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 The ancient Maori rock drawings at Tongaporutu have been destroyed by erosion.
Photographer Harley Betts discovered the damage last week.
He found a large section of the cliff face had collapsed, taking the mysterious drawings with it.

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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has backed a global campaign against the destruction of Aboriginal rock art in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
Mr Fraser said Australia's reputation as a defender of world heritage would be "severely damaged" if ancient rock art on the Burrup Peninsula was not preserved.

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Queensland archaeologists have discovered a nationally significant sacred Aboriginal rock art site on the outskirts of Sydney.
The Blue Mountains site contains depictions of all the key ancestral beings of spiritual importance to Aborigines, including Eagle-Hawk, who was believed to have created part of south-east Australia's landscape.
Gold Coast-based archaeologist and team-leader Paul Tacon said they also found drawings of key ancestral figures Baiame and Daramulan, as well as white hand stencils and charcoal drawings of human figures.
Professor Tacon said some of the drawings could be up to 1000 years old and others as recently done as just after the arrival of Europeans.

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Manypeaks hunting and camping site
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An ancient hunting and camping site near Albany, in southern Western Australia, has become the first in the state to be returned to local Aborigines under the Indigenous Land Corporation's cultural acquisition program.
The six hectare site at Manypeaks features a rock shelter in which was recently discovered a fire hearth and the remnants of a burnt turtle shell, thought to be more than 12,000-years-old.
The Indigenous Land Corporation bought the land last year and has now signed a three-year lease agreement with a local Aboriginal heritage group.

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National Trust backs Burrup heritage report
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The National Trust says it is pleased the heritage value of Western Australia's Burrup Peninsula and its ancient rock art is finally being recognised.

The Australian Heritage Council has released details of its assessment of the peninsula, where Woodside Petroleum wants to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant.

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THE future of Australia's biggest resources project seems assured with the Howard Government to reject calls for blanket heritage listing of Western Australia's Burrup Peninsula.

Despite the presence of the world's oldest rock art in the area, federal cabinet is today expected to agree to work with the West Australian Government on a new development strategy for the peninsula, in the state's rugged northwest.
This would allow companies such as Woodside Petroleum, which operates the $19 billion North West Shelf gas project, to press ahead with developments.
Under the cabinet plan, a new management agreement would be reached with the state Government. This would allow development to proceed, while reducing the chances of environmental groups launching costly legal challenges to development applications.
The decision is unlikely to please groups such as the National Trust, which believes resources giants like Woodside risk destroying Aboriginal artworks dating back tens of thousands of years.

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The Greens are calling on the federal and Western Australian governments to help save ancient Aboriginal rock art on the state's Burrup Peninsula.

Greens leader Bob Brown says the development of gas processing factories are threatening almost a million separate art works.
Senator Brown says the Commonwealth should intervene to protect the entire area in north-west Western Australia, rather than the 60 per cent promised by the State Government.

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