With over one million recorded petroglyphs (rock art), Murujuga is home to one of the largest, densest and most diverse collections of rock art in the world, and is of continuing cultural and spiritual significance to the Traditional Owners. It also has significant state, national and international heritage value. Representing the Traditional Custodians of Murujuga, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is working in partnership with the Government of Western Australia in the ongoing protection of Murujuga’s rock art.
As well as culturally significant rock art, Murujuga is also home to industry that contributes significantly to the local, state and national economy and employment.
Concern that the rock art could be damaged by industrial air emissions has led to a number of independent scientific studies and rock art monitoring since the mid-2000s. Recent independent reviews identified a number of improvements that could be made to the Rock Art Monitoring Program to provide more reliable information about the impacts of air emissions on the rock art.
The Murujuga Rock Art Strategy builds on previous work to deliver an improved approach to monitoring, analysis and management that will be implemented collaboratively across the program to protect Murujuga’s rock art.
As part of the strategy, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Protection are creating a world’s best practice monitoring program that will help us to understand if the rock art is being impacted by human activities. A critical first step in the monitoring program is developing conceptual models of the rock art system.