(Warning: Linked news stories may include images that are culturally sensitive. Unfortunately, FARA has no control over external websites.)Emma Young
WA Today, 27 August 2018
‘At Hearsons Cove on Monday, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation gathered with representatives of the five local language groups – the Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Yaburara, Mardudhunera and Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo people – to sign a joint letter of support with Premier Mark McGowan for the state to begin the formal process.
‘Corporation chief executive Peter Jeffries said the Circle of Elders’ decision was unanimous.
‘“As the custodians of this land, we have a duty to preserve our rock art because it provides a vital link to our culture, land, songs and stories,” he said in a statement.
‘“Our people have been part of this land for tens of thousands of years, and this rock art tells the stories of our country, and our intrinsic link to it.
‘“It is a record of our history, but more importantly, it’s a record of our culture as it was given to us by our ancestors which allows us to continue to participate in our culture and defines who we are as Aboriginal people.”
‘The prospect of a nomination has been mooted for many years but historically indigenous people have not been consulted, and the matter has not progressed despite concerns about the potential impact of mining on the artworks.
‘On the site’s doorstep is the southern hemisphere’s largest petrochemical complex, with the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas, iron ore shipping and fertiliser production facilities lying a few hundred metres from the nearest engravings.’