Aboriginal rock shelter in Pilbara damaged after BHP promised not to disturb heritage sites

Aboriginal rock shelter in Pilbara damaged after BHP promised not to disturb heritage sites

The Guardian

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Mining giant says the culturally significant area was damaged by rockfall in late January but the cause is unknown

A registered Aboriginal site has been damaged at one of BHP’s iron ore mines in the Pilbara less than eight months after the mining giant promised not to disturb any sites in the area without “further deep consultation” with the Banjima traditional owners.

The site, a culturally significant rock shelter, was reportedly damaged by a rockfall in late January. It is one of several Banjima sites located in and around BHP’s mining area C near its $4.5bn South Flank iron ore mining operation.

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