Protect Indigenous Heritage sites in Western Australia
To: The Hon Tony Burke - Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
We are all people who take a keen interest in Indigenous affairs, Aboriginal heritage and culture. The proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act (AHA) make it even less effective than the current Act in protecting Aboriginal sites. ‘Efficiency’ and ‘certainty’ will be provided, but only...…
We are all people who take a keen interest in Indigenous affairs, Aboriginal heritage and culture. The proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act (AHA) make it even less effective than the current Act in protecting Aboriginal sites. ‘Efficiency’ and ‘certainty’ will be provided, but only for the benefit of the mining industry. All over the world various nations celebrate and preserve their cultural heritage. In England they have Stonehenge which has been confirmed to be a burial site. It dates back 4,000 years and is a must see tourist destination. Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage sites date back over 80,000 years, making Stonehenge seem young in comparison. The fact that our Government allows these sites to be destroyed is totally unacceptable; it would be equivalent to bulldozing the pyramids. Any Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act should be to create further protection, not make it easy for mining companies to destroy sites simply for monetary gain. The FACT that 80% of mining activities in Australia take place on Aboriginal land is the main factor why changes are currently being made. Please don’t wait until we’re about to lose these precious assets before, deciding to protect them.
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Many ancient Aboriginal heritage sites, which can include thousands of years old rock art, relics and skeletal remains have been obliterated owing to the weaknesses of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA). The Western Australian government wants to water down this act even further which would benefit mining companies and development and see so much more destruction of our precious Indigenous culture.
Update #4Posted by Sandra Kelly (Campaign Leader) on Jul 8, 2012
Keep up the good work people - please keep sharing this to get the word out there about what is happening to ancient heritage sites!
Update #3Posted by Sandra Kelly (Campaign Leader) on Jun 27, 2012
Great work people - please keep this petition going by getting others to sign and share. Many thanks
Update #2Posted by Sandra Kelly (Campaign Leader) on Jun 22, 2012
Great work - thanks so much people. We need more and more and more though to save our ancient indigenous sacred sites...
Update #1Posted by Sandra Kelly (Campaign Leader) on Jun 18, 2012
It's great to see people supporting this action. Thank you. Please get others to sign this petition. We must get the message through to our government that people care about this issue.
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