The lack of easy access has meant that the mill remains have been left relatively undisturbed.
However the short period of time and the era the mill operated detract from its importance.
Countering this is the relationship the operation had with another prominent Shire industry, the fruit industry, the close proximity to the Big Mill and the importance of the Russell family in the region's sawmilling industry.
In particular the combination of the Little Mill, the Big Mill and the interconnecting tramway with its interesting bridge remains add to the heritage value of this site. As a combined site it is considered to be of regional significance.
Russell `Little Mill' (number 2) is of importance to the Cardinia Shire because it provides evidence of the development of extractive timber industry in the district. This mill site is also significant for its comparative age, the potential to interpret the site historically (documentary evidence via Forestry files, oral evidence from the family) and its rarity as a type.