City supports Burrup World Heritage listing

A proposal to gain World Heritage status for the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago continues to gain traction with the City of Karratha indicating support for the project.

Council stressed the need to sustainably balance the current nationally significant industrial activities as well as recreational uses with the World Heritage requirements.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said World Heritage listing was a complex process but had the opportunity to bring significant benefits to the region.

“Our community knows how special and how beautiful the Burrup and the Dampier Archipelago are,” Cr Long said.

“The area is also very significant as the home of some of the World’s oldest Aboriginal rock art,” he said.

“Protecting the area will also bring more attention to the area which could help to promote sustainable nature based and indigenous cultural tourism in the region.”

Local Government is not directly involved in the UNESCO World Heritage process, however the State Government must support the nomination for the Federal Government to progress the issue.