Federal government accused of ‘railroading’ traditional custodians over Burrup peninsula rock art site

The Guardian Australia
Royce Kurmelovs
24 July 2022

Custodians fighting to stop construction of a WA fertiliser plant say environment department gave just three days to respond to a 180-page document
Traditional custodians behind a push to halt construction of a fertiliser plant on the Burrup peninsula that would require the removal of Indigenous rock art say they have been given just three days to respond to a 180-page document.

Construction work on the $4.5bn urea plant planned by multinational company Perdaman has been paused for 30 days while the federal environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, considers a request to intervene to protect ancient petroglyphs.

At least three sites of significance would need to be relocated as part of construction of the plant at the heavy industry hub on Western Australia’s north-west coast.

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