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Belair National Park
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Belair National Park is located in Australia
Belair National Park
Belair National Park
Coordinates 35°00′47″S 138°39′21″E / 35.01306°S 138.65583°E / -35.01306; 138.65583
Established 1891
Area 8.4 km²
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This template is part of the Protected Areas WikiProject.

The wikicode below will create the Infobox at right:

{{Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia | name = Belair National Park
  | iucn_category = III
  | image = Australia_Locator_Map.svg
  | caption = 
  | locator_x = 174
  | locator_y = 181
  | nearest_town_or_city  = [[Adelaide]]
  | coordinates = {{coord|35|00|47|S|138|39|21|E|}}
  | area = 8.4 km²
  | established = 1891
  | visitation_num = 12,345
  | visitation_year = 2005
  | managing_authorities = [[Department for Environment and Heritage]]
  | official_site = [http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/belair/ Belair National Park]

Reference databse[edit]

Is there a reference database for IUCN status of protected areas? I am having trouble locating the data for Montague Island.--A Y Arktos 10:13, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

I found this in the "Useful links" section of the WikiProject Protected areas page. With the data from this site newer parks and non-national parks can be filled in. - Diceman 12:03, 6 January 2006 (UTC)


Why isnt the dot displaying? --Astrokey44 09:32, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Using an .svg doesn't seem to work. I've changed it back to the .gif, which is ugly, but at least it shows up. For me, with the SVG, nothing shows up in FF, and IE just shows a white square. Stevage 04:12, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Centered caption[edit]

Is there a chance that the caption can be centred instead of aligned to the left? I will omit a caption for images in this template in the future because it looks so poor. Other templates manage to centre their captions. - Shiftchange (talk) 04:16, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Merge with Template:Infobox protected area[edit]

This template seems to be redundant to Template:Infobox protected area, which actually have additional features. Does anyone mind merging this with the parent? jonkerz 23:42, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Would have to agree. This one is pretty limited, the other one you refer to gives far more scope. Having just looked for the first time in a while, the first thing I notice is the blandness of every 'protected area' starting with the same simple map consisting of nothing but a tiny dot. Ho-hum. Even the taxoboxes for towns now allow both a map and a photo, which this other template allows - far more interesting and useful, not to mention all the other information it allows. I don't know if you'd call it a merge; there's probably not a lot of reason for keeping this, unless it just replicated the fields of the other one. --jjron (talk) 12:46, 22 March 2011 (UTC)
Oh yes, you're right, I guess it's should be deleted, not merged. It is now nominated, see Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion#Template:Infobox_protected_area_of_Australia. jonkerz 20:47, 27 March 2011 (UTC)
I am willing to replace this template in the articles that use it with {{Infobox protected area}}. I have written a set of AutoWikiBrowser rules that can me help automate the task. I have coded a few tweaks to {{Infobox protected area}} and if there is support here I will request that the protected active template be updated to make it more compatible. –droll [chat] 04:32, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
P.S. There is additional discussion here. –droll [chat] 04:39, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
At this stage you should refrain from making any changes.....Can you please provide demonstration you proised before asking to cahnge all articles so that editors who only 2 weeks ago oppose the change in the TFD can review it forst and discuss any further changes before hand. Gnangarra 05:08, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I realize my proposal to replace the instances of current template rather than delete it is mostly a matter of semantics. I worked up a demonstration page here. This is a link to an archived version. –droll [chat] 07:56, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

There is a demonstration of the here. Note that the major part of the work was done using AutoWikiBrowser. only two minor changes where manually added in the second example. –droll [chat] 02:55, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Infobox upgrades[edit]

Back in 2011 (see above) there was a proposal, and then a TfD, to delete this template but the discussion never proceeded and the TfD closed as no consensus, as there were compatibility issues with {{Infobox protected area}} that needed to be addressed. Droll did some work addressing the compatibility issues but this eventually went nowhere as well. In December 2013 the template was again nominated at TfD, this time proposing it be replaced with a wrapper for {{Infobox protected area}}, but the wrapper didn't address the compatibility issues and the TfD again closed as no consensus. After looking at the template code I concluded that, at the very least, it needed to be updated to use {{Infobox}} as its core but the template does include some outdated practices, such as using x,y coordinates for locator maps. For this reason I devised a two prong approach to updating the template; (1) modify {{Infobox protected area}} to address the compatibility issues and then (2) convert this template to a wrapper that can be substed to replace all uses with Infobox protected area. I proposed this at Template talk:Infobox protected area on 13 December 2013,[1] but to date there has been no response from anyone. Because of this, I've written new code that updates the infobox, adding some functionality that deprecates several existing parameters. However, I have tested it at length to ensure that it is backwards compatible with the existing template so as to ensure articles using the old parameters are not broken.

The new code eliminates the need for custom locator maps and requires only the input of lat/long data to generate locaor maps and coordinate strings, simplifying input for new editors. It also improves the use of images in the infobox. The code is based on code used at other templates I have successfully updated, including {{Infobox Australian place}}, {{Infobox Australian road}} and {{Infobox Australia state or territory}}, ensuring greater consistency across WP:AUSTRALIA templates. The same or similar code has also been used at {{Infobox Australian Electorate}} and {{Infobox hut}} (the latter replaced {{Infobox Australian Hut}}). I plan on updating the live code, and documentation (of course), shortly, and will be converting only a limited number of existing articles to use the new code at this time, just in case any articles are broken (although I can't see that happening) and we have to revert temporarily. In the event that any articles do break, please don't hesitate to revert the updated code, but please leave a note on my talk page so I can figure out what has gone wrong. --AussieLegend () 04:14, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Dot on the map: is it appropriate for an area, and how can it be rectified?[edit]

The most obvious example is map of Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens. The park is 63.12 km2, and the territory itself is 67.8 km2: the park takes up most of the territory. Yes, it's a rarity, but the question is important: an area isn't a dot. Theoretically, it should be possible to create a separate drawing of the park itself, which could be overlay-ed onto the map - but it would imply creating a new property within infobox. Is it possible? (talk) 03:39, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Recent upgrades to this infobox were made with backward compatibility being an inconvenient but significant factor. Articles created prior to December 2013 were forced to work around deficiencies in the infobox that meant it wasn't possible to have both an image of the area and a locator map, it was one or the other. I don't actually remember seeing an article that included a map image of the type that you suggest, so there was no need to incorporate that functionality. It is no big thing to add another field for a map image, but the map images need to be created first. The purpose of the locator map is to identify the area generally, it doesn't have to be specific, so a dot is normally used. --AussieLegend () 09:04, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for replying. I will just improve existing articles using this infobox, so that they would not use deprecated parameters. (talk) 00:54, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
If you do create any maps, post here and |map_image= can be created. In the meantime, keep up the good work you've been doing upgrading articles. --AussieLegend () 09:01, 12 February 2014 (UTC)


What about adding coord_footnotes, too? I have already seen two articles where people referenced an official site as source of geographical location of the protected area. Though, in both cases the article describes island=protected_area. (talk) 03:17, 7 March 2014 (UTC)