08 September 2017

National Heritage Council now seeking community feedback on Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve

The Australian Heritage Council is now calling for community feedback as part of its assessment of the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Environs.

The call for feedback follows my announcement in June 2017 that the Turnbull government has included the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Environs on the 2017-18 Priority Assessment List for National Heritage listing. This is, of course, a wonderful outcome for our community.

Consultation, including in relation to the geographical boundary of any National Heritage listed site, is integral. I am delighted that the local community has this opportunity and I encourage as many people as possible to take part.  Community members may wish to, for instance, make submissions in relation to historic parts of Queenscliff.

I have long been an advocate for this precinct to receive National Heritage listing. Such recognition would not only provide greater protection of the site but also open up new opportunities for funding to maintain and improve the precinct.

I visited the site with the then Environment Minister Greg Hunt in May 2016 and was proud to join many members of the community who’ve advocated long and hard for National Heritage listing.

Once the Australian Heritage Council completes its assessment, it will be provided to the Minister for the Environment and Energy for a decision.

The Minister decides if the place will be added to the National Heritage List based on the Australian Heritage Council’s assessment and submissions received through the consultation process.

Members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback to the Australian Heritage Council in writing by 5:00pm AEST, Monday 23 October 2017.  Comments can be sent by email to heritage@environment.gov.au or by post to:

Australian Heritage Council

GPO Box 787

CANBERRA ACT 2601

Click here for a Department of Environment fact sheet on the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Environs National Heritage nomination.

8 September 2017