To the horror of local Aboriginal custodians, archaeological experts and ethically responsible companies, the National Heritage-listed King Bay area is now the target of mining applications by Subiaco-based company Burrup Materials Pty Ltd. FARA is currently agitating about this application to mine rocks to build a marina at King Bay, as well as two prospecting licenses that abut the NHL area.

The current King Bay tenements were originally part of a Rio Tinto lease, but were relinquished by the company out of respect for its immense heritage values to form part of the NHL area, which covers 68% of the Burrup rock art province. Rio Tinto has lodged a formal appeal in the local Warden’s Court to block mining in the area, which contains standing stones and thousands of rock engravings, as well as bearing testimony to the 1868 Flying Foam massacres.

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