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The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been lobbying for the preservation of Victoria's heritage since 1956, and advocacy remains at the heart of all that we do. As the largest community-based heritage organisation in Victoria, the National Trust is the lead voice campaigning to protect our irreplaceable heritage.
Our campaigns are guided by a network of advisory committees comprised of leading experts who provide advice on heritage issues and input on submissions advocating for the recognition, protection and celebration of heritage across Victoria, including Aboriginal cultural heritage, buildings, trees, industrial sites, cultural and natural landscapes, public art, and pipe organs.
We advocate for heritage places to be recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register and in local planning schemes, and defend heritage places at Planning Panels and VCAT. We support councils to recognise, celebrate and protect local heritage, and work with our partners and community groups to build capacity for heritage advocacy across Victoria.
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We are deeply saddened by the significant loss of life and impact to our natural and cultural heritage during this time of crisis, and continues to monitor the bushfire activity in the State. Over the coming months, we will be working to record significant buildings, trees, gardens, and landscapes that have been affected by fire, and provide support and guidance to affected custodians and communities. We need your help to identify what has been lost.
The City of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Project will see some of the biggest changes to the market since it was established in 1878. The National Trust supports the careful management of change to protect the heritage values of this nationally significant place.
Significant trees grow between skyscrapers, in parks and gardens, along streets and highways, and in the bush. With our expert Significant Tree Committee, we campaign for their recognition, maintenance and protection.
The National Trust is campaigning for urgent government action to secure the future of Mt Buffalo Chalet, one of Victoria's most beloved tourist attractions.
Since planning for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project began in 2014, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been advocating for cultural and environmental heritage to be a key consideration in planning for the project.
A better future for W Class Trams? The National Trust supports the maintenance, restoration and use of Melbourne's W Class Tram fleet. Our heritage trams are iconic, and deserve to be conserved and celebrated.
During the Centenary of World War I, the National Trust supported the Glen Eira Historical Society to successfully advocate for the inclusion of a 1916 Rest Home which purpose-built to house injured soldiers returned from war.
The National Trust has been involved in a series of campaigns that seek to secure protection of the heritage of Bourke Hill Precinct, right on Parliament's door step.
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Download the Advocacy Toolkit
The National Trust Advocacy Toolkit is a free online resource created by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to support individuals and communities to advocate for the protection of places of cultural heritage significance.