The National Trust of Australia has run an
Endangered Places program since 2000.
It has been the only national advocacy program of the National
Trust Movement and is a collaborative program of the eight
State and Territory Trusts, coordinated and managed by the
Australian Council of National Trusts.
Based loosely on the American program of the
same name, the objective
Places has been to utilise the combined
advocacy of the Trusts to focus community and media interest
on the kinds of threats facing heritage places, and to
marshal community action and government attention to address
threats facing listed places and to achieve policy changes to
address the issues raised by those
It has had some notable successes in raising
community awareness of heritage issues and some positive heritage
conservation outcomes including Point Nepean and Point Cook, the
Abbotsford Convent and Pentridge Gaol sites (Victoria), the Manly
Quarantine Station and the historic Maritime Precinct (NSW),
Sullivan’s Cove (Tasmania) and the Midland Railway Workshops (WA).
Two places nominated as endangered, Recherche Bay in Tasmania, and
the Burrup Peninsula in WA, have been nominated to or listed on the
National Heritage List.
However, despite these successes, and the
respect for the program held by prominent conservation and
community organisations, Endangered Places has not
reached all members of community and it has been difficult for the
National Trust to ensure that all places nominated as endangered
met the criteria for risk.
order to increase objectivity, credibility and capacity of the
program to influence community and government attitudes, the
National Trust is refreshing Endangered Places through an
enhanced and expanded program
in collaboration with
respected heritage and media partners. to be known as
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