An Australian gorge that's fed by underground springs is about to become a national park.
The Worlds End Gorge, near the town of Burra in South Australia, contains several large, permanent waterholesa rarity in the areaand several important plant and animal species, reports the Guardian.
Renewable energy company Neoen has transferred the 1,000-hectare site to the state government free of charge as part of the process for gaining a Significant Environmental Benefit offset for its nearby Goyder Wind Farm Stage 1 project.
"The Gorge is a rare and beautiful place and we are thrilled that it will be protected and enjoyed by the local community, Traditional Owners, and future generations of Australians," says Neoen CEO Louis de Sambucy.
The South Australian government will work with Neoen and the local community on a community reference group that will design the national park, its visitor access, and how it will be managed.
The Ngadjuri people will also have the opportunity to co-name the park in recognition of its significance to their culture and history.
National Parks and Wildlife Service National Parks Programs Director Jason Irving says the land transfer marked an exciting opportunity to protect an important biodiversity and cultural asset and create new opportunities for locals and visitors to experience a beautiful natural area.
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