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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

13 December 2004

Eastern grey nurse shark habitats - emergency listing decision

Thirteen eastern Grey Nurse Shark habitats off the NSW coast will not be emergency listed on the National Heritage List.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today he had been advised by the Department of Environment and Heritage that the nominated places had failed to meet the requirements for emergency listing.

“I am advised that these places do not meet the criteria for the National Heritage List - a prerequisite for emergency heritage listing,” Senator Campbell said.

“Based on the evidence presented, I have agreed with the conclusion that although the nominated places have some heritage values, they are insufficient to meet the high threshold set for this list.

“Listed places must be of exceptional value and importance to the nation as a whole, such as the Eureka Stockade Gardens or the world's only fossilised dinosaur stampede site, at Lark Quarry in Queensland. Both of these were listed earlier this year.”

The National Heritage List is Australia's premier heritage list and came into effect under changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act on 1 January this year. Further information about the list can be found at

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