Community says, protect the Kimberley

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The Western Australian government granted final approval to the Woodside gas hub at James Price Point, near Broome on November 19.

The statement below was released by the Broome Community No Gas Campaign on November 19.

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Over 200 people gathered on Cable Beach on November 18 and unfurled a banner calling for governments at all levels to “Protect the Kimberley”. The banner came from the John Butler Concert for the Kimberley held recently at Federation Square, Melbourne.

This latest action demonstrates that community members continue to protest the industrialisation of the Kimberley. The Broome Community No Gas Campaign will continue to protest the development of James Price Point as an LNG processing precinct, and in particular the planned new port.

The state government’s Browse Land Agreement provides for a new port in perpetuity, and facilities to provide a source of energy and export facility for a range of commodities out of the Kimberley. “This is not the 30-year project that community people have been led to believe,” said community member Nik Wevers.

With mining tenements and exploration leases all over the Kimberley, there is enormous concern within the community about the social impacts that mining and gas extraction will have on local communities. This applies especially to Broome, should the James Price Point gas hub go ahead.

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