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Address by Minister on World Environment Day, 6 June 1978



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F o l l o w i n g ' i s t h e a d d r e s s g i v e n b y t h e M i n i s t e r f o r t h e C a p i t a l

T e r r i t o r y M r B o b E l l i c o t t a t a r e c e p t i o n t o m a r k W o r l d E n v i r o n m e n t

D a y a t 6 pm o n T u e s d a y J u n e 6 , 1 9 7 8 . ,

T H IS GATHERING HERE TONIGHT TO MARK WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

I S NOT SO MUCH AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO SPEAK BUT RATHER

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A IL OF US INTERESTED I N PRESERVATION .·

OF O U R:H ERITAG E TO MEET EACH OTHER. AS R EPR ESEN TA TIV ES OF

ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED W ITH IMPROVING OUR ENVIRONMENT I

HOPE WE. CAN A IL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BEIN G TOGETHER T H IS EVENING

AND BROADEN OUR CONTACTS W ITH EACH OTHER. TONIGHT I S

CERTAINLY AN OPPORTUNITY FO R US TO EXCHANGE VIEW S AND FURTHER

IMPROVE THE EXCELLENT S P I R I T OF CO -O PERA TIO N E X H IB IT E D

IN THE P A S T . ....................... ■

T H IS YEAR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY I S B E IN G CELEBRATED IN

AUSTRALIA 'W ITH AN EM PHASIS ON CONSERVING OUR CULTURAL

H E R ITA G E . MOST OF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOKLET MARKING T H IS

OCCASION. . I T S T IT L E I S THE THEME OF T H IS Y E A R 'S CONCERN

"TH IN G S WE-WANT TO K E E P " . AND I T I S P E R T IN E N T TONIGHT TO

R E IT E R A T E FOR A MOMENT THOSE FACTORS WHICH MAKE US WANT TO

KEEP TH IN G S FOR OURSELVES AND LATER GENERATIONS TO EN JO Y .

SOME KEEPSAKES HAVE NATIONAL A PPE A L . BUT EVEN PAROCHIAL

SELEPIMENTS MUST BE CONSIDERED IN CHOOSING WRAT WE WANT TO

K E E P . BECAUSE MUCH OF OUR CHOICE I S BASED ON A FF E C T IO N .

OUR A FFE C T IO N FOR A PLA CE OR B U IL D IN G MAY FLOW FROM A SEN SE

OF NATIONAL P R ID E OR H IS T O R Y . BUT EQUALLY I T MAY STEM FROM

OUR ID E N T IF IC A T IO N W ITH A PLA C E OR B U IL D IN G I N OUR CHILDHOOD.

DEMOLISH" T E E OLD SEC T IO N OF C IV IC SHOPS TOMORROW AND TO MANY

CANBERRA R E SID E N T S THE C IT Y WOULD NEVER B E THE SAME. TO '

OTHERS OF US EVEN A POST AND R A IL FARM FEN C E HAS S IG N IF IC A N C E .

SO OUR D E C IS IO N S ON WHAT TO K EEP EVEN HERE I N THE A . C . T . MUST

TAKE IN TO ACCOUNT A WIDE SPECTRUM OF P E R C E P T IO N S .

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T H IS WIDE SPECTRUM OBVIOUSLY INCLUDES A B O R IG IN A L S I T E S .

AND IN THE A G ?.R ESEA RC H I S ADDING IMMEASURABLY TO KNOWLEDGE

OF THE F IR S T IN H A BITA N TS IN T H IS AREA. WE ARE DOCUMENTING

A GROWING NUMBER OF S IT E S USED BY A B O R IG IN E S . AT T ID B IN B IL L A '

NATURE RESERVE THE'' P U B L IC CAN EXAMINE S I T E S WHERE LOCAL

'TRIBESM EN ONCE L IV E D . RECENT RESEARCH ON ABORIGINAL,

MIDDENS AT JE R V IS BAY BY AMU PREH ISTORY STUDENT MRS E A R I BARE

HAS ESTA BLISH ED NEW FACTS ABOUT A B O RIG IN A L L IF E - IN THAT .

T E R R IT O R Y . ANOTHER AMU PREH ISTO R Y STUDENT MR WINSTON-C-REGSON

HAS JU S T COMPLETED A R E G IS T E R OF ARCHEOLOGICAL S IT E S IN ■

THE PROPOSED GUDGENBY NATIONAL PARK. H I S REPORT ENCAPSULATES

AN UNBROKEN SEQUENCE OF HUMAN RESPO N SE TO THE SOUTHERN

UPLANDS FROM T H E IR DISCOVERY BY THE A B O R IG IN A LS TO THE

PRESENT T IM E . I T I D E N T IF I E S "TH IN G S WE MIGHT WANT TO K E E P "

AS DOES A SURVEY BY THE CANBERRA ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF

THE GUNGAELIN AREA.

SOME OF THE BETTER KNOWN EARLY INSTA NCES OF RESTORATION AND

ΜΑINTENANCE OF H IS T O R IC LANDMARKS IN TH E ACT. HAVE INCLUDED

BLU N D ELL'S COTTAGE AND DUNTROON HOUSE. AND I N C IT IN G EVEN

THOSE W O EXAMPLES YOU W IL L 'APPRECIATE THAT IN IT IA T IV E S FOR

T H E IR RESTORATION D ID NOT STEM FROM A S IN G L E AUTHORITY.

THE ARMY PLAYS A CONTINUING ROLE IN UPK E EP TNG DUNTROON HOUSE

'"AND THE Α β Γ . H IS T O R IC A L SO C IE T Y M A INTA INS BLUNDELLS COTTAGE.

I F THERE I S A COMMON THEME ATTENDING RESTORA TIO N IN THE ACT.

I T I S THE PARTWPLAYED BY CO -O PERA TION BETWEEN THE INTERESTED

GROUPS INVOLVED. AND T H IS I S T H E'R EA SO N WE MEET HERE T H IS

'E V E N IN G . WE MUST ENSURE THAT SUCH CO -O PERA TIO N CONTINUES

IN THE FUTU RE.

MY DEPARTMENT TAKES A KEEN IN T E R E S T I N PRESERV A TIO N OF

LOCAL H IS T O R Y . RESEARCH OF ABORIGINAL AND EARLY WHITE

SETTLEMENTS I S CO-ORDINATED BY CONSERVATION AND AGRICULTURE

S E C T IO N . THE PO L IC Y OF IS S U IN G S P E C IA L LEA SES TO PEO PLE ,

CONCERNED WITH PRESERVIN G H IS T O R IC AND IN T E R E S T IN G HOMESTEADS

I S UNDERTAKEN BY LANDS D I V I S I O N . RESTORA TIO N AND MAINTENANCE

OF THE OLD CANBERRA IN N , CUPPACUMBALONG AND GINNINDERRA

S'CHOOLHOUSE ARE BETTER. KNOWN EXAMPLES OF T H E IR CONTINUING

EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT P E O P L E ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO

RESTO R E, U SE AND L IV E IN B U IL D IN G S OF IN T E R E S T . . CONDITIONS

OF LEASES ARE TAILORED SO THAT SHORT TERM IN C E N T IV E S HELP

PRESERVE OUR H IS T O R IC A S S E T S .

RECREATION AND TOURISM S E C T IO N OF MY DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS

LANYON. OVER 4 0 , 0 0 0 V IS IT O R S TO THAT B U IL D IN G LAST YEAR

SURELY A TTEST TO THE P U B L I C 'S IN T E R E ST I N T H E IR H ERITA G E.

THE FACT THAT LANYON I S CONTROLLED BY GOVERNMENT WHILE CENTRES

L IK E CANBERRA IN N AND GOLD CREEK ARE COMMERCIAL E N TE R PR ISE S

ALSO ILLU STR A TES THE V A RIETY OF APPROACHES REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE

CUR COMMON AIM - THAT OF K E E P IN G THE T H IN G S WE LOVE.

MANY MORE PLACES AND B U IL D IN G S AROUND US MUST EVENTUALLY BE

CONSIDERED FOR RESTORATION OR D EM O LITIO N . PLANS FOR RESTORING

THE OLD CANBERRA BRICKWORKS ARE A MOST RECENT EXAMPLE OF T H IS

CONTINUING P R O C E S S . THAT P R O JE C T ALSO UNDERLINES THE NEED

FOR BROAD V IS IO N AND IM A G IN A TIV E IDEA S AND THE NEED FOR

CO-OPERATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND P R IV A T E E N T E R P R IS E . A

GROWING NUMBER OF EARLY GOVERNMENT B U IL D IN G S I N T H IS C ITY ■

M IST ALSO FACE T H E IR DAY OF RECKONING. I T I S MOST LIKELY THAT

MANY OF YOU HERE TONIGHT W IL L BE. INVOLVED I N D E C IS IO N S ON

T H E IR F A T E . ;

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ξ \ έ ν f u r t h e r i n t o t h e f u t u r e i t i s s o b e r i n g .t o r e m e m b e r

THAT MANY OF THE B U IL D IN G S WE CONSTRUCT TODAY MUST ALSO

FACE THE D E C IS IO N OF R E S T O R A T IO N .' WE CAN ONLY HOPE

THOSE COMING AFTER US S E E THE VALUE AND WORTH OF M A INTA ININ G

OUT NATIONAL LIBRARY AND H IG H COURT B U IL D IN G S FOR THE

LONGEST P O S S IB L E SPAN OF T IM E . ■

BUT RETURNING TO THE PRESENT, MY DEPARTMENT I S CURRENTLY

•TAKING AN A C T IV E IN T E R E S T I N THE WORK OF DR ELEANOR CROSBY

CB THE AND ON RESTORATION OF DUNTROON D A IR Y . I T I S ALSO

AVfAITING INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION '

OF THE P O S S IB L E COSTS ASSO CIATED WITH P A R T IA L RESTORATION

OF THE CAPE ST GEORGE LIGHTHOUSE AT J E R V I S BA Y . A TIMELY

D ISPL A Y OF "TH IN G S WE WANT TO K E E P " I S ON AT THE

ΙΒΡΑΡιΤΜΕΝΤ·' S INFORMATION CENTRE AND A NUMBER OF INFORMATIVE

BOOKLETS PU B LISH ED BY THE DEPARTMENT ARE FREELY AVAILABLE TO

T O U R IST S AND CANBERRA R E SID E N T S A L IK E . NOW THAT I S NOT A

COMPLETE SUMMARY OF MY O F F IC E R 'S INVOLVEMENT BUT I T DOES ·

SERVE TO IL L U STR A TE T H E IR IN T E R E S T . I T ONLY REMAINS FOR

1-3 TO ADD THAT ANY PERSON W ITH A USEFUL ID E A ON PRESERVIN G ■

CUE H ERITAGE I S ASSURED OF A SYMPATHETIC HEARING FROM .

O FFIC E R S I N MY DEPARTMENT AND THE NCDC. OUR AIM I S YOUR AIM

M A INTA ININ G OUR CULTURAL H ERITA G E FOR OUR OWN ENJOYMENT

ADD THE B E N E F IT OF THOSE I S O FOLLOW. ' . .