(Warning: Linked news stories may include images that are culturally sensitive. Unfortunately, FARA has no control over external websites.) Peter Milne, The West Australian, Monday, 1 October 2018
The push for developing future industry on the Maitland Industrial Area is gaining momentum!
‘More than one million rock engravings on the Burrup Peninsula have survived as long as 40,000 years. But no one knows if they can withstand a century of industry and more development may be on the way before we find out.
‘Called Murujuga by the traditional owners and once named Dampier Island, the Burrup over the past 50 years has attracted industries that have made Dampier the second-largest bulk port in the world with more than 9500 vessel movements a year.
‘Now there is pressure to shift proposed new industrial developments off the peninsula to protect the rock art amid a McGowan Government push for World Heritage listing.
‘Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Peter Jeffries says he’s concerned about the effect on the rock art of industry emissions on the Burrup. The MAC wants new industry to be located at the Maitland Industrial Area about 25km south-west.
‘The biggest tenant on the Burrup, Woodside Petroleum, may be the one to make the first move. WestBusiness understands that Woodside is investigating building a gas and solar power station backed by batteries on the Maitland Estate to either partially or entirely replace the power station at its North West Shelf LNG plant.
‘Any move of a significant portion of the plant’s power generation to Maitland would greatly reduce the emissions over the Burrup rock art.’