Kakadu - Too Precious To Lose
Kakadu is Australia's largest National Park. World Heritage listed in 1991 for both its rich cultural and environmental importance, it covers an area one third the size of Tasmania. Kakadu is jointly managed by Traditional Owners and Parks Australia and supports a vibrant tourist industry with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Kakadu's natural wonders abound: towering sandstone escarpments, thundering waterfalls, crocodiles in silent blackwater billabongs, dense pockets of tropical rainforest and Ramsar listed wetlands alive with birds. Traditional Owners of the Kakadu region have been the area's custodians for over 40,000 years and represent the world's oldest living culture. Traditional Owners from several clans live in Kakadu and the park is home to extensive and significant rock art sites and many sacred dreaming places.
The natural beauty and living culture of Kakadu is threatened by Ranger uranium mine. The mine was forced on the Mirarr people in 1978 when the Commonwealth government overruled indigenous opposition. Energy Resources of Australia is owned by mining giant Rio Tinto and has been mining uranium at Ranger for 30 years in an area wholly surrounded by the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.