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Declaration of Reserve Areas in Territory



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The Minister for the Interior

An a c t i v e programme o f a c q u i s i t i o n and d e c l a r a t i o n o f

r e s e r v e a r e a s i s b e in g fo llo w e d i n th e N o r th e rn T e r r i t o r y , a c c o r d i n g

to th e N o rth e rn T e r r i t o r y R e p o rt f o r 1969-70.

The r e p o r t was r e l e a s e d to d a y by th e M i n i s t e r f o r th e

I n t e r i o r , Mr P e t e r Nixon, and h a s a b r i e f i l l u s t r a t e d c h a p t e r

u n d e r th e h e a d in g N a t i o n a l P a rk s and R e s e rv e s .

C o n s e r v a t i o n i s a l s o t h e c o v e r theme w i t h a c o lo u r

p h o to g ra p h o f th e Chambers P i l l a r ro c k f o r m a t io n , an h i s t o r i c a l

landm ark s o u t h o f A lic e S p rin g s which has been p r e s e r v e d a s p a r t

o f an 840 a c r e r e s e r v e d e c l a r e d e a r l i e r t h i s y e a r . The back c o v e r

p l a t e i s a map showing th e T e r r i t o r y ’ s m ajor r e s e r v e s , n a t i o n a l

p a rk s and w i l d l i f e s a n c t u a r i e s . · .

. The N o r t h e r n T e r r i t o r y h as many a r e a s r i c h i n a p p e a l

and i n t e r e s t to a l l A u s t r a l i a n s and im p o rta n t to th e T e r r i t o r y ' s

growing t o u r i s t i n d u s t r y , t h e r e p o r t sa y s.

The programme of a c q u i s i t i o n s and d e c l a r a t i o n o f t h e s e

a r e a s as r e s e r v e s i s b e in g fo llo w e d to p r e s e r v e them and e n su re

c o n t r o l o f t h e i r u s e .

The most n o t a b l e o f t h e s e i n 1969-70 was th e a c q u i s i t i o n

o f Simpsons Gap s t a t i o n i n th e IvIacDonnell Ranges w est o f A lic e

S p r in g s f o r d e c l a r a t i o n as a n a t i o n a l p a rk . The a r e a o f 119 s q u a re

m i l e s was made famous by th e p a i n t i n g s o f A b o r i g i n a l a r t i s t A l b e r t

N a m i t j i r a . . , ■ '