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The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

 

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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

14 July 2004

Point Nepean Commonwealth Heritage Listing


More than 90ha of land at Point Nepean containing some of Victoria's most historic buildings will be protected into the future with the announcement it will be included in the new Commonwealth Heritage List.

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said listing of the site would help to ensure its protection and recognise its significant contribution to Australia's development as a nation.

"I would particularly note the support of Greg Hunt for this decision to inscribe Point Nepean on the Commonwealth Heritage List," Dr Kemp said. "Greg has strongly advocated for the inscription of Point Nepean on the Commonwealth List because of the additional protection it provides for the important heritage of this site."

Inscription on the Commonwealth Heritage List means:

"Point Nepean is an amazing historic landscape featuring an array of buildings that are important parts of Australia's national quarantine and defence history," Dr Kemp said.

"Among the buildings now protected by the Commonwealth are the former Point Nepean Quarantine Station, which is the oldest purpose-built quarantine station in Australia and barracks that housed the Australian Army's Officer Cadet School from 1952 to 1985."

Dr Kemp said the heritage values of the buildings on the 90ha Commonwealth land parcel would be managed by a Community Trust.

"The Trust has accepted responsibility for preparation of a management plan for the site to protect its unique heritage values. The inscription of Point Nepean on the Commonwealth List will support the work of the Trust and it's management plan in many ways - for instance, by making it an offence for a Commonwealth agency to act contrary to the plan without referring the action to the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage," he said.

"Point Nepean is one of 336 places listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List, Australia's largest single heritage listing. Places listed include natural, Indigenous and built heritage places from the east coast to the west coast of Australia and each State and Territory."

The Commonwealth Heritage List was established on 1 January this year as a result of recent amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

Details of sites included on the list are located at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/commonwealth/index.

For more information on the Commonwealth Heritage List, go to www.deh.gov.au/heritage/publications/factsheets/index.html.

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