Yesterday was an amazing day. Not just for the three excellent bands but because so many of you turned out to oppose the gas plant at James Price Point. It was an unbelievable sight.
The day started with a press conference with the musicians and representatives from the environmental groups. They all had their turn to talk about what was important to them. It was great to see. We were lucky to get all access passes to cover the event however we wanted. I have to say watching a concert from the stage is a great experience, I am spoilt now, will have to try and get these gigs all the time.
First off was Ball Park Music, they were fantastic, then Missy Higgins who is an unbelievable talent and finished up with John Butler who just went off. You could see how proud he was of the day and the turnout.
The speakers were fantastic, all of them. Bob Brown delivered a speech that would have had Colin Barnett shaking in his boots. Spoken with such passion and bringing in to focus what exactly is at stake for the Kimberley if we don’t make a stand.
Between acts the musicians lead a march through the streets of Fremantle. I was up high in a building overlooking South Terrace. There were so many people the line went past me for about half an hour. I was staggered by just how many people were there.
Yesterday I felt the fight was won, there was so much good feeling and positive energy, no I am not trying to sound like a hippie! There is only one person we need to convince that it is a bad idea and that is our illustrious leader Mr Barnett. Hope he was watching the news last night. I might have to send him this photo so he knows he is on borrowed time!
As we are all saying, take the gas, make the jobs, just don’t destroy the Kimberley to do it.
The Power and The Passion exhibition comes to Perth after a successful showing in Broome. It features the images of renowned photographers such as Australian and West Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year Christian Fletcher, Adam Monk, Nigel Gaunt,Ingetje Tadros, Rod Hartvigsen, David Bettini, Fleming Bo Jensen, Jim Delios and featuring audio and visual by Jeff Skinner.
Come along and see why it is worth fighting for. Bring your friends and family. Be inspired and plan your own trip to see this “remarkable” piece of the Kimberley. I’ll be there to talk to people along with lots of the other photographers involved with the exhibition. It is going to be a great night.
Kicks off at 6.30 pm at the Perth Town Hall, Corner Barrack and Hay Street.
Goes to show with lots of money and enough greed anything is possible. As Flemming said, how far would he be allowed to go with a bulldozer if he wanted to carve up some wilderness.
I’m not having a go at anyone who works for Woodside just those who make the decisions, and most of all our glorious leader Barnett. You must be so proud right now. Thanks to you our economy is going to prosper, the indigenous will be housed, educated and happy (just like what the mining industry have done for the peoples of the Pilbara) and a whole new industrial scar will cover one of our last wilderness areas! Brilliant.
Right now I could drive a bulldozer right through parliament house, but I wouldn’t. I have too much respect for peoples property and the law!!!!
p.s. I’m not having a go at the police either, they are doing a job like the rest of us.
There goes the Kimberley! Why???? MONEY is the only reason! More destruction of our wilderness by a bunch of greedy individuals. There are alternatives, and yes we can still get the gas and all be rich. Best of all the Kimberley will be spared from this monstrosity.
Woodside chooses Montara oil spill company as joint venture partner for Browse Basin drilling program
As Woodside’s PR campaign to win local confidence over its plans to develop the Browse Basin hits top gear, they may have hit an obstacle in choosing the company responsible for the 2009 Montara oil spill in the Kimberley as their joint venture partner for a proposed drilling program in the Basin. Now that is a good move! Way to go, I wonder who thought that was a good idea?
Paul Thesiera is doing a great job of mustering up people to come on the Bike to Broome awareness ride starting on the 21st of August. We are needing more people to join in to either ride or offer support to the riders. I will be riding, hopefully shedding some kilos and would love to see more people who care about the Kimberley. Paul also needs donations of money to help fund the ride so any pledges should be made to him via his website. Let us know if you can be involved, it is going to be fun and the cause is very worthy.
went riding with John Butlers Manager the other week, yes that is right we are both M.A.M.I.L’s (middle aged men in lycra). A really nice bloke and we got talking about James Price Point. As you would probably know JB is right behind saving the Kimberley so I thought I would send him some photos to use for any purpose regarding JPP. Philip posted them on JB’s facebook page. Awesome, would love to meet him one day, good to see people willing to put their names behind such important issues. You can check it out here http://www.facebook.com/JohnButlerTrio?v=wall and add your own comment.
In its major environmental assessment of the impact of the $30 billion James Price Point gas precinct, the State Government has revealed there could be detrimental impacts for the surrounding marine ecosystem.
To be publicly released on Monday, the six-volume 1500 page draft Strategic Assessment Report details the potential for whale deaths from vessel strikes and physiological impacts on dugongs from blasting works, marine discharge and removal of foraging habitat.
Two years in the making, the report also formally recommends building the project at James Price Point, identifying it as the most commercially viable location.
It’s all about MONEY, as if we didn’t already know.
Does anyone know if the money being given to the aboriginals, $1.5 billion, is being distributed amongst all of them residing in the Kimberley? If so from my research of the Department of Education website, there are about 11,500 aboriginals currently in the area. Now that means they will each get $83 per week for the next 30 years to give up their land. Hmmm I don’t know if that is such a good deal. I think the government thinks it is a good deal!
Can someone please check my figures, I must be wrong, in fact I want to be wrong.
I wonder what $83 will be worth in the year 2040?
Hope you like the shot of the our precious ocean, sorry there is a speck in it I should have cloned out! Shot on the lovely Phase One, when you zoom in to 100% you can see the whales rocking to the beat. Seismic sound sensation! I believe they like metal too! Bring on the Bauxite Rock!!!
Hows this for a beautiful sky. We wait for years down south to get a sky like this. In the Kimberley they get one every week. Another reason it is so special. This was taken across the road from Matso’s Brewery. I seem to do my best work when I have a beer in hand. Nigel had to speed home because he didn’t bring his camera, Doh!. Dave was snapping away and we were all just gobsmacked by the beauty. Did we get munched by sandflies? You betcha! but it was worth it.
Make sure you check out and bookmark the Save the Kimberley website. The people behind it are doing fantastic work and they are all volunteers.
Take a good look at this beautiful beach. It may well not be so pristine in the near future. When we pulled into this bay I thought I was in Esperance. This is a spot the locals love and the tourists don’t even know about.
I was talking to my mum and dad today, they are becoming environmentalists too! Mum was telling me how her family would go swimming and fishing at Kwinana. She said it was pristine and they loved going there. We all know what happened there and that bit of coast has been lost forever to industry. The social impacts from the industry at Kwinana are huge. Don’t let the Kimberley coast go down the same path.
Oh and to any surfers out there there was a stonking right hander coming off this point, albeit a foot high!! But on a cyclone swell??? Who knows!