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SA Government Starts Two Heritage Battles
"Dear National Trust members of the Auburn, Burra and Clare branches
As you know the State Government has embarked on a plan to remove protections for Martindale Hall to facilitate its transfer to private operators, against the intention of the gift of the Hall to the people of South Australia."
"The National Trust is opposing legislation put forward by the Government to achieve this end.
I attach our recent news release for your information and our petition to Parliament.
Dr Darren Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, National Trust of South Australia
Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Road Beaumont SA 5066
Phone: 08 8202 9214 Mobile: 0409 494 014 email@example.com
1. So-called Martindale Protection Act is Bill to privatise by Stealth
"The government have had control of Martindale for over 20 years
and have spent all its funds, and have never done anything there."
Read the whole Martindale Protection Act recently passed by SA Govt.
Petition to SA Parliament to Save Martindale Hall for the People
Below: Please Print and Sign this Petition, send to National Trust as soon as possible when complete.
2. Attempted eviction of National Trust from Ayers House Museum established by the National Trust 50+ years ago, completely at the Trust's expense:
SA Govt boots National Trust from Ayers House, moves Govt tenant in
Adelaide Friday, Jun 11, 2021
UPDATED: South Australia’s National Trust is “stunned” by a State Government decision to “evict” it from historic Ayers House with a month’s notice, shortly before announcing the property was getting a $6m upgrade and would become the new home of the government-funded History Trust.
National Trust SA CEO Dr Darren Peacock told InDaily that the not-for-profit organisation learned of its “eviction notice” yesterday, just hours before Environment Minister David Speirs announced that the History Trust would move into Ayers House from its existing base at the Torrens Parade Ground.
The move will coincide with a $6.6 million government-funded makeover of the heritage-listed manor, which was built in 1846.
The National Trust has been the caretaker of Ayers House since 1972, after the building was transformed from a nurses’ quarters into a public museum, restaurant and function centre.
The Government has given the National Trust, which operates the museum, 31 days to pack up what Peacock said were “thousands and thousands” of pieces before the History Trust of SA moves into Ayers House in mid-2022.
“I’m quite stunned,” Peacock said.
“It’s quite extraordinary that the National Trust would be given a 30-day eviction notice after 50 years of dedicated service to the people of South Australia as (former Premier) Don Dunstan asked us to do in 1972.
“We’ve been doing that faithfully since then with no government funding and now the Minister seems to have decided to kick us out.”
Speirs told InDaily that the Government was not evicting the National Trust, rather its one-month reoccurring lease had come to an end.
He said he made the Trust aware about six months ago that the Government “wanted to look at the future of Ayers House”.
He said two months ago, he “made it clear” that he would not renew the lease for another month.
The Minister said the Trust would be given “several months” to vacate Ayers House, despite the termination of lease letter citing only 31 days.
“The idea that this is some sort of bolt from the blue is really not the case,” he said.
In a letter to National Trust SA president Deborah Morgan yesterday, seen by InDaily, Speirs wrote that he had asked his department to “formalise the matter of the National Trust’s departure from Ayers House to ensure that you have certainty and clarity going forward”.
“I remain committed to supporting the National Trust to ensure a smooth transition from Ayers House and I encourage you to continue to have proactive dialogue with government,” he wrote.
“I believe we can do some great things together at various heritage sites across the state.”
But in her reply to Speirs, Morgan wrote that the notice came as a “great shock to our organisation after more than 50 years at Ayers House”.
She wrote that the notice did not reflect her understanding of the government’s intention to keep Ayers House in the stewardship of the National Trust.
This sounds to me like the Minister’s prioritising a government History Trust, which is of course never going to publicly criticise them
Prior to the 2018 state election, the Liberal Party promised to provide $500,000 to the National Trust to develop and implement a masterplan for the building.
On ABC 891 Breakfast with Ali Clarke (radio broadcast recording, Darren Peacock vs Speirs)
(Elizabeth Henson less than 2 min read) June 10, 2021
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