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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Jordan River Levee added to the national heritage list

Media release
23 December 2011

Environment Minister Tony Burke has today placed the Jordan River Levee on Australia's National Heritage List.

Mr Burke said the Jordan River Levee had outstanding heritage values to Australia and was an important part of our national history and heritage, particularly indigenous heritage.

"The Jordan River Levee is a tangible link for Indigenous Tasmanians to their ancestors, their traditional way of life and cultural practices," Mr Burke said.

"In December last year I used my emergency powers under national environment law to include the Jordan River Levee on the National Heritage List.

"Following an extensive public consultation period and a comprehensive assessment of the site's heritage values by the Australian Heritage Council I have decided to provide the Jordan River Levee with a permanent heritage listing.

"Importantly, I have decided to change the emergency heritage listing boundary to only include the river levee bank and its associated archaeological site located on public land along the north northwest parallel of the Jordan River.

"This decision to change the boundary ensures that no landholder's private property is affected.

"I have taken this action following concerns that were raised during the public consultation period."

The timing of the decision was made in order to meet the statutory timeframe.

The National Heritage Listing will provide the Jordan River Levee with Australia's highest form of heritage recognition. The National Heritage List was established to list places of outstanding heritage significance to Australia. It includes natural, historic and Indigenous places that are of outstanding national heritage.

For more information go to www.heritage.gov.au.