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Raise your voice: protect Sydney’s iconic historic views

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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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Australia’s oldest church site under threat – St John’s Parramatta

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A rezoning application has been made to allow for the construction of tower buildings on either side of St John’s Cathedral, the oldest church site in Australia
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A win for heritage – Chief Secretary’s Building Unsolicited Proposal knocked back

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In a big win for heritage, the NSW state government has denied an unsolicited proposal for 50 Phillip Street Sydney; a great outcome for this historically significant public building.
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Book review: Historical Guide to New South Wales

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Interested in reading about the history of small towns of NSW? National Trust (NSW) volunteer Dr David J. Jones has reviewed a unique reference book that explores the history of NSW's small towns from 1788 to 2020.
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Discovery of a Dutch Master

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A National Trust (NSW) artwork restoration has led to the remarkable discovery of a 17th century Dutch Master painting in the Blue Mountains.
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Celebrating volunteers across NSW

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Every year, the National Trust (NSW) recognises valued volunteers and staff with the annual National Trust Honours Awards. The awards recognise individuals who have given outstanding service.
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Hartley Valley Possum Dreaming Site

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The National Trust has previously made a detailed submission against elements of the proposed Great Western Highway upgrade that will impact the important Hartley Valley Landscape Conservation Area that was listed on the National Trust Register over 35 years ago. Local indigenous groups are now also raising significant concerns that several important
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Remarkable women connected to the National Trust (NSW)

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For Women's History Month, we're celebrating the stories of some of the inspirational women who lived in, worked at, and protected National Trust (NSW) places. From passionate conservationists to self-taught artists – these are just some of the women who defied convention to walk their own path.
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Making Good: about the exhibition

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A famous clock, Temple and Webster's handmade chair, and cutting-edge video art are just some of the fascinating items on display at a new exhibition exploring the lives of convicts and the impact of their crafts on the colony.
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Living on the edge

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NSW’s ocean pools are an amazing asset and legacy, an iconic collection of recreational infrastructure running the entire length of our coast. But these special places are under threat. Along with the natural ravages of time and tide, ocean pools are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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Hartley Valley’s Heritage – a Cultural Landscape at Risk

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Why is Hartley Valley so special? The Hartley Valley, 125 kilometres west of Sydney, is a cultural landscape with remarkable natural, built and indigenous heritage value.  The National Trust of Australia (NSW) recognised its value 35 years ago and listed the Hartley Valley Landscape Conservation Area on the National Trust Register.    The 14 kilometre Great Western Highway
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