Greens urge State Government to nominate Burrup for the World Heritage List

12th August 2009 - Greens MP for the Mining and Pastoral region Robin Chapple MLC introduced a motion into parliament yesterday urging the Barnett government to finally nominate the Dampier Archipelago for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

“The ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula makes the Dampier Archipelago one of the most important heritage sites in Western Australia, if not the world.”

“There are thousands of carvings there that date back to the ice age. This makes the Dampier Archipelago a place of immense cultural and historical significance.” “The fact that it is not already on the World Heritage List is a disgrace.”

“Thankfully Colin Barnett has spoken out on many occasions about the importance of protecting the rock art on the Dampier Archipelago.” Mr Chapple said. “We trust that Mr Barnett will make good on those words and finally move to protect this incredibly significant heritage site.”

“Already a number of the carvings have been stolen or damaged. This represents a tremendous loss on a global level.”

“To fail to take action, when we know full well the importance of this place, would be a tragedy of epic proportions.”

  • For more information please contact Robin Chapple MLC on 0409 379 263.
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