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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Heritage Listings for Wetlands at Olympics Site

17 February 1997

Wetlands at Sydney's Olympics site are to be given national heritage listing.

The Australian Heritage Commission has assessed two wetlands areas in Homebush Bay and is proposing to enter them in the nation's premier heritage list - the Register of the National Estate.

Federal Environment Minister Senator Robert Hill has announced and welcomed the Commission's decision saying it will help highlight environmental efforts in the lead-up to the 2000 Games.

"The Commission's decision will mean that most of the wetlands and remnant woodlands at the Sydney Olympic Games site will be included in the Register.

"Conservation of the natural places at the Sydney Olympic site will enhance Australia's international image as a leader in environmental management.

"The two wetlands which the Heritage Commission proposes to list are at Bicentennial Park and Mason Park.

"The listing gives national recognition of the importance of the natural values of the Homebush Bay and is an endorsement of the work done so far in preparation for the Olympics.

"The integration of the wetlands within the Sydney 2000 Games site will provide an exciting opportunity to show Australia's environmental expertise. Australians will clearly demonstrate that we can plan complex developments while protecting adjacent natural areas.

"These wetlands include a diverse system of habitats including mangroves, saltmarshes and woodlands which are now rare in the Sydney region.

"The wetlands are in remarkably good condition and are important for many species including waterbirds that migrate from the northern hemisphere. I understand the proximity of natural wetlands to the main stadiums and village developments is unique for an Olympic venue."

Three other places in the Olympic site region, Ermington Bay wetlands, Silverwater Saltmarsh and the Newington Arms Depot, are already in the Register. Another place, Meadowbank Park Foreshore wetland, is interim listed.

Media Enquiries Noel Pratt (AHC) 06 217 2117 Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515.

Places to be Interim Listed in the Homebush Bay area.

The Australian Heritage Commission has decided that the following sites will be Interim Listed in May:

Previously listed places in the Homebush Bay area

The Register of the National Estate is Australia's national list of natural and cultural heritage places and is compiled by the Australian Heritage Commission.

Entry in the Register is a public recognition of the heritage values of a place and means that it has met criteria for national estate significance. Places in the Register are not managed by the Commission and listing does not give the Commonwealth Government any rights to acquire nor enable people to enter a national estate place which is privately owned.

Interim Listing means the public is allowed three months to object to the identified place being included in the Register of the National Estate.

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