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The government of Western Australia is trying to find another company to conduct independent rock art damage monitoring in Murujuga on the Burrup Peninsula, after splitting from the company originally tasked with carrying out the work just 14 months ago.

The Australian reported that Puliyapang Pty Ltd, which was awarded the $ 7.2 million contract in February 2020, had its contract terminated in April due to a breach of contract.

Murujuga is the largest collection of rock art in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than a million petroglyphs, some of which date back more than 50,000 years. It was added to Australia’s World Heritage List in 2020.

But there have been longstanding concerns that emissions from nearby industrial developments were eroding rock art.

Emissions have not been independently monitored since 2016, when CSIRO withdrew following criticism of its methodology. Industry groups continued to pay for their own monitoring. The WA government had engaged in a robust, scientifically sound and independent monitoring process as part of a rock art management strategy published in 2019. The monitoring involved using indigenous rangers from the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and being substantially funded by Woodside, Rio Tinto and Yara Fertilizers – the three biggest polluters on the Burrup.

Environment Minister WA, Amber-Jade Sanderson, said today that the McGowan government has remained committed to implementing that strategy.

His office said in a statement:


The Murujuga Rock Art Strategy and Monitoring Program will provide a world-leading scientifically rigorous approach to rock art monitoring, analysis and management, and the Department expects studies to begin in line with the contract schedule. previous one.

The Department is working on a procurement process for a new contract for the Monitoring Program which is expected to be finalized shortly.

Protecting the rock art was one of the arguments mounted against the proposed development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Scarborough to Pluto.

The emissions plan for that development was signed by Sanderson this week. His office said the emissions plan was about the abatement of greenhouse gases and “was never intended to address the rock art monitoring program as it is not the appropriate mechanism to do so.”

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Australia and Germany vowed to work more closely to promote “an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region” after senior ministers held talks on the eve of the G7 summit.

Even the Australian government has welcomed Germany’s plan to deploy a frigate in the region in the second half of this year.

The comments come after Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payneand Minister of Defense, Peter Dutton, held a virtual meeting today with their German counterparts, Heiko maas is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, with China-related regional issues at the top of the agenda.

They released a joint statement saying they would step up their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, even with like-minded partners.

Ministers discussed the situation in the disputed South China Sea and called for freedom of navigation and overflight and compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. They said a 2016 ruling – which dismissed a series of claims by China in the South China Sea after a Philippine case – was “final and binding on the parties.”

The joint statement also said that ministers “discussed the importance of cooperate to counter cyber and hybrid threats, as well as disinformation“And he had” confirmed their support for equal global access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines“. (This comes amid ongoing requests for a waiver of vaccine patents.)

They also discussed the international military withdrawal from Afghanistan, along with issues related to Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.

The Australian and German foreign ministers agreed on a “Enhanced Strategic Partnership”, which “raises bilateral relations to a new level and commits Australia and Germany to broader strategic alignment and joint support for the multilateral system and its institutions” .








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