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Joint media release
8 June 2009
The Commonwealth and Brumby Labor Governments have taken action to protect the Point Nepean Quarantine Station for future generations with the transfer today of the site to Victoria.
The Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, formally handed over the certificate of title for the 90 hectare former Quarantine Station to Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Gavin Jennings during a ceremony at Point Nepean.
“An important site in Australia’s history will be preserved for future generations by this historic agreement between the Commonwealth and the Brumby Labor Governments,” Mr Garrett said.
“We have worked cooperatively with the Brumby Labor Government to ensure effective management arrangements are in place that protect the site, while also enabling public access so all Australians can share in one of Australia’s National Heritage treasures.
“The transfer of Point Nepean was an important election commitment for the Rudd Government and I am pleased that we have delivered a great outcome that will benefit both this important place and the community as a whole.”
Mr Jennings warmly welcomed the transfer to Victoria of the former Quarantine Station.
“It has been a long-held vision to protect the environment and history of Point Nepean by bringing together the federal and state-owned areas into a single National Park,” Mr Jennings said.
“Over the past 21 years land at Point Nepean has been gradually transferred to the Victorian Government to establish the Point Nepean National Park. This handover shows both governments are taking action to fulfil their election commitments and transfer the final piece of this important site to state ownership for the benefit of all Victorians.”
Since 2004 the Commonwealth Government has invested $32 million in the Point Nepean Quarantine Station, including the $15 million that is being provided to the Victorian Government for ongoing management of the site. The Brumby Labor Government has also committed $14 million to protect and preserve Point Nepean.
Mr Garrett thanked the Point Nepean Community Trust for their stewardship since 2004.
Mr Jennings said the Brumby Labor Government, through Parks Victoria, would continue the close involvement of the community in the planning and management of Point Nepean.
“Parks Victoria will work to preserve the area’s rich heritage and environmental values, and enhance public access to the Quarantine Station and the defence range,” he said.
Located at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, Point Nepean is the site of two historic, 19th- Century landmarks: the fortifications and the Quarantine Station, defending the Colony of Victoria against foreign attack and providing protection from disease.