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Media Release
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

16 July 2004

What's next for the National Heritage List?


Many of Australia's outstanding heritage places are being given priority consideration for inclusion on Australia's new National Heritage List, the incoming Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell announced today.

Senator Campbell said that Australia had a brilliant palette of natural and cultural heritage places that deserved the highest recognition the nation could offer.

"We have a new National Heritage List which is the perfect vehicle for not only recognising our prized places, but for offering them better protection than ever before," he said.

"I was pleased to be able to announce today the first three places to join this list- the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape at Lake Condah in Victoria's south-west; the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry near Winton in Queensland, and the Royal Exhibition Building National Historic Place in Melbourne.

"These are wonderful places in terms of what they can tell us about our natural and cultural inheritance, but there are also many other exceptional places which also deserve consideration for inclusion in the National Heritage List.

"Some of these places have already been nominated and are currently being assessed by the Australian Heritage Council, which advises the Government on heritage matters."

Senator Campbell said these included:

Senator Campbell said that other types of places to be given priority consideration would include those parts of Australia which were internationally and nationally-recognised for their environmental significance, as important remnants of biologically diverse habitats or as communities which reflected the unique nature of Australia's flora and fauna.

"These might include Australia's alpine regions, the remarkable desert mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin, the rich coastal heaths of eastern and western Australia, our diverse forests and our wealth of special marine places - beach, reef and ocean," he said.

"Indigenous heritage places to be given priority consideration will include sites both of traditional and contemporary significance and are as varied as:

"My hope is that the National Heritage List will grow to include the nation's most outstanding natural, cultural and Indigenous places and stories that make the country distinctively Australian. It will be something which will make us all feel proud of this amazing country."

For further information visit: http://www.deh.gov.au/heritage/whatsnew/index.html

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