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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
26 November 2004
The Eureka Stockade Gardens, which was the site of a rebellion 150 years ago that gave rise to Australia's unique democratic tradition of a "fair go", has become the latest place to be entered on the National Heritage List.
In announcing the listing of the Victoria precinct today, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the site of the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat marked one of Australia's defining moments.
"This was the place where heavily taxed Australian gold miners stood up to politicians and the establishment and demanded that they be treated with equity and fairness and have a say in how they were governed," Senator Campbell said.
"It was a watershed moment that tragically claimed the lives of an estimated 30 miners and several troopers, but those deaths helped to create a foundation for significant reform that resonates even today."
Senator Campbell said it was fitting that the gardens' values were protected to the fullest extent of Commonwealth law in this.
"The National Heritage List records the places with outstanding heritage values to our nation. They are places that have a significance that extends beyond local or regional borders. Their values are protected by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act," he said.
"Yet this is not just a list of what needs protection or places we like, it is a list that defines our nation. It represents what it is to be Australian."
Senator Campbell said the Eureka Stockade Gardens would join places such as the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument in Queensland and the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape at Lake Condah in Victoria's south-west on the list of outstanding national heritage places.
"The Eureka site is an important inclusion on the National Heritage List which will grow to include the outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous places and stories that make our country distinctively Australian," he said.
"We will ensure that they endure through our protection laws and a system of management, forged in consultation and partnership with the owners and managers of these places."
Senator Campbell said he had received more than 60 nominations for the National Heritage List, including Fremantle Prison in Western Australia, the Sydney Opera House and Port Arthur in Tasmania.
The independent advisory body, the Australian Heritage Council, assesses places nominated to the National Heritage List.
The council has 12 months to assess places before reporting to the Minister.
Further information on the National Heritage List and the Eureka listing, can be found at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/national.