No Time To Spare – Southern Highlands

No Time to Spare - Southern Highlands promotes the protection and preservation of heritage properties at risk from neglect or inappropriate development in the Highlands.

Following the outstanding success of No Time To Spare – Southern Highlands in 2022, this outstanding photographic exhibition returns in 2023 to highlight key heritage sites at risk across the Southern Highlands.

61 years ago the Women’s Committee of the National Trust was so concerned about the destruction of Sydney’s sandstone buildings that they mounted an exhibition of 34 Max Dupain photographs – “No Time to Spare” – to highlight the urgent need for protection and preservation of historical buildings at risk from development in the Sydney area.

Re-emerging 60 years later as an updated but equally powerful exhibition, ”No Time to Spare” 2021/2022 portrayed a new range of endangered Sydney-based properties under threat. In 2022 the Southern Highlands Branch successfully extended awareness to Southern Highlands’ historical sites in the expanded exhibition called “No Time to Spare – Southern Highlands”, now set to return for a second showing in 2023.

Local professional photographer Richard Batterley and National Trust Branch Chair David Collingridge scoured the Highland’s villages and countryside to find and identify a number of historic buildings and sites across the region that are at risk of further decay – or even permanent loss – for future generations. Richard was joined by three local photographers from the Southern Highlands to complete this moving collection featuring over 25 carefully-curated photographs.

These are interesting, revealing and emotional images to view and the message is strong… that by neglect of authority or individual responsibility some sites that should be treasured and conserved are left to rot, or worse are destroyed by development activity that is inappropriate for the historical setting.


Images: Historic sites under threat in the Southern Highlands. Copyright Richard Batterley.


Event Details

On display Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am – 12pm from Monday 16 January – Friday 24 February 2023.



Entry to this photographic exhibition is free and pre-booking is not required.



Thanks to our partners:

  • The Fold Southern Highlands
  • Highlife Magazine
  • Arthead, Moss Vale

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The Atrium

No Time To Spare – Southern Highlands


The Atrium, Civic Centre, 68 Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale, New South Wales 2576 , Australia