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The world’s largest rock art collection could be destroyed within this century

An inquiry was called in November 2016 to investigate if federal and state government entities and private companies operating in the area were adequately protecting this globally significant site. The inquiry also looked into the impact of industrial pollution on the National Heritage-listed Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.

The report was released on Wednesday, a year to the original due date.

The Senate Committee report found the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) environmental impact research was “inadequate”, according to Dr Ken Mulvaney, a heritage expert who submitted to the inquiry.

Professor John Black, a sustainable development expert who also provided submissions to the inquiry, said the research conducted by the CSIRO was “useless” in understanding the impact of pollution on the rocks at Murujuga.

“[The results] have no relevance to rock art because measurements were made on iron ore and not Burrup rock surfaces,” he said.