Cam­paign to stop Bur­rup projects

Pilbara News - - NEWS - Ali­cia Per­era

A pe­ti­tion for greater pro­tec­tion and recog­ni­tion of the Bur­rup Penin­sula’s glob­ally sig­nif­i­cant rock art has been launched and has re­port­edly re­ceived hun­dreds of sig­na­tures in its first week.

Friends of Aus­tralian Rock Art started the cam­paign on their web­site last week in a bid to rally grass­roots sup­port for the an­cient art in the wake of news the State Govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing plans for two ma­jor de­vel­op­ments — a $4.3 bil­lion urea project and a $1.3 bil­lion methanol and mo­noethy­lene petro­chem­i­cal plant — on the Bur­rup, de­spite a re­newed push for World Her­itage list­ing of the area.

The pe­ti­tion, which is be­ing cir­cu­lated both Statewide and na­tion­ally on­line, calls for no fur­ther heavy in­dus­try on the Bur­rup and for fu­ture in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ments to be lo­cated on the nearby Mait­land In­dus­trial Es­tate in­stead, as well as for the Govern­ment to mea­sure cu­mu­la­tive emis­sions in the area and ap­ply for World Her­itage list­ing at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

FARA also has a let­ter-writ­ing cam­paign tak­ing place which asks peo­ple to write to politi­cians in­clud­ing Pre­mier Mark McGowan, Trea­surer and Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ben Wy­att, and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan on the is­sue.

FARA co-con­venor Ju­dith Hugo said the pe­ti­tion was al­ready at­tract­ing a groundswell of sup­port from peo­ple con­cerned about the Bur­rup rock art, which dates back tens of thou­sands of years.

“We just hope it will make our WA Govern­ment re­alise what a pre­cious re­source we’ve got and how it’s worth far more than any in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment in this par­tic­u­lar place, and make them aware of its her­itage val­ues of not only Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage, but also Aus­tralian and world her­itage,” she said.

“We’re get­ting into the hun­dreds of sig­na­tures al­ready.

“We’ll get to the thou­sands soon.”

Greens Min­ing and Pas­toral MLC Robin Chap­ple said mem­bers of the public needed to make their voices heard on what they wanted for the fu­ture of the Bur­rup.

“The work that Friends of Aus­tralian Rock Art do to pro­tect this amaz­ing site is in­spir­ing, and along with other ad­vo­cacy groups and, of course, tra­di­tional own­ers, they make up some of the last lines of de­fence against more dam­ag­ing in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of the Bur­rup,” he said.

“The Mait­land In­dus­trial Es­tate is set aside for in­dus­try, and is ready for it.

“There is no need to con­tinue this dam­age on the Bur­rup when an ideal lo­ca­tion nearby has not only been iden­ti­fied, but has been gazetted for some time solely for in­dus­trial pur­poses.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit fara.com.au.

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Rock art on the Bur­rup Penin­sula.

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