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Program management history 

In August 2002 the Western Australian Government established the independent Burrup Rock Art Monitoring Management Committee. This committee was replaced by the Burrup Rock Art Technical Working Group (BRATWG) in 2010. BRATWG oversaw the ongoing studies conducted to establish whether industrial emissions could affect the rock art. BRATWG’s term ended 1 July 2016. 

The Burrup rock art monitoring program was managed by the former Department of State Development until 1 July 2010, the former Department of Environment and Conservation until 1 July 2013 and the then Department of Environment Regulation until 1 July 2017.

Future management

As at 1 July 2017, the new Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is responsible for the ongoing management of the Burrup rock art monitoring program.

Burrup Rock Art Strategy

On 8 September 2017, DWER released a draft Burrup Rock Art Strategy, providing a long-term framework to protect Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga). 

Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group

The Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group was established by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson in September 2018 to oversee finalisation and implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Strategy. The reference group is chaired by Dr Ron Edwards.

Burrup Rock Art monitoring 

Monitoring of colour change and spectral mineralogy of the Burrup rock art has been undertaken by CSIRO since 2004. CSIRO prepares annual monitoring reports that compare the results of each year’s monitoring with results since 2004. 

The most recent colour change and spectral mineralogy report enitled Burrup Peninsula Aboriginal Petroglyphs: Colour change and spectral mineralogy 2004-2016 combines the monitoring results of 2015 and 2016. The report incorporates a number of recommendations outlined in the review reports of Data Analysis Australia. The review reports, CSIRO’s 2004-2016 monitoring report and other relevant reports are available here.

Previous CSIRO monitoring reports

Accelerated erosion tests

 In 2016, CSIRO undertook an experimental extreme weathering study to understand the effect that different concentrations of pollutants (nitric and sulphuric acid, ammonia and ammonium nitrate) generated from industries close to the rock art could have on the surface of Burrup Peninsula gabbro and granophyre rock samples

Accelerated erosion tests were conducted by CSIRO between 2004 and 2007 using fumigation chambers to assess the impact of different pollutant scenarios, and to evaluate the role that dust may play in rock surface modification.

Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group’