Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Gas Hub iT Matters

Greens intensify campaign against James Price Point gas hub

Greens Statement

The Greens WA have today released a video on James Price Point as part of a national Too Precious to Lose campaign aimed at protecting the nation’s most environmentally sensitive areas.

The video narrated by Kimberley Jabirr Jabirr traditional woman Mitch Torres explores the issues surrounding Indigenous opposition to the proposed gas hub at James Price Point.

It will be screened on regional TV stations in the coming weeks and shared widely on social media as part of the Greens state election campaign platform.

Ms Torres will launch the video in Broome tonight together with the Greens candidate for the Kimberley Chris Maher at a function aimed at inspiring local people to enroll to vote in time for the state election.

Greens MLC for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple said a large proportion of adults in the Kimberley had failed to turn out to vote in the last election.

“This time around we have the issue of James Price Point and we are hoping that people will enroll to vote so that their voices can be heard in state parliament,” Mr Chapple said.

“The campaign to protect James Price Point has reached a critical stage, with the WA Government  handing Woodside permission to undertake the final part of their exploratory drilling program.

“The drilling will take place in an area that includes Aboriginal burial grounds – it will disrupt sites that are sacred to Aboriginal people. This is despite findings by a previous State Government that these sites must be protected for environmental and cultural heritage reasons.”

Ms Torres said the Kimberley was her home and an industrial gas plant at James Price Point would threaten the community, culture and environment.

“We don’t need to put the gas plant here. There are alternative locations that could deliver the benefits of development to Aboriginal people while avoiding the worst impacts,” Ms Torres said.

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