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Community concerns recognised: Central Barangaroo proposal knocked back

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In a huge win for heritage, the NSW Premier has announced that Central Barangaroo won't be brutalised, after the National Trust and many others raised the alarm about proposed development.
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Celebrate Christmas with the National Trust

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Whether you want to shop for gifts or take in the decorations at one of our historic places, we've got lots of Christmas inspiration for you.
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Central Barangaroo proposal knocked back by Planning Minister

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Following immense community backlash that included a strong campaign from the Trust, a 20 storey residential tower and associated height limit increases in the central portion of Barangaroo has been knocked back by the NSW Planning Minister. In a letter to Infrastructure NSW – reported by the Herald – Roberts
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Four historic places join the National Trust Register

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The National Trust (NSW) has added four new places to the National Trust Register, reflecting a diverse range of properties and locations throughout our state. Here are the latest listings.
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Crafty convicts

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An Old Government House exhibition explores the creative talents of Sydney’s convict artisans. So who were these convicts, and what did they make? We take a look at four of their stories.
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Things to do in spring

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With warmer weather finally here, our places are humming with spring activities. Take in some spring colour, have a photo-perfect picnic, get stuck into one of our outdoor workshops, and more!
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Destroying the face of Gregory Place: Australia’s agricultural heritage threatened by overdevelopment

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A proposed development in Harris Park Parramatta, located directly behind historic Hambledon Cottage, will have an overwhelmingly negative impact on both the cottage setting and its surrounding cultural landscape. Find out what's proposed and what you can do to stop this overdevelopment.
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Central Station to be buried amongst skyscrapers

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Central Station and its surrounds are currently subject to proposals for substantial over-development into a tech precinct that will damage the heritage fabric and character of the area. Find out what's been proposed and how you can help raise a voice against this final stage of the damaging rezoning of Central.
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Gardening behind the scenes: Everglades House & Gardens

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What goes into looking after a heritage garden in spring? Head Gardener at Everglades House & Gardens, Simon Cooper, takes us behind the scenes to reveal his sustainable planting techniques and the major jobs of the season.
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September is cherry blossom season!

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The famous cherry blossoms at Everglades House & Gardens bloom for just a few spectacular weeks every September.
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Raise your voice: protect Sydney’s iconic historic views

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Sydney’s greatest asset – its wonderful harbour – is under threat. The National Trust (NSW) needs your urgent help to amplify our advocacy. We are calling on members to urgently make a submission against the proposed Central Barangaroo Concept modification.
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A win for Pitt Street’s heritage

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A row of Edwardian terrace buildings on Sydney's Pitt Street has been saved from demolition, following the National Trust's latest advocacy efforts to retain the historic shopfronts.
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Dog-friendly days out

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Get the leash and some walking shoes ready – dogs are welcome at four National Trust (NSW) places. Here are some ideas for a day trip with your four-legged friend.
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A day with the dogs at Retford Park

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Step past the dog statues guarding the door of Retford Park, and you'll find a fascinating history of the mansion and its dog-loving owner James Fairfax.
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Use your membership to see more of the world

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If you’re planning a trip overseas, a National Trust (NSW) membership can give you access to over 1,000 extraordinary heritage places globally.
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The history of the National Trust Logo and its designer, Michael Bryce

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Michael Bryce will be known to many National Trust members as the husband of the 25th Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce - however, what some may not know, is he shared a significant history with the National Trust through his graphic design work for our current logo.
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Beyond weeding: how creative planting is restoring biodiversity to bushland

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To mark World Environment Day on 5 June, we take a closer look at the invasive weeds that are threatening New South Wales bushland, and the innovative techniques the National Trust (NSW)'s Bushland Management Services team are using to restore biodiversity to even the trickiest of green spaces.
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Fernhill Estate, Mulgoa Draft Landscape Masterplan

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The National Trust was recently consulted by the Greater Sydney Parklands regarding their draft Landscape Master Plan for this historic estate.
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Bush Heritage – Our Shared Legacy

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World Environment Day on 5 June will be a chance to celebrate our amazing bush heritage. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of caring for Country, just as we continue to care for our built heritage treasures.
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Volunteer stories: meet Adiba Rahman

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Adiba Rahman has always loved heritage and architecture, and she says there’s one room in particular at Old Government House that has captured her imagination. To mark National Volunteering Week, we talked to Adiba about her experience volunteering with the National Trust (NSW).
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Celebrating Second Chances

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2022 marks the 30th year of the Salon des Refusés exhibition. We look at the story behind how it came to be, and its role in supporting Australian artists.
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