Traditional Owners in the Northern Territory are calling on the Gunner Government to protect an historic Aboriginal quarry from destruction, following an application to expand the McArthur River mine.

Glencore, which operates the mine, applied and gained approval to expand their waste rock dump which threatens a number of sacred sites, including a site which was used as a quarry by the region’s ancestors.

Garawa man Jack Green says the site used to be a crafting and trading area.

Final approval to destroy the site is yet to be given by the NT Heritage Minister.

CEO of the Environmental Defenders Office, David Morris says the McArthur River mine should be included in the inquiry into the destruction of the Juukan Caves.

Glencore says it’s waiting to finish consultations and the Government’s approval before it goes ahead.