"WA Premier Colin Barnett has taken a step closer to realising his dream of opening up the Kimberley to industrialisation, after finalising the acquisition of the land at James Price Point." Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"From the very start of this flawed and drawn out process, the Premier's priorities have been skewed in favour of industrialisation, rather than supporting the WA community and a building a sustainable future for the Kimberley.
"Acquiring land to supply the Browse FLNG facility or for future onshore industrial projects clearly signals the Premier's intent to proceed with industrialisation at any cost.
"This decision comes after the WA Government has also introduced legislation to provide 25 year leases over the Canning Basin for the purpose of gas fracking, which is another significant threat to the Kimberley.
"It is concerning to see the Premier link important support for traditional owners in the region to his industrialisation and development agenda which jeopardises the region's culture, heritage and environment.
"The Greens have committed to a better future for the Kimberley, built on diverse sectors, which means we need to make investments in culture, conservation, renewable energy, research and innovation to underpin a resilient jobs-rich economy. Smart and responsible investments are ones that provide job security and are drivers for community investment for many decades.
"Gas extraction is not a good long term investment for WA people or their environment," Senator Siewert concluded.