Burrup Remediation Project

On 5 November 2014, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the Hon Peter Collier visited the Burrup Peninsula Compound (the Compound), in recognition of the completed on-ground works that have been carried out with local senior Aboriginal men from the Ngarluma, Yaburara/Mardudhunera, Wong Goo Tt Oo and Yindjibarndi groups.

Mr Collier said a project to remediate and relocate the boulders - which are significant pieces of Aboriginal heritage - was an opportunity to ensure the cultural history of local Aboriginal people was appropriately managed.

"The Department has been driving this project since 2011, and with the support of project partners and local traditional owners, have managed to create a unique environment that rights some past wrongs."

This significant and long awaited project was carried out in partnership between the Department, local senior Aboriginal men and Woodside, operator of the North West Shelf (NWS) Project.

During the early 1980s archaeological reclamation, the WA Museum relocated these boulders prior to the early civil works of the NWS Project's Karratha Gas Plant.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Department, senior Aboriginal men and Woodside, in consultation with government agencies develop a Heritage Management Plan for the future management and protection of the ancient and highly significant Aboriginal engraved boulders within the Compound.

The senior Aboriginal men provided cultural advice throughout the life of the project. They attended each day to oversee the work and provided direction on the location of the boulders in the adjacent rocky outcrop.

Over about three months, approximately 1,700 engraved boulders were relocated, making the project one of the biggest Aboriginal heritage restorations projects in the State's history. Equally important, the participation, cooperation and relationship building between the senior Aboriginal men was greatly strengthened and was the cornerstone to the success of the project.

The site where the boulders once laid and surrounding tracks have been rehabilitated as part of the works. The Department is grateful for its opportunity to play a significant role in resolving the long standing history of the Compound, and for the participation of the senior Aboriginal men, Woodside and other government departments who made this project a huge success.