We believe Aboriginal cultural heritage and industry can successfully co-exist.

Woodside has operated on the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia for more than 35 years. We've matured our approach to heritage management considerably over this time, and are proud of the relationships we have built with Traditional Owners and Custodians. 

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Our approach

  • We seek to avoid impacts to cultural heritage. If avoidance is not possible, we minimise and mitigate the impacts.
  • We ensure Traditional Custodians are central to heritage management so that cultural values are understood and remain protected.
  • We have detailed Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) for our onshore facilities, and complete audits at least annually with Traditional Custodians and an independent archaeologist.
  • All site employees complete cultural heritage inductions and have access to on-country cultural learning through MAC.
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Our journey

Our approach to managing and protecting cultural heritage has improved over time. Cultural heritage impacts were managed differently in the 1980s. The Western Australian (WA) Government, through the WA Museum, managed the heritage assessment and site clearances on behalf of the North West Shelf Project during the design and construction of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP). The Traditional Custodians were not involved in this process - an approach that does not meet today's standards or community expectations.

In 2014, Woodside as operator of the North West Shelf Project worked with Traditional Custodians and government stakeholders to complete the Hearson Cove Compound Remediation Project. The project relocated more than 1700 pieces of rock art safely and with sensitivity from a secure holding compound used during KGP construction to appropriate positions within the local landscape. The project marked an important step forward on our reconciliation journey.

Our approach matured with the design and construction of Pluto LNG in the mid-2000s. The Traditional Custodians were central to the heritage management process. An important outcome was an engineering redesign of the initial Pluto LNG plant to avoid and protect the most significant heritage sites. 

We are continuing this approach as we progress our proposed growth projects, which will take place within existing leases and have been designed to avoid heritage sites.

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Woodside acknowledges Indigenous people's connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to ancestors and elders - past, present and emerging. We recognise the many contributions Indigenous people make to our business, as community members and employees.