A registered Aboriginal site has been damaged at one of BHP’s iron ore mines in the Pilbara less than eight months after the mining giant promised not to disturb any sites in the area without “further deep consultation” with the Banjima traditional owners.
The site, a culturally significant rock shelter, was reportedly damaged by a rockfall in late January. It is one of several Banjima sites located in and around BHP’s mining area C near its $4.5bn South Flank iron ore mining operation.
BHP said the heritage site was not part of its current mining operations and the cause of the rockfall was not known. The site was first recorded in 2005.
The Banjima native title Aboriginal corporation (BNTAC) said BHP wrote to them in late January…