Redlands could soon have its own branch of the National Trust of Queensland if the efforts of a small working group come to fruition later this month.
Setting up a local branch of the National Trust would provide the Redlands community with a broad based organisation focused on heritage issues across the City.
Activities of the National Trust
The National Trust (Queensland) enables people to get involved in advocacy of heritage values and conservation of properties.
Membership of the National Trust has a range of benefits in Australia and overseas.
Advocacy is a core activity of the National Trust and its members have been representing community interests in the places of cultural heritage significance since the 1960’s.
The Trust’s website explains that it operates in the immediate surrounds (or where people live) but also looks to support heritage protection across Queensland, especially in remote areas.
Initially the Trust began a Register of places of significance and started campaigns to save places at risk.
Nowadays the Trust advocates for heritage both in the wider sphere and for specific cases. This is done through an Advocacy Committee, which meets regularly. This Committee ensures the Trust puts effort behind the projects which have greatest heritage value.
The Trust makes submissions to councils, and government organisations with planning powers over heritage places and encourages members to become involved in what is happening in the community around them.
Moves towards a Redlands Branch of the National Trust
Redlanders interested in preserving local heritage have already indicated that a local register of heritage places is needed.
Discussion about forming a Redlands Branch of the National Trust began at the Fernleigh Heritage Forum early this year.
Jonathan Fisher, the CEO of National Trust (Queensland), has been invited to speak at a public meeting in late September where he will explain how the local branch would operate and the benefits of being part of an organisation experienced in dealing with heritage issues.
Anyone interested in helping advance the understanding and protection of local heritage will be welcome to attend the meeting.
If you wish to attend please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org