THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy
19 June 2017
NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST ASSESSMENTS FOR FINNISS SPRINGS
MISSION, SA AND POINT LONSDALE LIGHTHOUSE RESERVE, VIC
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
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
) 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
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
For more information on the FPAL go to http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/priority-
Media Contact: Kane Silom – Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP – 02 6277 7920