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National Trust seeks Expressions of Interest to lease the Collie Roundhouse

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The National Trust is now calling for expressions of interest for this special opportunity. It is a mid 1950s building constructed to maintain up to 14 steam locomotives at a time servicing the state’s vital coal industry. By the 1970’s the Roundhouse and its Turntable were decommissioned, becoming a place
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Peter Kennedy joins us for this years’ Curtin Family Home Lecture

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Retired ABC political reporter Peter Kennedy will speak at the annual Curtin Family Home lecture on Thursday, 24 September to discuss media reporting in times of crisis. The role of a reporter today is different from what may have prevailed in John Curtin’s time when he was editor for the
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Margaret Feilman Medal – Nominations now open

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National Trust members are invited to nominate a worthy recipient for this years’ Margaret Feilman Medal. This Award recognises individuals or organisations who demonstrate meritorious achievement or service to heritage in Western Australia. The Margaret Feilman Medal is named after Margaret Feilman OBE, a founding member of the National Trust
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National Trust Members Bring a Friend for FREE

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We know that exploring our properties is always more enjoyable when shared with friends and family, so we have exciting news for you! For the remainder of 2020, any National Trust member that visits one of our properties can bring a friend for free! That means each time you visit one
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We’re getting ready for your return

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In anticipation of reopening the health and safety of visitors and volunteers has been a top priority. Aside from our volunteers receiving customer service and COVID-19 safety training, additional cleaning will be taking place in communal areas. COVID-19 safety plans are currently being developed that align with state government’s Phase
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COVID-19 update from our Chief Executive Officer

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At present, our properties remain closed to the public. However, we are working to prepare some for reopening in September. The health and wellbeing of our volunteers and visitors remains our top priority and we are developing protocols to help ensure everyone is safe. Some of our properties are surrounded
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Prelude – A national residency program for composers

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Prelude offers long-term residencies allowing composers to focus on their craft while residing in one of three heritage listed Australian homes. Applications for composers are open now and will close on 23 August 2020. Prelude supports Australian composers with the time and space to create new work by providing accommodation
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National Trust Council Elections 2020

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ELECTION NOTICE Election of Officers pursuant to the National Trust of Australia (WA) Trust Rules Nominations are called from eligible members for the election of: Councillor (6)     3 year term. Nominations will be accepted from Monday 17 August 2020. Nomination forms are to be completed in accordance with the
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Collie Roundhouse Remediation

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Media Release The Collie Roundhouse is a step closer to becoming a key community asset and potential tourism development with the letting of a contract to begin remediation of this important local landmark. Collie builder Jila Riley, will be teaming up with McMahon’s Services to undertake the first stage of
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National Reconciliation Week

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Acknowledgement of Country The National Trust of Western Australia acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state. The National Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. The National Trust is committed
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COVID-19 update from our Chief Executive Officer

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As many of you know, we decided to temporarily close National Trust’s properties throughout Western Australia and cancelled all events until further notice. Since mid-March, our offices at the Old Observatory have also been closed. In light of easing restrictions and after careful consideration, we have decided to reopen our
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Cooking with a dash of history

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Families across the country are adjusting to a new way of life. Whether things have slowed down or become more hectic, we know that finding new ways to entertain children is a never-ending challenge. Let us help you with some fun ways you can keep them (or yourself) busy with
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Announcement of new Chair

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Media Release Former Minister and Assistant Police Commissioner Hon Bob Kucera APM JP has been elected Chair of the National Trust of Western Australia. Bob’s election follows the retirement of former Chair Hon Michael Murray AM QC, who served as Chair from 2015. Announcing the election results, National Trust President
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A note from our Chief Executive Officer

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National Trust Council Election results The National Trust of Western Australia is pleased to advise that The Honourable Bob Kucera APM has been elected to its Council. The election was conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. You can view the official result online here. We would like to congratulate
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Recognising an early adopter on Earth Day

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Buddy Kent was one of the first adopters of the National Trust’s conservation covenant program. He ensured the protection of a unique area of Western Australian bushland by placing a restrictive covenant on parts of his South Bodallin farm. This important action, however, was not the first initiative Buddy took
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New home for Tender Care

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Media Release Bridgedale, a historically significant property in Bridgetown that is managed by the National Trust of Western Australia, will be the new home of Tender Care, a West Australian charity focused on community mental health. With the upgrade works now completed, the National Trust and Tender Care are looking
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50 Golden Years of Woodbridge

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Since opening its doors, Woodbridge has become an important place for the community. Whether learning about its significant history or enjoying lunch at the café, Woodbridge provides a tranquil escape and an insight into life in the late nineteenth century. While exploring the land of the Wadjuk Noongar people in
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A message from our Chief Executive Officer

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National Trust’s places throughout Western Australia have been temporarily closed and all events have been cancelled until further notice. In the interest of keeping all of our staff safe, we have also closed our offices at the Old Observatory with staff now working from home. Though our places are currently closed, most
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Exterior urns reflect original construction

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Six replica urns were installed on the Woodbridge tower and entry portico parapets bringing to fruition the interpretive approach of presenting the exterior as originally constructed. It was considered at the time to be “the finest and most innovative house in Western Australia”. National Trust CEO, Julian Donaldson said “This
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The National Trust of Australia has announced it will cancel the Australian Heritage Festival for 2020

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The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pandemic. The virus is contagious between people and of particular risk to people with existing medical conditions, people with reduced immunity and people of advanced age. The National Trust is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing
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National Trust Property Closures for Volunteer Wellbeing

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Media Release (Updated) In line with government regulations associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak, National Trust properties will be closed until further notice. This step is to ensure National Trust volunteers, who are mostly 60 years of age and older, and visitors are protected from potential exposure. Properties impacted: Avondale
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