and good governance responsibilities relating to financial planning, reporting and control, risk management, accountable performance, and audit.
The role of the Classification Standing Committee is to identify and assess places and objects of cultural heritage significance and recommend to Council the classification and conservation of those places and objects considered to have heritage significance.
The purpose of the Committee is to support the National Trust of Western Australia in the identification, recording, classification and preservation of Western Australia’s Defence Heritage. The definition of defence heritage is as encompassing as the interests of the committee members. It is not limited to army, navy or air force artefacts, equipment, oral history or military heritage sites. It is also concerned with the history of civil and military aviation, war graves, war memorials, internment and POW camps, women’s services, restoration, conservation and the impact of war and conflict on the security and defence of Western Australian communities since 1826.
The National Trust depends on the commitment and support of the community and many individuals.
In recognition of the hard work and dedication to conservation and interpretation of Western Australia’s unique heritage, the National Trust awards individual effort.
In 2012 the National Trust introduced Fellow of the National Trust as the highest honour bestowed to an individual.
Margaret Feilman OBE OAM (late)
Michal Lewi AM
Thomas E Perrigo
N J Armitage
J M Butcher
Penelope A Buxton
John W Callander
K C Camilleri
Margaret Jane Cardwell
Robert H Clement
C A Fawcett
Dr Margaret Feilman OBE OAM
Mavis E Flottmann
Dorothy A Folvig
Gordon S Garratt
Hugh Norman Guthrie
Edith E Harler
E M A Haviland
J O Henderson
V M Knowles
Sheila Engenie Mary Laver
Sir Ernest Lee-Steere CBE KBE
Josephine D Mclarty
Madge H Meadows
Hon. Ian Medcalf AO ED QC
Dr Phillip Playford
John B Roberts ISO MBE ED JP
F A Sharr
Harry W Sorensen AO
A C Staples
J M Thomson
Sir Thomas Wardle Kt
Eileen W Brown
Dr Fiona L Bush
Hon. John Cowdell AM
Heather J Dayman
Pamella F Hall
Joyce M Hardy
Michal Lewi AM (Fellow)
Katherine Joan Mclart
Frank M Montgomery
Roslyn F Stewart
Valmai O Symons
Annual General Meeting
2013-2014 Annual Report
2012-2013 Annual Report
2011-2012 Annual Report
2010-2011 Annual Report
2009-2010 Annual Report
2008-2009 Annual Report
2007-2008 Annual Report
2006-2007 Annual Report
2005-2006 Annual Report
2004-2005 Annual Report
2003-2004 Annual Report
2002-2003 Annual Report
2001-2002 Annual Report
Policies and Rules
The National Trust of Western Australia was established in Western Australia in 1959. In 1964 an Act of Parliament was passed in the State Parliament which formally established the Trust as an independent community based organisation.
Section 27 of the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act 1964 enables the Trust to establish rules to assist regulating the affairs, business and management of the Trust.
Trust rules are adopted by general or special general meetings of the National Trust.
As a statutory body, The National Trust of Western Australia, (the Trust), is accountable to Parliament and has the capacity to manage State Government heritage assets using a range of tools including government appropriations, grants including those available from the Commonwealth and Lotterywest, donations, sponsorships and commercial leases. It also provides a range of services to the public such as tax deductible appeals and other avenues for investment into heritage conservation and interpretation projects as well as comprehensive public education and learning programmes.
In order to value our heritage, it is important for government to provide leadership and to establish key policies which are valued, practical, sustainable and holistic in nature, and which will allow for a more integrated whole of government approach.
To facilitate this, the Heritage Policy highlights key issues and principles and establishes a set of policies which can lay the foundation for detailed policy initiatives through the and development of a Heritage Strategy.
The National Trust’s Reconciliation Action Plan identifies activity that can be undertaken to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage values in Western Australia are incorporated into National Trusts programs, projects and places. It also promotes development of partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with regards to Trust programs for a wide range of purposes such as conservation and interpretation.
The Western Australian Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives the community the right to apply for access to documents held by The National Trust of Western Australia.
The National Trust of Western Australia (the Trust) is required to assist the community to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost, and to ensure that personal information held is accurate, complete, up-to-date and not misleading.
The Minister for Heritage is responsible to Parliament for the administration of the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act 1964, which establishes the National Trust. The Minister also has a role representing the interests of the public. In the absence of a statutory reporting and accountability framework between the Minister and the Trust, the Minister and the Trust have established a communication agreement as recommended by the Public Sector Commissioner.
Section 27 of the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act 1964 enables the Trust to establish by-laws to assist regulating the affairs, business and management of the Trust. Trust by-laws are adopted by general or special general meetings of the National Trust.
Every five years the National Trust adopts a Strategic Plan to guide the activity of the organisation.
Through this strategic plan the National Trust of Western Australia aspires to awaken the community to the value of heritage. The plan sets out to achieve this by connecting Western Australians with the story of their heritage. The stories found in the rich and diverse natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage are the embodiment of our memories – the vast collection of things, both tangible and intangible – which we chose to keep and which we choose to keep for the future
As requested by the Minister in 2009, the National Trust of Western Australia has examined the issue of maintenance funding for heritage places under National Trust stewardship. The intent of this document is to alert the Minister and the State Government of a problem where the situation will get worse over time if action is not taken. This document provides an overview of the business case for a planned strategy of maintenance investment for heritage places. Endorsement of the philosophy presented will allow the final formulation of the formal Business Case based on current whole of Government and Treasury procedures.
|The current property portfolio of the National Trust has been determined by a number of factors. These factors are:|
One of the principle roles of the National Trust of Western Australia is to influence decision makers on matters and issues related to cultural heritage. From time to time this action will require public advocacy.
The Australian Privacy Act requires The National Trust of Western Australia to provide information to our members about the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information.
This Privacy Statement is prepared in conjunction with the Privacy Commissioner’s ten National Privacy Principles (NPPs).