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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Media Release

World Heritage Nomination for Macquarie Island


26 June 1996
(80/96)
The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have jointly nominated Macquarie Island in the subantarctic for World Heritage Listing.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Tasmanian Premier Tony Rundle have endorsed the nomination documents to be lodged in Paris on July 1st.

The subantarctic Heard and McDonald Islands have also been nominated by the Commonwealth for World Heritage Listing.

Senator Hill says the nominations deliver on the Coalition's election commitment to pursue World Heritage listing for the subantarctic islands.

'"The Coalition has a proud record on World Heritage listings. The Fraser Government pioneered the first Australian listings under the World Heritage Convention with the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu Stage 1, Lord Howe Island and the Tasmanian Wilderness.

"The positive approach adopted by the Tasmanian Government has helped bring about today's nomination which will further enhance Australia's World Heritage reputation.

"We will continue to consult and work with the Tasmanian Government in a cooperative manner on World Heritage issues."

Premier Rundle says the nomination highlights the outstanding natural values of Macquarie Island.

"The nomination confirms that Tasmania is home to some of the world's most important, valuable and beautiful natural assets.

"We have put a great deal of work into making the nomination as comprehensive as possible.

"Macquarie Island is being nominated for its geological significance. It is the only known locality where the ocean's floor is exposed above sea level as a consequence of the uplift caused by the interaction of two major oceanic plate boundaries.

"This provides unique research opportunities as it is the only place in the world where you can study these important geological processes above sea level."

Senator Hill and Mr Rundle have expressed confidence that the nomination meets all requirements for World Heritage listing.

Further comment: Senator Hill's office - Matt Brown 06 277 7640

Mr Rundle's office - Richard Gerathy 002 336752

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