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Action Alert – Burrup Aboriginal Custodians need your support: please email Malcolm Turnbull now

Friends of Australian Rock Art Perth [[email protected]]

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday 4 September, Aboriginal custodians of Murujuga (“the Burrup Peninsula”) in the Pilbara region of WA lodged an application under sections 9 and 10 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Act 1984 (Cth) with Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Wong-goo-tt-oo native title group is requesting that Malcolm Turnbull:

(a) issue a thirty day declaration preventing Woodside from moving or destroying the art (s.9), and

(b) establish an inquiry into the Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the area (s.10) .

Woodside has already removed/destroyed approximately 50 pieces of Aboriginal rock art panels on its Pluto A lease to make way for its proposed Pluto LNG plant.

Local Aboriginal people have advised us today (Sunday) that Woodside intends to commence removing a further 150 panels from the Woodside Pluto B lease this Wednesday 12 September.

Murujuga is a major sacred site for local Aboriginal people, but is also of universal cultural importance to humanity. Some of the Murujuga rock art is estimated to be as at least 30,000 years old, and may include the earliest artistic representation of the human face.

A number of commercially-viable alternative sites are available for the Pluto LNG development. The further destruction of rock art and Aboriginal cultural heritage on the Burrup is completely unnecessary and an affront to Aboriginal peoples’ and the world’s cultural heritage.

We seek your urgent support for the Wong-gg-tt-oo group’s struggle by emailing Malcolm Turnbull and requesting that he use his powers under the Federal Heritage Act to:

1) make a declaration preventing Woodside from removing or destroying rock art on Woodside’s Site B Pluto Lease for 30 days; and

2) establish an inquiry into the Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the area.

Emails should be sent to [email protected]

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