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Government steamrolls over Burrup

The Government is actively facilitating the destruction of the Burrup's unique rock art with today's approval to Woodside's Pluto gas development.

"This is the third major environmental decision by the Howard Government in the past few days, first with the Gunns Pulp Mill, then Barrow Island. Now they seem determined to steamroll over the Burrup peninsula," said Australian Greens spokesperson for the Environment Rachel Siewert.

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Greens demand answers on Burrup

Senator Rachel Siewert, today called on the Government to ensure that the priceless cultural heritage of the Burrup peninsula was protected.

"We understand the WA EPA has given the go ahead for preparatory work on the Pluto Area B site on the Burrup, and that this work could start at anytime. We are very concerned that this may affect the cultural values of the area" said Senator Siewert.

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Greens urge transparency on Mitchell Plateau mining plans

Senator Rachel Siewert has reacted strongly to the announcement by United Minerals Corporation that a massive bauxite mine is again on the cards for the far-north Kimberley at Mitchell Plateau.

"We suspected all along that the State Government's support for the construction of large gas plants along the Kimberley coast had everything to do with opening the area up to mining interests. This announcement confirms that the Kimberley is now firmly in the crosshairs of heavy industry," Senator Siewert said.

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The Kimberley pipedream that won't go away

"How many times do we have to prove that a pipeline from the Kimberley is economically stupid and environmentally disastrous?" said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Paul Omodei's latest pipedream is little different to the 'Far Canal' proposal that proved so disastrous for the Liberals at the last state election, or the handful of other 'visionary' populist proposals cooked up in an economic and ecological vacuum," she said.

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Greens to Turnbull: action would be 'awesome'

Greens Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson, Senator Siewert, today called on Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull to act urgently to save the Burrup peninsula, rather than in a few months. She expressed disappointment that the Pluto site did not seem to be included in his plans.

"A cross party delegation of Federal MPs called for emergency listing last year for the entire Rock art precinct because it was exactly that - an emergency," stated Senator Siewert.

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Haphazard development could ruin the Kimberley

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert has renewed her call for a regional plan for the Kimberley region.

"There are a number of massive gas development proposals for the Kimberley region currently being pursed. These proposals could have a devastating impact on the Kimberley environment if they are located in inappropriate areas," she said.

"Unfortunately planning is not keeping up with the development proposals."

"The Kimberley is a very important - it has rich cultural and environmental values, as well as rich resources," said Senator Siewert.

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