A Perth company's request to mine on national heritage listed land in the Pilbara has been labelled a 'joke' by a Greens MP.

Burrup Materials has filed a request with the Department of Mines and Petroleum to gain three prospecting licenses and a mining lease on the Burrup Peninsula.

A significant portion of the proposed tenement is on national heritage listed land.

Rio Tinto, which operates a port nearby, has lodged an objection to the proposal in the WA Mining Warden's Court.

Greens MP Robin Chapple says the area has rich Indigenous history and he is astonished the proposal was lodged in the first place.

"It's not only a joke that it has got this far, but it shows a complete lack of sensitivity or even basic analysis by the proponent in this case that they could consider going here," Mr Chapple said.

"It is abject nonsense that some turkey could come along and actually put in an application to mine what is one of the most significant areas on the Burrup, when it's covered by the national heritage listing."

The ABC has tried unsuccessfully to contact Burrup Materials.

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