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Tom Zaunmayr and Alicia Perera
Pilbara News (The West Australian)
Monday, 27 August 2018
‘WA Premier Mark McGowan and fellow cabinet ministers joined traditional owners near Dampier today to put pen to paper on an agreement to work towards putting the Burrup forward to the Federal Government to nominate the peninsula for consideration by UNESCO.
‘A listing would see global recognition of and protection for thousands of petroglyphs on the peninsula, but some experts fear the bid is doomed to fail if the State Government continues to press for more industrial development in the area.
‘Briefing notes leaked in April showed the State was working with two potential proponents to construct industrial premises on the peninsula.
‘Mr McGowan is adamant more industrial development would not hinder protection of the rock art. Traditional owners want them moved to the nearby Maitland Industrial Estate.
‘Drafting the proposal is expected to take at least one year, at which point it will be put to the Federal Government. The Commonwealth would then submit a nomination to UNESCO after undertaking further studies. The whole process means it would likely not be until the mid-2020’s that a decision is made.’