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The register of the national estate



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2 April 1978

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M I N I S T E R F O R

E N V I R O N M E N T , H O U S IN G

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THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE

Newspapers throughout Australia will carry advertisements on Tuesday (April 4) announcing the first major list of places to be included on the Register of the National Estate.

The Register, is an inventory of those places in the "natural environment of Australia, or the cultural environment of Australia, that have aesthetic, scientific or social signif­ icance or other special value for future generations, as well as for the present community".

More than 5,000 places will go on the Register formally on ' Tuesday.'' They range from national parks and geological monuments to aboriginal art sites, buildings and historic towns. -

Commenting on the announcement the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, Mr. Ray Groom, said:

"A small number of objections to the first three proposed listings were received and these are being assessed by the Australian Heritage Commission. ■ '

"Registration is not directed at the actions of State Government, Local Government or private owners and institutions and it does not imply any particular attitude by the Commission or the Commonwealth Government to the ownership, management or use of that place".

Mr. Groom said the Register would be used as a basis for the development of programs to protect, improve and present properties and places forming part of the National Estate. It was the

first list of valuable national estate community assets.

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