Heritage listing: Red Hill Campsite
Red Hill Campsite was provisionally registered on the ACT Heritage Register on 20 September 2018.
Provisional registration lets you know why the Heritage Council thinks a place or object is important to the ACT and you, its residents. During consultation on the provisional registration, you can tell the council what you think about their initial assessment or if there is other information to consider.
Red Hill Campsite, colloquially known as the ‘last campsite of the Ngunnawal’ is a place where Aboriginal people camped in the late 1920s to 1940s. It is the only known place of its kind in the ACT. Oral histories of the place are part of the life of Matilda House, a Ngambri-Ngunnawal Elder in the ACT. A public park at the time, it was used as a camping ground and is an important example of how Aboriginal people were able to continue to live and work in the ACT region during a time of transient employment opportunities.
The Heritage Council decided to progress to full Heritage Registration for the Red Hill Campsite in February 2019.
How your feedback made a difference
Comments on the provisional registration are required to address the relevant heritage significance criteria as outlined in s10 of the Heritage Act 2004.
Six submissions received during the public consultation period were all in favour of registration, with two submissions also suggesting some changes. The Council considered all comments received during the public consultation period, but after further research were unable to justify making any changes, so the final registration decision is substantially the same as what was proposed during provisional registration.
One submission questioned if the place should meet criteria (b) and (e), so the Council reconsidered the arguments used against the two criteria. The Council maintained the assessment supporting criterion (b) as the only site of its kind in the ACT and against criterion (e) as there is no evidence of the community valuing the place for its aesthetic values.
The other submission disagreed with the Council’s assessment under criterion (c), suggesting that further finds cannot be ruled out. The Council reconsidered the argument but maintained the assessment against the criterion, noting there is always a possibility that more material could be found, but that what was found does not support the view that a more complete excavation would recover anything more substantial. The criterion requires that there be evidence of potential for not just more archaeology, but for it to be important.
The Red Hill Campsite has been registered on the ACT Heritage Register. See more about the register at https://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage_register
Proposed Heritage Boundary of Red Hill Campsite site marking out the traffic island within the road easement bordered by Flinders Way, Durville Crescent and Hayes Crescent
*Please note that only comments received during the public consultation period will be valid for certain provisions under section 13 and/or review under part 17 of the Heritage Act 2004. This includes comments received no earlier than 12am on 25 September and no later than 11.59pm on 22 October.
The Council has provisionally registered Red Hill Campsite as a way to indicate that it intends to make a decision on whether or not to permanently put it on the ACT Heritage Register. The provisional registration sets out what it is about the place that the Council thinks is important to the ACT and why.This public consultation aims to find out the views of the ACT community.
Please read the Provisional Registration Decision and the Background Information documents before starting.
This survey fulfils the role of public consultation under section 37 of the Heritage Act 2004 (the Act), and the collection of personal information as authorised by the Act. If you make a comment using this form, you will be considered an interested person under section 13 of the Act. For this reason, the survey requires respondents to provide contact details so functions under the Act relating to notification of interested persons can be fulfilled. If you do not provide your identity or contact details then the ACT Heritage Council will be unable to give you notice of decisions as an interested person under the Act. Also, you may not be able to be identified as an interested person entitled to appeal rights under the Act.