Sunday August 21, 2011 13:17 AEST
At the height of the fires burning in the northeast of James Price Point, on Friday, residents of Walmandan went to Woodside’s compound in order to gain access to Bilby researchers out in the northern part of the land scarring. However, no one was in the compound and the access road gate was locked. This made it impossible to utilise the quickest and safest way to where researchers were working.
On the same day, the Broome Shire used the fire as an excuse to complete Woodside’s trace line (the proposed 120 million dollar highway from the Cape Leveque Road to James Price Point) right through to the biota track.
Meanwhile Woodside’s Fire Management Plan (World’s Best Practice) is hot in action:
Run for your life
Lock up your gates
Leave the fuel tank and
Take the water trucks
Whilst the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) was in discussions with Environs Kimberley about the best way to manage this fire, the Shire of Broome took it upon themselves to undertake this work. The bulldozer was being walked through by other staff members from DEC, with GPS in hands. No Traditional Owners or FESA representatives were present at the bulldozing.
Many government departments were aware of heritage sites located within the trace line path.
On Saturday morning, someone used the trace line to light additional fires.
These aerials shots were taken early Friday morning.
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Hands off country.