Have your say on reserved blocks
The Northern Territory Government has opened up the conversation for declaring reserved blocks (no-go zones) for petroleum activities in the Northern Territory.
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 licences for these areas.
The consultation paper expands on the commitments made by the Northern Territory Government to protect certain areas of the Territory from ever being subject to petroleum exploration or production activities as part of the recommendations from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory.
This will be achieved by declaring areas of land as reserved blocks (no-go zones) under the Petroleum Act. The areas identified include:
- areas of high tourism value
- towns and residential areas (including areas that have assets of strategic importance to nearby residential areas)
- national parks
- conservation reserves
- areas of high ecological value
- reas of cultural significance
- Indigenous Protected Areas
- Areas that are not prospective for onshore gas
The government has developed a proposed approach to staged declared reserve blocks and there’s an opportunity for you to have your say.
You can provide your feedback by visiting haveyoursay.nt.gov.au
Comments close 21 June 2019.