June 3, 2023


Arts Eternal

Perdaman’s plans to relocate rock art for fertiliser plant feel ‘rushed’, traditional owners say

Files observed by the ABC expose ongoing worries between conventional homeowners around a $4.5 billion fertiliser plant on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula regardless of the company saying the undertaking has the blessing of elders.

If the Perdaman undertaking goes forward, it will remove and relocate a few sacred rock art web sites.

Murujga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) minutes dated January 31 this 12 months, detail a meeting with the corporation, together with board associates, the Circle of Elders, and reps from Perdaman and Clough, which had been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction arrangement.

The minutes clearly show elders were being “involved at the relocation system” after a Perdaman/Clough presentation about rock art.

Raelene Cooper, a previous MAC board director who resigned over the challenge, was at the meeting and has noticed a duplicate of the minutes.

“I was conscious in the elders conference that elders were becoming pressured. They weren’t really up to day with the details put in advance of them,” Ms Cooper explained.

“I simply asked if they realised or understood that rock artwork was heading to be moved and they have been all actually involved and claimed ‘No, that cannot happen’.”

Conventional house owners protest for bigger security of Murujuga for the duration of a march this month.(Provided: Nancye Miles-Tweedie)

Elder suggests consultation was ‘rushed’

Ms Cooper stated the January 31 meeting was also the 1st time in a extensive time that administrators have been invited to a conference, and ended up only invited after requesting it.

In the assembly, one attendee said they only became aware of the Segment 18 acceptance, which supplied the landowner with authorized consent to cause destruction, hurt or alterations to an Aboriginal web page below WA legislation, that day.

They stated they experienced not experienced enough time to thoroughly take in the contents of the application.