Perdaman fertiliser plant construction near Karratha paused amid rock art fears


ABC Pilbara
Verity Gorman
21 July 2022

A company’s decision to pause construction of a $4.5 billion fertiliser plant has given traditional owners hope in their bid to have the project stopped altogether.

Key points:

  • Perdaman has held off starting construction works despite receiving final state approval
  • Tanya Plibersek is “carefully considering” a request to intervene in the project
  • Traditional owners welcome the pause on works

Perdaman recently received final state approval for a urea plant in the Pilbara but has agreed not to start works while it continues talks with traditional owners.

Kuruma Marduthunera woman Josie Alec, who has been campaigning against the development on the Burrup Peninsular, said the decision had given her hope.

“A pause is really good but a stop would be even better,” she said.

“We have an environment to think about and we have our future generations to think about.”


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