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Point Cook takes flight - onto the new Commonwealth Heritage List!.



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Media Release Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp

14 July 2004

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Point Cook takes flight - onto the new Commonwealth Heritage List!

Australia's oldest operating airfield and the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Point Cook Airbase in Victoria, will be protected into the future with the announcement it will be included in the new Commonwealth Heritage List.

Point Cook has been included in the list of 366 sites to be inscribed on the new Commonwealth Heritage List.

Places listed include natural, Indigenous and built heritage places from the east coast to the west coast of Australia and each State and Territory.

Inscription on the Commonwealth Heritage List means:

● The heritage on the site will be protected by a strong legal regime, including criminal penalties for those who unlawfully damage the

heritage values of the place;

● Guaranteed community consultation on the management plan - so that the local community can have a say in how the heritage of

the property is to be protected;

● The heritage values of all Commonwealth properties will be available in a central online register; and

● Guarantees for the future - a legal requirement that the heritage values of the property be protected if the places are leased or sold.

The listing will complement the work of the National Aviation Museum Trust to preserve the heritage on the Point Cook Site.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the listing helps protect Point Cook and honours its important role in the history of Australia's defence forces.

“Point Cook holds a unique place in Australia's history and is our most important aviation site,” he said.

“It was the site of the Australia's first military air flight in 1914 and served as the arrival and departure point of many historic flights, including the first North-South and East-West crossings of the Australian continent.

“Listing on the Commonwealth Heritage List will help protect the special heritage values that make this an important place for all Australians,” Dr Kemp said.

The Commonwealth Heritage List was established on 1 January this year as a result of recent amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

Listing imposes a range of obligations on Australian Government agencies to ensure the protection of heritage places that they own or manage.

Details of sites included on the list are located at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/commonwealth/index.

For more information on the Commonwealth Heritage List, go to www.deh.gov.au/heritage/publications/factsheets/index.html.

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