The National Trust of South Australia Act 1955 (SA) established the National Trust of South Australia. The National Trust is best known for its work with built heritage, however it also controls a large number of natural heritage sites throughout the State. The Trust is charged with the responsibility of promoting the:
- preservation and maintenance of land and buildings of beauty or historic, scientific, artistic or architectural interest for all South Australians and, as far as is practicable, to preserve the natural aspects, features and animal and plant life of those lands
- protection and augmentation of the amenities of those lands and buildings and their surroundings
- preservation of furniture, pictures and chattels of national, historic, artistic or scientific interest
- access to, and enjoyment of, those lands, buildings and chattels by the public. Under the Act a council is established to manage the affairs of the trust. Members of the public are eligible for membership of the trust on payment of a specified fee
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