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Minister Tony Burke, Premier Barnett: We the people, demand full protection of Aboriginal Heritage sites in WA
  • Petitioned Peter Collier

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development; Indigenous Affairs
Peter Collier
Premier; Minister for State Development
Collin Barnett
Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism
Martin Ferguson
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Tony burke

Minister Tony Burke, Premier Barnett: We the people, demand full protection of Aboriginal Heritage sites in WA

    1. Sandra Kelly
    2. Petition by

      Sandra Kelly

      Mulgrave, Australia

Many ancient Aboriginal heritage sites contain rock art, relics, dinasaur footprints and skeletal remains, which are thousands of years old. These areas are of vital importance to the original inhabitants of our country in terms of the continuation of their cultural practice. Ancient stories are recorded in beautiful pictographs in many  sacred sites and have been handed down for countless generations.

But this is the history of our country, and as such, is of huge significance to all of us. Our precious heritage areas should be shown the appropriate respect and protected at all costs. However, mining and development interests take precedence over all else in Australia, and a large amount of rock art and a huge number of sacred sites have been vandalised or totally obliterated by mining companies, owing to the weaknesses of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA).

Please help us fight the rampant greed of big business and stop the wanton desecration and destruction of our precious Indigenous culture. Sign this petition, get others to do the same and send a personal letter to the ministers this petition is addressing.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. It's official, our government is abandoning the environment....and us!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer
      Australian Government Abandons World Heritage Sites | Larissa Waters

      Australia's World Heritage sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and the Franklin River, will be abandoned by the Federal Government and left to the whim of the state governments, as revealed in Senate Question Time today.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. FMG 'declassified' Then Destroyed Yindjibarndi Heritage Sites

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      "Recent reports that, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is pushing ahead with the “low-cost Firetail deposit” at its Solomon Project, while scaling back other operations, have raised fears of a ‘heritage holocaust’ as FMG scrambles for cash flow to weather the freefall in iron ore price.

      These fears follow confirmation in documents released by the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA), under the Freedom of Information Act, that FMG has destroyed two Yindjibarndi sites and damaged a third at Solomon with impunity, and has “under-reported” sites in the project area by about 30%."

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Blasting at Stonehenge!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Are you likely to see this? No - what an outcry there would be!!

    7. The fight for the Kimberley so far

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      This is what we are up against!

    8. Nearly halfway there!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Spread the news and go to the link below and help out there as well. Thanks people - you're awesome!

    9. Thanks so much for helping with this cause - we are nearly halfway there!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      We have to be the medicine that cures this rampaging, seemingly terminal cancer called capitalism

    10. Check out these amazing dinasaur prints!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      We are currently fighting against a giant gas hub being built right on top of these pre-historical prints by Woodside Petroleum. Imagine how much more we'll have to fight for if the proposed changes to the AHA goes ahead! Please folks - get others to sign the petition. Our politicians are not listening to us!

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. The trouble with proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 WA

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Robin Chapple of the Western Australian Greens Party, responds to the DISCUSSION PAPER ON REVIEW OF WA ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1972 (AHA)

    13. A funeral for Aboriginal Heritage

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      This has always been an issue and is about to get much, much worse. Do people care in this country care? Do our politicians care?? It appears not! Money is the great god here...

    14. There goes the rock art!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      How can we let this happen?! The politicians don't care, the miners certainly don't. Let's show them we do. Get more people to sign this petition and even write to these people yourself. We have got to do something!!

    15. Latest news on this issue....

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      ....there is none! It's not reported in the newspapers, and just a handful of people are aware of the tragedy unfolding. Please ask your friends to sign this petition so we can get the news about the rampant destruction of our ancient heritage out there!

    16. An example of vandalism in WA

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Time to stand up and tell our governments we wont put up with anymore of the colossal sell out to mining companies. We are doing really well with the signatures, but we need so many more. And once again - thanks for your help.

    17. Reached 1,500 signatures
    18. Wow! 1110 signatures!

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Keep this going people, if we reach 5000, the politicians concerned have to finally listen to us!

    19. Reached 1,000 signatures
    20. Regarding petition recipients

      Sandra Kelly
      Petition Organizer

      Please note - this petition is also going to Martin Ferguson, Peter Collier and Collin Barnett...

    21. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Amanda Hall NELSON, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 1 year ago

      Having worked in this industry I know the current laws are little more than lip service to the protection of Aboriginal heritage and sacred sites.

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    • kathy Sims STANLEYTOWN, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      Thou shall not steal TONY BURKE!

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    • Cate Jones PORT WILLUNGA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AA
      • over 1 year ago

      without the protection of sacred and important sites we lose all that is truly important about authentic australian heritage...and the respect of Aboriginal people whose land we now live on

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • dominic Bramall-white MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      minning last for moments culture last for ever. learn from the mistakes of the south east. maintain the dignity of people conected to land.

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    • Michelle Eskola AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      The preservation of history and ancient culture is more important to the world than the ongoing development of consumer goods. There are alternatives to coal and fossil fuels.

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