to the first FARA Bulletin, which brings you news
of the campaign to preserve Australia’s largest
cultural monument, an Aboriginal sacred site, and
the world’s largest and oldest outdoor rock
art landscape at Murujuga (“the Burrup”).
2007 was FARA’s busiest month to date. It began
with the Commonwealth’s National Heritage Listing
of most of the Dampier Archipelago and ended with
Woodside’s board announcing its decision to
proceed with its Pluto LNG plant on the Burrup. FARA
convened its first Convergence at the Burrup and its
successful Artists for the Burrup art auction in Fremantle.
July also saw the largest number of Stand Up for the
Burrup vigils since our global campaign commenced
in December 2006.
up for Rock Art Concert
Saturday 25 August, Swan Hotel, North
Fremantle, from 7pm.
The good news – National Heritage Listing
On 3 July, Commonwealth Environment and Water Resources
Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the National Heritage
Listing for much of the Burrup Peninsula and all 42
islands of the Dampier Archipelago.
was a great achievement, the product of decades of
work by people including of Murujuga’s Elders
and custodians, Australian Rock Art Research Association
president Robert Bednarik, FARA spokesperson Robin
are due also to organisations including the National
Trust of Western Australia and the World Monuments
Fund. FARA may have contributed to a larger area being
placed on the National Heritage Register than would
have been the case without our global “Stand
up of the Burrup” campaign.
National Heritage Listing is a great achievement,
the Minister did not include in this listing land
already cleared for industry nor did he include the
land sought for Woodside’s Pluto LNG plant (Sites
A and B), areas recommended for inclusion by the Australian
heritage Council in October 2006. As the Commonwealth
Environment Department’s own 2007 research has
shown, corrosive pollution from Pluto and the existing
NW Shelf processing plant on the Burrup could cause
long-term damage to the rock art.
continues to work for a Woodside decision to relocate
the Pluto plant.
of the National Heritage Listing are available here.
The bad news - Woodside board approves Pluto
bad news came on 27 July when Woodside Petroleum Ltd.
announced its anticipated decision to spend $11.2
billion to construct its giant Pluto Liquefied Natural
Gas plant on the Burrup. In announcing the decision,
Woodside CEO Donald Voelte said that the announcement
was subject to environmental approvals, “which
need to be obtained by September 2007 to enable the
agreed schedule with customers to be satisfied”.
needs two sets of approvals before it can proceed.
Approvals to remove Aboriginal rock art under the
Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) were granted by
former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sheila McHale in
2006 (Site A) and by current Minister Michelle Roberts
in February 2007 (Site B). Environmental approvals
are currently being finalised by the Environmental
board seems to be relying heavily on timely heritage
and environmental approvals in order to meet their
investment and sales timetables.
an unrelated development, former Woodside lobbyist
Barry Carbon was appointed temporary head of the Environmental
Planning Authority on a three-month contract commencing
1 August 2007. As The Australian put it:
EPA chairman from today, Mr Carbon will make recommendations
about resources projects, possibly including the
final environmental approval for Pluto, the project
Woodside announced last Friday would proceed, conditional
on achieving environmental approvals covering its
undersea gas pipeline.”
FARA members filed appeals in the EPA approval process,
and a decision is expected within the next month.
FARA is keeping this situation under active review.
The e-Card campaign – a message from (and to)
translates its national and international Stand Up
for the Burrup actions into domestic political pressure
by sending an e-Card with a photo from every Stand
Up to more than 300 selected corporate executives,
politicians, and media outlets.
CEO Donald Voelte has clearly been taking note. On
Sunday 8 July he sent us an email:
I really like the different locations … I
am keeping track how many places you have 'stood
up' at that Nancy and I have visited … we
like your stops in Italy and Peru the best …
I have a long list of other really nice places if
you run out of ideas (like St Johns in Malta) …
regards … Don"
to hear you like our work Donald. Sorry we can not
say the same for yours.
has made itself globally infamous as a destroyer of
what is believed to be the world’s largest and
oldest cultural monument. It could easily take its
project close to Onslow (located 150Kms down the coast)
, as BHP and Apache plan to do, and make the same
money without destroying the world’s heritage,
and an Aboriginal sacred site.
contemptuous attitude to Aboriginal peoples and the
world’s cultural heritage does not reflect well
on Donald Voelte or his company. It’s not too
late for Woodside to do something important, and establish
itself as a good corporate citizen.
stands ready for discussions with Woodside and the
State and Commonwealth governments to produce a solution
that allows Woodside to meet its needs while conserving
what is left of Murujuga. We hope Don is ready for
Murujuga/The Burrup Convergence, 15 – 20 July
enthusiastic group of over 60 people converged
on the Burrup (Murujuga) in the week of 15 –
20 July. They came from across the country to
learn more about what makes Murujuga so special
and what threats the land is currently under.
group took part in extensive rock art tours
with expert archaeological and anthropological
guides, and met with representatives of Woodside
and the WA Department of Environment and Conservation.
custodians of the rock art greeted the group,
strengthening links between FARA and Aboriginal
people. A highlight of the Convergence was a
meeting with local Aboriginal community members
from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi peoples in
Dampier. They spoke with passion about their
connection to country and their fears for the
future of places like Murujuga. Unfortunately
we were not able to arrange meetings with other
traditional owners, but we hope to have this
opportunity in the near future.
Life Member Phillip Adams gave support during
the Convergence by interviewing FARA spokesperson
Associate Professor Sylvia Hallam, Wong-goo-tt-oo
Elder Wilfred Hicks, FARA Life Member and former
WA Premier Dr Carmen Lawrence, and archaeologist
Ken Mulvaney. The interviews went to air on
Philip’s Late Light Live program on ABC
the feedback received, the group found the experience
to be valuable, inspiring, and timely.
Listen to this interview here
hope to continue to build on the relationships
formed during this trip so that we may work
together to preserve the rock art and raise
awareness of the need to defend indigenous cultural
heritage across Australia.
to all involved, particularly Convergence coordinator
Jeannine Gan, and Cross Country Charters for
their fabulous crew.
more information and images from the trip, click
Global Rally for the Burrup, Parliament House, Friday
great turnout of over 100 people attended Parliament
House on 13 July to send a message to the Carpenter
Government- no more industry on the Burrup.
Elder Uncle Ben Taylor opened the Rally with a welcome
to country and a strong message of support from Nyungar
people to the custodians of Murujuga. FARA’s
Melbourne coordinator gave the event a national perspective.
Dr. Carmen Lawrence MHR, ALP Member for Fremantle
and former Premier, voiced her strong support from
FARA’s campaign while acknowledging the past
failures of government to recognise the world heritage
values of Murujuga.
support for Murujuga and opposition to Woodside’s
Pluto plans was demonstrated by a speech from Greens
Fremantle candidate and FARA legal advisor Stephen
Walker, and by the presence in the Rally of former
Opposition leader and State MP Colin Barnett.
to all for turning up and showing your support, especially
David, Clare, Fern, and of Students of Sustainability.
And a special thanks to Uncle Ben Taylor, who also
gave the Welcome to Country at the global campaign
launch last December 2006.
Global Rally included international “Stand Up
For The Burrup – Alan Carpenter” actions
at the Statue of Liberty in New York and the perched
village of Rocamadour in France, part of the UNESCO
world heritage sites.
Standing up for the Burrup
set its third target of 10 Australian and 10 International
Stands up for the period 11 June - 20th of August
2007. Congratulations are due to our Stand Up coordinators
Remi and to FARA’s network of international
organisers. The target was exceeded by the end of
July. Highlights included:
Camberra Parliament House Stand Up where Senator
Rachel Siewert, Mr Peter Andren MHR, and Hon Dr
Carmen Lawrence MHR issued a joint media statement
expressing their strong support for FARA's campaign.
• the Global Stand Up for the Burrup Rally
on 12-14 July, with more than a hundred people attending
a Rally at Parliament House, Perth, and supporting
actions in New York (USA) and Rocamadour (France);
• strong participation from France with 7
Stand ups taking place at various locations, 3 Stand
Ups in the USA and 2 Stand Ups in Italy, 1 in England,
Spain, Brazil and Switzerland.
• growing Indigenous participation, with five
Stand Ups during the Murujuga Convergence and the
first Stand Up in Tasmania
coordinate your own Stand Up, click here.
Artists for the Burrup art auction, Sunday 29 July
a huge success! Over 80 West Australian artists, over
120 works, and 100 keen bidders raised over $30,000
for FARA. This by far and away exceeded our expectations
and we are extremely grateful to all artists and members
of the public for their support.
would like to thank the City of Fremantle, Max Kay
(auctioneer & candidate for Mayor of Perth), Dr.
Carmen Lawrence MHR, and Peter Tagliafferi (Mayor
of Fremantle). Congratulations to FARA member and
art curator Judith Hugo, who coordinated the whole
event, and to FARA’s art committee members:
Chris Malcolm, Father Alfonsas from the Aboriginal
Catholic Ministry, Tina D’Orsogna, Rosalind
Lawe-Davies, David Milroy, Kate Parker and David Wroth.
of all, thanks to the artists who donated part or
their entire sale price to FARA’s campaign.
There are too many to mention, but a special thanks
to Sally Morgan, who was first in line with two donated
paintings, and to her brother and FARA member David
Milroy, both of whom are veterans of the campaign
to protect the rock art of their country at Abydos-Woodstock.
Thanks also to Julie Dowling and Norma MacDonald,
whose families hail from that country, for their generous
those who could not make it to the auction, do not
despair. We will soon be offering some beautiful artworks
for sale via our website. Keep an eye out for our
forthcoming on-line auction.
Some images of the art auction can be seen here.
needs people to help with:
• writing letters, articles, media releases;
• extending networks ;
• website and database updates and maintenance;
• the events calendar (e.g. upcoming fairs,
festivals, stall holder days – we need volunteers
to attend these);
• admin tasks (meeting minutes, membership
database, finances etc);
• translating the website into French, Spanish,
German, Japanese, Portuguese.
may only take an hour or so, whilst others are longer-term
projects. If you want to be active in this campaign,
please get in contact with FARA at email@example.com.
FARA has a list of things that are ready to go.
active today, tomorrow will be too late!
up for Rock Art Concert, Saturday 25 August, Swan
Hotel, North Fremantle, from 7pm.
is excited to present some great musical talent at
a fundraising event to be held at the Swan Basement,
Swan Hotel, North Fremantle on Saturday 25 August.
Hear the beautiful songs of St Agnes and Phil Moncrieff.
Get down and boogie to David Milroy’s band –
The Hip Replacements, and the funky local band, Burgers
Tickets on sale at the door. $12/$7 concession. Doors
open at 7pm.
meets every Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. at the Conservation
Council of WA, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth. All members
and supporters welcome.
Expo, Roleystone, Saturday 8 Sep 2007
will be present at this expo as part of its affiliation
with the Conservation Council. Volunteers needed!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0421 616 943 if interested.
Issue 1: 17 August 2007
Jeannine, Judith, Mark, Remi
For Friends of Australian Rock Art