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WA Govt keeps quiet over Burrup approval conditions

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 14 Feb 2003

The Western Australian Government says it will not release the conditions
behind approvals given to major resources companies to build on
significant Aboriginal sites in the north-west unless the companies agree.

The Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee has given conditional consent
for the construction of a methanol plant, an ammonia and urea plant, and
other associated infrastructure on the Burrup Peninsula near Karratha.

Opposition leader Colin Barnett says the Burrup is a site of significant
Aboriginal culture and world heritage and its development should not be
shrouded in secrecy.

The peninsula features rock engravings considered to be the oldest in the

"I think the Government is required to be absolutely to the
conditions and the approvals of any projects that take place on the Burrup
Peninsula," he said.

Meanwhile, Premier Geoff Gallop is refusing to discuss a collection of
letters published on the world-wide web protesting against plans to
develop the Burrup.

Criticism has come from the Moscow State University, the Museum of
Prehistoric Art in Italy, the American Rock Art Research Association, and
authorities in the United Kingdom, France, Argentina and Greece.

Dr Gallop says the Government has committed to a four-year study into the
possible effects of industrial emissions on the rock art, which will be
chaired by Murdoch University Professor Frank Murray.



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