Heritage Advocacy is one of the core activities of the National Trust. Since the 1960s, we have been representing the interests of our members and campaigning for the recognition and protection Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage.
Advocacy aims to raise awareness and push for changes in how society and government perceive and protect heritage. There are many different methods the National Trust uses for advocacy and awareness raising – including campaigning, organising events, managing people, researching issues, collecting resources and funds, developing educational programs and toolkits, and mobilising media.
Our Advocacy work is ongoing and constant. From its early days, when the Trust established the state’s first Register of Significant Places (26 years before Queensland initiated a statutory register), to major campaigns for the protection of Brisbane’s Northbank, Cloudlands ballroom and the State Theatre, through to the recognition of Queensland’s Icons, the National Trust works tirelessly for the protection, conservation and celebration of Queensland’s heritage.
Getting involved in advocacy as a member of the National Trust is one way of helping save Queensland’s heritage places.
Currently, our advocacy work is focused on three areas:
- Strategic Advocacy
Pre-planned, pro-active advocacy campaigns
Reactive advocacy in response to direct threats to heritage
- Awareness Raising Events
A combination of educational, inspirational and social events that interpret and manage heritage.
Review of the Cultural Heritage Acts
August 2019 – Letter to Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.
2019 Federal Election Priorities for Heritage
A Statement from the National Trusts of Australia.
June 2018 –NTAQ letter to Referrals, Environment Assessment Branch, Canberra expressing concerns over the development known as the Toondah Harbour PDA. Click here to see more information on development EPBC Reference Number: 2018/8225.