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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

24 October 1999


The entire suburb of Colonel Light Gardens in Adelaide is to enter the nation's premier heritage list.

Federal Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill, today announced that Colonel Light Gardens would be entered in the Register of the National Estate.

"The suburb of Colonel Light Gardens is historically significant as an example of the Garden City Movement which left a distinctive imprint on Australian urban landscape," Senator Hill said. "The ideals and principles of this movement are well represented in this Adelaide suburb".

"The Garden City Movement arose in the US and Britain at the turn of the century in reaction to the industrialisation of the cities and the evils of inner city slums. Charles Compton Reade first brought the ideas of the movement to Australia in 1914 and was appointed as the first official town planner in South Australia in 1916.

"Reade drew up the plans for the suburb in 1917 and incorporated many features of the garden city philosophy. These included the use of low density housing, extensive planting, alternatives to grid street-planning, abundant parkland and streets designed to influence traffic volume. Commercial areas were zoned so no corner stores are to be found.

"The suburb also contains the largest example of buildings erected under the Thousand Homes Scheme of the 1920s which was a major post-World War I housing project. It provided housing for returned soldiers and their families and lower income groups.

"Colonel Light Gardens was an international showcase for visitors during the 1920s and is still highly valued by the community. The suburb has developed a strong sense of place over the years and residents have shown overwhelming support for this listing.

"Other areas in Australia influenced by the Garden City movement include Walter Burley Griffin's design of the nation's capital Canberra", Senator Hill said.

Media contacts:
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill) (02) 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Noel Pratt (Heritage Commission) (02) 6274 2117


The Register of the National Estate is Australia's premier list of natural and cultural heritage places and is compiled by the Australian Heritage Commission. Entry in the Register is a public recognition of the heritage values of a place and means that it has a met criteria for national estate significance. The Commission does not manage places in the Register. The Commonwealth Government is obliged not to damage places in the Register, but does not have any rights to acquire or manage a place. Listing does not give people the right to enter a national estate place which is privately owned. The Register of the National Estate Database can be found on the internet at:

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