Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



11 November 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Petroglyphs to be returned

Having received advice from my Department late yesterday, I have now signed Aboriginal heritage permits for the return of the Preminghana Petroglyphs to the Country from which they were taken, in the State’s Far North West, over 60 years ago.

It is nationally accepted that materials recognised as spiritually and culturally important, or acquired in an unethical way, should be returned to their rightful owners unconditionally.

On this basis, arrangements for the physical return of the Petroglyphs to their final resting place will be made through agreements between TMAG and QVMAG and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, as the title holder of the Preminghana site on behalf of all Aboriginal people in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government stands ready to support them, as needed, to ensure the Petroglyphs are safely returned, protected and managed for the benefit of all Aboriginal Tasmanians.



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