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A management committee of Coal River Valley residents and heritage experts has formed to develop exciting plans for the future of Oak Lodge.

Oak Lodge, 18 Bridge St Richmond, Tasmania

Oak Lodge, 18 Bridge St Richmond, Tasmania

The National Trust has made a commitment not to sell the property as long as satisfactory management plans are developed and set in place by the Richmond community.

The Coal River Valley Historical Society met on 18th February 2014 with the National Trust Tasmania Chairman, Dario Tomat, and Managing Director, Matthew Smithies, to discuss the future of their Richmond property, Oak Lodge. In 2013 the Tasmanian Government gave the National Trust additional funding which reduced their immediate need to sell Oak Lodge.

Oak Lodge in winter

Oak Lodge in winter

The National Trust’s preferred option is for the Richmond community to manage the house provided there is no financial cost or risk for the Trust. While the management committee is developing and implementing plans for the activities at the property, we believe the National Trust does not expect any income from the house.

The Richmond community is seizing the opportunity to retain Oak Lodge under local control.

Many residents strongly expressed their desire to keep the house in local control in January last year.Save Oak Lodge badge sticker We believe that the Trust is also amenable to a management committee sub-letting parts of Oak Lodge.

Please call Lois on 62604153 for more details about the management committee, future opportunities at the property or a volunteer role at Oak Lodge. And if you haven’t done so already, please come visit Oak Lodge and see for yourself why Oak Lodge is worth saving for the community.