NT government bans mining in Watarrka National Park

The Northern Territory government issued a declaration on May 30 under the Petroleum Act reserving the entire Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park from the grant of a mineral and petroleum exploration permit or license.

The Traditional Owners, the Watarrka Park Land Trust, had been campaigning for such a declaration since they were notified of a proposed grant of two Exploration Permit Applications over the entire park in 2012.

Central Land Council Director David Ross said: “It just goes to show what can be achieved with a persistent, patient and united campaign.”

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