2017 is one hundred years since Charles Weston was instructed by Walter Burley Griffin to commence planting red flowering pants on Red Hill. Thousands of callistemon, grevillea and Darling Pea were planted between 1917 and 1920. Many hundreds have survived and have spread across the hill.
In this centenary year, the Red Hill Regenerators have sought to celebrate these historic plantings by nominating then for listing by the ACT Heritage Council, to include these plants on the ACT heritage register, thereby providing recognition and protection of this direct historical connection to the Burley Griffin legacy.
The ACT Heritage Council nomination documents:
- Letter from the President, Red Hill Regenerators, to the Chair ACT Heritage Council
- Nomination form
- Statement of significance as required by the nomination form
- Letter of support from the ‘land owner’, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service
- Letters of support for the nomination from other organisations
The Heritage Council advised on 15 May 2017 that the application was accepted for consideration at its meeting on 1 June 2017, where the Council formally accepted the application as a ‘nominated place to the ACT Heritage Register‘. The next step is for the Council to consider the nomination against the heritage significance criteria. While it has protection under the Heritage Act 2004, at present, the Red Hill Plantings nomination was not under active assessment by the Council until advice received on 10 May 2018.