In April 2021, a significant milestone was achieved, with UNESCO accepting Australia’s inclusion of the Flinders Ranges on its World Heritage Tentative List. This is an exciting and significant first step in pursuing World Heritage Listing, expressing Australia’s commitment to nominate in the future.
Now that Tentative Listing has occurred, our major focus will be engaging respectfully with First Nations peoples, tourism planning for core visitor destinations, as well as landholder and community engagement. Development of the full nomination dossier will occur over the next few years. World Heritage nomination is a complex and involved process that will take at least two and a half years once Tentative Listing is achieved. For the best chances of success, a well-planned and carefully-implemented process is critical.
The State Government has already commenced investing in visitor infrastructure in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and at Nilpena in preparation for World Heritage listing.