The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (formerly known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia or CERRA) include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record. The outstanding geological features displayed around shield volcanic craters and the high number of rare and threatened species are of international significance for science and conservation.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area was first inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1986 and extended in 1994. It is what is known as a serial World Heritage Area and is comprised of several protected areas in north-east NSW and south-east Queensland.
The Convention for the Protection of the World's Natural and Cultural Heritage was established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) in 1972 to ensure the protection of heritage that is considered to be of outstanding universal value.
The outstanding natural values for which the Gondwana Rainforests was listed, are detailed at http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/world/gondwana/values.html
Who Manages the Property?
The management of World Heritage areas in Australia is undertaken cooperatively by state and federal governments in accordance with the Australian World Heritage Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA).
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia is managed principally by:
- the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (part of the Office of Environment & Heritage) and
- the QLD Parks & Wildlife Service (part of the Department of Environment & Resource Management).
The Australian Government, as signatory to the World Heritage Convention, works in cooperation with the state agencies through the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
To coordinate management of the property, representatives of the three partner agencies participate in a Steering Committee which determines policy directions and a Coordinating Committee which addresses operational matters.
There are two advisory committees for the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area:
The members of these committees provide advice to the managing agencies and undertake activities to raise community awareness of the property and its values.
Executive Officer of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (email) email@example.com
Current cooperative projects
In addition to the ongoing work undertaken in both states in the management of the World Heritage Area, the Australian Government provides funding through a variety of programs including Caring for Our Country (CfoC). The current CfoC program target is to mitigate threats to the outstanding universal values of the property.
Current CfoC funded projects include:
Weed management programs to reduce the impact of priority weeds in priority locations
Management of Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD)
Monitoring of amphibian chytrid fungus
Sampling for the pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi, and the preparation of a management plan
Threatened species monitoring for the Hastings river mouse and the spotted-tailed quoll
A regional assessment of climate change impacts and the development of appropriate actions for threat mitigation
Monitoring of endemic high mountain dwelling frog species in relation to climate change
An assessment of fire impacts on rainforest communities.
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia being inscribed on the World Heritage list. To celebrate this anniversary, a number of events and activities are planned across the property between November 2011 and April 2012. These will provide a great opportunity for the community and visitors to experience the wonder of the Gondwana Rainforests, with guides to provide the inside story. Check out where these events and activities are taking place.
Visit a park within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Enter a NSW town to find nearby Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage parks:
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
Page last updated: 27 February 2012