In­dus­try backs world her­itage

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The push to World Her­itage list the Bur­rup Penin­sula has been backed by ma­jor in­dus­try op­er­at­ing in the area, but a list­ing is un­likely in the near fu­ture as the bid faces sev­eral hur­dles.

Af­ter match­ing the for­mer gov­ern­ment’s elec­tion com­mit­ment to World Her­itage list the penin­sula, the La­bor Gov­ern­ment is now wait­ing to get all the ducks in a row be­fore sub­mit­ting a bid.

Act­ing En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said Mu­ru­juga Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion was yet to for­malise its po­si­tion on any po­ten­tial bid. “Once it does, the State Gov­ern­ment will be in a po­si­tion to progress the nom­i­na­tion to the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“To com­ply with UNESCO’s guide­lines, the po­ten­tial nom­i­na­tion of the Bur­rup Penin­sula would then need to be pro­gressed onto the World Her­itage Ten­ta­tive List by the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment. A po­ten­tial nom­i­na­tion must be on the list for at least 12 months be­fore a for­mal sub­mis­sion can be made.”

Mr Tem­ple­man said this would be fol­lowed by fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments be­fore sub­mit­ting a nom­i­na­tion.

Adding fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions to the her­itage bid is the de­layed re­port from an in­quiry into pro­tec­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal rock art on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

Find­ings were due in March, but have been pushed back sev­eral times and are now not ex­pected un­til Oc­to­ber, as­sum­ing no fur­ther de­lays.

Wood­side cor­po­rate and le­gal se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Mike Ab­bott said Wood­side would sup­port a World Her­itage push by the tra­di­tional own­ers.

“We are a key stake­holder here and we recog­nise the im­por­tance of the area,” he said. “It is cer­tainly not some­thing we would be ad­vo­cat­ing against, but it needs to be driven from the peo­ple here as well.” Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son said World Her­itage list­ing was on the agenda. “We would cer­tainly be get­ting be­hind that if it is the sort of recog­ni­tion they would like to see,” she said.

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said he would love to see the area recog­nised for its World Her­itage val­ues.

“It is re­ally sig­nif­i­cant hav­ing 30 to 40,000 years of his­tory here,” he said.

Mu­ru­juga Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has been con­tacted for com­ment.

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