World Heritage for Finders Ranges? Sounds good, but doesn’t prevent nuclear waste dumping
The potential location of the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Wallerberdina Station near Hawker would have no impact on the World Heritage proposal for the Flinders Ranges.
World Heritage for the Flinders Ranges Natural resources, SA Arid lands Over 600 million years old, the Flinders Ranges is one of Australia’s magnificent landscapes. This diverse landscape is world-renowned for its wealth of natural, cultural, historic and scenic values making it an iconic tourism destination with unparalleled visitor experiences.
Particularly extraordinary are the fossils and geology of the Flinders Ranges, which display the history of our planet and the evolution of life on Earth. Some of this critical evidence spans more than 300 million years and includes the world’s finest example of the Ediacaran explosion of life, when the earliest forms of complex multicellular animal life evolved. It is these outstanding geological and palaeontological forms within the Flinders Ranges that make it an important site to pursue for World Heritage Listing.
Pursuing World Heritage Listing for the Flinders Ranges provides an exciting opportunity to recognise this site on a global scale, to celebrate these outstanding values and create economic benefits for the region.
Why pursue World Heritage Listing for the Flinders Ranges?
The potential World Heritage value of the geology and palaeontology in the Flinders Ranges, and the associated opportunities for elevated tourism in the region have been highlighted in three recent State Government policy publications:
- Nature Like Nowhere Else: Activating Nature-based Tourism in South Australia (Strategy and Action Plan) – recognises pursuing World Heritage Listing in the Flinders Ranges to capitalise on one of our great natural assets.
- The First Animal Life on Earth: An Action Plan for South Australia’s Ediacaran Fossils – recommends pursuing World Heritage in the Flinders Ranges to recognise that South Australia has the world’s best Ediacaran fossils.
- Leigh Creek Futures Report – identifies the potential of World Heritage to contribute to economic security for the Northern Flinders Ranges.
These recommendations to pursue recognition of world-class values in the Flinders Ranges complement numerous regional efforts to capitalise on the magnificent landscapes of the Flinders Ranges, including through the Mountains of Memory project and recognition as one of Australia’s National Landscapes.
The recommendations to pursue World Heritage Listing for the Flinders Ranges are grounded in the science. In August 2016, approximately 20 of Australia’s leading geology and palaeontology experts convened in Adelaide for a workshop to test the proposition that the Flinders Ranges contains outstanding values that are exemplary, not replicated elsewhere and would meet the strict World Heritage criteria. The response from the experts was an overwhelming ‘yes’, confirming that the proposition is sound and the nomination should proceed.
The outstanding values identified and tested at the expert’s workshop have been documented in a Preliminary Statement of Values Report for the World Heritage proposition in the Flinders Ranges. This informative technical report is a great way to get an understanding of why we’re talking about World Heritage in the Flinders Ranges and why we’re pursuing a World Heritage nomination……..
What are some important facts about World Heritage in the Flinders Ranges?
Through some early conversations with key stakeholders over the last few months, some important questions have been raised about a World Heritage proposition in the Flinders Ranges. Here, we can clarify some of these and look forward to discussing them further with the community as the nomination process continues.
- A World Heritage property in the Flinders Ranges would not be an all-encompassing ‘blanket’ across the region. It would be a series of discrete sites that best represent the region’s outstanding geology and palaeontology being pursued for nomination……
6 The potential location of the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Wallerberdina Station near Hawker would have no impact on the World Heritage proposal for the Flinders Ranges (given the nature of the values for which we are pursuing a nomination (geology and fossils) and the distance of the areas of interest from the location of the potential waste managment facility)….. http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/aridlands/parks/world-heritage-nomination-for-the-flinders-ranges
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