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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

9 October 2005

Sixty years of protecting our national treasures


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today congratulated the Australian Council of National Trusts as the National Trust movement celebrates 60 years of protecting and conserving Australia's special places.

In congratulating the Council, Senator Campbell recognised the enormous effort of thousands of past and present volunteers who have contributed to their work.

"The National Trust is an important institution in Australian life and an important partner for Australian Governments in protecting and conserving places and items that are special to all Australians," Senator Campbell said.

"Over 6500 people volunteer their time and effort to help protect heritage items and places for the National Trust. I commend them for the passion and energy they give towards ensuring all Australians can learn about and appreciate our special places.

"The Australian Government has worked in partnership with National Trust over the past 60 years to protect our heritage and raise awareness about the importance of conserving all that defines Australia.

"I look forward to this continuing this partnership into the future."

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Australian Council of National Trusts, the 50th anniversary of the National Trust of South Australia and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the first National Trust in Australia, in NSW , in 1945.

The Australian Council of National Trusts was formed in 1965 and represents the interests of the National Trust at the federal level. It also provides a forum to exchange information and coordinate each of the State and Territory Trusts.

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.

Further information is available at www.nationaltrust.org.au

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

Commonwealth of Australia