Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ministers Decision May 2008 - Nobbys Lighthouse
Congratulations to Minister Garrett on his courageous decision to reject the Nobbys Lighthouse development at Newcastle, NSW.
This is a positive decision and as federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts it is encouraging that he has given due consideration to the Heritage impact statement (HIS) by independent internationally recognised heritage architects Clive Lucas and Stapleton.
The committee supports appropriate adaptive reuse of the site that safeguards the integrity and iconic nature of the historic lighthouse and Macquarie Pier .
It is important that Newcastle applies environmental leadership and sustainable decision making to its limited number of heritage sites. This will create immense social value to unique assets such as Nobbys Lighthouse.
The Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust is grateful to the Minister for his support of Nobbys 'Whybaygamba', a special place to Indigenous people, Novocastrians and the nation.