The vandalism of Koonalda Cave has been described as a “massive, tragic loss”, and highlights why better protections are needed for cultural heritage sites, as vandals have destroyed 30,000 year old artwork.
The area has been listed as a national heritage site since 2014, however the fencing around the cave has not been updated since the 1980s. The inadequate security for the site allowed vandals to dig their way under the fencing and destroy the artwork within the sacred site.
The destruction of the site calls for greater action to be taken to ensure the protection of cultural heritage sites within South Australia, to ensure they are afforded the security they deserve.
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