Bur­rup list­ing un­der hot de­bate

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

WA’s Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter is stick­ing to his guns over world her­itage list­ing the Bur­rup Penin­sula de­spite the WA Pre­mier and Na­tion­als leader talk­ing up the long-de­bated pro­posal in re­cent weeks.

WA Na­tion­als Leader Bren­don Grylls has made sev­eral speeches at high-pro­file Pil­bara events such as the Cos­sack Art Awards the and Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub open­ing this year about the need to world her­itage list the penin­sula.

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett ex­pressed his sup­port in a video and when ques­tioned at the open­ing of the Yara TAN plant a fort­night ago.

How­ever, re­spond­ing to ques­tions with­out no­tice in Par­lia­ment, Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said he was sat­is­fied with cur­rent ar­range­ments.

“The Abo­rig­i­nal Her­itage Act 1972 pro­tects those places that meet the re­quire­ments of sec­tion 5 of the Act, in­clud­ing many thou­sands of rock art mo­tifs and two pro­tected ar­eas that have been de­clared over part of the Bur­rup Penin­sula,” he said. “In 2007, a Na­tional Her­itage list­ing was de­clared over a sub­stan­tial por­tion of the Bur­rup Penin­sula, pro­vid­ing fur­ther pro­tec­tion.

“In 2013, Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park on the Bur­rup Penin­sula was de­clared West­ern Aus­tralia’s 100th na­tional park and, as a re­sult, it was af­forded pro­tec­tion through the pro­vi­sions of the Con­ser­va­tion and Land Man­age­ment Act 1984.”

Mr Col­lier said a de­ci­sion on world her­itage list­ing the Bur­rup Penin­sula should have in­put from tra­di­tional own­ers.

Mr Bar­nett said there was still work to do but there was no doubt the site was wor­thy of world her­itage list­ing.

“There are a num­ber is­sues and the most sig­nif­i­cant of those is the co-ex­is­tence of ma­jor in­dus­try with the rock art of the area,” he said.

“We would only pur­sue world her­itage list­ing if we were as­sured they could co-ex­ist.”

Greens Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Robin Chap­ple said while some min­is­ters’ ef­forts ought to be com­mended, the rest of the Govern­ment needed to show sup­port.

“Mr Grylls has given some amaz­ing speeches about the val­ues of it but two days ago the Govern­ment said ‘no, not in­ter­ested’ in world her­itage list­ing,” he said.

Mr Chap­ple said UNESCO would take a nom­i­na­tion on board im­me­di­ately should the State Govern­ment put it for­ward.

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