Calla Wahlquist, 29 Jan 2020
In a truly hypocritical twist during this time of promoting the expansion of LNG at state and federal level…
‘The federal government on Friday lodged a submission for the Murujuga cultural landscape on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula to be included on Australia’s world heritage tentative list, the first formal step toward achieving global recognition for the 50,000-year-old gallery of more than one million petroglyphs.
The WA Greens MP Robin Chapple, who has campaigned for world heritage listing for Murujuga since the 1980s, said he welcomed the decision but said the McGowan government was undermining its efforts to secure a world heritage listing by not moving faster to curb emissions from heavy industry on the Burrup Peninsula, which have caused damage and discolouration of some petroglyphs.
“It will be very interesting to see how the government can manage the process of world heritage nomination at the same time as increasing industry on the Burrup,” Chapple said.
Judith Hugo, the co-convener of Friends of Australian Rock Art, said it was “completely farcical” to nominate Murujuga for world heritage listing while also encouraging further industrial development on the peninsula.
The WA environment minister, Stephen Dawson, said there was a “a broad level of support from stakeholders, including industry and the local community, for world heritage listing”.
The federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, said she was proud to support the nomination. “Murujuga, which includes the Dampier Peninsula and surrounds, has the largest, densest and most diverse concentrations of petroglyphs in the world,” Ley said.
The submission will be considered when the world heritage committee meets in Fuzhou, China, in June and July this year.
If the submission is accepted it has to sit on the tentative list for at least 12 months before the listing is formalised.’