The World Heritage Listing of the Flinders Ranges is being pursued for its geological and palaeontological significance under criterion (viii) of the World Heritage Convention.
World Heritage listing is the highest global recognition of the importance of a place. It confirms the outstanding and exceptional features of the listed site.
Pursuing World Heritage Listing for parts of the Flinders Ranges provides an exciting opportunity to recognise this incredible landscape on a global scale, to celebrate these outstanding values and create economic benefits for the region.
A World Heritage property in the Flinders Ranges would be an opportunity to celebrate the region’s outstanding geology and fossil values, and to share them with all past, present and future generations as part of the Flinders Ranges story that is rich with cultural, environmental and social values and connections.
Inscription of a property on the World Heritage List can lead to many benefits for First Nations peoples and communities, including enhanced protection of the rich cultural landscape and cultural sites, regional economic development, increased tourism opportunities and visitation, increased employment opportunities and income, improved planning and management of the region and improved management and protection of the local environment. Achieving World Heritage status can attract investment in regions, including for regional infrastructure.
The Australian Government has focused on assisting of World Heritage properties by providing resources for strengthening management and improving interpretation and visitor facilities.