Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Re Proctor's whinging dummy spitting


Submission by
Broome Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc
Broome Chamber of Commerce

..................Page 4

For example, the following recent events, inter alia, are cited as having had a major impact on the
economy of Broome and the West Kimberley-

 The global financial crisis and the high Australian Dollar have impacted the tourism and
hospitality industries with substantially decreased air traffic and accommodation demand although
clearly Broome is not alone here;

 The ad hoc political decision of the former Commonwealth Government to suspend live
cattle exports to Indonesia has forced many pastoralists to the verge of bankruptcy and to 
sell pastoral properties; and

 The decision of WOODSIDE not to proceed with the LNG development at James Price Point
north of Broome. 

That decision has caused many local businesses that had geared up to
supply goods and services to Woodside to contract, close or relocate businesses away from
Broome. It has also had a material impact on the demand for training and apprenticeships. 
Each of these events coupled with the underlying permanent high cost of living in the region has a
flow on effect with the loss of business confidence, skilled workers and negativity towards the future
of the region****."


"Broome is a natural location to host a Logistics Cluster (Hub) that will be a central tenet in driving
future economic growth for the region. 

The three components of a successful Hub are-

A deep water port

        The Port of Broome is ideally located as it is the only deep water, largely sheltered,
 port in the Kimberley. It can manage the larger vessels that include cruise ships, 
livestock carriers, barging and various oil and gas supply vessels and fuel tankers.


        The availability of land controlled by the Port of Broome has encouraged oil and gas
companies to establish supply bases there and in recent months as the Shell Prelude
 project develops other supply companies are seeking to establish operations in the


      Not withstanding the above, industry players note the need for further wharf
capacity at the Port, that on some estimates could be as high as $425 million, but
the State Government has NOT SHOWN SUPPORT for such development. 
If this is the 
case the Port of Broome could be a candidate for privatisation to facilitate such 

 International Airport.......................

Road Transport network........................


      Going through the entire thing there was nothing about activists - it was all about lack of government support, cost of living, shortage of skilled labour, remoteness etc etc.

So what bought on the dummy spit all of a sudden?

And why activists?


  1. Lo and behold !

    The answer it seems is on BCNG Facebook :

    "via Mitch Torres : There is no doubt that the Broome Port is being developed as an industrial port,including the expansion of the port as a supply base for both the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry,and for the export of oil from the Canning basin .Buru Energy is expecting to announce its position on exporting oil out of Broome sometime in June 2014.In the short term,oil exports will be out of the existing wharf,which will be closed for 3 days a week,for other vessels, to meet safety requirement of the port.If oil exports are increased,Buru will probably need to build a stand alone facility which is likely to include more storage tanks and an oil/water separation plant.The Roebuck Deeps area adjacent to fisherman's bend between Dampier Creek and Crab creek will be under consideration.I have just spent a week on the water in Darwin harbour.The construction of the Inpex LNG plants now in full swing,and is transforming Darwin.There is a constant stream of industrial shipping ,including dredges,container ships,and LNG tankers[Conocco Philips].Local charter boat operators have estimated that the number of dolphin sightings has fallen by 90 percent, with the sediment plume from the dredging operations,clearly visible on Modis Satellite Images.The Transformation of Broome and Roebuck Bay into an industrial port will have a major impact on the area.The proposed Marine Park for Roebuck Bay,will provide no protection for what is regarded as on of the most productive and unique marine environments on the kimberley coast."

    Dare I take this one step further and suggest Proctor/Bloom and their cronies have big plans to "have skin in the game" on the privatisation of Broome Port ?

    This would then make some sense of Proctors outburst over activists.

    e.g. : "I sent half the town broke by telling them to get 2nd and 3rd mortgages on their homes and do whatever it takes to buy new gear to get work on the gas hub"

    (Due to start 2011)

    "...........and I'm damned if I'll have these pesky activists meddling in my plans to industrialise ROEBUCK BAY"


    Another clue below via BCNG Facebook.

  2. https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/23288456/tourist-town-at-crossroads/

    Tourist town at crossroads

    The West Australian

    May 7, 2014,

    Broome - one of the shining pearls on WA's tourism landscape in the past four decades - stands at the crossroads.

    After a season last year when tourist numbers plummeted to some of their lowest on record, the Kimberley town has taken the first tentative steps towards recovery.

    The route of the recovery remains a hotly divided issue.

    Committees have been formed and strategies are being developed, but there are clear divisions over the type of elixir that needs to be swallowed to immunise the town from another downturn.

    When _The West Australian _visited Broome last week, the divisions were stark.

    Some wanted a massive tourism infrastructure injection like a new marina and a waterpark, while others advocated a "no-need-to-do-anything" approach.

    Some, such as Pinctada Resort owner Marilynne Paspaley, said Broome's reputation was "an exotic bubble" that needed to be protected at all costs.

    Others, such as local businessman Peter Taylor, believe the town needs to diversify and build other industries to prevent it from being "held to ransom by the fluctuations of the tourist industry".

    For Tourism WA executive director of infrastructure and investment Derryn Belford Broome is a critical part of WA's tourism industry.

    "If we want to grow the size of the tourism industry in WA, we need to grow in our iconic destinations such as Broome, Margaret River, Ningaloo and Albany," she said.

    "A tourism growth plan is currently being developed by the local industry to identify the pathway to growth. Initial indications are that there is no silver bullet."

    Since last year's downturn, pockets within the Broome tourism sector have prospered.

    Boat cruises that take small groups of people on expensive trips around the Kimberley have thrived and are already taking bookings for 2016.

    For example, the Great Escape charter operation, where patrons pay up to $18,000 for a 13-night cruise, has reported extraordinary recent sales.

    "We have had more charter bookings this year - where groups of 14 friends book the whole cruise - than ever before," general manager Kylie Bartle said.

    "It seems people are prepared to spend for the holiday of a lifetime and they want to share it with friends. We offer something you can't see or experience anywhere else in the world. It is very spiritual for many people."

    Shire president Graeme Campbell said the success of these cruise operations was good for Broome because patrons were generally encouraged to stay a night or two in town before and after the tour.

    Mr Campbell said the bigger cruise ships - though a little down in number - were also providing an economic windfall for the town of about $500,000 a day for every visit.

    And with the news that Princess Cruises planned to double the number of ships visiting Broome next year, the future was relatively bright.

    Mr Campbell said the face of the local caravanning sector had also changed in recent years, with many regulars staying for shorter periods.

    "There was a time when caravanners would head to Broome to escape the cold in the south," he said. "But when it's still a beautiful 30C in Perth in April, why would you come up?

    "So where they used to stay 13 to 14 weeks, caravanners are now staying 10 to 12 weeks."

    Mr Campbell said land-based tour operations had struggled in recent years.


    (interesting that - climate change responsible for drop in caravan numbers !)


  3. Tourist town at crossroads

    But Simone Kapiteyn and Rory Dreyer, operators of Adventure Wild, say their 12-day guided bus camping tours have been growing in popularity.

    "It's been going brilliantly," Ms Kapiteyn said. "Ninety per cent full this year and we are now taking bookings for 2015.

    "Yesterday, we had our first inquiry for 2016."

    Mr Dreyer said most of their customers were couples, often middle to retirement age.

    The town's high-end accommodation also seems to be doing OK. Cable Beach Resort general manager Ron Sedon said they had enjoyed a "nice turnaround" this year, with more conferencing coming through and the leisure market "a little more buoyant".

    "We have been getting a nice mix of tourists this year - it seems people have become a little jaded with Bali and are looking for something a little different," he said.

    "It seems the retired baby boomer market has materialised and they seem to be looking for the sort of holiday we can offer."

    Ms Paspaley said Pinctada was looking at a good season.

    She said airfares had become more affordable for holidaymakers, with fewer business travellers snapping up the cheaper tickets.

    Matso's Brewery manager Matthew Cooper also expects this year to be a good tourist season.

    Like many other operators in the town, Mr Cooper said the overwhelming majority of visitors to Matso's - the most isolated brewery in Australia - were from Perth, but there were also strong numbers from Melbourne and Sydney.

    Broome chamber of commerce president Tony Proctor said the outlook for Broome was not all doom and gloom.

    "Broome will develop into something really interesting over the next 10 years," he said. "This has been a town of phases - the meatworks phase, the pearling phase.

    "We are in the latest phase and tourism is going to play an important role.

    "As will the servicing of the planned floating LNG plant and the 50 exploration wells that we expect to be drilled in the Browse Basin."

    Mr Proctor said there had been strong bookings in Broome this year, despite the lack of any additional tourism infrastructure and the continuing negative perception of Broome and its high airfares.

    But several locals believe there must be more to the town than tourism.

    Mr Taylor and other businessmen have banded together to launch an "open for business" campaign to lure more diverse businesses to the town.

    "There is a perception that Broome only wants to be a tourist town," he said. "But Broome has to diversify its economy.

    "The tourist season does not run year round and is susceptible to outside factors like the value of the Australian dollar and airfares. So we have got together to say that Broome is open for business and we want to encourage and assist businesses to make the move."

    Former shire president Ron Johnson has been involved in the creation of Broome Futures Limited, a group modelled directly on the Committee for Perth that aims to make Broome the best possible town it can be.

    Broome has to diversify its economy. " Businessman Peter Taylor

    1. 1st step in their plan is to build the abomination of all eyesores on the bay the bloody great mud plant.

      Beginning of the end.