Mirrar In The News

Controlled burn by mine operator in Kakadu sparks out-of-control bushfire

07 Oct 2015

by Helen Davidson, The Guardian

A weed-control burn by a uranium mine operator has sparked an out-of-control bushfire in Kakadu national park.

The fire has forced the closure of Nourlangie Rock, one of the region’s largest and most important Indigenous art sites, containing rock art which dates back 50,000 years, as well as depictions of first contact with Europeans.

Traditional owners have blamed Energy Resources of Australia (ERA), operator of the Ranger uranium mine, for the fire which began on Tuesday after ERA employees began a controlled burn for weed management.

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