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Watarrka National Park
Watarrka National Park is now protected from any mining or energy exploration activity following the gazettal of a Reserve Block under the Geothermal Energy Act.
In May this year Watarrka National Park was declared a Reserved Land Area (Minerals) under the Minerals Title Act, and a Reserved Block Area (Petroleum) under the Petroleum Act.
This means Watarrka National Park is now legally protected from all forms of mining and oil and gas exploration and development activity.
Extensive consultation was undertaken with the Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture, the Central Land Council and the Watarrka National Park Joint Management Committee.
The decision recognises the ecological, tourism and cultural value of the area.
Watarrka National Park is 450km south-west of Alice Springs, is home to the popular Kings Canyon and culturally significant sites, and also contributes significantly to biodiversity conservation and the Northern Territory tourism industry.