WGAR News: "We have won and it is over - the project is dead": Hands off Country on the Kimberley
Newsletter date: 18 April 2013
* Hands off Country: "We have won and it is over - the project is dead"
* Respect and Listen: NIT - A Kimberley victory
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Barnett can't walk away from important Kimberley investments
* Ryan Emery, NITV: James Price Point gas hub too expensive: Woodside
* SBS Radionews Audio: Woodside abandons James Price Point gas hub
* SBS Radionews Audio: Reaction to scrapping of WA gas hub plan
* NIRS: New designs for James Price Point to be explored
* YouTube: Woodside JPP Pullout
* Peter Robertson, New Matilda: 'How We Stopped James Price Point Gas Hub'
* Zebedee Parkes, Green Left: No Gas campaign bags a win
* Greens Leader Christine Milne: Greens congratulate James Price Point campaigners
* Greens MPs: The Kimberley - Too Precious To Lose
* Rebecca LeMay, Herald Sun: Has Kimberley environment dodged a bullet?
* Graham Lloyd, The Australian: Sense prevails as economic reality bites
* Susan Gourvenec, The Conversation: Without James Price Point, what now for Browse Basin gas?
* ABC: Indigenous gas deal should be honoured: Bergmann
* The West: Aboriginal benefits deal turns to dust
* ABC AM Audio: Traditional owners anger at Woodside decision
* The Stringer: Premier Barnett apologises to Kimberley’s Aboriginal peoples
* WA Greens MLC, Robin Chapple: Barnett to strip Woodside Browse lease
* Australian Mining: Barnett apologises to traditional owners and warns Woodside may lose state gas lease
* ABC Video: Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition
* SBS Living Black Audio Interview: James Price Point Not Appropriate For Development
* Save The Kimberley Video: The Kimberley
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA
* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: "WE HAVE WON AND IT IS OVER - THE PROJECT IS DEAD"
Hands off Country: "We have won and it is over - the project is dead"
17 Apr 13: "Goolarabooloo is very happy to inform you that we have finally had a briefing from our Lawyers and they have said "WE HAVE WON AND IT IS OVER - THE PROJECT IS DEAD". ... The Goolarabooloo and the Broome Community would like to express that these sacred and highly significant areas north of Broome will always be protected by us ... The lesson is there to be learn't, where we have areas of great significance and great concerns this needs to be understood and accepted by the government before pressuring commercial development to use these areas."
* RESPECT AND LISTEN: NIT - A KIMBERLEY VICTORY
- NIT Editorial Analysis / Opinion
Respect and Listen: NIT - A Kimberley victory - Issue 307 Vol 12 - 17 April 2013
17 Apr 13: " ... incredible strength of character and determination of Traditional Owners such as the Roe and Hunter families and all the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr peoples who stood ... in opposition to the project. In the years to come we hope the rest of Australia comes to acknowledge the sacrifices these people have made opposing this gas hub project. We believe their courage, their sacrifices, their amazing fortitude to be a shining example of what it means to protect Country. ... It is sadly ironic the "compensation" proposed was to provide the basic services any other community and certainly what EVERY white community receives from government anyway ... "
* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT: BARNETT CAN'T WALK AWAY FROM IMPORTANT KIMBERLEY INVESTMENTS
- Media Release
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Barnett can’t walk away from important Kimberley investments
13 Apr 13: "The Australian Greens said today that WA Premier Colin Barnett cannot walk away from investing in Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley simply because of Woodside’s decision to cancel development the James Price Point LNG precinct.
"The Greens have been staunch opponents of this proposed gas hub and the fact that it was tied so closely to the provision of better services and supports for Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley," Senator Siewert said today.
"We completely agree that communities in the Kimberley need strong investment and support, but we have maintained that support should not be made conditional on external factors such as resource development. ... " [said Senator Siewert] "
WGAR News: Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub: The Wilderness Society (13 Apr 13)
* RYAN EMERY, NITV: JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB TOO EXPENSIVE: WOODSIDE
SBS World News: James Price Point gas hub too expensive: Woodside
Source: Ryan Emery, NITV
15 Apr 13: "Woodside Petroleum has denied that the decision to abandon the Broome gas hub had anything to do with the Indigenous and environmental opposition. Instead, Woodside announced on Friday that the James Price Point gas hub proposal was too expensive, saying it would not look at developing it for several years. Some of the local traditional owners NITV spoke to are in favour of the gas hub and its economic benefits, but didn't want to appear on camera. Others called for greater community consultation."
* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: WOODSIDE ABANDONS JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB
SBS Radionews Podcasts: Woodside abandons James Price Point gas hub
By Amanda Cavill
12 Apr 13: "Woodside Petroleum has announced it will scrap its proposed 45 billion-dollar gas processing hub at James Price Point in the Browse Basin north of Broome in Western Australia. ... The project had been expected to have employed thousands of Australian construction workers and engaged local manufacturing industries for years. But the company says the project as it stands is not economically viable. Amanda Cavill reports. ... There's been trenchant opposition to the Browse project from environmentalists, residents and businesses, as well as some traditional owners."
- Related Audio
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
15 Apr 13: "Mixed reactions to last weeks decision by Woodside Petroleum to shelve a $45 billion gas plant in the Kimberley with West Australian Premier Colin Barnett saying he is disappointed for the traditional owners who had negotiated a native title deal in excess of a $1 billion."
* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: REACTION TO SCRAPPING OF WA GAS HUB PLAN
SBS Radionews Podcasts: Reaction to scrapping of WA gas hub plan
By Ryan Emery
16 Apr 13: "There's been celebration in the Kimberley town of Broome in Western Australia. Opponents of a proposed gas hub at James Price Point, which was abandoned by Woodside on Friday, say it's a victory for people power. Their campaign ran for years and attracted protesters from around Australia and the world. But as Ryan Emery reports, there are some in the town who believe it was a lost opportunity to help the local people."
* NIRS: NEW DESIGNS FOR JAMES PRICE POINT TO BE EXPLORED
National Indigenous Radio Service: New designs for James Price Point to be explored
15 Apr 13: "Culture researcher Anne Poelina, from Madjulla Inc, says she believes pressure from some traditional owners and environmentalists against the project led to Woodside’s decision. Dr. Poelina says the original gas hub design wouldn’t have been beneficial for Broome."
* YOUTUBE: WOODSIDE JPP PULLOUT
YouTube: Woodside JPP Pullout - bamboowade
Hands off Country: [scroll down page] http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/
15 Apr 13: "Friday 12th April; the pristine Kimberley coast is saved from the development of the worlds 2nd largest LNG processing precinct. After Woodside and JVPs announce the development of the Premirers prefered site is too expensive. The battle is far from over as the Premiere tries to push ahead but nothing will dampen the spirit of the Kimberley Protectors this day."
- Related Video
NITV News - 12 April part 1
* PETER ROBERTSON, NEW MATILDA: 'HOW WE STOPPED JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB'
- Analysis / Opinion
New Matilda: 'How We Stopped James Price Point Gas Hub'
15 Apr 13: "Woodside Energy has dumped its Kimberley gas project after copping some hefty reputational costs. It’s a win for campaigners like Peter Robertson who sought to expose a sham approvals process. People power has prevented a massive environmental, social and economic disaster in the Kimberley – the proposed James Price Point gas processing plant. Corporate spin doctors and media peddle the notion that the decision by Woodside Energy to dump their onshore LNG project was an economic one, but the facts suggest otherwise." Peter Robertson
* ZEBEDEE PARKES, GREEN LEFT: NO GAS CAMPAIGN BAGS A WIN
- Analysis / Opinion
Green Left: No Gas campaign bags a win
13 Apr 13: "The Broome community and environmentalists around Australia are celebrating an important victory. Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum said it would not go ahead with a gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley. Long-time Broome resident Nik Weavers told Green Left Weekly: "We've got rid of the one big thing we set out to do, which was to stop the project, so I feel really excited about that." Weavers, a member of the Broome No Gas group, said: "I feel really warmed that so many other people have gathered [in Broome] and are feeling really good." Zebedee Parkes
* GREENS LEADER CHRISTINE MILNE: GREENS CONGRATULATE JAMES PRICE POINT CAMPAIGNERS
- Media Release
Greens Leader Christine Milne: Greens congratulate James Price Point campaigners
12 Apr 13: "Greens Leader Christine Milne congratulated campaigners around Australia who forced Woodside to reconsider its gas hub at James Price Point.
"I congratulate all the campaigners in the Kimberley and around the country, and especially Chris Maher, Greens candidate for the Kimberley, West Australian MLC Robin Chapple and our Federal Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam on the outstanding leadership they've contributed to this campaign," Christine Milne said.
"Now that Woodside is reconsidering its project, it's important that everyone steps up their efforts to prevent them from carrying out any construction at James Price Point.
"Now they're on the run, it's time to make sure they are gone forever and James Price Point is safe from industrialisation. ... "
* GREENS MPS: THE KIMBERLEY - TOO PRECIOUS TO LOSE
Greens MPs: The Kimberley - Too Precious To Lose
"A phenomenal campaign has shelved the plans for a massive gas hub on James Price Point - for now at least. Brilliant news! And congratulations to everyone involved.
We're happy to have been part of the campaign every step of the way. Here's a little bit about what we've fought together to save:
James Price Point is a spectacular part of the Kimberley.
It is home to a large number of threatened and endangered species, a whale nursery and the world's largest dinosaur footprints. It is also the only place in the world where Aboriginal culture incorporates the remnants of dinosaurs. Its cultural and heritage value for Aboriginal people is unique and significant. ... "
* REBECCA LEMAY, HERALD SUN: HAS KIMBERLEY ENVIRONMENT DODGED A BULLET?
- Analysis / Opinion
Herald Sun: Has Kimberley environment dodged a bullet?
12 Apr 13: "ONE thing the Browse gas project has inadvertently brought about, without even getting off the ground, is a greater understanding of the Kimberley region's environmental significance.
... Initially, it was only a handful of locals and greenies who opposed the project, some 60km north of Broome in Western Australia's far north. Before too long, however, the threat of industrialising the unique coastline - just like the Pilbara to the south - became big news. Musicians such as John Butler ... " Rebecca LeMay, AAP
* GRAHAM LLOYD, THE AUSTRALIAN: SENSE PREVAILS AS ECONOMIC REALITY BITES
- Analysis / Opinion
Australian: Sense prevails as economic reality bites
Broome Community No Gas Campaign: http://www.broomenogas.org/read-an-excellent-summary-of-woodsides-pull-o...
13 Apr 13: "BY closing the chapter on James Price Point, Woodside has pulled back from the brink of a final confrontation with traditional owners and environmentalists, bowing instead to economic reality and community good sense. Riot squad police had reportedly begun assembling in Broome in preparation for Woodside's last remaining task, to drill in the sand dunes at Walmadan." Graham Lloyd
* SUSAN GOURVENEC, THE CONVERSATION: WITHOUT JAMES PRICE POINT, WHAT NOW FOR BROWSE BASIN GAS?
- Analysis / Opinion
The Conversation: Without James Price Point, what now for Browse Basin gas?
16 Apr 13: "Last Friday, Woodside announced it would no longer be developing a gas processing plant at James Price Point in Western Australia. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by environmental groups. But this is by no means the death knell for gas development in the Browse Basin. Peter Coleman, CEO and Managing Director or Woodside, has reinforced the value of the Browse Development and Woodside’s continued commitment to develop resources in the area." Susan Gourvenec, Professor, Offshore Geomechanics at University of Western Australia
- Related News
newsTracker: No guarantee' of offshore Browse project
16 Apr 13: "There are no guarantees that Woodside will get approval for a gas processing facility off the Kimberley coast, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says. Woodside last week shelved plans for an onshore gas hub at James Price Point, north of Broome, which was estimated by analysts to cost $45 billion, due to cost pressures. Alternatives are now being considered, including floating LNG technology or a smaller onshore hub. But Mr Barnett remains opposed to the offshore option and said Woodside and its joint venture partners should not make any assumptions."
ABC: WA Premier fires off warning over gas approvals
15 Apr 13: "The West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is warning the companies involved in the shelved Kimberley gas hub he is not giving any guarantees when it comes to new proposals to develop the Browse basin. Woodside last week confirmed it is walking away from plans for a $45 billion hub at James Price Point, north of Broome, citing cost pressures. The company says it is still looking at other ways of developing the Browse field such as floating LNG technology. Mr Barnett has been staunchly opposed to the idea of moving the project offshore ... "
* ABC: INDIGENOUS GAS DEAL SHOULD BE HONOURED: BERGMANN
ABC: Indigenous gas deal should be honoured: Bergmann
15 Apr 13: "It may be the definition of wishful thinking but Wayne Bergmann believes Woodside and the WA Government should pay a $1.5 billion benefits package tied to the development of the Browse gas hub. Even though the gas hub won't be built, not in its proposed large-scale form anyway. Mr Bergmann has stated that social and cultural impacts will still be felt in the Kimberley region if gas is processed offshore, and Indigenous people will be affected." By David Weber
- Related News
Australian: Woodside 'obliged' over $1.5bn social deal
15 Apr 13: "WOODSIDE, its joint-venture partners and the Barnett government are "morally obliged" to pay out a $1.5 billion social benefits package attached to the aborted plan for a gas hub north of Broome. Former head of the Kimberley Land Council Wayne Bergmann, who was central to the deal, has described the agreement that traditional owners signed for the James Price Point gas hub as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move beyond welfare and create real jobs and opportunities for indigenous people." Paige Taylor
* THE WEST: ABORIGINAL BENEFITS DEAL TURNS TO DUST
The West: Aboriginal benefits deal turns to dust
14 Apr 13: "Woodside's decision to pull out of the James Price Point LNG processing plant has created waves of bittersweet emotions in Broome. Waardi Ltd - the administrative body for the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr native title claim group - said millions of dollars supporting indigenous custodians had turned to dust. ... But anti-gas hub protesters and Goolarabooloo lawman Phillip Roe united outside the Woodside office in Broome yesterday, claiming victory and the area could now be left in peace." Glenn Cordingley, Nicola Kalmar, and agencies, The West Australian
- Related News
National Indigenous Radio Service: Negoiator disappointed for pro-gas hub traditional owners
16 Apr 13: "A key negotiator for the Kimberley traditional owners who were set to gain from a benefits package from the James Price Point gas hub says he’s disappointed the project has been dropped."
National Indigenous Radio Service: Groups need to heal from gas hub dispute: Pat Dodson
15 Apr 13: "The Chair of the Broome-based Kimberley Institute in Western Australia says he hopes healing can take place between traditional owners in conflict over the James Price Point gas hub."
The West: Browse gas hub fallout gets bitter
15 Apr 13: "The fallout from Woodside abandoning the Kimberley LNG hub descended into bitter recriminations yesterday. Aboriginal elders complained of betrayal, the State Government blamed unions and industry warned of higher domestic gas prices. Jabirr Jabirr traditional owner Rita Augustine, who became the face of Aboriginal support for the $40 billion project, said she was "really hurt" by the gas giant's decision to walk away for commercial reasons. "I also feel let down by some of my people here in Broome and the outsiders who came in to protest against us," ... " Daniel Emerson and Glenn Cordingley, The West Australian
The West: Hopes die with gas hub decision
15 Apr 13: "A highly respected Aboriginal woman who became the face of the pro-James Price Point gas hub lobby feels betrayed by Woodside, her own people and protesters who waged war on the project. Jabirr Jabirr elder Rita Augustine, 78, was in tears yesterday as she spoke of feeling let down and deeply saddened that $1.5 billion in benefits from the project appeared lost to her people. In 2011, Ms Augustine became an indigenous figurehead for the development when she signed an agreement on behalf of traditional owners with the State Government and Woodside after years of talks." Glenn Cordingley, The West Australian
- Related Video
SBS On Demand: TV and Online Video: Indigenous residents divided on Woodside withdrawal
15 Apr 13: "There's been a weekend of celebrations in Broome. Opponents of the now-abandoned gas hub at James Price Point say it's a victory for people power. But as SBS's Ryan Emery found, there are some in town who believe it was a lost opportunity to help the local mob."
* ABC AM AUDIO: TRADITIONAL OWNERS ANGER AT WOODSIDE DECISION
ABC AM: Traditional owners anger at Woodside decision
13 Apr 13: "Traditional owners in the Kimberley say they're angry and disappointed by Woodside's decision to shelve plans for a multi-billion dollar gas project in the region. The proposed gas hub at James Price Point, north of Broome, was set to deliver more than $1 billion in compensation to the Indigenous people for the use of their land. Woodside says even though the project has now been shelved, Aboriginal communities have still benefited. But some traditional owners say the decision is a serious setback for Aborigines. Miriam Hall reports."
[Includes comments by Frank Parriman, Nolan Hunter, Peter Coleman and Phillip Roe.]
* THE STRINGER: PREMIER BARNETT APOLOGISES TO KIMBERLEY'S ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Premier Barnett apologises to Kimberley’s Aboriginal peoples
16 Apr 13: "WA Premier Barnett is smarting over Woodside Petroleum’s decision to dump the $40 billion gas hub precinct project. He has come out swinging that there will be no $1.5 billion benefits package for the Jabirr Jabirr and Goolarabooloo peoples, many who remain abjectly poor. He has apologised to the Kimberley Elders for the loss of what he believed would have been a once in a life time opportunity to turn around the fortunes of their people."
* WA GREENS MLC, ROBIN CHAPPLE: BARNETT TO STRIP WOODSIDE BROWSE LEASE
WA Greens MLC, Robin Chapple: Barnett to strip Woodside Browse lease
16 Apr 13: "Browse Gas now up for Grabs and Local Aboriginals Sidelined? ... Greens WA Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Robin Chapple MLC, today expressed amazement at the inconsistency revealed in the Premier’s threat to strip Woodside of their Browse gas leases. ... "The big losers here are the local Aboriginal people, as Mr Barnett and Mr Buswell back away from their financial commitments as fast as they possibly can. "Hearts will surely be broken, but the Premier needs to look closer to home for laying the blame. ... "
* AUSTRALIAN MINING: BARNETT APOLOGISES TO TRADITIONAL OWNERS AND WARNS WOODSIDE MAY LOSE STATE GAS LEASE
Australian Mining: Barnett apologises to traditional owners and warns Woodside may lose state gas lease
16 Apr 13: "The Western Australian government has suggested Woodside and its partners may lose their lease over the one-third of Browse gas located in WA waters and has apologised to the traditional indigenous owners of James Price Point. Premier Colin Barnett said yesterday that the $1.5 billion benefits package negotiated with traditional owners would only be delivered if the Browse joint venture partners were to bring gas onshore for processing at James Price Point, The West Australian reported. On Friday Woodside announced it would be looking at alternatives ... "
- Related News
The West: Barnett threat to Browse lease
16 Apr 13: "Colin Barnett has apologised to the traditional Aboriginal owners of James Price Point while hinting that the State Government could strip Woodside and its partners of their lease over the one-third of Browse gas in WA waters. The Premier said yesterday that the $1.5 billion benefits package negotiated with traditional owners would not go ahead if the Browse joint venture partners did not bring gas onshore for processing at James Price Point. "There won't be the benefits package and I hate to say that, but it's the reality," Mr Barnett said." Gareth Parker State Political Editor, The West Australian
* ABC VIDEO: GOVERNMENT URGED TO ABANDON GAS LAND ACQUISITION
ABC: Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition
16 Apr 13: "The West Australian Government is being urged to abandon its plan to take over land north of Broome that was set aside for the Kimberley gas hub. The land agreement between Aboriginal families and the Government means the state retains control of the land at James Price Point for at least ten years despite Woodside pulling the pin on the gas precinct last week. If no development occurs on the land in that time, it will revert back to unallocated crown land. The Premier's office has confirmed it is also persevering with plans to compulsorily acquire the site."
* SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO INTERVIEW: JAMES PRICE POINT NOT APPROPRIATE FOR DEVELOPMENT
- Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: James Price Point Not Appropriate For Development
17 Apr 13: "Greens Senator says the area is too important nationally to develop. ... As traditional owners watch closely the WA Premier's next steps for James Price Point. A Greens Senator says the Premier's insistence to push for a smaller scale development is another attempt to begin the industrialisation of the Kimberley. Senator Rachel Siewert is the Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. ... Senator Siewert tells Marc Tong the Premier needs to realise, that James Price Point simply isn't an appropriate site."
* SAVE THE KIMBERLEY VIDEO: THE KIMBERLEY
Save The Kimberley: The Kimberley
26 Mar 13: "The Kimberley region of Western Australia is as inhospitable and remote as it is breathtaking and diverse. From the fringes of vast deserts to wild rivers, deep gorges, mountain ranges of mythical proportions and coastline lashed by cyclones and gigantic tides, it is a land that has weathered the ravages of time. The Kimberley is one of the oldest land masses on the planet, untouched for over 800 million years, a land that has escaped the heavy hand of man and remained as it always has been, a wilderness."
* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA
Last updated: 13 April 2013
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