URGENT CALL OUT in defence of the Murujuga Rock Art

UPDATE – Submission have now closed. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for any news.
THANK YOU to everyone to pitched in.

The world’s oldest and largest collection of rock art has never been closer to destruction than right now.

Perdaman, Wesfarmers, Coogee Chemicals and Mitsubushi are currently trying to establish two different chemical plants on the Burrup.

If they’re successful all hope for world heritage listing will be gone.

The Government has only given the public one week to comment on the two proposals.

If we don’t flood the referral system with calls for a Public Environment Review, the Burrup will move further away from world heritage protection.

We only have until the 20 November 2018 to demand the government undertakes a Public Environmental Review of these two proposed projects.

Help stop these plants from going ahead.

Please get your comments into the Environmental Protection Authority before 20 November.

  1. Follow the links below.
  2. Enter in your details.
  3. Check ‘Assess – Public environmental review’ and copy our proforma.
  4. Remember, you have to comment on BOTH  projects using the same text.
  5. Adding additional lines in your own words on why we need to protect ancient rock art will increase the chances of our submissions’ success.

Suggested text:

It is vital that the plans for this project undergo a Public Environmental Review (PER) because of the environmental, social and cultural impacts that this plant is likely to cause, in particular to the globally significant and National Heritage listed indigenous rock art (petroglyphs) which adorn the Burrup Peninsula and surrounds.

Three core reasons why a PER is necessary are:

  1. the need to evaluate and reduce the cumulative airshed of pollutants and all emissions that may impact the National Heritage values of the Burrup and Dampier Peninsulas, taking into consideration the principle of intergenerational equity and precautionary principle enunciated in the EPBC Act.
  2. the World Heritage listing process was initiated recently by the State Government. It is highly likely that situating new industry on the Burrup will undermine the chances of UNESCO World Heritage listing.
  3. more appropriate alternative sites for industry which would minimise impact on the globally significant rock art (such as the Maitland Heavy Industrial Estate) have not yet been properly considered to date.

(Thank you to Robin Chapple MLC, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region in the Western Australian Legislative Council)

The Burrup needs you.