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SEGRA – Barooga August 2019
Mark Asendorf
Chair Geotourism Standing Committee
Geological Society of Australia
Protection, ...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Presentation coverage:
 Geoheri...
Geoheritage.
 Inadequately documented and
understood.
 Clustered around Central Australia
 Primary source of informatio...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Geoheritage – why does it matter...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
And….
 5 significant sites arou...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Distance, with time?
 1, 2 and ...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
…and opportunity!
 Four existin...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
National landscapes revisited
8 ...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
With local buy in and input.
Con...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
With local buy in and input.
Con...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019
SE...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Challenges.
 Priority! - Protec...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Lessons from Canada.
 British C...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Lessons from Singapore.
 Singap...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
The path forward.
 Contemporize...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
The final word.
“The geotourism ...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
Thank You
SEGRA – Barooga - Augu...
Protection, Preservation, and Promotion.
Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia
SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019
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Protection, Preservation and Promotion: geo-heritage and geotourism opportunity in Northern Australia by Mark Asendorf

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Australia’s human heritage is well known, with our aboriginal peoples acknowledged as the oldest surviving culture in the world, extending at least 60000 years.

Our natural heritage goes even further – with rock outcrops in Western Australia extending from the Archean (about 3.6 Billion years ago) to recent surficial and unconsolidated deposits which form our rivers, streams, coastlines and shape our deserts. These collectively provide evidence of geological processes and events that have shaped our continent and even influenced our understanding of our planet.

Geological heritage – though important – is insufficiently protected, and there are limited legislative protections safeguarding this knowledge and understanding for future generations.

Government led geoscience efforts to date have primarily focused on baseline geoscience acquisition for the purposes of identifying mineral and energy resources and while a tremendous amount of data and information is collected from Geological Surveys and their Federal counterparts. However, there remains a gap in understanding and appreciating geo-heritage sites of significance and ensuring their ongoing protection and preservation.

In addition, the intrinsic value, aesthetics and appeal of certain locations lead to tourism related opportunities. Geo-tourism is rapidly gaining popularity overseas and many attractions and supporting industries are now operational including in Indonesia and New Zealand. There remains an opportunity – and obligation – of adequately manage our geo-heritage site and information while facilitating the development and promotion of a thriving yet sustainable geo-tourism industry in the Northern Territory.

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Protection, Preservation and Promotion: geo-heritage and geotourism opportunity in Northern Australia by Mark Asendorf

  1. 1. SEGRA – Barooga August 2019 Mark Asendorf Chair Geotourism Standing Committee Geological Society of Australia Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism opportunity in Northern Australia
  2. 2. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Presentation coverage:  Geoheritage NT current state & concerns  Geotourism NT current state & options  Challenges  Some lessons from Canada & Singapore  Conclusion SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU World Heritage Mark Asendorf.
  3. 3. Geoheritage.  Inadequately documented and understood.  Clustered around Central Australia  Primary source of information from 1988 GSA/NTCC publication.  Little evidence of contemporary study or analysis of geoheritage sites  NT Heritage Public Register does not reflect the sites from the 1988 publication.  Limited ‘Geoscience’-related heritage.  Significant risk to sites of importance through development or tourism activities. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU World Heritage SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf.
  4. 4. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Geoheritage – why does it matter? “Exposures or outcrops of rocks are numerous and diverse…….but surprisingly, relatively few provide outstandingly significant scientific data. The ones that do however constitute irreplaceable physical segments of Earth history. Unlike most traits for living systems, features possessed by these monuments are not reproducible and when they are damaged or destroyed, they are lost forever” Cowley W, 2003 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU World Heritage SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. …and the NT has investments in remote infrastructure in transport, housing, utilities and resource-base projects
  5. 5. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia And….  5 significant sites around Palmerston area identified in 1980 engineering report, pre-development  Field Survey in March 2019  3 of the 5 found, 2 ‘lost’  2 protected by recreation or conservation parks  1 ‘forgotten’ amongst suburbia.  Limited/no acknowledgement of geoscientific importance  If we don’t protect it, we will loose it. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. WW2 Heritage Site Escarpment Trail sth Escarpment Trail nth Mitchell Creek Palmerston CBD
  6. 6. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Distance, with time?  1, 2 and 4 hour driving catchments the likely transit footprint around population centers.  As expected, the Top End around Darwin and Katherine dominates.  East-West link between Tennant Creek and Mt Isa is also prominent. And?  This may indicate elevated risks to significant geoheritage sites. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf.
  7. 7. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia …and opportunity!  Four existing tourism routes transect the Northern Territory.  The Savannah Way – Cairns to Broome  Explorers Way – Adelaide to Darwin  Overlanders Way – Townsville to Tennant Creek  Outback Way – Winton (QLD) to Laverton (WA)  Others could be established.  “Goldrush Way” – Alice Springs to Halls Creek  Tanami upgrade indicated on the NT 10 Year Infrastructure plan. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU World Heritage
  8. 8. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia National landscapes revisited 8 separate regions are conceptualized.  Timeless North – Tiwi/Arnhem Extensions  Big Rivers (New)  Gregory-Keep (New)  Tennant Plateau (New) Potential Intra-state collaborations  Gulf-Isa (New – QLD/NT)  Musgraves (New – SA/NT)  Ancient Desert Rivers (SA/QLD/NT)  Firestone Plains (SA) SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU World Heritage
  9. 9. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia With local buy in and input. Conceptual Top End Geotrails.  Darwin-Palmerston Discovery Trail  Southport to Pine Creek Gold Trail  Greater Litchfield Loop  Douglas Daly Explorer SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 KAKADU Southport SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. NITMILUK LITCHFIELD Pine Creek
  10. 10. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia With local buy in and input. Conceptual Centralian Geotrails. Expansion of the existing Red Centre Way  Red Centre East (Fossickers Way?)  Eastern Amadeus landscapes and culture.  North MacDonnell SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. ULURU
  11. 11. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. WW2 Heritage Site Escarpment Trail South Escarpment Trail North Mitchell Creek Palmerston CBDWith local buy in and input. Conceptual Palmerston Geotrails.  Enhancements to the Escarpment Trail  Developing Mitchell Creek Trail  Connectivity between sites and routes  Inclusion of other elements – parks, remnant forest, military heritage  Promotion  ….and protection…..
  12. 12. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Challenges.  Priority! - Protection and preservation of Geoheritage (GH)  General awareness of Geotourism (GT) & potential  Alternatives being supported over GH/GT  Safety – roads, remoteness, communication  Mitigation of intentional vandalism of sites, unintentional over-tourism  Establishing a common GH/GT voice across Australia  Access to sites and buy-in from:  Aboriginal / First Nations peoples  Pastoralists  Mining  Public  Government and NGO’s  Tourism Companies SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. ?
  13. 13. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Lessons from Canada.  British Columbia, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec  “Tourist-eye” view, not GH/GT focused  1/. Integration into the holiday tour  2/. Availability of Information  3/. Influence of technology  4/. First Nations / Relationship to place  5/. Commercialisation of fossils and resources. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf.  6/. …And did I mention the books!
  14. 14. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Lessons from Singapore.  Singapore CBD, Marina Bay and Sentosa Is.  “Tourist-eye” view, not GH/GT focused  1/. Celebrate of history and culture  2/. Diversify the visitor experiences  3/. ‘Tech it up’  4/. Make your own attractions! SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf.
  15. 15. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia The path forward.  Contemporize our Geoheritage Registry  Engage (and energise!) the stakeholders  Establish a recognizable ‘Geo-NT’ brand  Focus on the little wins that matter.  ASPIRATIONAL GOAL - Plan and advance 1-3 NT Geotrail concepts within the year  …And collaborate with neighboring states, professional bodies and industry to progress geoheritage and geotourism across Australia. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 RIVERSLEIGH KAKADU PURNULULU ULURU SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf.
  16. 16. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia The final word. “The geotourism movement in the Northern Territory may be a multitude of quiet voices …….or it may track faster, as more individuals and organisations see the potential and position into the industry”. SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. Signage at Southport
  17. 17. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia Thank You SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. An interactive online version of this presentation is available at: https://arcg.is/11DTja
  18. 18. Protection, Preservation, and Promotion. Geoheritage and Geotourism in Northern Australia SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 SEGRA – Barooga - August 2019 Mark Asendorf. Primary references and sources used for this presentation.  Broek PRV, 1980, Engineering Geology of the proposed Darwin East urban development area, Northern Territory, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Canberra.  Cowley WM (compiler), 2003, Geological Monuments of South Australia 1:2000000 scale. Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA.  Fortowski D, Crick I, Lau Geoff, 1988, The Geological Heritage of the Northern Territory, Geological Society of Australia.  Northern Territory Government (2), 2019, 10 Year Infrastructure Plan 2018 - Annual Review [Viewed 29/11/2019] https://transport.nt.gov.au/publications/10-year-infrastructure-plan-2018  Northern Territory Government (3), 2019, NT Historic Register public portal, [Viewed 11 Mar 2019] www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/heritageregister/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This presentation, diagrams, maps and online version of this presentation have been built using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10.5.1, 10.7.1, and ArcGIS Online (AGOL) software. Data has been sourced and/or derived from: 1/. Geoheritage (NT) Dataset compiled from Fortowski D, Crick I, Lau Geoff, 1988, & Broek PRV, 1980 2/. Commonwealth of Australia - Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2016 (CCBY40) , Geodata Topo 250K Series 3 (CCBY30) 3/. Northern Territory Government (Geological Survey) - Geological Interp 2.5M (CCBY40) 4/. PSMA - Administrative Boundaries - Local Government Areas 5/. Marmel Enterprises – GPS tracks and Waypoints, personal photos 6/. ESRI - Dark grey base-map, topo base-map, & 1, 2 and 4 hour drive time catchment calculations. A more comprehensive reference list is available at: https://arcg.is/11DTja

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