Traditional Owner confronts Woodside workers chasing world’s largest dinosaur footprint
Over the last two days a group consisting of 6 scientists and 6 Woodside security personnel have entered the culturally sensitive intertidal zone near James Price Point without clearance from Traditional Owners. The group was first seen yesterday at 3:30pm and again this morning around 5:30am. They were searching for dinosaur trackways that are protected under the National Heritage Act, and are located within a registered Aboriginal Heritage Site.
Traditional owners alongside other community members approached peacefully to enquire why they were working on the west side of Manari Road, and the security forces responded aggressively, assaulting and attempting to destroy the camera of a community member.
Woodside representative then claimed the scientists were there on behalf of the Environmental Protection Authority. The EPA has since confirmed that this is not true. “They have no business being on country. Why are they lying about being there on behalf of the EPA – what have they got to hide?” questioned Goolarabooloo law boss Phillip Roe. On the back of the recent ABC Catalyst program that revealed what is possibly the world’s largest dinosaur footprint, there are grave concerns that Woodside are trying to determine the location of this culturally sensitive site – and may seek to remove or damage this dinosaur trackway of global significance.
The intertidal zone has National Heritage protection and Broome community members including traditional owners are concerned about damage to the trackways, the sensitive reef, and question the scientists’ intentions and why they are falsely claiming to represent the EPA.
Local dinosaur researcher Nigel Clarke said, “These trackways are globally significant and this entire area of coast has been granted protection by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke - why didn’t they consult with leading palaeontologists who are experts in this area?”
“Why did they not consult with traditional custodians of the Song cycle that these trackways are part of?” asked Phillip Roe.
Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe: 9192 4910,
Paleontologist : Dr Steven Salisbury 0407 788 660