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Perth's Roe 8 on Indigenous heritage site

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The traditional owners of Beeliar Wetlands want to be on site while the Perth Freight Link is constructed in case ancient Aboriginal artefacts are uncovered.

Government consultants met with the owners on Thursday to discuss heritage management plans for the proposed Roe 8 highway extension, which is the first part of the link, as the development area includes current and former archaeological heritage sites.

They belong to the Nyungar people and once contained chert stone tools known to be at least 5000 years old, as well as quartz and glass artefacts.

Traditional owners were previously consulted for their views on the extension, with the majority opposing the development.

It was recommended a representative from each traditional owner group be allowed on site during construction to monitor for artefacts but Aboriginal Heritage approval was signed off without this being included.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren was asked to leave the meeting on Thursday before it began, despite being invited by traditional owners.

She said current government plans to not have qualified Aboriginal site monitors would result in artefacts failing to be recorded.

"For the minister to not even allow this, on top of the appalling processes he endorsed in order to manipulate Aboriginal heritage approval for Roe 8, demonstrates the height of philistinism and contempt for Aboriginal heritage from the person charged with protecting it," she said.

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