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New strategy to better protect Burrup rock art

The WA Government is calling for public input into a new draft strategy to protect the Burrup Peninsula’s invaluable rock art.

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Releasing the draft strategy today, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said it would guide the development and implementation of a rigorous scientific monitoring program to help protect the rock art for future generations.

The Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula is home to one of the world’s biggest collections of engraved rock art. The rock art, also known as petroglyphs, is thousands of years old and of immense cultural and spiritual significance to Aboriginal people, and of national and international heritage value.

The Burrup Peninsula and surrounds are also home to industry that contributes to the local, State, and national economy and provides employment in the area.

This strategy builds on previous studies to deliver a scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring and management to protect the rock art.

A Burrup Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group will be established to oversee the design and implementation of the strategy. It is proposed that this group will include representatives from the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, State agencies, local government, industry and the community.

For more information, visit http://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/burrup_rock_art

Source: Government of Western Australia.