Government News, Judy Skatssoon, 28 March 2019

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WA has launched a search for experts to help manage and monitor the world’s largest collection of rock art, which is potentially at risk from industry and shipping emissions.

Environment minister Stephen Dawson says the Murujuga petroglyphs in the Pilbara region are a vital part of Western Australia’s cultural heritage and huge cultural and spiritual significance for the traditional owners.

He says the government has opened tenders for a scientific monitoring and analysis program to find out if the rock art is being affected as part of the government’s recently released Murujuga Rock Art Strategy.

“Developing a world-best practice monitoring program is the next crucial step to implementing the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy,” he said in a statement.

“It is important we do all we can to protect and preserve this internationally significant rock art.

“This monitoring program will be globally unique – the work is complex and specialised and a multi-disciplinary approach is needed.”

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation CEO Peter Jeffries said the corporation’s Land and Sea Rangers  would work along the successful team to monitor the program.

“We are hopeful this monitoring program will allow Murujuga Land and Sea Unit Rangers to foster new skills and techniques as the true custodians of this sacred place,” he said.

Information for applicants is available here and will be open until 11am on May 29, 2019.