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World Migratory Bird Day – Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation

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Australia lies at the southern end of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, one of 8 major migratory routes worldwide, and provides important shore, waterway and wetland habitat for roughly 8 million migratory waterbirds that make the long journey to Australia each year. The journey extends from within the Arctic Circle in
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Breeding and nesting time for Black-Cockatoos

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Three of WA’s Black-cockatoo species are threatened with extinction and we urgently need to work together to identify and protect their critical habitat such as roosting sites, nest trees, hollow-bearing and dead standing trees as well as their food and water sources so these birds can have a future. It’s
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Artillery Drill Hall Interpretation Project

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The National Trust of Western Australia is committed to ensuring the heritage values of its heritage places are acknowledged through innovative and engaging interpretation. Proposals are now sought from contractors experienced in the interpretation of heritage places to develop the interpretation of the Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle, which is
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The September Chapter

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  For one man, Joseph Hardey, the month of September heralded the opening of a new chapter in his life and, almost half a century later, was when another chapter closed. On 29 September 1829, the brig Tranby left England for the Swan River Colony. Twenty five year old Joseph
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Collie Roundhouse – Expressions of Interest to Lease

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The Collie Roundhouse is a post-World War Two early 1950s building constructed to house 14 steam locomotives. It remains intact complete with turntable pit and turntable. The substantial curtilage associated with the Roundhouse offers opportunities for tourism infrastructure and community use through the development of a precinct which connects to
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New conservation covenant

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Since the commencement of its covenant program in 1999, the National Trust has entered into 184 covenants over 340 land titles, protecting 18,574 hectares of bush. Bushland covenants play a vital role in preserving our State’s biodiversity and supporting conservation of natural heritage values on private property. The Trust is
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Interpretive Memorial Fencing

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The East Perth Cemeteries comprises what were seven independent denominational cemeteries. Fences were an integral part of the layout and management of the place throughout the nineteenth century and were probably there from the time the land was first allocated.  The timber pickets provided a sense of order and reinforced
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Cliff Grange – new opportunities

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2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the purchase of ‘Greenough Steam Mill’ by Thomas Clinch. Later known as Clinch’s Mill, the purchase included the Mill Manager’s residence Cliff Grange. Clinch was a pioneer in the milling process whose celebrated advancements not only improved milling processes in Western Australia but the
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Grave Watch – Barratt grave #66

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In April 2018 four generations of descendants of Enoch Pearson Barratt gathered to celebrate the conservation of the former Government gardener’s headstone. The conservation work was funded by donations to the East Perth Cemeteries Appeal from Ron Barratt, his sister Valerie, a former National Trust volunteer at the Cemeteries, and
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Sneak peek inside No 4 Pump Station

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No 4 Pump Station, on the outskirts of the Wheatbelt town of Merredin, is one of six remaining steam pump stations constructed in 1901 as part of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. The Scheme, under the direction of Chief Engineer CY O’Connor, took over five years to complete and was
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Budadee Rangers Program

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The Budadee Foundation is an Aboriginal organisation which is proudly supported by the Palyku people, endorsed by the Palyku Working Party, and established under the National Trust. Their primary purpose is protecting the cultural and environmental integrity of the Woodstock-Abydos Protected Area and assisting Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara region
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New composer in residence at Gallop House

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Prelude and the National Trust of Western Australia are pleased to welcome Gemma Turvey into residence at Gallop House, Dalkeith, as part of the 2018 Prelude Composers’ Residency program. Gemma is the founder and Artistic Director of improvising chamber ensemble the New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO). Gemma is an active
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Nominations for a position on Council are open

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Members of the National Trust of Western Australia are invited to nominate for a position on Council to enable them to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of the National Trust. The National Trust was founded in 1959 and constituted as a Statutory Authority under the National Trust of
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Major Lotterywest grant secured

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LOTTERYWEST GRANT TO FUND MAJOR PROJECTS FOR STATE’S HERITAGE The Western Australian Government, through Lotterywest, has provided over $2.8 million in grant funding to the National Trust of Western Australia for a three-year program to implement its Strategic Plan across key areas of heritage activity. The funding will enable the
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Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre – acknowledgement in State Parliament

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Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre (GALC) was established in 2016 under the auspice of the National Trust and is supported by the Federal Department of Communications and the Arts through the Indigenous Language and Arts program. GALC works toward the preservation of Aboriginal languages in the Eastern Goldfields; a region with
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Conservation works – East Perth Cemeteries headstones

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Did you know the National Trust conservation team is regularly approached by families and community groups keen to see a grave conserved at East Perth Cemeteries? The Cemeteries, originally seven individual burial grounds, were operational from 1829 to 1899. Over 10,000 people from all walks of life are buried here
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2018 Reconciliation Week

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Reconciliation Week is held every year to encourage Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. Through knowledge grows understanding; understanding can change entrenched ideas and attitudes and make significant contributions to reconciliation. The National Trust of Western Australia is committed to the 2018 Reconciliation
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Enhanced East Perth Cemeteries website grant

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The Friends of the Battye Library has been successful in being granted funds of $94,500 by Lotterywest to develop an enhanced East Perth Cemeteries website. The project will be carried out in partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia and the new website will be hosted by the Trust
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East Perth Cemeteries grant received

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The National Trust of Western Australia has received a grant of $14,200 from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to develop a script and sound score for an intimate outdoor theatre performance at East Perth Cemeteries. The performance will reveal the West Australian stories of East Perth Cemeteries
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Ellensbrook Restoration help needed

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The National Trust of Western Australia is looking for experienced heritage builders and restorers to assist in the conservation of historic Ellensbrook, near Margaret River. The homestead was built in 1857 by Ellen and Alfred Bussell and operated as a home for Aboriginal children from 1899 – 1916. Since then,
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A future for Avondale in bush produce research

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The National Trust of Western Australia is working with the Shire of Beverley to determine a sustainable future for Avondale Farm which respects the history and significance of this place. Although established as freehold farming land, in 1918 it was made available as a training farm for returned servicemen and
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