30,000-year-old indigenous rock art at risk

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At last! Christine Milne’s great work for our Foundation in WA is leading to a national expose’ of culpable handling of new industrial sites threatening the world’s greatest rock art collection on the Burrup Peninsula.

This Sydney Morning Herald article underscores why the site should be World Heritage and not one for more industrial acid emissions. In the lead-up to next month’s crucial WA state elections, if you know anyone west of the Nullarbor, please email them this article!

Burrup Peninsula has more than one million rock art engravings over more than 100 square kilometres, some dating back more than 30,000 years. It includes the oldest existing representation of a human face on Earth, images of extinct megafauna and a thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, which roamed the Pilbara region thousands of years ago.

The area is also the site of some of the biggest natural gas and ammonia fertiliser production facilities in the world. Emissions from this industry, in high enough concentration, have the potential to damage rock art.”

Read the full article on smh.com.au here.

Bob Brown.

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