At Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) we are extremely pleased to read this news and we hope that action will follow from Western Australia’s State government. As Angus Sargeant reports for the ABC, traditional owners and archaeologists are pushing for World Heritage listing for the Dampier Archipelago, in the Pilbara region of WA. This is something FARA has been advocating for during the last ten years.
We agree with Clinton Walker, a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi peoples and tour operator, when he said “I think it is a significant step to help my business grow, and any other businesses who want to start up in tourism because it will enable us more support and more recognition” he said. Indeed, it has the potential to bring business to an area where the mining industry seems to be in decline.
Archaeologist Jo MacDonald has been researching and dating petroglyphs in the area for the last decade, and says that having and Indigenous site inscribed in the World Heritage List (WHL) is overdue not only for WA, but also for Australia.