If ever there was a time for Broome people to stand up and be counted and to take some action, now is it. The bulldozer and other earth moving and drilling machinery, support equipment and crew is out there ready to destroy the very bush, country and natural wonders of James Price Point, Quondong and surrounds we love. Currently the movement of equipment is at a standstill while the Police delay in detaching the man they have arrested, from the bulldozer. This is likely to happen early tomorrow morning and the blockade needs to stand firm and stop that equipment moving. While the State Government will allow under the auspices of the Land Administration Act and any new regulations or processes the Department of State Development might instigate Woodside intends to clear 25 hectares. Clearing Permit: ftp://ftp.dec.wa.gov.au/Permit/3771/Permit/CPS 3771 - Woodside Energy Limited - Lot 259 on Plan 220696 and Manari Road Reserve Waterbank - Shire of Broome - Permit Plan and Decision Report. The Federal Environment Minister has not yet made any approvals for this project.
Apparently, now any queries directed to the Department of Environment or the EPA are to be responded to by State Development. Remind yourself, the State is the applicant, developer, assessor and referrer of this project. It's disappointing to hear Woodside in their public statement today ask for respect for the Traditional Owners decision. Yes, the land owners may well have made a decision to support the precinct for a billion $ deal (proudly announced by the Premier on ABC Radio 10 days before the vote was taken by Traditional Owners.) However Land owners have a moral responsibility to know that what is developed on their land does not impact on the environment and on the social values of Broome. Just like the State (and Commonwealth) has a moral responsibility to deliver services equitably across the State. Once the country is destroyed it will never return to the wilderness it is today not after 99 or even 30 years of gas processing. The Joint Venture partners, Shell, BP, BHP and Chevron would do well to sit up and take notice.
MEDIA RELEASE -BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN
Woodside Petroleum has been delayed in their attempt to clear 25 hectares of Kimberley bush near James Price Point. Members of the Broome community this morning blocked the bulldozer headed for the controversial proposed gas refinery. Police were called to the protests. “This is appalling behaviour by Woodside, they do not have State or Federal Government approval for the gas refinery project. They are literally bulldozing the Kimberley, the Broome Community and the State and Federal Government process to select the site for gas refineries to process Browse Basin gas.” The Federal Government has ultimate responsibility for this.
The Broome community is calling on the Federal Minister for the Environment Tony Burke and Federal Minister for Industry Martin Ferguson to reign in Woodside and the State Government.
Protesters are concerned that the gas refineries will be the foot in the door to industrialise the Kimberley.
WA Premier Colin Barnett is on the record saying that he’d like the Kimberley to be the next Pilbara, expanding the heavily industrialised North West of Western Australia.
“The International Community need to know that the Western Australian Government is intent on destroying the Kimberley and that Woodside, BP, BHP, Shell and Chevron are part of this plan. This is at the time when the world is just beginning to understand the global, natural and cultural wonders of the Kimberley.
MEDIA RELEASE - PROTESTER LOCKED ON TO BULLDOZER ON MANARI ROAD NEAR JAMES PRICE POINT
BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN
This morning the Broome Community no gas campaign stopped Woodside’s bulldozer and clearing equipment on the Manari Road. Currently a protester is locked onto the bulldozer just south of Quondong on the Manari Road preventing the Woodside clearing equipment advancing along the road to the proposed 25 hectare clearing site.
The Broome community is calling on the Federal Minister for Environment to intervene and to stop the clearing until this project has the required approvals to go ahead.
Further good news today.
The Australian Heritage Council recommends to the Minister ( Tony Burke) that the Dampier Peninsula coastline be included in the West Kimberley National Heritage listing. The Minister is due to make his decision by 30th June.