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Sydney Harbour National Park

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PRESS STATEMENT NO. 17. December 1974


The Australian Government has agreed to release to the New South Wales Government on 1 January 197<^approximately 312 hectares of land including 250 hectares of Sydney Harbour foreshore holdings for the creation of a Sydney Harbour National Park and 60 hectares for other recreational purposes.

This was announced in a joint statement by the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, and the New South Wales Premier, Sir Robert Askin, today.

The joint statement followed today's State Cabinet meeting.

The 312 hectares of land will be purchased by the New South Wales Government on the understanding that it will be dedicated permanently either for national park or for public recreation purposes.

The Australian Government has also agreed to vaeate­ at a later date a further 126 hectares of foreshore land for use for similar purposes.

In discussion last week the New South Wales Govenment also agreed to sell to the Australian Government 13,600 hectares of land at Holsworthy, 2850 hectares of land at Beecroft Peninsula. Both of these areas are used by the Australian Government for defence purposes. ~

Formal transfer of the land will take place as soon §6 practicable. Vacant position will be, given to most of the land on 1 January 1975.

Agreement of this and other points was reached at a meeting between the New South Wales Minister for Lands and Tourismf tthe Hon. T.L. Lewis, Minister for Services and Property, the H

The Initial 312 hectares includes holdings at Dobroyd Head, Middle Head, North Head, and South Head, as well as similar pracels at Steel Point, Clarke Reserve, Williams Park, Mqrks Park, Henry Head, Barrenjoey Head, and Georges Heights.

Canberra. ACT.