A Senate report warning of damage to the 50,000-year-old treasures has persuaded the state government to act

The Western Australian government has formally committed to pursuing world heritage status for the Burrup peninsula, one of the oldest and richest examples of rock art in the world.

It comes five months after a Senate inquiry report into managing the site warned that the cumulative emissions from heavy industry on the peninsula, centred around the north-west shelf gas project, could be damaging the surface of the rock art and causing it to degrade.

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