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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
25 November 2005
Australia’s most recognisable and photographed convict-built bridge, historic Richmond Bridge in southern Tasmania, has been placed on the National Heritage List.
“For many Australians, Richmond Bridge and its surrounds encapsulate Tasmania’s historic beauty and our nation’s convict roots,” the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.
“The sandstone arches of the bridge, set against hills and historic buildings and straddling the Coal River, have inspired artists, tourists and historians since the bridge was completed in 1825,” he said.
“The bridge itself has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of its rarity as the earliest Australian large stone arch bridge and because it has survived with few significant changes since it was first constructed.
“But the bridge and its surrounds draw almost 200,000 visitors annually to Richmond to experience the idyllic setting with its connections to the beauty of a past era.
“This beauty is appreciated within Tasmania, nationally and internationally.”
Senator Campbell said Richmond Bridge’s picturesque image has been used in national and international tourism promotions at least since the 1920s and it has inspired the work of major Australian artists.
The National Heritage List, established in January 2004, is Australia’s pre-eminent heritage register, recognising places that are of outstanding significance to the nation.
Richmond Bridge and its surrounds joins 19 other places on the List.
National Heritage listing will protect the heritage values of the bridge and surrounds under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434