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Anxious silence over listing

Friday, 2nd January, 2015

Environmental lawyer Simon Molesworth is behind the bid to have Broken Hill included on the National Heritage list.PICTURE: Michael Murphy Environmental lawyer Simon Molesworth is behind the bid to have Broken Hill included on the National Heritage list.PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Emily Roberts

Despite hopes that Broken Hill would be added to the National Heritage List over Christmas, no announcements have been made.

Environmental lawyer Simon Molesworth, who is behind the bid to have Broken Hill included on the National Heritage list, said he was yet to hear anything on the matter.

During the year, it was believed that Broken Hill would be added to the list by Christmas.

“I haven’t heard anything, I’m not sure what has happened,” Mr Molesworth said.

“No one has been in contact - I am very disappointed.”

Mr Molesworth said he will be approaching the appropriate ministers over the next couple of weeks.

“It was almost a certainty that Broken Hill would be on that list before Christmas,” he said.

“There was no doubt and I had received assurances.”

Mr Molesworth said it had just been a matter of the final steps being completed.

“The Federal Government has been distracted on many fronts, but I am exceedingly disappointed that Broken Hill and the district has been put aside,” he said.

“I don’t think there are any valid reasons why Broken Hill wouldn’t be put on the list - none that I am aware of.”

He believes the announcement will come in the new year.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said he believed discussions were still pending.

“I know there was a very intense consultation process in place - I thought it might have been resolved quicker,” he said.

“I’m sure it will happen in the not too distant future,” he said.

“I think some issues had to be clarified.”

Mayor Cuy said the listing would be great for tourism in the city.

“It will give Broken Hill a point of difference,” he said.

“It will create our reputation around Australia as a tourism destination.

“Hopefully, it will hook people in.

“It may even diversify the demographic of people who move to the city.”

The List includes natural, historic and Indigenous places that are of outstanding national heritage value to the Australian nation.

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