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You can’t Destroy this for Short term Gain

5 Oct 2010 at 11:16am

I haven’t been able to edit my images much only having my laptop here with me. It is so slow with the phase files it is almost unusable. So everything is pretty much straight out of the camera. This is the lagoon where we swam every day. From here when we looked out we could see the platforms that Woodside have had in place doing testing on the sea bed to work out where will be the best place to put the 4km long jetties. Nigel Gaunt told me since they have been there, over two months now, the amount of whales he has seen has gone from over 50 last year to 7 this year. Go figure. What astounds me is they are allowed to do this testing before the EPA report is released and before it is even decide it will definitely go ahead. Some how this reminds me of the fight to save the rock art on the burrup. We know the outcome there. Also out there with the rigs is a huge passenger ship that houses the Woodside workers. It is a huge boat bought in from Queensland to act as a floating hotel for the workers. Now that must be costing a pretty penny. I guess they must have money to burn, I mean what happens if the plant doesn’t go ahead? will that be valuable shareholders money being wasted? Hmmm!

I want to thank the others who came out with me. Firstly to my wife Jen our kiddies, Shay and Amali, Nigel Gaunt our Kimberley guide and all round good guy with his partner Helen, Paul and Tracy Thesiera who organised the ABC, David Bettini wildlife photographer extraordinaire, Natalie Seath who gave up here young baby for a few days to come out, Josh Coates from Save The Kimberley, Emma From GWN, Ben from the Broome Advertiser and two passionate photographers Roger and Darryl from the Broome camera club. Thanks guys, we made a great team.

We have been talking about another trip to JPP sometime next year but this time give plenty of notice to allow more people to come up and see the area we are fighting for. More on that soon.

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Please sign the petition on James Price Point

8 Sep 2010 at 8:10pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/6639576]

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/Homelands&id=1386

The more we can get to sign this the better the chance we have of making the Kimberley industry free. There are better places for this gas plant. Let the premier know.

Send this link to all your friends who care about stopping the government from doing whatever it wants. Today the Kimberley, tomorrow the southwest. Hope they don’t find oil and gas under your patch of soil.

I want all you young people to sign too, get your noses out of Facebook for five minutes and think about what sort of future you want. My generation have had it good and we have not treated your inheritance that well. Make sure you don’t make the mistakes we made and help bring about change. You are the ones who will make or break our planet. Please don’t leave it up to the old, don’t give a shit I’ll be dead before there is a problem politicians that only see money and power as their goal. Sorry, was I just talking about Barnett. Let’s get the message out that this is important, we HAVE TO CHANGE OUR WAYS. Don’t leave it up to a handful to do the work for you, do it yourself and think about how else you can help. We need a revolution a total shift from our current thinking. Let’s save the only thing that can keep us alive, our planet.

No I haven’t been drinking!

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Don’t think we can’t stop the Gas Plant

3 Sep 2010 at 9:48am

Have a read of this. It is inspirational stuff and proves that the people can make a difference.

http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/wild-rivers/franklin

If anyone wants to meet at James Price Point in Early October and get some photos let me know.

Some of Peter Dombrovskis photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian wild places including the prevention of the damming of the Franklin River. Lets carry on that tradition and save the Kimberley.

In 1958, photographer Olegas Truchanas became the first person to kayak the length of the dangerous Serpentine and Gordon Splits in recorded history.

Most of Truchanas’ early photographs were destroyed when his house was destroyed in the Hobart bushfire in 1967. However, over the next five years, he substantially rebuilt his collection of photos of the Lake Pedder area. Though, as a clerk temporarily employed by the Hydro Electricity Commission, Truchanas was forbidden to speak about the increasing controversy surrounding the impending damming, his photographs began to play an important role in publicity for the campaign. He was once quoted as stating “This vanishing world is beautiful beyond our dreams and contains in itself rewards and gratifications never found in an artificial landscape or man-made objects.”

After taking what are now among the only remaining records of the pre-dam Lake Pedder, Truchanas realised that the campaign was lost, and turned his attention to the Pieman, Gordon and Franklin Rivers. In 1972, Truchanas drowned in the Gordon River after slipping and falling into the current. His body was found, trapped beneath a log, by his protege, Peter Dombrovskis.

These two guys made a difference back before the internet and social media, imagine what we can do now in this day and age to get the message out there.

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