Cultural Heritage destruction at Boatshed Point

03 December 2013

It’s not like Gladstone has a lot of cultural heritage. Unlike some other old settlements in Australia, there aren’t a lot of historical buildings around.
Which makes it all the more important that what little we have is protected and preserved.
This part of the Arrow EIS has recently been drawn to our attention:

Full document can be found here

25.4.1 Known Non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage Sites

The following known non-Indigenous cultural heritage sites will be completely destroyed during the construction of the Boatshed Point construction camp and Boatshed Point materials offloading facility:

Site No. 8: Ruins of rendered brick building.

Cottage at Boatshed Point 2 Cottage at Boatshed Point 1

These photos were taken by Cheryl Watson in 2012.

More photos are available in the EIS

Our concern is this: by what right does a multinational destroy our children’s cultural heritage, even if they promise to “Record the … sites in detail prior to construction and destruction” (EIS Table 25.2 – C25.02). There are people living in Gladstone right now who are descendants of the pioneers who built these items.

Perhaps in the grand scheme of things, these buildings have limited historical value. Perhaps in the grand scheme of things, the people of Gladstone are unimportant. Nevertheless, this is where we live, and we must protect our heritage. After all, once these buildings are destroyed, they can never be replaced.

And all this for someone else’s short term profits?

It’s a betrayal of our children for ‘thirty pieces of silver’.

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25.4.1 Known Non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage Sites
The following known non-Indigenous cultural heritage sites will be partially or completely destroyed during the construction of the LNG plant:
Site No. 1: “Birkenhead” outstation.
Site No. 2: Grave at “Birkenhead” outstation.
Site No. 3: Post cutting site.
Site No. 4: Old yards.
Site No. 5: Stock enclosure.
Site No. 6: Historic fence line (will be partially destroyed).
Site No. 10: Former dairy site/fisherman’s hut.
The following known non-Indigenous cultural heritage sites will be completely destroyed during the construction of the Boatshed Point construction camp and Boatshed Point materials offloading facility:
Site No. 7: Pre-1870 track alignment.
Site No. 8: Ruins of rendered brick building.
Site No. 9: China Bay yards occur in the project area for the LNG jetty and would be completely destroyed during construction. However, this site is likely to be impacted or destroyed prior to the construction of the LNG jetty because it is located within the construction footprint of the Santos Gladstone LNG project materials offloading facility, which is under construction. This site will be destroyed and no mitigation is required under the project.
Site No. 11: Various fence alignments (Targinnie) may be disturbed by the construction of TWAF 8 if found to be located within the project area.

Full document can be found here (secured pdf) or here (interactive web)