Rippon Lea Estate hosts Minister for Environment and Water

On Thursday 2 May 2024, The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) was pleased to welcome the Minister for the Environment and Water of Australia, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, to Rippon Lea Estate.

This visit comes following the approval of a $100,000 grant from the Federal Government to help restore the majestic Rippon Lea House and Garden, which is proudly included on Australia’s National Heritage List.

Acting CEO Philip Martins, Board Member Barry Janes and members of NTAV Executives welcomed the opportunity to show the Minister and Mr Josh Burns MP, the local member for Macnamara, around the house and garden.

Announcing the grant, the Hon Tanya Plibersek said

“Rippon Lea House and the surrounding gardens are a timeless example of our nation’s growth during the gold rush across parts of Victoria and New South Wales.

This mansion in suburban Melbourne was ahead of its time, with the introduction of self-sufficient gardens and Italian architecture demonstrating the great innovation of the era.”


Acting CEO Philip Martins welcomed the grant, saying

“Receiving the Australian Heritage Grant for Rippon Lea is not just about preserving a historic mansion and garden; it’s about safeguarding a cherished piece of our national heritage for generations to come.

This grant empowers us to undertake vital conservation efforts, ensuring that Rippon Lea remains a beacon of cultural significance and a source of community joy.”


The NTAV is deeply thankful for the continued support from the Australian Heritage Grants program, enabling the continued our mission of preserving our nation’s rich history for all to enjoy.

Image Credit: Brent Lukey

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