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BHP investigating how Aboriginal site near Pilbara iron ore mine was damaged

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Traditional owners in Western Australia’s Pilbara region are investigating damage to an Aboriginal heritage site at a BHP iron ore mine.

The rock shelter, a registered heritage site on Banjima country, was disrupted by a rockfall which was identified by BHP at its Mining Area C operations in late January.

It is not yet known whether mining activity caused the disturbance.

BHP advised Banjima traditional owners of the incident and agreed to launch a joint investigation to determine the cause of the disruption.

In a statement on Tuesday, BHP’s Edgar Basto said the site was subject to a Section 18 approval allowing it to be disturbed, but was not part of current mining operations.

“The heritage site was first recorded in 2005 with the…



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