Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 - National Trust (NSW)

In July 2018, the National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) – referred to as ‘the National Trust’ throughout this statement – commenced an open Expression of Interest (EOI) process with respect to the future management of the property located at 3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo, where Wirrimbirra Sanctuary operates. On 11 July 2019, the National Trust communicated publicly online, to the media, and directly with all candidates that a successful candidate had been decided on through the EOI process.

The National Trust acknowledges there has been a long history with the property 3105 Remembrance Driveway at Bargo, the David .G. Memorial Wild Life Research Foundation of Australia (Stead Foundation) and Wirrimbirra Sanctuary. It is also very understandable that members of the Stead Foundation are passionate about ensuring the long term future of 3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo.

The National Trust’s primary concern has been the protection of this significant place and ensuring its long term sustainability.

The key facts relevant to the property are:

  • In 1965 the freehold tile of the property, 3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo was transferred to the National Trust.
  • During the course of owning the property for such a significant length of time, the National Trust has contributed funds for capital buildings, improvements and maintenance.
  • In 1995 – 1997 the bequest of over $1m from Thistle Stead/Harris was the subject of legal proceedings. Settlement was reached in 1997 and ‘short minutes of order’ were agreed to by all parties including the Stead Foundation. The ‘short minutes of order’ were entered into in the Supreme Court of NSW. The National Trust has complied with the requirements of the ‘short minutes of order’.
  • In 2002 the property was listed on the State Heritage Register. The significance of the property will not be impacted through a change in who is managing and leasing the site.
  • In 2012 the National Trust entered into a two-year lease with both the Stead Foundation and the Australian Native Dog Conservation Society (ANDCS) as the previous 10-year lease had expired.
  • In 2014 the two-year leases (referred to above) had expired but remained current under held over provisions.
  • The open EOI process that commenced in 2018, specifically sought applications from parties that had a clear vision and plan for the future of the property, and that also respected its history and protected the significance of the site. The National Trust’s considered view is that the successful candidate is the best organisation to fulfil these objectives.
  • The National Trust holds over $400k as a Bequest referred to as the Dew Sisters Bequest.  Under the terms of the Bequest, these funds may be used for the ‘conduct of the Barbara Dew House’, which incorporates the Field Studies Centre located at the property in Bargo.
  • The individual value of Dew Sisters Bequest, including movements via income and expenses, has been provided annually as part of the National Trust audited financial statements, which are available on our website.
  • The Dew Sisters Bequest funds will continue to be used for the conduct of the Barbara Dew House at the property. This fact was specified in the National Trust’s EOI documents that each applicant, including the Stead Foundation, received.
  • The National Trust has selected a successful candidate and will release details of this candidate after the completion of the legal contracts, expected mid-October 2019. 
  • The National Trust is not profiting from the new lease of the property.

The National Trust and the successful candidate are highly cognisant of the heritage value of the property and the environmental significance of the place. This has been an important criteria for the Board of the National Trust during the assessment of submissions made during the Expression of Interest process, and in the Board’s final decision on the successful candidate.

About the National Trust (NSW)

The National Trust is Australia’s oldest and largest independent conservation organisation founded in 1945 in New South Wales by Annie Forsyth Wyatt. Collectively the National Trust in Australia owns or manages over 300 built and natural heritage places (the majority held in perpetuity), is supported by 7,000 volunteers and employs more than 300 people nationwide.

The National Trust (NSW) is committed to engaging the community to celebrate and conserve heritage places and collections through events and education. With the support of our members, volunteers and dedicated staff and partners, we advocate on the protection of historical and naturally significant places and collections to ensure their preservation for future generations.

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National Trust (NSW)


The National Trust is Australia’s oldest and largest independent conservation organisation founded in 1945 in New South Wales by Annie Forsyth Wyatt. Collectively the National Trust in Australia owns or manages over 300 built and natural heritage places (the majority held in perpetuity), is supported by 7,000 volunteers and employs more than 300 people nationwide.

The National Trust (NSW) is committed to engaging the community to celebrate and conserve heritage places and collections through events and education. With the support of our members, volunteers and dedicated staff and partners, we advocate on the protection of historical and naturally significant places and collections to ensure their preservation for future generations.


Lyndal Stuart
P: 02 9253 0113
W: www.nationaltrust.org.au/nsw/

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Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, National Trust, Stead Foundation, Bargo

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