Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Some history to the world heritage proposal

The lead in identifying the world heritage values of the area was taken by voluntary groups with studies by Broadbent, Blakers, Mosley and Costin. Then followed a series of official reports by Boden, Good, Busby, Kirkpatrick and Lennon all of which addressed what former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, referred to as “the strict criteria of the World Heritage Convention”. The groups supported a nomination which included the alps, the forests and the coastal areas of NSW and Victoria, and this was later supported by a World Heritage Expert Panel during regional forest assessments that took place across Australia in the mid to late 1990s.