In Darwin at Parliament House on Sunday December 2nd at 1pm our group will join the Global Stand Up for the Burrup.
This campaign is to gain UNESCO World Heritage Listing for the Murujuga/Dampier.
Please join us. Bring camera and post on facebook.
Archipelago estimated to contain more than one million rock engravings (petroglyphs).
A Ngarda Ngarli people’s sacred site, Murujuga includes pre-Ice sacred art and engravings
of the fat-tailed kangaroo, extinct for 40-45,000 years, and the thylacine (‘Tasmania Tiger’),
extinct on Australian mainland for 3-3,500 years.
Were Murujuga located close to Darwin, it would have been nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
But it is remote NW Western Australia, the most notoriously racist State of Australia, where transnational mining interests dominate
government regardless of political party. Since the mid 1960’s, the Western Australian government has subsidised resource companies to turn Murujuga, especially
the so-called ‘Burrup Peninsula’ into Australia’s largest heavy industry precinct.
It includes 2 LNG plants operated by WOODSIDE Energy (North West Shelf and Pluto),
Australia’s second busiest port (Dampier), another port, the world’s biggest salt producing facility ,
an ammonia fertilizer plant, and a quarry. An explosives and a desalination plant are now proposed,
and industry and the WA government have plans for back-up port on West Intercourse Island, which is pristine land and contains the second largest number of hieroglyphs after the Burrup.
Every development to date has destroyed rock art.
As industry develops, vandalism and accidental damage increases.
In the longer term acid rain pollution from the LNG and other plants threatens the very existence of the rock art, as the nitric and other acids eat away at the dark patina (‘desert varnish’) that makes the images visible.
We call on every Australian and Western Australian politician, corporate executives, public servants and supporters all over the world to see that the Burrup actions are effective and ensure the objectives.