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National Trust Heritage Awards Shortlist Announced for 2020

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The National Trust Heritage Awards is in its 26th year. The shortlist announcement is highly anticipated news for the heritage, arts and cultural sector – and this year’s announcement has been delayed from April to now on account of COVID-19 restrictions impacting plans for the award ceremony (an event that
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More heritage properties reopening post-COVID: Harper’s Mansion, Berrima is open.

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The National Trust (NSW) has today announced it will reopen a selection of its heritage properties to the community from 3 July 2020. A community organisation, the National Trust (NSW) opens 20 heritage properties across the state on a regular basis for visitors to enjoy the built, cultural and natural heritage. In the interests of keeping the community safe and in compliance with Government regulations throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, the National Trust closed its properties in March 2020.“We are delighted to be reopening a selection of our properties to the community, and we have missed sharing these wonderful places with the people of New South Wales and from farther afield over the past three months,” said Debbie Mills, Chief Executive Officer, National Trust (NSW). “We
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The National Trust celebrates Goulburn 200

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It’s a year of two significant milestones with the National Trust (NSW) celebrating its 75th Anniversary and Goulburn celebrating 200 years since Governor Macquarie’s first visit to Goulburn. To celebrate both, the National Trust is opening Riversdale for a special event on Saturday 24 October to showcase the exhibition The
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The National Trust (NSW) announces new Director, Conservation, as Graham Quint retires after 40 years

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David Burdon has been announced as the new Director, Conservation, at the National Trust (NSW) following Graham Quint’s retirement after 40 years of service at the heritage conservation charity. Graham Quint commenced at the National Trust in 1980 and fulfilled numerous roles before leading advocacy.
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Objection to the Parramatta Powerhouse

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The National Trust (NSW) has lodged its submission opposing the proposed Parramatta Powerhouse with the NSW Government’s Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
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Cooma Cottage receives grant from Arts NSW for accessible facility

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The National Trust (NSW) has received a Community Arts and Cultural Development grant of $29,000 from Arts NSW to provide disability access to public toilets and an additional disabled facility for our regionally based cultural heritage property Cooma Cottage, Yass.
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Powerhouse Museum: The Community Speaks National Trust (NSW) Survey Reveals Overwhelming Vote to Stay at Ultimo

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On 30 April 2020, the National Trust (NSW) asked the community to complete a survey about the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo. The community could participate in the survey until 8 May 2020. The purpose of undertaking the survey was to quantify and qualify the significance of the museum in its current location at Ultimo, its built, social and cultural heritage, and the significance of its collection to the people of New South Wales. The National Trust (NSW) distributed a link to the online survey to its members and subscribers to its eNews, to the organisation’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter followers.
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The National Trust (NSW) pays tribute to Jack Mundey

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The National Trust (NSW) is deeply saddened by the news that Jack Mundey has died age 90 in Sydney on 10 May 2020. We pay tribute to a life of (remove) dedicated to the preservation of places that matter to the community, heritage, the environment and social justice.
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Emergency Measures on Environmental Planning and Assessment Act: What You Need To Know

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The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 commenced on 25 March 2020. The Act introduced a broad range of public health and emergency response powers to enable the NSW Government to respond to public health emergencies during COVID-19. These powers have already resulted in changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and the Act’s Regulations.
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National Trust (NSW) launches Powerhouse Museum Survey

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The Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo, Sydney, is not on the State Heritage Register. Understanding its heritage significance and value to the community may get it there – so the National Trust (NSW) is asking people to share their views.
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National Trust Takes Positions to Protect our Forests

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The National Trust (NSW) has developed two key position papers on Bushfire Hazard Reduction Burning and Deforestation. The organisation’s positions have responded to the urgent need for the protection of New South Wales’ built, cultural and natural heritage, all of which has been under threat as a result of prolonged drought and catastrophic bushfires in 2019 and early 2020.
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Dubbo Driftwells on the Register

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On 1 April 2020, the National Trust (NSW) Board of Directors approved the listing of the Dubbo Driftwells on the National Trust Register.
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The National Trust (NSW) Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Today

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The National Trust of Australia (NSW) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary today. Australia’s oldest conservation charity committed to the preservation, education and interpretation, and protection of our built, natural and cultural heritage. The National Trust was officially founded in New South Wales on 6 April 1945.
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A Powerhouse on Heritage

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Cheryl Bates joined the National Trust in 1983 and became an Executive Committee member of the Parramatta Regional Branch in 2010. Today, she is an influential voice on heritage to local Government, on regional State Heritage Listings and in harnessing the community movement with affiliated organisations and groups.
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National Trust (NSW) Events and Property Closures: COVID-19

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The National Trust (NSW) values the health and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers, members, visitors and supporters above all else. We have provided the most up-to-date information to our staff, at our heritage properties and to our volunteers on the importance of preventing, identifying and reducing the potential of infection. We are acting in accordance with health authority guidelines federally and in New South Wales to ensure the safety of the community in line with Government policy regarding COVID-19. We will update this news post as regularly as possible, and as circumstances change.
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Former Mandela Photographer and Documentarian is the feature artist at Retford Park, Bowral, this March

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Willman is one of South Africa’s leading, young, independent artists in visual communication and heritage art. He has expressed himself through an extraordinary body of work which includes writing, storytelling and photographic exhibitions across 48 countries, tailoring his inventive brand of communication to the needs of an array of clients
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Blog: Matthew Willman – a captured perspective on white rhinos and Nelson Mandela

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One of the most extraordinary perspectives I have gained working with orphaned wild animals is how unpredictable they can be. You become acutely aware of how, in this case, rhinos behave and interact with the world around them. Everything is planned and anticipated until one of them does something completely
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National Trust Registers Concern on Great Western Highway Upgrade

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In its submission provided in December 2019, the National Trust (NSW) A National Trust submission to Transport for NSW on the Great Western Highway upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow noted 21 properties and two landscapes listed on the National Trust Register. We highlighted the likely impact on these places and the
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National Trust Property Updates: Bushfires

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Since October, New South Wales has faced varying degrees of bushfire danger in various regions throughout the state. The National Trust (NSW) has properties located in the north, south, west, Blue Mountains and Greater Sydney area – many of which have been faced with emergency or urgent levels of threat
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Free advanced film previews for all our supporters

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The Professor and the Madman: Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary. The compilation of the Oxford English
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The National Trust (NSW) opposes the destruction of Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace

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Only last week, the Parramatta Branch of the National Trust (NSW) had heard reports that such an announcement may be imminent and the organisation publicly communicated its concerns via its eNews and on social media. “We are so disappointed that this is the result and this decision has been made
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