7th August– Broome the next Dubai? Front page of the Australian this weekend, the dispute over Woodside Petroleum’s $35 billion James Price Point gas hub project is fueling the pending Federal Government decision to potentially declare West Kimberley, Australia’s biggest National Heritage Area and an environmental standoff reminiscent of Tasmania’s Franklin Dam Blockade is brewing as more people understand the ramifications to the town, if the project goes ahead. Slip into Broome Time .. Pristine Wilderness .. will be phrases of the past.
Some of Australia’s most spectacular natural scenery has been applied for by mining companies in anticipation that proposals for onshore gas processing and distribution will proceed.
Areas such as the Horizontal Waterfall, the Buccaneer Archipelago, Montgomery Reef, Mount Trafalgar and Mount Waterloo, the magnificent gorges of the Roe and Moran Rivers have all been pegged by the mining companies.