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

19 January 2005

Decision on emergency heritage listing of North Head, Manly


The Australian Heritage Council is assessing a nomination to include North Head, Manly, on the National Heritage List under the provisions of the Act.

An application to emergency list North Head was received in December 2004, in response to a plan to adapt the North Head Quarantine Station for cultural tourism. The plan is part of a proposed lease agreement between a developer and the New South Wales Government.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said he had accepted departmental advice that an emergency listing would not be necessary at this time.

"I am advised that the Quarantine Station will not be threatened — provided the lease's stringent protective conditions are rigorously enforced," Senator Campbell said.

"The decision not to emergency list the area does not affect the current assessment or influence its outcome. I expect to receive a report from the Council on their assessment later this year although at this stage, the nomination has failed to meet the requirements for emergency listing.

"The New South Wales Government is on notice to ensure that the lease conditions designed to protect the heritage values of the Quarantine Station are fully met, otherwise I will be reconsidering the issue of threat and emergency listing of the area.

"Places listed on the National Heritage List 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.

"The National Heritage List is Australia's premier heritage list and came into effect under new heritage legislation last year," he said.

The legislation establishes a process for the Australian Heritage Council to assess nominations for the National Heritage List over a period of 12 months and present a report to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Applications to emergency list places on the National Heritage List are made directly to the Minister. Emergency listing provides a process for the Minister to protect places with outstanding heritage value to the nation that are under threat.

Further information about Australia's national heritage system can be found at www.deh.gov.au/heritage/national.

Media contact: Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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