Trust’s hut re­ply Defin­ing the bound­aries on Card­well her­itage is­sue

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

IN ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle by John An­der­sen on March 8, 2011.

It quoted in very small p a r t my t e l e p hone c a l l query­ing state­ments about the Na­tional Trust made in a pre­vi­ous re­port. A claim was made that the trust would not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the main­te­nance of a hut at Card­well.

This in­di­cates a mis­un­der­stand­ing of the role of the Na­tional Trust of Queens­land. It is not a fund­ing body. In fact the trust must raise funds from var­i­ous sources for the main­te­nance and pre­sen­ta­tion of t he prop­er­ties it owns. No Na­tional Trust prop­erty re- ceives ded­i­cated an­nual fund­ing from the Queens­land gov­ern­ment. At Townsville our Her­itage Cen­tre is man­aged by the Townsville branch of the trust, and staffed en­tirely by vol­un­teers. They have raised con­sid­er­able sums for restora­tion and con­tin­u­ing main­te­nance.

The au­thor­ity re­spon­si­ble f o r l i s t i n g o f h e r i t a g e prop­er­ties in Queens­land is the Her­itage Coun­cil of Queens­land.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made to the State au­thor­ity by any­one wish­ing to do so. There was noth­ing to pre­vent Card­well His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mak­ing such a nomi-

Dorothy Gib­son-Wilde nation. If the build­ing was nom­i­nated for list­ing to the State au­thor­ity, and re­jected be­cause the build­ing had been moved, it would be in ac­cor­dance with world stan­dards laid down for the con­ser­va­tion of her­itage places. My state­ments in re­gard to the his­tory of the hut re­lated to the listings process.

From child­hood mem­o­ries, I re­call a hut in Card­well said to have be­longed to Dal­lachy, an early botanist. It may not be the same hut, but to en­sure a list­ing, full doc­u­men­ta­tion of its his­tory would be needed to prove con­clu­sively the im­por­tance of the place in Queens­land his­tory.

I trust this clar­i­fies mat­ter.


DOROTHY M. GIB­SON-WILDE, Sec­re­tary, Townsville/

NQ Branch Na­tional Trust

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