130119 – Woodside given go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at James Price Point: Robin Chapple MLC

* Robin Chapple MLC:
Woodside given go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at
James Price Point
* Greens leader Senator Christine Milne:
Burke must intervene as Barnett rubber stamps
destruction of Aboriginal heritage at James Price Point
* The Wilderness Society:
Woodside given permission to drill in Kimberley
* News re Woodside and James Price Point, Kimberley Region, WA
* Background to Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point,
north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA

* Other articles


– News

Robin Chapple MLC:
Woodside given go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites at
James Price Point
15 Jan 13: “Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral
Region and Greens WA spokesperson on Aboriginal affairs
Robin Chapple has lashed out in response to yesterday’s
decision by State Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier
to give Woodside the go-ahead to destroy Aboriginal sites
at James Price Point. “The Section 18 approval of ground
disturbing works flies in the face of previous
recommendations and Court decisions not to allow mining in
the area due to its cultural and environmental significance,”
Mr Chapple said. … ”


Robin Chapple MLC: Aboriginal Issues
“The Greens (WA) acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples, as the original inhabitants of
this country, have a special cultural and spiritual
connection with the land and water. We believe that their
rights and obligations as owners and custodians must be


– Media Release

Burke must intervene as Barnett rubber stamps
destruction of Aboriginal heritage at James Price Point
Greens leader Senator Christine Milne: http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/burke-must-intervene-barnett-rubber-stamps-destruction-aboriginal-heritage-ja
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/burke-must-intervene-barnett-rubber-stamps-destruction-aboriginal-heritage-ja
15 Jan 13: “Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues …
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke must intervene
immediately to protect Aboriginal heritage at James Price
Point and beyond in the wake of the Western Australian
government’s decision to allow the Woodside Petroleum Gas
Hub to disturb Aboriginal heritage sites, the Australian
Greens said today.
Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said “I’m shocked
that the West Australian government is allowing such
destructive acts to happen, particularly when there are
two court cases pending.
“Tony Burke has to step in immediately to protect this
priceless heritage.”
Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the
decision defied multiple precedents. … ”


Christine Milne: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
“The Australian Greens acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s first peoples and
recognise their strong cultural and spiritual connection
with the land, and their rights and obligations as owners
and custodians.”

About Christine Milne
1 Jan 12: “Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader
of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most
experienced and respected environmental and community
activists, with a career spanning 30 years.”

Scott Ludlam: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Issues
“All Australians, including those living in remote
communities, have an equal right to essential government
services such as health, education, training, housing,
community infrastructure, employment support, and policing.”

About Scott Ludlam
1 Jan 12: “Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator for
Western Australia. Elected in November 2007, he is one of
ten Australian Greens in the current Parliament and is the
spokesperson for Communications, Housing, Heritage, Nuclear
Issues, Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities.”


– Statement

Green Left: Woodside given permission to drill in Kimberley
15 Jan 13: “The Wilderness Society released this statement
on January 15. ***
The Broome community is outraged at the Minister’s decision
announced today to give WA Aboriginal Heritage Act Section
18 clearance to allow Woodside to drill in the dunes west
of Manari Road as part of their investigation work for an
LNG processing site.
“We are gravely concerned that the Minister has provided no
advice as to the reasons for his decision and for the
future protection of Aboriginal Heritage sites in the area.
The Broome Community no gas Campaign will be calling on
Tony Burke the federal minister responsible for the
Environment and Aboriginal Heritage to intervene” said
spokesperson Nik Wevers.
In 1991 the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee
concluded that no exploration should occur in this
area. … ”

– Related News

The Wilderness Society:
Barnett hints at fracking in the Kimberley
16 Jan 13: “Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has,
for the first time, drawn a strong link between his
proposed gas hub at James Price Point and vast onshore
shale gas deposits in the Kimberley’s Canning Basin. As
industry analysts increasingly doubt the economic viability
of the Premier’s gas hub – and insist that ‘floating’
technology would be a more profitable way for Woodside and
Shell to exploit gas from the offshore Browse Basin
– Barnett has responded: … ”


The Wilderness Society: The Kimberley
“The Kimberley region of northern WA is one of the world’s
great natural and Indigenous cultural regions.”


– Videos

Yahoo!7 GWN7:
Gas hub protesters vow to fight drilling decision at
gravesites (video)
17 Jan 13: “Protestors at the site of a controversial gas
hub have promised to fight the latest decision by the State
Government. It’s going to allow drilling in certain sacred
sites that have been under protected status for more than
two decades.”

NITV News – 17 January part 1
[Footage relating to James Price Point starts after about
10 minutes.]

– Research

Hands Off Country:
Valuable & Threatened Broome Botanical Society Research Released
16 Jan 13: “Broome Botanical Society has worked with
Environs Kimberley to release important research about one
of the Kimberley’s most threatened ecosystems; Monsoon Vine
Thickets of the Dampier Peninsula. The Federal Government
is currently deciding whether or not to list this
culturally significant and environmentally important
ecosystem as Nationally Endangered under the EPBC Act (1999).
“Extensive surveys of the Monsoon Vine Thickets (MVT’s)
were conducted by the Broome Botanical Society (BBS) in
partnership with the DEC, between 2000 and 2002. … ”
Principal Author of the scientific report, Sally Black said.”

– News

newsTracker: Floating LNG plant would be nuts: Barnett
17 Jan 13: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Federal and state
authorities would be “nuts” to allow Woodside to replace
the $40 billion gas hub proposed for James Price Point with
a floating processing plant, Western Australia’s Premier
Colin Barnett has said. In a clear warning to the resources
giant, Mr Barnett has said he would rather see the vast gas
resource stay in the ground for years, rather than let the
liquefied natural gas plant leave the mainland.”

Business Spectator:
Kimberley gas must be processed onshore: WA Labor
17 Jan 13: “As part of a scramble to ensure gas from the
$40 billion Kimberley gas hub is processed onshore, West
Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan has said he would
allow project participants to switch sites or pipe the gas
to the Pilbara, according to The Australian Financial
Review. The state election is set to take place March 9,
and if victorious, Mr McGowan plasn to immediately meet all
stakeholders in the project to discuss its future. “I’d
call the parties together to say, firstly, I want an
Aboriginal benefits package, and I want it processed
onshore, and then work out a way of doing that,” he said,
according to the AFR.”

newsTracker: Woodside granted access to sacred sites
16 Jan 13: “WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The West Australian
government has sparked immediate protests after granting
resources giant Woodside the right to disturb Aboriginal
sacred sites as part of the proposed $40 billion James
Price Point gas hub near Broome. Locals, environmentalists
and Australian Greens leader Christine Milne have all
condemned the granting of Woodside’s application under the
state’s Aboriginal Heritage Act, which allows work in sand
dunes at Walmadany.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
WA Gov’t: Woodside allowed to damage heritage sites
16 Jan 13: “The Western Australian Government has granted
mining and energy company Woodside permission to disrupt
Aboriginal heritage sites at its James Price Point gas hub
near Broome. The Australian newspaper reports Aboriginal
Affairs Minister Peter Collier says Woodside’s application
allows them to drill, conduct flora and fauna surveys and
hydro-geological testing as part of construction for the
gas hub.”

ABC: Group opposes Woodside move to disturb site
16 Jan 13: “Aboriginal families from Broome have reacted
angrily to the State Government’s decision to allow
Woodside to disturb archaeological sites as part of its
Browse LNG project. The Indigenous Affairs Minister this
week confirmed Woodside had been given permission to
disturb two areas that have been registered as protected
heritage sites for more than twenty years.
Goolarabooloo man Phillip Roe, who opposed the application,
says protesters will be ready to try to block the work when
it begins.”

The West: Woodside plans Broome camp for 857
16 Jan 13: “Woodside is pressing ahead with its plans for a
gas hub at James Price Point, with one of its contractors
applying to build a massive camp just outside Broome to
house almost 1000 transient workers. Skunthorpe
Accommodation Camp, 24km north-east of Broome, will house
workers building accommodation at James Price Point. It
will include a bar and wet mess and will, according to
Woodside, ensure that workers do not flood tourist
facilities in Broome.” Glenn Cordingley and Pam Casellas,
The West Australian

ABC: Woodside allowed to disrupt Aboriginal heritage sites
15 Jan 13: “The Western Australian Government’s decision to
allow Woodside to disrupt archaeological sites north of
Broome has provided more ammunition for gas hub opponents
who say the system is geared against Aboriginal people. The
Minister for Indigenous Affairs has granted Woodside
approval to disrupt Aboriginal heritage sites as it plans a
$40 billion liquefied natural gas precinct north of Broome.
The sites include Indigenous artefacts that predate
European settlement.”

Australian: Floating platform idea for Woodside
14 Jan 13: “ONE of the design contractors studying Woodside
Petroleum’s controversial and expensive Browse LNG project
planned for near Broome has advised the partners to look at
developing the project through a floating LNG platform
because of the high costs of building onshore in Australia.
Houston-based engineering contractor KBR — the leading
engineering contractor on West Australian liquefied natural
gas projects — said that in discussions since Browse front
end engineering and design (FEED) studies were submitted
last year, there was recognition from Woodside that
building projects in Australia was very expensive.”
Matt Chambers

Perth Now:
Gas saviour now a pipe dream for Premier Colin Barnett
12 Jan 13: “COLIN Barnett is desperately clinging to his
dream of a $40 billion gas hub at James Price Point in the
Kimberley despite a now-widespread belief it is doomed. The
Premier yesterday warned the multinational consortium
behind the project led by energy giant Woodside that they
“don’t own it”, referring to the gas riches in the Browse
Basin off WA.” John Flint, The Sunday Times

The West: The battle of Broome
[Includes several articles.]


Last updated: 18 January 2013



– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Case adjourned for Brisbane Embassy members arrested in December
15 Jan 13: “Three Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
members who we’re arrested late last year will need to wait
to a so-far-undecided date to hear their fate after their
court case was adjourned on Friday. The Brisbane Times
reports Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton, Bogain Spearim and Hamish
Chitts were arrested for contravening a police order to
leave the Embassy area in December. Their lawyer, Barrister
Andrew Preston, argued they were removed from land that was
legally designated for Aboriginal purposes and it was
unlawful for the police to remove them.”

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