Con­ser­va­tion agree­ment reaches mile­stone

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers have hailed the re-sign­ing of a con­ser­va­tion agree­ment for the Pil­bara’s Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago as a mile­stone achieve­ment.

July marked 10 years since the con­ser­va­tion agree­ment was signed af­ter the Bur­rup Penin­sula was placed on the Na­tional Her­itage List.

Aus­tralian Her­itage Coun­cil indige­nous her­itage ex­pert Lyn­don Or­mond-Parker said hav­ing in­dus­try in­volved in cul­tural preser­va­tion was unique.

“This is a hugely sig­nif­i­cant place for Aus­tralian (and in­ter­na­tional) her­itage,” he said.

“I think what is re­ally in­ter­est­ing about this par­tic­u­lar place is the way in­dus­try has worked to­gether with tra­di­tional own­ers to put in place her­itage man­age­ment plans with not only the State, but also the Com­mon­wealth.”

Wood­side cor­po­rate and le­gal se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Mike Ab­bott said a lot of progress in work­ing with tra­di­tional own­ers had been made in the past 10 years.

“Wood­side is proud of the re­sults we have achieved to­gether and looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with our part­ners,” he said.

Un­der the agree­ment, Wood­side has com­mit­ted $30 mil­lion to projects in the re­gion, such as the Mu­ru­juga Ranger pro­gram. Wood­side has also pledged $4 mil­lion to­wards con­struc­tion of the Mu­ru­juga Liv­ing Knowl­edge Cen­tre.

Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son said work­ing along­side tra­di­tional own­ers on the Bur­rup had been a learn­ing jour­ney for the in­dus­try.

“Our op­er­a­tions have been run­ning along­side this sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tion for 50 years now,” she said.

“It is their land, so we need to work with them and un­der­stand how we op­er­ate to­gether in a har­mo­nious way to get the right balance of out­comes.”

Ms Daw­son said sur­vey work and the part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of WA’s rock art re­search cen­tre was en­sur­ing the knowl­edge in­scribed on the rocks of Mu­ru­juga was cap­tured.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary David Williams, Wood­side cor­po­rate and le­gal se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Mike Ab­bott and Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son.

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