In 2002, there were strong recommendations to place all future industry on the Burrup in the Maitland Industrial Precinct.
There are many sound reasons for this, and the site is still available for industrial use.
FARA is not opposed to development – by using this site, industry can coexist with the irreplaceable rock art we are striving to protect.
The WA Government entered into the Burrup and Maitland Industrial Estates Agreement Implementation Deed (the Burrup Agreement) with three Aboriginal groups in January 2003. The Burrup Agreement enabled the State Government to compulsorily acquire native title rights and interests in the area of the Burrup Peninsula and certain parcels of land near Karratha.
The Burrup Agreement allows for industrial development to progress across southern parts of the Burrup Peninsula, provides for the development of a conservation estate and ensures the protection of Aboriginal heritage.
The Maitland Heavy Industrial Estate 2002: Assessment and Comparison with the Burrup Peninsula Industrial Estate
Prepared for: Shire of Roebourne:
“The Burrup is an exceedingly difficult and expensive area to work and the flat, easily excavated land at Maitland, free of most environmental concerns, would be generally preferred.
It is apparent that the Maitland Heavy Industrial Estate:
· can be established at a reasonable cost
· provides an excellent basis for synergistic development of downstream processing industries
· has less impact on community expectations of safety, freedom from emissions and recreational freedom
· would have negligible impact on tourist and scenic values.”
Report into the Maitland Industrial Precinct, August 2002
Prepared on behalf of the Karratha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc
To highlight the advantages to Government of immediately developing the Maitland Industrial
Precinct for future major industrial projects
The advantages are political, cultural, economic, environmental, social and recreational.
“Development of Maitland will serve to attract more industry to the region as it will be cheaper to construct and simpler to obtain community (including aboriginal) and environmental approval.
More alternative sites for industry – $18 million wasted
More recently, $18 million was spend in preparation for a multi-billion dollar urea manufacturing plant in Collie, which is now earmarked for the Burrup Peninsular