Reserved blocks


Consultation has now closed on proposed areas to be declared reserved blocks for petroleum activities in the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory Government released the Proposed No-Go Zones Consultation paper for public comment for a period of four weeks from 24 May 2019 to 21 June 2019.

Feedback will now be considered before government finalises its policy on declaring reserved blocks under the Petroleum Act.

This will identify areas off limits to any petroleum exploration or activities, due to these areas’ unique values and their important role in providing environmental, social, health and cultural benefits to surrounding communities.

A reserved block, or No-Go Zone, is land that is not able to be considered as part of a land release for exploration. Companies are also not able to apply for an exploration permit or licenses for these areas.

The consultation paper can be viewed at

No-go zones for petroleum activities in the NT

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