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Welcome. Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) raises awareness about the Burrup Peninsula, Australia's largest cultural monument, an Aboriginal sacred site. FARA asks people around the world to literally stand up at places of cultural significance in their country, wearing T-shirts spelling out the slogan "Stand Up For The Burrup".


Western Australia´s Burrup Peninsula is the world's largest outdoor rock engraving site, containing rock art of world importance possibly dating back to 30,000 years ago, including possibly the first ever representation of the human face in history. The Western Australian Government is still planning to turn part of this site into a natural gas production and processing facility against the wishes of some of the site`s Aboriginal custodians and the scientific community.

See pictures of some rock art 

Listen to some of the Burrup experts 

Stand up per country

Australia 102
Bulgaria 1
France 43
Cambodia 1
USA 12
Egypt 1
Germany 10
Israel 1
England 9
Japan 1
Netherlands 4
Madagascar 1
Spain 4
Mauritius 1
Switzerland 4
Mid-Atlantic 1
Canada 3
Near Antarctica 1
Greece 3
New Zealand 1
India 3
Poland 1
Italy 3
Portugal 1
Nepal 3
Romania 1
Turkey 3
Russia 1
Belgium 2
Saint Lucia 1
Brazil 2
Saint Vincent 1
China 2
Singapore 1
Austria 1
South Africa 1
Barbados 1
Vietnam 1

Latest News
PLEASE NOTE: FARA has no assocation with... 14/1/2013
VISIT FARA's interim website 25/1/2012
More than $3,500 raised in 100 Days 1/5/2010
100 Climbs in 100 Days - for the Burrup 29/12/2009
Andy Glandt's new album supporting FARA 15/5/2009
The Australian: Culture Clash 14/3/2009
Environs Kimberley and FARA reject Browse to Burrup 5/1/2009
Celebration of 2 years of campaign 20/12/2008
FARA’s 2009 Burrup Heritage Calendar 12/12/2008
Australia destroys its own Stonehenge 25/10/2008
Barnett calls for relocation of industry off the Burrup 11/8/2008
Xavier Rudd's Stand Up 21/7/2008
World Archaeology Congress calls on Burrup destruction to stop 14/7/2008
Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo says no more rock art movement 28/6/2008
Shoulder to shoulder with the opposition! 8/6/2008
Varanus explosion points to continued Burrup folly 4/6/2008
Giant $1billion methanol plant back to the Burrup 17/5/2008
Through an article less than 40 words in the Pilbara News , dated 14th May 2008, Methanex announced that it was coming back to construct on the Burrup. In 2003 the Methanex Corporation of Canada reported that site costs was the reason not to proceed with the project in Western Australia. The corporation therefore moved its planned location from the Burrup Peninsula to Darwin (Northern Territory). Methanex's massive $1billion methanol processing plant project had received environmental approvals in February 2003 and was to be located opposite the Paterson's Valley petroglyph complex, Hearsons Cove, Burrup Peninsula. Emission loads in 2003 from this plant were estimated to be around 359 kg/hr nitrogen oxide and 2.25 Mtpa of carbon dioxide. In 2003 it was anticipated that this giant plant would consist of two nominal 6,000 tonnes per day methanol plants, two air separation units, methanol storage of 220,000 tonnes, a desalination plant as well as transport systems for raw materials, products to and from the plant site and ship loading operations at Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula.
Explosives plant for the Burrup 15/5/2008
Pankaj Oswal of Burrup Fertilisers announced on the 13th May 2008 that he had formed a joint venture with Yara International ASA of Norway to create a company called Burrup Nitrates (BNPL) whose purpose is to build an explosives plant next to the current Burrup Fertilisers plant. Mr Oswal or his wife would be horrified if industry started destroying the Hindu Gardens of Vrindaban, the Taj Mahal or the temple city of Vishnupur. In Vishnupur, protection of the Pancha Ratna and Jor Bangla temples (approximately 400 year old) is being sought as they are exposed to airborne pollution coming from three hundred kilometres away. Yet here in Australia Mr Oswal is proposing to build an explosives factory, with all the attendant pollution less than a kilometre from some of the world’s oldest petroglyphs and culture, possibly 30,000 years in age.
Burrup Vandalism Escalates 28/4/2008
Australian Financial Review articles 1/3/2008
FARA meets Heritage Minister Garrett 31/1/2008
B-Day 18/11/2007
Turnbull artfully dodges Burrup heritage decision 4/11/2007
Green light for Pluto 13/10/2007
Turnbull go-ahead for Woodside's Pluto 12/10/2007
Stop cultural vandalism 28/9/2007
Advertisement campaign continues 28/9/2007
Write to Malcolm Turnbull 26/9/2007
Burrup heritage mess won’t go away 7/9/2007
T.O. seeks injunction against Woodside 4/9/2007
3rd Stand Up target surpassed 21/8/2007
FARA Bulletin 1, July/August 2007 17/8/2007
Heritage Listing - Woodside must go 3/7/2007
FARA criticises Woodside 27/6/2007
Canberra Stand Up II 20/6/2007
WA government [...] vandals - again 6/6/2007
Former PM supports FARA 3/6/2007
13% of Burrup rock art destroyed 25/5/2007


Stand up with us

Other actions in preparation: Timetable  

Latest actions

Mob 0233 Australia (WA) 25/7/2011
Burrup Peninsula - Hearsons Cove
Mob 0232 Germany (Hesse) 9/9/2011
Fritzlar, Rathaus
Mob 0231 Germany (Hesse) 4/9/2011
Fritzlar, Saint Peters Church
Mob 0230 Australia (WA) 10/4/2011
Sommerville, Oak Lawn at the University of Western Australia, Perth Sun Fair
On Sunday, 10th April, the Perth Sun Fair was held on the Oak Lawn at the University of Western Australia.
FARA participated with a stall focusing on the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.
A ‘Stand Up for the Burrup’ was held in front of the ‘Eco Car’ (a VW beetle car covered in synthetic grass and powered with electricity from the solar panel on the roof). The 15 people involved in the stand up were FARA volunteers, volunteers from other stalls (anti-GM, anti-nuclear etc.), and interested members of the public.
Mob 0229 USA (California) 3/4/2011
Sacramento - Sacramento Convention Centre, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting
Archaeologists and members of the public following the General Session on `Site Presentation: Legal, Ethical and Methodological Issues` (chaired by Marni Walter) at the Society of American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California where Archaeologist Sue Smalldon presented a paper which included the efforts by Friends of Australian Rock Art, including a discussion about the world wide stand ups.

Mob 0228 USA (California) 1/4/2011
Sacramento - Hyatt Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting
Participants at the Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California during the Native American welcome reception held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Sacramento

Mob 0227 USA (California) 31/3/2011
Sacramento - Sheraton Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting - Rock Art Interest Group Meeting
Archaeologists that are part of the Society for American Archaeology rock art interest group during a Business Meeting of the Rock Art Interest Group, the Society of American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California

Mob 0226 USA (California) 30/3/2011
Sacramento - Sheraton Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting - Student/New Member/Committee Reception
Archaeology students and new members of the Society for American Archaeology during a reception held by the commitee of the Society of American Archaeology at the 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California

Mob 0225 USA (NY) 29/3/2011
New York - American Indian Community House, Inc
Native Americans supporting Indigenous Australians

Mob 0224 Turkey 23/8/2010
Ephesus - Amphitheatre
This Stand Up took place in front of the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era and during the Roman period it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire after Rome. The city was famed forthe Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is claimed that the Gospel of John may have been written here and that St Paul livedhere for a while, writing several letters to its inhabitants
Ephesus so deserves its status of World Heritage listing for the extent and magnificence of its ancient ruins - so what about the ancient petroglyphs of the Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia, some of which are 30,000 years old?
Mob 0223 Australia (WA) 28/7/2010

Mob 0222 Australia (WA) 26/7/2010
Burrup, Patterson's Valley
This Stand Up took place on the actual Burrup Peninsula during FARA's 4th annual trip in July 2010 to discover the wonders of the ancient rock art.
The participants were anxious that Colin Barnett (Premier of Western Australia) was reminded of his election promise to save the precious petroglyphs from further desecration by prohibiting further industrial leases on the Burrup Peninsula... Was it just an expedient/empty political promise?
Mob 0221 Australia (WA) 17/4/2010
WA Greens Conference

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