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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
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To the honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

The petitioners support for World Heritage Listing on the Dampier Archipelago as shown in the underlying map and oppose the development of any further industrial infrastructure on any of the islands that make up the Dampier Archipelago that may impact on the National and World Heritage values of the place.

It is acknowledged that the Dampier Archipelago contains what is probably the largest assemblage of prehistoric rock engravings (petroglyphs) anywhere in the world and provides one of the few chronologies in the world of environmental and social change through the last ice age to the present.

In light of the above statement your petitioners request that the Senate:

Review all scientific data and expert advice on the scientific, cultural and heritage values of the rock art, standing stones and other components of the archaeology that exists on the islands of the Dampier Archipelago to test its value as a World Heritage nomination.

Investigate what activities the Federal Government has made or may undertake to encourage the State of Western Australia to nominate the area for World Heritage listing and make ensuing recommendations to the Federal Government to pursue such nomination.

Your petitioners therefore request that you give this matter earnest consideration, and your petitioners as in duty bound; will ever pray

by Senator Siewert (from 300 citizens)

Petitions received.