Singing the Stones: can industry and ancient rock art coexist on the Burrup Peninsula?
After fifty years of industrial development that’s destroyed thousands of sacred petroglyphs, the West Australian government is finally backing a push for World Heritage Listing. But it’s also considering two major new chemical plants.
Saturday 6 July 2019
Presented by Miyuki Jokiranta
‘I am totally against it: I don’t want any more industry to be built in this area. I’ve been out here my entire life and there’s rock art that I ‘ve noticed which is actually starting to fade away. I mean why would UNESCO want to approve World Heritage Listing in a place where they’re going to continue to develop more industry? It’s like…‘well, you’re the Government for this area, and you’re not even doing anything to protect your own sites, so why should we?’ I want to see the rock art given first priority, and I really want to see World Heritage Listing, because it brings protection with it.’
Listen to Clinton Walker, Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi traditional owner and director of award-winning Ngurrangga Tours indigenous tourism business, and numerous others discuss the fate of the Murujuga rock art.