Her­itage plan for Bur­rup

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Bur­rup Penin­sula will be put for­ward for World Her­itage list­ing un­der a pitch by the Lib­eral Party to turn the North West into the World Her­itage coast.

Un­der the plan, Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park would join Shark Bay and the Nin­ga­loo Marine Park as a World Her­itage-listed site in the next two years.

Speak­ing at Deep Gorge on Mon­day, WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett said as part of the agree­ment in­dus­trial devel­op­ment would not go any fur­ther north of the North West Shelf Project.

“We will in­vest State Gov­ern­ment money to en­sure this is prop­erly man­aged and that the Abo­rig­i­nal rangers have the pow­ers they need,” he said.

“It is not sim­ply a mat­ter of draw­ing a line on a map and say­ing this is World Her­itage.

“We will have a unique sit­u­a­tion of hav­ing three World Her­itage-listed ar­eas along our coast and, into the fu­ture, the coast­line along the Kim­ber­ley will also be­come part of that.”

While Mr Bar­nett put a twoyear time­frame on the plan, there are con­cerns it may be pushed back to 2020 be­cause of dead­lines for UN­ESCO nom­i­na­tions.

Mu­ru­juga Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Bon­ney said part of dis­cus­sions had in­volved boost­ing rangers’ abil­ity to fight van­dal­ism.

“We are po­ten­tially com­mit­ted to pur­su­ing a leg­isla­tive regime to en­sur­ing our rangers have the pow­ers they need to pro­tect this coun­try,” he said.

Mr Bar­nett said the State Gov­ern­ment would com­mit funds to build­ing in­fra­struc­ture to Conz­inc Bay if a liv­ing knowl­edge cen­tre went ahead there.

Mr Bon­ney said Conz­inc Bay was one op­tion, but he was not sure why gov­ern­ment was try­ing to push that way. The cen­tre had been pro­posed for Hear­son Cove.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett on the Bur­rup Penin­sula on Mon­day.

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