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National Heritage List assessments for Finniss Springs Mission, SA and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve, Vic

Published: Monday, 19 June 2017

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The Turnbull Government has asked the Australian Heritage Council to conduct National Heritage assessments of Finniss Springs mission and pastoral station in South Australia and the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and environs in Victoria.

Together these places make up the Council’s National Heritage Finalised Priority Assessment List for 2017–18.

As part of its assessment the Council will seek feedback from the public, stakeholders and all affected people with rights or interests, including owners, occupiers and Indigenous people.

Consultation is an important part of the assessment process to help identify outstanding National Heritage values and stories associated with places.

The Finniss Springs mission and pastoral station located west of Marree, South Australia has Aboriginal traditions for Arabanna, Kuyani and Wangkangurru, and was a mission in the 1940s and 1950s.

The mound spring formations support biological diversity and relict plant species such as saw sedge (Gahnia species) and bare twig rush (Baumea juncea).

The Point Lonsdale lighthouse has navigational aids and defence structures associated with the first and second World Wars. The site was first used in the mid-ninteenth century to help guide the safe entry of shipping into Port Phillip for the Victorian colony.

The National Heritage List recognises our most significant Indigenous, natural and historic heritage sites.

There are currently 110 places in the list reflecting the stories of our shared experience on this ancient continent, showcasing our struggles, achievements, and stunning natural environment.

For more information on the places visit: http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl

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