Uranium mine backburning 'threatening Kakadu cultural sites'

he Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) said in a statement that ERA had failed to contain the fire, which it said had been lit too late in the dry season and on a hot and windy day.

"Once again the stone country is aflame late in the dry season," a spokeswoman said.

"This country has taken an absolute hammering over recent years from very hot, late dry season fires."

Indigenous traditional owners say a fire started at the Ranger uranium mine last week has moved into Kakadu National Park and is threatening cultural sites.

The late dry season fire burned with more heat and torched trees used for habitat by endangered species, as well as threatening sites of cultural significance.

"Important cultural sites are under threat as we speak," she said.

"Mirarr traditional owners are angry that this has been allowed to happen on their lands."

"ERA's failure to contain this fire demonstrates that nature does not discriminate between a uranium mining lease and a world heritage listed national park. This is one continuous landscape and this situation has huge implications for the future rehabilitation of the mine site"