Woodside has applied for permission to enter and damage the sand-dune country west of Manari Road near James Price Point (A short distance from were these images were taken). The outcome of their Section 18 Heritage clearance application will be known very soon.
This particular country has enormous cultural and environmental values. There are several heritage sites, the Song Cycle between Broome and One Arm Point passes through there and the monsoon vine thickets are a Threatened Ecological Community.
Broome community members are calling on Woodside to abandon its plans to drill and excavate sand dunes as part of its investigation for port facilities for the proposed gas refineries at James Price Point.
The sand dunes and rare Monsoon Vine Thickets have been recommended for protection by the WA Environmental Protection Authority twice in the past twenty years because of their environmental significance and their cultural heritage values.
produced by: Shane Hughes
The WA Museum also recommended they be protected in 1989 because of their outstanding archaeological and cultural significance.
"Woodside need to read these previous recommendations for the protection of this area so they get an understanding of how sensitive and important they are environmentally and culturally," said Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokesperson Nik Wevers.
"Anyone who reads the government reports that recommended there be no disturbance to the west side of Manari Road will come to the conclusion that what Woodside is proposing is not acceptable. We are calling on them to abandon their clearing and drilling work in this area," said Ms Wevers.
Such is the concern about Woodside's plans that Community members have already begun mobilising to protest any destruction.
"Many people in the community are concerned about Woodside's plans and are organising to take action to protect the sand dunes. This coast is Broome's backyard. It's where people go to recharge after a hard working week in town, it's not a place where we want to see drill rigs and excavators," Ms Wevers said.
"What we're seeing is that the community who love that coast are saying they're drawing a line in the sand and they're going to stand up and be counted for this one," Ms Wevers said.
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