Tuesday, 7 November 2006
: Flemington racecourse has been placed on the National Heritage List by the Federal Government.
The famous track has been recognised for its social and cultural value over more than 150 years and becomes the 34th historic site on the list.
Flemington's elevation as a "national treasure" was announced at the course today by the Federal Minister Kevin Andrews.
"Flemington represents a unique heritage," he said.
"With our joys and triumphs, and sometimes our losses, but none the less throughout our history from Archer in the 1860s to Carbine in the 1890s, of course the great Phar Lap up to later day stars like Makybe Diva, Australians associate Flemington with the Melbourne Cup and an essential part of our history," he said.