Thursday, October 30, 2008

Price's Pt is too precious

IS JAMES Price Point worth preserving in its natural state? After all, there is only bush, sand, pindan cliffs and rocks there.
Maybe so, but anyone who has taken the time to travel the 60km from Broome on the winding track which eventually reveals the pristine beauty of this unique spot could not but be moved.

Having made the trip myself on numerous occasions over the past 30 years to camp, fish and explore, it’s hard to believe this peaceful area may soon change forever.

Presently there are no unsightly human structures of any type to be seen, no matter how far you may squint into the far horizon.

Isn’t Price’s Point a very significant site for Aboriginal people who have strong connections to the Lurujarri Trail? In a previous newspaper, The Broome News, over 20 years ago the custodian law keeper of that area stated that Price’s Point was a “non-development zone to be used as per tradition for camping, learning and recreation”.

There are limited areas within easy driving distance where “Broomites” can get away and unwind, so why take Price’s Point away from them? Obviously offshore gas will bring wealth and mega development but is it worth the environmental cost?

Progress will no doubt mean a sealed road in the not-too distant future where we can reach Price’s Point in half the time and then won’t we be delighted to show our children the LNG hub.

Brian Kane, Broome
Opinion: Broome Advertiser, Thursday, October 30, 2008, Page12

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