South Australian premier Mike Rann has banned mining in the state’s Arkaroola wilderness.
The move has been welcomed by Greens MP Mark Parnell.
“We are delighted that the Government has now agreed that Arkaroola is too precious to mine,” he said.
“I congratulate the Premier on this important announcement. Arkaroola is an internationally-significant Wilderness Sanctuary that deserves the highest level of protection.
Under these new plans, the Government will initially protect the region under the Mining Act, and include legislation which specifically excludes mining, according to AdelaideNow.
This new legislation will be introduced before the end of the year.
Rann explained that there would be a three step process.
Firstly it would protect the area under the Mining Act, stopping exploration and mining titles being granted.
After this it will enact special purpose legislation to protect the wilderness, and define the area under statute, which would prohibit mining, exploration and grazing.
The final step will be to nominate the area for National Heritage Listing and World Heritage Listing, rann said.
“The Greens have been fighting for years to see Arkaroola protected and today we are delighted that the Government has announced special legislation to achieve this.
“The icing on the cake will be National and World Heritage listing in the future. That will give Arkaroola the recognition it deserves.