A new national park in the Southern Flinders Ranges has been proclaimed.
The new Wapma Thura - Southern Flinders Ranges National Park comprises the former Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, Wirrabara Range Conservation Park, Spaniards Gully Conservation Park and a discrete portion of Mount Remarkable National Park known as the Napperby block.
Wapma Thura, the Aboriginal co-name for the new park, means ‘Snake People’. The Wapma is an important totem for the Nukunu people and shows their significant connection to each other and the dreamtime serpent.
The procalmation is part of the State Government's overall commitment and investment in positioning the Southern Flinders as a nature and adventure-based tourism destination. The new national park will increase the environmental protection for the former conservation parks to conserve their vitally important ecosystems, habitats, plants and animals, unique land formations, and culturally significant places.
The Department for Environment and Water acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.
The Department works in partnership with the First Peoples of South Australia and supports their Nations to take a leading role in caring for their Country.