One of our most magnificent National Parks, Watarrka (Kings Canyon), in the Northern Territory is being targeted for fracking by a company called Palatine Energy. Located between Alice Springs and Uluru, it is a world-renowned tourist icon and a special cultural area, with over 170 recorded Indigenous art sites.
National Parks are not all protected against fracking for oil and shale gas in the Northern Territory. The Traditional Owners of Watarrka and the Central Land Council have repeatedly asked for the Northern Territory government to prohibit fracking in the jointly managed National Park, but the Minster has refused.
Fearing that the Northern Territory Government may approve fracking in the Park at any moment, they’re taking their call to Canberra and asking for an emergency heritage listing over the Park by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
Please join Traditional Owners today in their urgent call for action to stop fracking in Watarrka National Park:
Minister Hunt, please accept the application of Traditional Owners to make an emergency heritage declaration to protect Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park from fracking.
Oil and gas development and any other form of mining would be completely inconsistent with local traditions and aspirations for Watarrka. It would put at risk traditional lands with which culture is eternally entwined.
Due to the NT Government ignoring the united calls from Traditional Owners to protect the park, I urge you to use your power under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 to put the park off limits to fracking.