Thursday, December 18, 2008

Environs Kimberley supports Shire of Broome decision

Media Release 17th December, 2008
Environs Kimberley welcomes Broome Shire Council motion rejecting LNG Hub
Environs Kimberley has welcomed Broome Shire Council’s decision to send a strong message to WA Premier Colin Barnett rejecting the development of an LNG hub or precinct on the coast within the Shire of Broome.
The motion, which was promoted by Cr Nik Wevers and passed 5 votes to 4, argued that an LNG hub would cause: “extreme and permanent destruction of marine and terrestrial environments which are of national and international significance”.
The motion also outlined the risks of an LNG precinct to existing industries within the Shire of Broome such as pearling, fishing and tourism as well as potential destructive impacts on Indigenous cultural and heritage values.
“This is a great outcome for Broome and for the Dampier Peninsula environment,” said EK Director Martin Pritchard.
“Now we just have to hope the Premier listens and takes account of local opinions and sentiments.”
Council also moved a motion requesting the Premier to provide advice on the State Government’s plans for continuing the Northern Development Taskforce and requested a commitment regarding socio-economic and industry impact studies.
“We are looking forward to participating in the Shire’s proposed forum and static exhibition which will inform and educate people within the Shire on the direct impacts - economic, environmental and social - of an LNG hub or precinct,” Mr Pritchard said.
“We urge the Premier to look into alternative sites in the Pilbara which already have existing infrastructure.”
Media Contact:
Martin Pritchard: 08 9192 1922 or 0427 548 075

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