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Stop Cultural Vandalism !
Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) raises awareness about the Burrup Peninsula, Australia's largest cultural monument, an Aboriginal sacred site. FARA asks people around the world to literally stand up at places of cultural significance in their country, wearing T-shirts spelling out the slogan
"Stand Up For The Burrup"
Western Australia´s Burrup Peninsula is the world's largest outdoor rock engraving site, containing rock art of world importance possibly dating back to 30,000 years ago, including possibly the first ever representation of the human face in history. The Western Australian Government is still planning to turn part of this site into a natural gas production and processing facility against the wishes of some of the site`s Aboriginal custodians and the scientific community.
See pictures of some rock art
Listen to some of the Burrup experts
Stand up per country
PLEASE NOTE: FARA has no assocation with...
Friends of Australian Rock Art has no association with the Facebook community "Stand Up for the Burrup", the Facebook group "Murujuga Legion", the website "artists-for-the-burrup.org" and takes no responsibility for the actions or activities promoted through their pages. This website is currently dormant - for further information on FARA's activities see
or get in touch with us at
VISIT FARA's interim website
FARA remains an active lobby group based in Perth and is constantly responding to the latest developments on the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga) to ensure the protection of the rock art. In the last two years FARA has focussed on discussions with all the stakeholders of the Burrup Peninsula (government, industry and community groups) to influence decision making processes before development occurs. If you would like to keep abreast of FARA’s present strategies and actions, visit
or get in touch with us at
More than $3,500 raised in 100 Days
100 Climbs in 100 Days fundraising event organised by FARA from January 2010 to mid-April 2010 was a fun exercise.
The dozen of mad rock-climbers who participated raised a total of $3,629.85.
Thank you to all who sponsored the participants.
100 Climbs in 100 Days - for the Burrup
A group of dedicated rock climbers have committed themselves to complete 100 Climbs in 100 Days to raise vital funds to help FARA (Friends of Australian Rock Art) to protect invaluable rock art across Australia, especially that at the Burrup Peninsula in the Dampier Archipelago.
The event starts on the 1st of January 2010 and finishes 100 days later on the 10th April 2010. During that time, rock climbers will publish their adventures on the
official website of the event
. Please, sponsor them to reward their massive effort either by gold coin donation at the crag or gym, by cheque, by direct debit or credit card:
Andy Glandt's new album supporting FARA
German songwriter, musician and singer Andy Glandt has just released a new album inspired by his trips across Australia. Andy Glandt wrote the song “Murujuga” to increase awareness of the dire situation of the 30,000 year old rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.
A portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of the CD will be donated to FARA
Thanks for supporting Andy’s work and FARA’s campaign by
ordering your copy online
The Australian: Culture Clash
Nicolas Rothwell investigates claims of chaos on the Burrup Peninsula, where rock art and industry are condemned to coexist.
Read this brilliant
from March 14, 2009.
Environs Kimberley and FARA reject Browse to Burrup
Environs Kimberley and FARA are calling on Woodside and its joint venture partners, including Shell, to explore alternative industrial sites to the Kimberley and the Burrup to process LNG from the Browse Basin.
from January 5, 2009.
Celebration of 2 years of campaign
Scientists, Church groups, Aboriginal traditional owners, lawyers, and a diverse group of current and former politicians have united to call for World Heritage listing of WA’s Burrup Peninsula. The call was made at a rally in Perth to mark the 200th global “Stand Up of the Burrup” action.
FARA's press release
FARA’s 2009 Burrup Heritage Calendar
FARA is today releasing its 2009 Burrup World Heritage Calendar to mark the second anniversary of its global ‘Stand Up for the Burrup’ campaign. This unique publication features never-before published images of Burrup rock art, as well as greatest hits from FARA’s two year global ‘Stand Up’ campaign.
FARA's press release
and get yourself a copy
Australia destroys its own Stonehenge
Friends of Australian Rock Art released recent aerial photographs which show for the first time the full extent of Woodside’s destruction of a globally significant rock art area on the Burrup Peninsula to make way for the company’s Pluto LNG plant. See
FARA's press release.
(french version here)
Barnett calls for relocation of industry off the Burrup
FARA welcomes today’s call by WA Opposition leader Colin Barnett for further industrial development in the Pilbara’s Dampier Archipelago region to be shifted away from the world heritage rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.
FARA's press release
Xavier Rudd's Stand Up
The 160th Stand Up for the Burrup was a huge one, with Australian singer Xavier Rudd leading the charge to stop the destruction of the Burrup Rock Art at his latest concert in Portugal. Read
FARA's press release
World Archaeology Congress calls on Burrup destruction to stop
Delegates of the 74 Countries that make up the World Archaeology Congress passed a resolution condemning the continuing destruction of the Burrup rock carvings. How many more (international organisations) will it take to make the Governments of Australia take action? Read
FARA's press release
WAC's press release
Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo says no more rock art movement
At its AGM, the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo Aboriginal group agreed to continue opposition to the desecration and destruction of their culture on their traditional land (including the Burrup Peninsula).
Shoulder to shoulder with the opposition!
FARA organised its 145th Stand Up vigil at the exit of "A Celebration of Life" in Perth, an event sponsored by the Oswal family. FARA along with Ngarlama custodian of the Burrup Peninsula found it culturally disturbing, that Pankaj Oswal who plans to build an explosive factory on the Burrup employed the services of 10 students and actors (paid $500 each) to do a counter demonstration. Read
FARA's press release
Varanus explosion points to continued Burrup folly
Tuesday's (3rd June 2008) Apache gas plant explosion on Varanus Island (100 kms off the coast of Karratha) must be a wake up call for the State Government. See FARA's press release
Giant $1billion methanol plant back to the Burrup
article less than 40 words in the Pilbara News
, dated 14th May 2008, Methanex announced that it was coming back to construct on the Burrup. In 2003 the Methanex Corporation of Canada reported that site costs was the reason not to proceed with the project in Western Australia. The corporation therefore moved its planned location from the Burrup Peninsula to Darwin (Northern Territory). Methanex's massive $1billion methanol processing plant project had received environmental approvals in February 2003 and was to be located opposite the Paterson's Valley petroglyph complex, Hearsons Cove, Burrup Peninsula. Emission loads in 2003 from this plant were estimated to be around 359 kg/hr nitrogen oxide and 2.25 Mtpa of carbon dioxide. In 2003 it was anticipated that this giant plant would consist of two nominal 6,000 tonnes per day methanol plants, two air separation units, methanol storage of 220,000 tonnes, a desalination plant as well as transport systems for raw materials, products to and from the plant site and ship loading operations at Dampier Port on the Burrup Peninsula.
Explosives plant for the Burrup
Pankaj Oswal of Burrup Fertilisers announced on the 13th May 2008 that he had formed a joint venture with Yara International ASA of Norway to create a company called Burrup Nitrates (BNPL) whose purpose is to build an explosives plant next to the current Burrup Fertilisers plant.
Mr Oswal or his wife
would be horrified if industry started destroying the Hindu Gardens of Vrindaban, the Taj Mahal or the temple city of Vishnupur. In Vishnupur, protection of the Pancha Ratna and Jor Bangla temples (approximately 400 year old) is being sought as they are exposed to airborne pollution coming from three hundred kilometres away. Yet here in Australia Mr Oswal is proposing to build an explosives factory, with all the attendant pollution less than a kilometre from some of the world’s oldest petroglyphs and culture, possibly 30,000 years in age.
Burrup Vandalism Escalates
Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) today released photos of the latest vandalism at Kangaroo Paw Valley on the Burrup in the Dampier National Heritage listed area.
See FARA's press release
Australian Financial Review articles
The Australian Financial Review (the leading business newspaper in Australia) published 2 articles:
"On the rocks"
"Breaking the spirit of the rock"
(85Kb) on Friday 29th February 2008.
FARA meets Heritage Minister Garrett
Three representatives of FARA attended a constructive meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, with the new Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett.
The meeting followed Midnight Oil's ex front man's visit to the Burrup on the previous day where he was shown one of the rock art galleries by traditional custodians.
The meeting enabled FARA to impress on the Minister the World Heritage values of the Burrup and the surrounding Archipelago, dialog will we hope now remain open. See FARA's press release
On Saturday 17th November 2007, Burrup rock art campaigners targetted Liberal’s Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, Labor’s Gary Gray in Perth and Woodside’s Pluto B lease on the Burrup Peninsula by organising a series of actions.
press release here
Turnbull artfully dodges Burrup heritage decision
Turnbull outsourced his decision to Mr Cobb who did not consider the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo people's request. Woodside is currently removing/destroying 200 rock art. Woodside is in breach of several clauses of the section 18.
and Mr Cobb's extraordinary response to barrister Mr Kitto
Green light for Pluto
Commonwealth Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave Woodside approval to destroy/remove sacred rock art at Murujuga/the Burrup.
See ABC News article
Turnbull go-ahead for Woodside's Pluto
On the last day of the dying Federal Government, Friday October 12, Woodside were given final
to remove approximately 200 rock art panels on its Pluto B lease, by Minister Turnbull, to make way for an LNG plant. At the same time Assistant Environment Minister John Cobb said
he was "not satisfied that Site B was a significant Aboriginal area within the meaning of the Act", despite the area having been identified as having indigenous heritage values consistent with the National Heritage listing. See letter
Stop cultural vandalism
One of the most significant
in the area of the Conzink Bay on the Burrup Peninsula/Murujuga has recently been vandalised.
Advertisement campaign continues
FARA published its
in four NSW newspapers: the Eastern Suburbs Spectator, Paddington Woollahra Times, Randwick Leader, and Coogee/Maroubra Messenger.
Write to Malcolm Turnbull
FARA published an
in the Wentworth Courier to highlight Malcolm Turnbull’s responsibility for the fate of ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula.
Burrup heritage mess won’t go away
The Greens have added their support to the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo Native Title Group’s application for a Ministerial Declaration under Sections 9 and 10
of the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act over the Pluto Site ‘B’ lease on the Burrup Peninsula.
See press release
T.O. seeks injunction against Woodside
Traditional owners, the Wong-gg-tt-oo native title claimant group made an application to Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Minister for the Environment,
seeking an urgent injunction preventing Woodside from destroying the ancient rock art of Murujuga ("The Burrup").
See press release
3rd Stand Up target surpassed
Once again FARA exceeded its target with 27 out of 20 Stand Ups in the last 10 weeks. Click
to see the highlights.
FARA Bulletin 1, July/August 2007
This first bulletin brings you the news of the campaign to preserve Murujuga
Heritage Listing - Woodside must go
Malcolm turnbull announced National Heritage List for the Dampier Archipelago -
. "Woodside must go" said FARA in its
FARA criticises Woodside
FARA was quick to respond when Woodside CEO Don Voelte floated a plan to process
Browse Basin gas
on the Burrup. FARA issued a
the same day pointing out that there is no room in Karratha or Dampier to support any further industrial expansion. Mr Chapple called upon WA Premier Alan Carpenter to show leadership by establishing an integrated gas management plan for the Northwest.
Canberra Stand Up II
Senator Rachel Siewert, Mr Peter Andren MHR, and Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence MHR issued a joint media
expressing their strong support for FARA's campaign, which they described as "a fantastic grassroots effort aimed at lifting the profile of what many regard as Australia's most significant cultural and historical heritage site."
On 5 December 2006, Senator Seiwert and MHR's Andren and Lawrence also jointly sought Emergency National Heritage Listing for the Burrup,
an application that was rejected by the then Commonwealth Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, allowing Woodside to commence removing and destroying art on its "Pluto" Site A lease on the Burrup.
WA government [...] vandals - again
FARA press release
following the Stand Up coordinated by the World Monuments Fund
Panel and Staff
who re-listed the Burrup Peninsula in the
100 most endangered sites in the world for 2008.
Former PM supports FARA
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser wrote a
expressing his strong support for the preservation of the ancient rock art on the Burrup (see corresponding
FARA's Press Release
13% of Burrup rock art destroyed
sent by FARA to local, national and international media
Stand up with us
Other actions in preparation:
Burrup Peninsula - Hearsons Cove
Fritzlar, Saint Peters Church
Sommerville, Oak Lawn at the University of Western Australia
, Perth Sun Fair
On Sunday, 10th April, the Perth Sun Fair was held on the Oak Lawn at the University of Western Australia.
FARA participated with a stall focusing on the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula.
A ‘Stand Up for the Burrup’ was held in front of the ‘Eco Car’ (a VW beetle car covered in synthetic grass and powered with electricity from the solar panel on the roof). The 15 people involved in the stand up were FARA volunteers, volunteers from other stalls (anti-GM, anti-nuclear etc.), and interested members of the public.
Sacramento - Sacramento Convention Centre, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting
Archaeologists and members of the public following the General Session on `Site Presentation: Legal, Ethical and Methodological Issues` (chaired by Marni Walter) at the Society of American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California where Archaeologist Sue Smalldon presented a paper which included the efforts by Friends of Australian Rock Art, including a discussion about the world wide stand ups.
Sacramento - Hyatt Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting
Participants at the Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California during the Native American welcome reception held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Sacramento
Sacramento - Sheraton Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting - Rock Art Interest Group Meeting
Archaeologists that are part of the Society for American Archaeology rock art interest group during a Business Meeting of the Rock Art Interest Group, the Society of American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California
Sacramento - Sheraton Hotel, Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting - Student/New Member/Committee Reception
Archaeology students and new members of the Society for American Archaeology during a reception held by the commitee of the Society of American Archaeology at the 76th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento, California
New York - American Indian Community House, Inc
Native Americans supporting Indigenous Australians
Ephesus - Amphitheatre
This Stand Up took place in front of the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era and during the Roman period it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire after Rome. The city was famed forthe Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is claimed that the Gospel of John may have been written here and that St Paul livedhere for a while, writing several letters to its inhabitants
Ephesus so deserves its status of World Heritage listing for the extent and magnificence of its ancient ruins - so what about the ancient petroglyphs of the Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia, some of which are 30,000 years old?
Burrup, Patterson's Valley
This Stand Up took place on the actual Burrup Peninsula during FARA's 4th annual trip in July 2010 to discover the wonders of the ancient rock art.
The participants were anxious that Colin Barnett (Premier of Western Australia) was reminded of his election promise to save the precious petroglyphs from further desecration by prohibiting further industrial leases on the Burrup Peninsula... Was it just an expedient/empty political promise?
WA Greens Conference
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