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James Price Point development risks pristine environment

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 8 May 2011

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their opposition to the industrialisation of WA's pristine Kimberley coast.

"The Australian Greens do not believe that James Price Point is an appropriate site for this gas factory," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"We are concerned by the approach taken by the WA Government, which effectively asks the Traditional Owners to approve the project in exchange for the health, housing and job prospects that they are already entitled to as members of the community.

"The traditional owners should benefit from any gas extracted from this region, but that does not require the processing hub to locate at James Price Point.

"This is the first step of wider plans to industrialise the Kimberley. There is a lot of community division about this development and about the prospects for increased industrial activity across the region.

"The Greens have been, and will continue to talk to the Federal Government about the James Price Point development. There are serious environmental and heritage conservation issues surrounding the placement of the gas factory on the Kimberley coast.

"We've made that point to the Environment Minister and the Prime Minister and will continue to do so. We will be pushing strongly for the Federal Government to encourage the WA Government to pursue development elsewhere, rather than James Price Point.

"The Kimberley is a unique, beautiful and culturally important area and needs to be developed in a way which provides benefits for local communities without putting the environment at serious risk," concluded Senator Siewert.

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