What YOU can do to save valued historical buildings, sites and natural
1. Find out if it is heritage listed. If not, nominate it for relevant
- State and Territory National Trust classified lists (except SA)
- Heritage Registers-State/Territory government heritage agency/heritage
- Local Council's heritage list or plan
- Lists kept by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects or Engineers Heritage
- Registers on the internet: CHL,NSW Heritage Office, Heritage Victoria, NSW and Victoria
2. Determine if the place has heritage significance:
- Check histories, heritage & scientific studies; collect written, visual and oral
- Gather physical evidence: survey, describe, map, photograph
- Prepare a brief history of the place: origins; sequence of changes; context; significance
to local/other communities; comparison with other places of similar
- Assess against standard heritage criteria, for example it has: importance to the course of
our cultural/ natural history; rare or endangered aspects; significant technical or aesthetic characteristics; special associations with an
important person or group
- Prepare a short statement of heritage significance
3. Identify the threat and alert relevant agencies:
- National Trust in your State or Territory
- If subject to a Development Application, lodge opposition with Council State/Territory
heritage agency or the Australian Heritage Commission
- Apply to Council and to State heritage agency/council for an order to halt
4. Contact the owner and explain your concern.
- Owners can get conservation and funding advice from heritage agency/heritage council or
the National Trust.
- Government-owned: contact that department and relevant government heritage
5. Seek publicity.
- Contact Councillors and staff, local historical society and other community
- Write to local MP and heritage/environment Minister
- Form a local action group ('Friends') to carry out these activities and maintain public
interest, and ask for support from the National Trust
- Notify media; letterbox; arrange public meetings: explain the significance of the place,
the advantages of retaining it, the threat and alternative uses
- Compile the information collected and nominate the place to the Australian Council of
Our Heritage At Risk Program: each year a new list of the Top 10 Most Endangered places (State Level 1 July) National Level - 18
October) draws national attention to heritage places under threat.
6. Follow up agency actions and keep watch.