The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is committed to reconciliation.
Our journey now includes four Reconciliation Action Plans, the return of the National Trust owned Ebenezer Mission to the Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, the creation of our Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Board, and undertaking Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Surveys at our sites.
The Board of the National Trust feels strongly that a healthy and engaged community is one that embraces its shared heritage and can work together to respectfully celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. Through the Reconciliation Action Plan our goals include providing pathways for joint custodian land management; increasing the democratic participation of Aboriginal Australians; and real reconciliation based on agreed principles of engagement and mutual respect.
Our vision for reconciliation is a community that appreciates, conserves and celebrates our shared heritage, and embraces the diversity of contemporary Australia. We aspire to a more equitable society where the interpretation, presentation and management of Victoria’s cultural heritage is based on historical acceptance, truth-telling, and creating meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to shape the way we acknowledge and celebrate Victoria’s cultural past and present.
We believe that it is vital to acknowledge the past, including aspects of our history which are painful and uncomfortable. In order to move forward, towards reconciliation, we must also expand our understanding of the past by acknowledging new perspectives, and recognising present injustices.
We cannot erase history, but we can tell the whole story.
The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTV) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.
Our Head Office, Tasma Terrace, is based in East Melbourne, and we have properties in the CBD, South Wharf and South Yarra, in Melbourne’s southern suburbs including South Melbourne, Elsternwick, Caulfield North and St Kilda East, the Mornington Peninsula including Red Hill, Langwarrin South, Mount Martha and McCrae, Greater Geelong and further afar including Winchelsea and Portarlington, the suburbs of Ivanhoe and Heidelberg, and the regional towns of Skipton, Smeaton, Yarra Glen, Chiltern and Port Fairy.
These properties are located within the boundaries of the following Registered Aboriginal Parties: Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and the Yorta Yorta National Aboriginal Corporation.