The ABC’s take on the senate report

Future of globally significant rock art still up in air as Senate inquiry hands down findings

A senator involved in a long-awaited inquiry into the future of Australia’s globally significant rock art on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula says she is deeply concerned it failed to reach a consensus agreement.

The Senate report, handed down late yesterday after a year of delays, only agreed that the site, known as Murujuga, was significant and should be protected.

The inquiry was sparked amid concerns over the future of the site — home to more than 1 million carvings about 45,000 years old — because it sits among heavy industry and is close to the busy Port of Dampier.