Sat 8 Dec 2012
Greens Senators join James Price Point national day of action
Australian Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have today joined with fellow West Australians at Cottesloe Beach in Perth as part of the national day of action against the development of an LNG hub at James Price Point.
“The National Day of Action is important for sending a clear message to Tony Burke and his fellow Federal MPs that the development of the Kimberley is unwarranted and threatens the region’s future ,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The WA Government has given the green light to this project, despite a flawed EPA assessment process being undertaken and the growing community opposition.
“Federal Minister Tony Burke now has the responsibility of making sure the Kimberley and its culture, heritage and environment is not marred forever by industrialisation.
“It is clear that the planned LNG hub and associated infrastructure is a gateway to exploiting the natural resources of the Kimberley. Premier Barnett continues to take this ill-informed path rather than looking to a future of sustainability and security for Traditional Owners and local communities, while ensuring the cultural and environmental significance of this area is protected.
“I call on Minister Burke to listen to these concerns and take the only responsible course of action – protection of the Kimberley. The Kimberley is simply too precious to lose,” Senator Siewert said.
Senator Ludlam says a gas hub will have untold impacts on James Price Point long after the current resource boom ends. “This is a volatile development that poses environmental risks through marine and terrestrial incursions, greenhouse gas emissions and changes to ground water levels,” he said today.
“The WA Government is ignoring the long term economic benefits and security that can be gained through smart and sustainable investment. They want short term gains and development, irrespective of the long term harm it causes to communities, the environment, culture and heritage.
“We should be using WA’s significant resources to become world leaders in clean energy technology, creating long term industries which are sustainable and can support our economy with jobs and investment long after the current resources boom ends,” Senator Ludlam concluded.