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Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Page: 4552


Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:54): Franklin House is a magnificent National Trust property located in my electorate of Bass, which is lovingly preserved by a committed and passionate group of volunteers. The National Trust of Tasmania works to conserve Tasmania's heritage for present and future generations through the documentation and preservation of cultural heritage, and the management of historical properties such as Franklin House. Recently, as part of National Volunteer Week, I visited Franklin House to thank all the volunteers formally and to recognise their efforts. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate them on their contribution to the local community. Over five million Australians donate their time and efforts each year to a variety of worthwhile causes. The upkeep and preservation of the glorious gardens and property at Franklin House by the National Trust volunteers is just one example of the passion, commitment and generosity that are characteristic of the many volunteers around the country. Once again, thank you and congratulations to this group of extraordinary individuals. Your dedication to the preservation of this part of Launceston's heritage is to be commended. Well done.