Protection of Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula

21 March 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-664-5

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Committee members - Committee contact details
(PDF 21KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction
(PDF 117KB)

Referral and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
The Burrup Peninsula
Rock art of the Burrup Peninsula
Industrial development on the Burrup Peninsula

Chapter 2 - Regulatory framework
(PDF 84KB)

State regulation and monitoring
Commonwealth regulation

Chapter 3 - Key issues with emissions from, and the location of, industrial activities
(PDF 388KB)

Existing industrial activities and the impact on Aboriginal rock art
Projected emissions from Yara Pilbara's TANPF
Risks associated with the location of the TANPF

Chapter 4 - Monitoring programs
(PDF 211KB)

Independent monitoring
Independent review process
CSIRO 2004–2016 report
Draft Burrup Rock Art Strategy

Chapter 5 - Compliance and monitoring
(PDF 119KB)

Approval conditions and compliance monitoring
Survey of rock art sites—variation of conditions, and compliance
Air quality monitoring—compliance with conditions
Other issues in relation to the EPBC Act

Chapter 6 - Preservation and management of rock art
(PDF 94KB)

Impact of early industry and preservation attempts
Industrial estates
Indigenous management
Unrestricted access and vandalism
World Heritage listing

Chapter 7 - Committee view
(PDF 12KB)
Australian Greens' additional comments
(PDF 53KB)

Cultural and heritage value
Industry and shipping
Projected emissions from the TANPF
Appropriateness of location
Monitoring programs
Compliance with approval conditions

Coalition Senators' additional comments
(PDF 88KB)

Importance of economic development on the Burrup Peninsula
No credible evidence of adverse impact of emissions on rock art
Professor John Black report
Dr Rob Gillett report
Adequacy of existing regulatory approvals and compliance
Best practice monitoring
Cultural and heritage value protections
Conduct of Friends of Australian Rock Art and Bob Brown Foundation

Labor Senators' additional comments
(PDF 63KB)

Indigenous-led progress
Indigenous-led World Heritage Listing
Indigenous ranger support
Land-based emissions
Responsible development
Cumulative effects

Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents, answers to questions on notice, and additional information
(PDF 12KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings
(PDF 10KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526

About this inquiry

An inquiry into the Commonwealth's responsibility under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to protect the globally significant and National Heritage listed Aboriginal rock art of the Burrup Peninsula including the impact of industrial pollution and matters related to the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments’ conditions regulating and oversighting industries on the Burrup Peninsula.

Past Public Hearings

17 Nov 2017: CANBERRA
20 Apr 2017: PERTH
17 Feb 2017: CANBERRA