‘The Federal Government says a French nuclear energy company has tried to block a push for the world heritage listing of land near Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
An Australian delegation has travelled to Paris for a meeting of the World Heritage Committee to try to get the Koongarra area added to Kakadu.
The Government says French energy giant Areva formally requested the nomination of Koongarra be removed from the agenda of the meeting.
When Kakadu was declared a national park in 1979, a small section of land was left off the map.
Known as Koongarra, it contains a major uranium deposit that was discovered in 1970, and for which Areva holds exploration licences.
Last year, the only remaining traditional owner for the area, Jeffrey Lee, asked for the land to be added to Kakadu National Park, where he works as a ranger.
Mr Lee has joined the Australian delegation in Paris and says he wants his land included as part of Kakadu’s world heritage listing.’
June 20, 2011 · 6:03 pm