Sacred site concerns
Concerns have been raised about the number of sacred sites which may have been destroyed since being de-registered.
The State Government caused outrage among indigenous communities when they struck 35 sites off the heritage register two years ago.
Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple said many sites had since been disturbed, including two confirmed cases in the Goldfields.
“I think that’s why the Government has a huge problem doing the reassessment because I think most of the sites are gone,” he said.
“The Government gave them permission under a legal interpretation of the act so in essence who is liable, the State Government or the mining company? They are caught in that quandary and I think you will find that is the case with most of those 35 sites.”
Mr Chapple said the State needed an Aboriginal heritage act which actually protected heritage.
“If you are going to have a genuine (Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee), you need to have an ACMC meet at least twice a week where we start actually dealing with all these sites in a meaningful way,” he said.
He said funding of travel costs to bring the ACMC together so regularly should not be an issue.