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Joint Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
&
Bruce Scott MP
Federal Member for Maranoa

26 January 2006

Heritage listing for symbolic Tree of Knowledge


A tree widely associated with Australia's and Queensland's political history has been added to the National Heritage List, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Environment and Heritage and Hon. Bruce Scott MP, Federal Member for Maranoa announced today.

Mr Hunt said the 150-year-old Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine, 1000km north-west of Brisbane, had played a major role in the political and regional history of Australia.

"This 150 year old, 10-metre Ghost Gum is associated with the unsuccessful shearers' strike of 1891 and is a significant site in Australian political history and rural Queensland's development."

"I also congratulate the Hon. Bruce Scott MP for his commitment to the National Heritage Listing of the Tree of Knowledge," Mr Hunt said.

Federal Member for Maranoa Hon. Bruce Scott MP said he was pleased to see a local historic symbol be awarded a National Heritage Listing.

"On 1 May 1891, striking shearers marched through the streets of Barcaldine and met under the Tree of Knowledge. This strike, in conjunction with the Maritime Strike of 1890 was a very important time in the history of Queensland and Australia," Mr Scott said.

"The Tree of Knowledge reminds the local community of the political and social events that had a profound effect on the future of politics in Australia and visitors to the site will hopefully learn more about this important time in Australian history."

The Tree of Knowledge joins 23 other places on the List. National Heritage listing will protect the heritage values of these places under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

For more information, http://www.deh.gov.au/heritage/national/index.html

Media enquiries:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 0415 740 722
Monica McCabe (Mr Scott's office) 0427 743 126/ 07 4669 8024

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