Heritage plan for Burrup
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.
WA Premier Colin Barnett on the Burrup Peninsula on Monday.