The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
World Heritage Assessment for Royal National Park
8 October 2013
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Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker have agreed to work together on a potential World Heritage nomination for Sydney's Royal National Park.
Mr Hunt welcomed the State Government's approach on this issue and has committed to a thorough investigation of the park's potential for inclusion on the World Heritage list.
"In the spirit of improved co-operation between the New South Wales and Commonwealth governments, I am delighted that the State has approached me with this proposal," Mr Hunt said.
"There is an extensive and thorough process that must be gone through in order to evaluate the park for inclusion on the list. I have today committed to working with and supporting the NSW Government through that process," Mr Hunt said.
"This is one of Australia's great public parks with a unique historic role."
Ms Parker said the nomination of Royal National Park and adjacent reserves for World Heritage status had widespread public support.
"There is tremendous public support for this World Heritage listing and the local members of parliament and community members from groups such as the First National Park Committee have brought a convincing argument to the Government," Ms Parker said.
"This was Australia's first national park and only the second in the world – that in itself makes this special place very significant historically and culturally.
"Nominating areas for World Heritage listing is a collaborative process between the Australian Government and the states, and I'm excited the new Australian Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt has visited the Royal National Park today to demonstrate his commitment to further examining a possible bid.
"Any nomination would require a substantial effort over several years and an extensive assessment would be required including thorough consultation with local government, indigenous and interested groups," Ms Parker said.