Australian Alps now on the National Heritage List


Kosciuoszko National Park, in the Snowy Mountains.

Hiker stands in front of glacial Lake Albina, Kosciuoszko National Park, in the Snowy Mountains.

Credit: Tourism NSW

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The Australian Alps has received National Heritage Listing, announced today by Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

The Australian Alps National Park is a conglomerate of parks and nature reserves covering 1.6 million hectares in the ACT, NSW and Victoria.

The region includes the Brindabella Range in the ACT and the Snowy Mountains where Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko is located.

"The Alps are home to the snow gum and unique alpine species like the mountain pygmy possums well as in the summer months providing spectacular arrays of alpine wildflowers," said Garrett.

The listing means the area will come under the protection of the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

"On behalf of Victorians, I welcome the greater recognition of the unique natural, Indigenous and
cultural wonder of the High Country. We are proud of the work we have done together to manage
and protect the Alps national parks so that they can continue to be enjoyed and appreciated," said Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings.

"For the people of New South Wales the majestic Snowy Mountains have long been a place of
outstanding natural beauty and a key part of our colonial heritage. The Australian Alps well and truly
deserve their place on the National Heritage List," said NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Carmel Tebbutt.

The National Heritage List currently has 80 sites, inlcuding Bondi Beach, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Kakadu National Park and Port Arthur.

"It is vital that we continue to identify and protect the places integral to Australia’s national story, as
they help us remember and understand that we are part of a living history," Garrett said.