Do you share our love of old buildings? There are so many ways you can help protect our built environment. These are just a few ways you can get involved.
Let us know if you hear of anything we need to know about. It may be that you learn of a building at risk or you want to share some heritage travel ideas. Whatever it is you have to say, we want to hear about it! Community support for heritage, in any capacity, is invaluable.
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Nominate a house to be listed
Anyone can nominate a place or object for listing on the State Heritage Register by completing a nomination form. Before nominating an item for the State Heritage Register, you should first carefully consider whether the place or object is of state heritage significance and important to the people of NSW. “State heritage significance” means that the item is important for the whole of NSW.
Refer to the NSW Government Environment and Heritage Website for more information and to access a form http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage/listings/nominateshr.htm
Some places and items may not reach the threshold for listing on the State Heritage Register but may be of local heritage significance within a local government area. Contact your local Council to find out more.
Join your local Historical Society
Local Historical Societies are usually established by a group of enthusiasts, who are motivated to action by any number of events such as saving an old building from destruction; celebrating a centennial, writing a local history, or they may just be a group of individuals who chose to come together to study and appreciate the history of their community.
Contact your local Council to find out more about what is being done in your area.
Join the National Trust
The National Trust of Australia is a community-based, non-government organisation, committed to promoting and conserving Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage through its advocacy work and its custodianship of heritage places and objects.
The Australian National Trust movement was established in New South Wales in 1945 by Annie Wyatt who, along with a group of other citizens, raised community consciousness of widespread destruction of the built and natural heritage in Sydney. The National Trust movement quickly spread across Australia with the other States establishing National Trust offices throughout the 1950’s and 60’s. The Northern and Australian Capital Territories were the last to establish a National Trust in 1976. Each State and Territory National Trust is fully autonomous entity in its own right responsible for managing its own affairs. The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) was formed in 1965. It represents the interests of the National Trust at the federal level, provides a forum for information exchange and increasingly coordinates the work of the constituent bodies.
Collectively the organisation owns or manages over 300 heritage places (the majority held in perpetuity), manages a volunteer workforce of 7000 while also employing about 350 people nationwide.
The National Trust relies heavily on community support generated through membership subscriptions, sponsorship, donations and bequests, property admissions and retail sales . According to their website, of the collective total operational revenue generated by the organisation less than 10% is sourced from government.
Refer to the National Trust website to learn more about how you can become a member and the associated benefits you can enjoy. http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/our-organisation