Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Management Committee

In 2002 the Western Australian Government established the independent Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Management Committee. The Committee oversees studies that are being conducted to establish whether industrial emissions could affect the ancient rock art on the Burrup Peninsula, in the Pilbara region of WA. The rock art on the Burrup Peninsula was included on the Federal Government’s National Heritage List in July 2007.


Membership of Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Management Committee

The Committee includes expert in atmospheric science, archaeology, chemist land conservation and rock science. There experts are from:

  • the WA Museum
  • the Chemistry Centre (WA)
  • the Department of Environment & Conservation
  • the Department of Indigenous Affairs
  • the Department of Industry and Resources
  • Indigenous representatives
  • Professionals and Industry
  • Local Government Representatives

Associate Professor Frank Murray of Murdoch University was the independent chairperson of the Committee and current Chairman of the Ministerial Working Group on Monitoring and Management of Rock Art.


Monitoring Programs

International experts considered the monitoring program to be world class. The results of the first 2006 study concluded that the Burrup region has lower concentrations of air pollutants than cities in Australia.

The monitoring of the rock art air quality and reporting will be ongoing. Critical changes to any aspect of the environment will be identified quickly and at a stage where little to no damage is done to the rock art.

Rock Art Foundation Committee

The Rock Art Foundation Committee (established under the Conservation Agreement) comprises an independent chairperson, a Woodside representative and an Australian Government representative. The primary function of the RAFC is to seek, review, and provide recommendations to Woodside on what Conservation Agreement projects the committee should fund through the Rock Art Foundation. This includes the RAFC meeting with representatives of local groups to seek feedback on proposals and understand the priorities of local Aboriginal GROUPS in relation to the management of the National Heritage values.

Under the Conservation Agreement Woodside has committed to investing in four objectives through the company’s Rock Art Foundation to care for National Heritage values;

  1. Identifying sites with National Heritage values
  2. Presenting and transmitting information about National Heritage values
  3. Managing National Heritage values to ensure the values are conserved for future generation
  4. Researching and monitoring the National Heritage values.

The RAFC have been supporters of the Ranger programme since its inception and resulted in sponsorship over the past four years.