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FARA Newsletter February 2022
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Dear FARA/Murujuga supporters,                                                         February 2022
 
We are pleased to confirm that our 2022 tour is going ahead on 23–31 July and bookings are starting to warm up, so please spread the word for us – www.fara.com.au/burrup-murujuga-tour . And best news is that WA’s borders will be reopening from 3 March, so no need for eastern staters to quarantine!
 
We will be holding our first AGM via Zoom on Sat 26 March at 1pm WA time – another chance for non-WA supporters to join us and hear firsthand all that we’re doing to try and save Murujuga’s threatened rock art. If you’re interested, please send your name & email address to schlaker@westnet.com.au and Peter will get back to you with a membership form, if you are not already Life Members, and more info closer to the time.
 
A sad, informative link: A Place called Juukan Gorge - https://bit.ly/3mZC6WD - a stunning SBS doco featuring significant Pilbara and Kimberley Traditional Custodians,  also covering Murujuga.
 
We have been beavering away in recent months with submissions and appeals to try and stop Woodside’s Scarborough expansion, the new proposed Perdaman Urea plant and the toxic leakages (both air and ground) from Yara Pilbara’s ammonium nitrate plant – perhaps it’s true that the Murujuga spirits are striking again and there might just have to be a pause/stop on production for these industries!?
 
There has also been a lot of agitation from Murujuga custodians recently about the damage being done to their sacred heritage sites by industry.
 
After the 14 hour blockade of Woodside’s Burrup facilities by the group Scarborough Gas Action Alliance in November 2021 (https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2021/11/24/protestors-block-pilbara-road-over-massive-woodside-gas-project)   Aboriginal opposition to the destructive Scarborough, Perdaman and Yara projects on the Burrup has been galvanised, as highlighted in Jesse Noakes’ article in the February edition of The Monthly’s ‘Songlines or Pipelines in the Burrup?’: https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2022/february/1643634000/jesse-noakes/songlines-or-pipelines-burrup?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sunday%20Reads%20-%20February%2013%202022&utm_content=Sunday%20Reads%20-%20February%2013%202022+CID_03df54cb1a04a0641fc0a79fe63f35f0&utm_source=EDM&utm_term=Songlines%20or%20pipelines%20in%20the%20Burrup#mtr
 
On 9 February, Murujuga Aboriginal custodians Josie Alec and Raelene Cooper lodged a Federal Aboriginal heritage application calling on the Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to appoint a reporter on the industrial destruction of Burrup Aboriginal heritage and make an emergency declaration to halt work on the proposed Perdaman Urea plant which would cause the removal of at least four pieces of rock art: 
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-18/traditional-owners-call-on-federal-government-to-stop-urea-plant/100840842
 
Aboriginal custodians are also planning a March on the Burrup next month to protest against the Perdaman and Scarborough projects and have established a GoFundMe page to raise funds:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-our-songlines?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_campaign=p_cp%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3mugRTR1i9O0IRHHmLrOIYWgkdn1xxh3rMVX2eTdUBxRRmjKNgfRqGjVI
 
For those on Facebook, follow the latest updates on the campaign to save the Burrup from industrial destruction here: 
https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfAustralianRockArt/ 
https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSonglines (Aboriginal community led group) 
https://www.facebook.com/noscarboroughgas
 
We particularly urge you to listen to Senator Dorinda Cox tough questioning of Federal funding for the Perdaman project in the FB posting on Save our Songlines.
 
This Aboriginal community led group will be performing Songs for Freedom on Sat 26 Feb from 5pm at Perth’s Point Walter Reserve – please come along and meet some of the talented Pilbara musicians who care so deeply about their cultural heritage. Bring your own picnic or buy from the attending food trucks.
 
We hope to ‘see’ you soon, either personally or remotely, as we join together in this significant united thrust to save Murujuga’s precious rock art from insidious industrial destruction aided by an insensitive complicit WA government.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Judith Hugo & Dr Marie Ferland, Co-convenors
Friends of Australian Rock Art
www.fara.com.au
contact@fara.com.au



 

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