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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2391

(Question No. 5054)

Mr Reith asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

(1) Is the Commonwealth land at Portsea, Victoria, or any part of it, on the Register of the National Estate; if not, has the land, or any part of it, been nominated for listing on the Register of the National Estate.

(2) Has any proposal for sub-division of the Commonwealth land at Portsea been submitted to the Australian Heritage Commission.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) has advised me that all of the existing Commonwealth land on Point Nepean, including Portsea, has been nominated for, or is presently listed on, the Register of the National Estate. Certain buildings which form part of the Quarantine Station, on the north side of Point Nepean have already been listed on the Register. The proposed listing of the whole of Point Nepean, excluding the public golf course area, has been considered by the AHC and will be proposed for the Register at its meeting in May.

(2) Staff of the AHC have met with officers of the Department of Local Government and Administrative Services to discuss the possibility of a sub-division of land on Point Nepean. However, no such proposal has as yet been formally referred to the AHC under Section 30 of the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975.