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The UNESCO World Heritage area centred on Fraser Island has reverted to the name used by its traditional owners: K’gari, meaning ‘paradise’.
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JOHN BORTHWICK looks at some great Australian islands to keep in mind for future travel — no passport required!
Source: A riot of islands
Government directed science agency to release report early ahead of Great Barrier Reef decision, documents show; Michael Slezak; ABC
The federal government directed an independent statutory authority to rush the release of a major scientific report and assist in “leaking” it to selected media outlets, documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information laws show.
The World Heritage List is not just a series of landmarks, but a collection of places that tell our story, charting the history of the planet, in all its naturally-formed and human-made forms.
Australian scientists discover over 400-year-old coral reef in Queensland; Ajeet Kumar; Republic World
The scientists said that the coral reef is about 421-438 years old, which means it is older than the European expedition and the foundation of Australia.
With Great Barrier Reef on the Brink, UNESCO to Review Australia’s Climate Actions in 2022; Jessica Lawrence; Earth Justice
Imogen Zethoven, advisor to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, discusses what UNESCO’s recommendations mean for the Reef.
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is a sacred and important place to Traditional Owners, the Anangu people, and now the world will be able to learn of its significance in traditional language. Dual-listed Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in the Northern Territory was first added to the World Heritage List – that recognises places of outstanding importance to humanity – in 1987, and is one of few recognised for both its cultural and natural values.
The list includes Westminster and Downing Street in London…
Mungo ancestral remains reburial proposal disrespects the Elders’ original vision; Michael Westaway, Doug Williams & Jason Kelly; The Conversation
Plans are progressing to rebury the remains of some of Australia’s most significant inhabitants. But scientists say this will see the potential to learn more about the origins of humanity vanish.
Bob Carr calls for Unesco to recognise ‘urgency of threat’ facing world heritage-listed Blue Mountains; Bob Carr; Guardian
Former NSW premier says the proposal to raise Warragamba Dam wall is undermining environmental protections of region…
Best things to do in the Kimberley region of Western Australia include exploring Purnululu National Park and driving the Gibb River Road.
The Lord Howe Island Group is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts countless unique plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the region.
Source: Lord Howe Island Group
UNESCO Urges Hold On Australia’s Tasmanian Wilderness Plans; Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar & Nikita Nikhil; Minority Reporter
The international body which governs World Heritage areas calls on the Tasmanian Government to halt tourism development in the state’s wilderness until the impacts are fully understood.
Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building has been pressed into service to help with a health crisis – and not for the first time.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area is in the central portion of the Great Dividing Range of mountains which runs parallel to the eastern coast of Australia.