Deal to protect rock art

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Peter Jeffries and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.
Camera IconMurujuga Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Peter Jeffries and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. Credit: Regina Titelius

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation has entered a formal partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to further support State Government efforts to protect the Dampier’s Burrup Peninsula, or Murujuga.

The agreement, signed on Friday, November 15, saw the organisations commit to working together to support the implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy, which was launched earlier this year, and the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program, due to begin early next year.

MAC has been awarded $150,000 in government funding for 2019-20 to upskill its rangers for both projects — a step towards the goal of the organisation bringing the monitoring program in-house in five years.

MAC chief executive Peter Jeffries said the partnership provided a “fantastic opportunity” for the corporation and its rangers to be involved in the monitoring.

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“As the custodians of this land for tens of thousands of years, it is our responsibility to ensure our rock art is preserved for future generations because it provides a vital link to our culture, land and stories,” he said.

“It is extremely important to us that we are not only consulted, but involved in protecting our country, and this partnership ensures that will occur going forward.”

“We want to make sure Murujuga has the most rigorous monitoring possible so that our rock art is preserved, not only to teach our young people, but to enable us to share our knowledge and culture with the world.” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the agreement and funding would give MAC greater input into government-led work to protect Murujuga.

The Burrup Peninsula is home to more than a million Aboriginal rock carvings between 200 and 50,000 years old, which sit in proximity to heavy industry.

MAC and the State Government have been working closely for more than a year to progress a submission for the Burrup Peninsula to be added to the World Heritage list.

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