An open letter from National Trust President, Zeny Edwards: "The major restructure at the Department of Planning is yet again set to denigrate the value of heritage with the announcement of the ‘dismantling’ of the Heritage Office. The Office has been emasculated with most of its staff relocated elsewhere in the Department and only a ‘core’ left to service the Heritage Council. This move reinforces the view that heritage is a very low priority for government, being seen as the obstacle to development. Most notably, the Heritage Office has been sidelined under Part 3(A) of the NSW planning legislation, which enables Minister for Planning Frank Sartor to approve developments deemed ‘State significant’, overriding heritage and environmental policies and legislation. It is sad but true that the National Trust may be the only community advocate left to fight for heritage. Its own survival is seriously under threat because of drastic cuts to government grants. To r! ead the letter in its entirety please Download war_on_heritage.pdf"