Why the Broome Community is locking Woodside and their Contractors
Out Of Country.
1. We, the Broome Community are;
Ø Standing with the Indigenous People who are standing up and protecting their: Law, Culture, Heritage and Country. We assert the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Article 10 Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.
Article 25 Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.
2. On Thursday the 9th and Friday 10th of June, Joseph Roe, met with departmental executives from the Department of Indigenous Affairs office in Broome with footage and GPS maps proving that extensive and totally unacceptable destruction has already occurred on and within Aboriginal Heritage registered and non- registered Sites in the course of Woodside’s preliminary on-ground works. Two DIA representatives were taken into Country and Phillip Roe walked them through Country showing the damage. That there is already significant damage at this early stage does not bode well for respect for cultural heritage once actual construction, and later gas plant operation begins.
Ø We are insisting that the Department of Indigenous Affairs use its powers under the Aboriginal Heritage Act to issue a “cease-work order” immediately as this is the standard first response to allegations of damage to Aboriginal registered Heritage Sites.
3. We are requesting Federal Environment Minister, the Hon Tony Burke exercise his powers under ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 1999 - SECT 70
Under this legislation, the Minister may request referral of proposal :
(a) the person; or
Actions with significant impact on listed threatened species or endangered community prohibited without approval
Species that are extinct in the wild
Offences relating to threatened species etc.
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(i) a species; or
4. The Australian Heritage Council has recommended to the Minister for Environment that this coastline, earmarked for the proposed Kimberley gas hub, be declared a national heritage site. In its final report to the Government, the Australian Heritage Council expanded the recommended boundary to include Dampier Peninsula.
Ø We are calling on Commonwealth Government to declare the 20-million hectares of the West Kimberley a national heritage area as soon as possible in order to have this coastal strip protected under the National Heritage Act.
5. We are only prepared to negotiate the safe removal of all Woodside’s equipment currently in Country, without delay.