South Australia’s National Trust will return to Ayers House, where it can generate income to support its activities, as part of a Bill introduced to State Parliament.
The Ayers House Bill will allow the National Trust to continue its work maintaining important heritage sites.
The Trust operated at Ayers House for almost 50 years until 2021.
With more than 1000 volunteers and 5000 members, the Trust has contributed the equivalent of millions of dollars supporting heritage conservation and education.
The Ayers House Bill, which was introduced to State Parliament on 29 November, will establish the State Heritage listed property as the Trust’s permanent home, where it will be responsible for maintenance.
It expands and continues the vision of former premier Don Dunstan, who granted Ayers House to the Trust as a permanent home.
He invited the Trust to contribute to his plan to restore, furnish and present the house to the public as a museum, restaurant and function centre.
The State Government is investing $5.7 million into the restoration and improvement of Ayers House to ensure it remains accessible to all.