Rio Tinto blasting of Juukan Gorge Indigenous site prompts call for heritage protections

Original article by Toby Hussey, Karen Michelmore, Holly Ferguson
abc.net au – Page: Online : 29-May-20

Rio Tinto recently destroyed two ancient rock caves in Western Australia’s Pilbara region as a result of blasting activity. It had secured permission for the blasting in 2013 under section 18 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which allows landowners to seek exemption from laws that ban work that is likely to impact Aboriginal sites. WA Mining and Pastoral Region MP Robin Chapple has called on Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt to review all approved Section 18 notices following the destruction of the caves. Chris Salisbury, the CEO of iron ore at Rio Tinto, says the company takes cultural heritage "very seriously".

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

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