Nomination Criteria for Commonwealth Heritage Nomination

What is the name of the place?

The deep water rock fishing platforms of Beecroft and Bherwerre Peninsulas, Jervis Bay.

What is its significance?

Social and recreational significance to rock fishermen and in particular to land based game fishermen. It is the the original and still the premier destination for the pursuit of large game fish from a shore based location. Land based game fishing at Jervis Bay inspired many anglers to employ similar techniques throughout NSW throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Land based game fishing is a distinct and particularly demanding form of fishing that attracts particularly passionate people. The limited number of places where it takes place has lead to these anglers forming a recognisable fraternity amongst the broader recreational fishing community. The headlands of Jervis Bay are the only place in the world where marlin are specifically targeted and frequently caught by land based anglers. Other large game fish such as tuna and yellowtail kingfish are also caught in relatively great numbers. The excellent land based fishing is often attributed to the peninsula's deep water, the distance they jut out from the coastline into oceanic current and their proximity to inshore reef structure. These features along with the coastline’s dramatic cliff structure make the land based game fishing of Jervis Bay particularly unique and attractive to anglers.

Which criteria does it meet?

Please try and identify each criterion from the list below applies to the place and explain why it meets that criterion (attach evidence in relation to each criterion claimed to have been met).

The Commonwealth Heritage criteria for a place are any or all of the following:

a – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia’s natural or cultural history

b – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia’s natural or cultural history

c – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s natural or cultural history

d – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of:

i. a class of Australia’s natural or cultural places or

ii. a class of Australia’s natural or cultural environments

e – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group

f – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period

g – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons

h – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Australia’s natural or cultural history

i – the place has significant heritage value because of the place’s importance as part of Indigenous tradition