Lancelin Defence Training Area on new Commonwealth Heritage List
Posted on Wednesday, 21 July 2004
The Lancelin Defence Training Area is one of the first 336 sites around Australia to be inscribed on the new Commonwealth heritage list, according to Member for Pearce Judi Moylan.
Commonwealth properties with natural, indigenous or cultural heritage value will be identified and protected in the interests of their true owners – the people of Australia.
“I am proud to say that Defence Training Area at Lancelin is part of the largest single heritage listing in 25 years,” Ms Moylan said.
Lancelin Defence Training Area, Lancelin
The Lancelin Defence Training Area covers about 22 249ha on a narrow strip of land along the central and south Western Australian coast. Much of it is dominated by Banksia woodlands and heaths. It also includes wetlands such as the Namming freshwater wetland - an important breeding ground for waterfowl and a drought refuge for both waterfowl and other fauna. Lancelin also contains significant vegetation remnants and is rich in reptile and frog species.
“All the places listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List have a story to tell us. Some of these places were built by convicts, or played an important role in the nation’s communication or war efforts. Others have important natural values,” Ms Moylan said.
Places being listed around the country range from the well-known — such as the Australian War Memorial and the Cape Byron Lighthouse — to the local, such as post offices, military training areas, customs houses, barracks and fire stations.
The Commonwealth Heritage List can be found at www.deh.gov.au