Friends of Australian Rock Art or FARA, first came together in November 2005 as the Friends of Pilbara Rock Art, convened by the National Trust WA.
Since then the organisation has grown to become an independent incorporated association that is still focused on raising awareness of the threat to rock art on the Dampier Archipelago.
All of FARA’s activities are undertaken by volunteers who are passionate about the protection, preservation and promotion of rock art, particularly that of the Dampier Archipelago.
There have been some real successes along the way, with many more people now aware of how precious the rock art of the Dampier Archipelago is.
Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) works to protect, preserve and promote Australian rock art in general, and in particular the petroglyphs found in the Dampier Archipelago (including Murujuga/Burrup Peninsula) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
To allow future generations to marvel at the beauty of Australia’s rich rock art cultural heritage.
Friends of Australian Rock Art’s mission is to protect, preserve and promote the rock art of this very ancient human landscape, forged by numerous generations of Aboriginal people who have continuously lived in the area for millennia.
How we do it:
Protect – we engage with State and Federal government and industry to ensure no further industrial development takes place on the Burrup Peninsula, but rather in more suitable locations. We liaise with those companies which are already established, to look at ways to minimise the impact of their activities (such as direct and indirect emissions, controlled explosions, and land clearance).
Preserve – FARA works in conjunction with local Traditional Owners to ensure that it promotes local knowledge in a culturally appropriate manner.
We also build alliances with Universities and research institutes to further investigate the impacts of large-scale human activities on the rock art and identify possible solutions.
Promote – we run an educational tour once a year, to allow people from all over Australia and beyond to visit and marvel at the beauty and complexity of this landscape. We seek to educate the broader community about the history of Australia prior to European settlement.
This is a long list, but FARA is proud of its long achievements and continuing fight for this unique cultural asset.
Goals for the protection of the rock art of the Dampier Archipelago (including Murujuga/Burrup Peninsula):
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In the last month, the Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance (AHAA) and the WA Alliance of Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers have both called for a halt to the promulgation of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill first introduced in September 2020.
We are always looking for committed people to give their time and skills to the work of FARA – even if you can only spare a few hours.
To nomiate for the Committee, download and complete the FARA Nomination Form. It must be received by FARA seven days prior to an AGM (generally held in March).