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Media Release Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

16 July 2004


What's next for the National Heritage List?

Many of Australia's outstanding heritage places are being given priority consideration for inclusion on Australia's new National Heritage List, the incoming Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell announced today.

Senator Campbell said that Australia had a brilliant palette of natural and cultural heritage places that deserved the highest recognition the nation could offer.

"We have a new National Heritage List which is the perfect vehicle for not only recognising our prized places, but for offering them better protection than ever before," he said.

"I was pleased to be able to announce today the first three places to join this list- the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape at Lake Condah in Victoria's south-west; the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry near Winton in Queensland, and the Royal Exhibition Building National Historic Place in Melbourne.

"These are wonderful places in terms of what they can tell us about our natural and cultural inheritance, but there are also

many other exceptional places which also deserve consideration for inclusion in the National Heritage List.

"Some of these places have already been nominated and are currently being assessed by the Australian Heritage Council, which advises the Government on heritage matters."

Senator Campbell said these included:

● The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park in Victoria which is one of the richest collections of mining

sites and landscapes in Australia

● The South Australian Old and New Parliament House which has outstanding significance for its role in 1894

which made South Australia the first Australian colony and one of the first jurisdictions worldwide to give women the vote and to allow women to stand for Parliament

● The Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania which is one of the best-known symbols of Australia's convict past

● Mawson's Huts and Mawson's Huts Historic Site in Antarctica which symbolises the first period of land-based

scientific research and geographic discovery in Antarctica

● Point Cook in Victoria which is Australia's oldest military air base and is associated with the establishment of

Australia's military aviation forces in 1913

● Point Nepean, Victoria which was the first permanent quarantine station in the colony Victoria when it was built in


● Dampier Archipelago Art Site Area in Western Australia which is an exemplary area containing several

thousand well-preserved Aboriginal engravings and stone arrangements in a significant natural environment.

Senator Campbell said that other types of places to be given priority consideration would include those parts of Australia which were internationally and nationally-recognised for their environmental significance, as important remnants of biologically diverse habitats or as communities which reflected the unique nature of Australia's flora and fauna.

"These might include Australia's alpine regions, the remarkable desert mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin, the rich coastal heaths of eastern and western Australia, our diverse forests and our wealth of special marine places - beach, reef and ocean," he said.

"Indigenous heritage places to be given priority consideration will include sites both of traditional and contemporary significance and are as varied as:

● The Brewarrina Fish Traps in NSW which are the largest fish traps in inland Australia, and

● The Wave Hill Walk Off Sites in the Northern Territory which was a protest site which contributed significantly to

the passing of land rights legislation.

"My hope is that the National Heritage List will grow to include the nation's most outstanding natural, cultural and Indigenous places and stories that make the country distinctively Australian. It will be something which will make us all feel proud of this amazing country."

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