Fossil experts gather in Mount Isa to discuss Riversleigh’s future

DEPARTMENTS: Representatives meet three times a year to discuss the Riversleigh Word Heritage area, part of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Photo: Supplied
DEPARTMENTS: Representatives meet three times a year to discuss the Riversleigh Word Heritage area, part of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Photo: Supplied

Members of the Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee (RCSAC) met in Mount Isa this week to discuss future plans for the Riversleigh World Heritage area, part of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

The Riversleigh World Heritage area covers 10,000 hectares and is about two and a half hours drive from Mount Isa.

It is one of the most significant fossil resources in the world and contains fossils that date back more than 25 million years.

Representatives from the Queensland Museum, the Mount Isa City Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, the Waanyi Aboriginal People, the Lawn Hill Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company, the Department of Environment and Science including Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and paleontologists and archaeologists meet three times a year.

RCSAC assists the Australian and Queensland Governments to provide advice to management agencies on how best to safeguard the Riversleigh World Heritage area to meet World Heritage Convention obligations.

Committee Chair Dr Graeme Potter said it was important to hold this meeting in Mount Isa.

“By holding the meeting in Mount Isa we are making sure the city continues to play a pivotal role in educating visitors about the World Heritage site located just 260km northwest of our city in Boodjamulla National Park,” Dr Potter said.

“I am honoured to represent the Riversleigh committee as Chair to ensure the World the site’s long-term protection and conservation.”

‘It’s pleasing that the Mount Isa City Council will continue to play an active role in presenting and promoting the Riversleigh World Heritage area through Outback at Isa.

“I thank the council and all advisory committee members for their continued support for shining a spotlight on Riversleigh’s international significance.

“We are lucky enough to be the guardians of one of the most significant and exciting fossil deposits in the world,” he said.

The Committee meeting coincides with the passage of the Queen’s Baton Relay through the city as part of Commonwealth Games lead up celebrations.

“Both occasions marked an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the Riversleigh World Heritage area and the amazing city of Mount Isa,” Dr Potter said.