Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley says heritage listing announcement for the West Kimberley demonstrates why the area must not be given up to the short term greed of the resource boom.
“The heritage listing of such a large and significant area is a positive step and highlights the incredibly high conservation value of this region,” Senator Siewert said today.
“I reject comments that refer to heritage listing in the same breath as red tape and bureaucracy. Heritage listing is essential for ensuring important areas are treated with the care they deserve.
“It is good to see dinosaur tracks near James Price Point included but there is a wider disappointment with the whole heritage process that the James Price Point site was not considered.
“It is unfortunate that today’s announcement does nothing to protect the Kimberley from the construction of the proposed LNG factory at James Price Point.
“However as a result of this listing, those companies with views to mining and industrialisation of other parts of this region will need to give serious thoughts to the impact of their activities.
“The wider issues surrounding the James Price Point development are not going to disappear. The high level of concerns about the social and environmental impact of the project, the Native Title process undertaken and the longer term implications for the Kimberley must all still be dealt with.
“This heritage listing is further proof of the value of this region and the need to ensure it is not jeopardised by mindless development for the sake of a short term profit.
“The Kimberley deserves a long term, sustainable vision,” Senator Siewert concluded.