Saturday, March 9, 2013

Miner promises to protect Qld rock art - The West Australian

Miner promises to protect Qld rock art - The West Australian: One of Australia's biggest mining giants says it has no intention of damaging ancient Quinkan rock art in Cape York, in an area where it wants to explore for minerals.

But opponents aren't convinced.

Jacaranda Joint Venture, half of which is owned by Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting company, has applied for two permits to search the region, including a 307 square kilometre area about 40km southeast of Laura.

Hancock Prospecting chief development officer John Klepec says the firm will remove rock art and other significant heritage sites from its application once the locations of these have been confirmed.

He says the firm only recently found out there are significant rock art sites in the area.

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