Heritage bid deals blow to gas plant - The West Australian
Woodside's plans to build a gas processing plant at James Price Point near Broome have been dealt a major blow with the Australian Heritage Council recommending the site be included in a national heritage listing for the west Kimberley.
Documents obtained by The West Australian under Freedom of Information reveal the council has reversed its decision to leave James Price Point out of its initial assessment of Kimberley heritage values.
Its final boundaries for the proposed 20 million hectare heritage area were given to former environment minister Peter Garrett almost six months ago but have not yet been made public.
In them, the council says dinosaur footprints along the west coast of the Dampier Peninsula have heritage value.
The recommendation is another headache for Environment Minister Tony Burke, who has already put off a decision on national heritage listing for the Kimberley until June, when he will consider environmental approvals for the $30 billion project.