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Hobart Lord Mayor Rob Valentine was right on the mark when he spoke of the pressing need to preserve the city's riches of built heritage - with Holy Trinity Church a key element of this.

His comments came at the Hobart City Council's August monthly meeting when full endorsement was given to the findings in a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) the council funded for the rescue of Holy Trinity.

The church building with its history closely entwined in the city's past is seen by many people as a dominant part of Hobart's heritage, and the city aldermen are showing a keen awareness of its need for preservation.

The Lord Mayor spoke of Holy Trinity in the context of a state that still has a large part of Australia's built heritage.

It was a point endorsed by Alderman Jeff Briscoe: "There are not many places in Australia where you can see buildings like this." Thus there was a need to "keep pressure on the decision makers".

And Alderman Darlene Haigh weighed in with the view that she could not think of any building quite like Holy Trinity, of its "fantastic silhouette", that its presence "crosses all borders", and that it "does really belong to the people of Hobart" (she hoped the State Government would buy it).

"We do need to ensure our heritage is looked after," said the Lord Mayor, and he predicted the "absolute benefit" of Tasmania having a stonemasons' school which could achieve preservation objectives.

The proposal for this came as part of the recommendation to adopt the CMP from the council's Finance and Corporate Services Committee, which had been guiding the CMP process under the committee's chairman, Alderman John Freeman.

Deputy Lord Mayor Eva Ruzicka, as a committee member, had moved the inclusion of the masons' school idea. The aim is for the council to work with the Anglican Synod to facilitate the preparation of a business plan to develop a body of skilled stonemason trades.

She also felt there could be a significant heritage college working on preserving not only stonework but other aspects, such as plasterwork - "all these things need conserving".

And Alderman Ruzicka had a particularly apt pointer to the role of Holy Trinity in the heritage scheme of things.

It could, she said, be the "canary in the cage" when it came to the condition of Tasmania's old buildings - a reference to early miners using caged canaries as an alert for gas dangers ahead at the coalface. Therefore, Holy Trinity could serve as a warning for our heritage at risk.

The CMP, which underlines the need for Holy Trinity to be saved for the nation, now goes to the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and key stakeholders: the former Sandy Bay BayWest Anglican Church, now Wellspring Anglican (in which the former Holy Trinity Parish has been amalgamated), the Holy Trinity Support Group, the Holy Trinity Charitable Trust, Holy Trinity Bellringers, and Heritage Tasmania.

It is anticipated that Wellspring will soon call for expressions of interest in the Holy Trinity building's future.

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