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National trust contribution to sustainable heritage

Briggs, A. (2012) National trust contribution to sustainable heritage. In: 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 19 - 22 June 2012, Porto, Portugal



The National Trust movement has established an international profile from its beginnings in the United Kingdom where the National Trust of England continues to be a significant conservation agency to this day. The National Trust of Australia (WA) (NTWA) was established in 1959 using the model of the English National Trust and was reconstituted in 1964 under a Western Australian Act of Parliament as an independent community based organisation.

The NTWA has steadily been achieving great things for the community of Western Australia and conserving built and natural assets for local and international community appreciation. Having achieved its Jubilee Year in 2009 the NTWA continues to be a role model for other national trusts in Australia and beyond.

This paper will reflect on the creation of national trusts and their achievements internationally. It will then review the progress of the NTWA from its beginning to its current place taking in its approach to creating a sustainable environment for its contribution to society.

The aim of this paper is to raise awareness of the role of National Trusts for their contribution to cultural and social sustainability and their involvement of community in achieving their goals of conservation and education.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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