WGAR News: No plans for JPP gas hub- but matter still goes to court: Aleisha Orr, WA Today

Newsletter date: 6 June 2013

Contents:

* CAAMA interview with Natalie Wasley: Muckaty from the other side
* CAAMA interview: Nigel Scullion talks up Muckaty
* Dave Sweeney, ACF: Muckaty says no radioactive dump, six years and counting
* Tennant & District Times: Hundreds rally against Muckaty nuke dump
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* ABC: Case against gas hub approval starts in court
* WA Today: Gas hub matter in the Supreme Court
* 9 News: Court battle looms over WA gas hub plans
* WA Today: No plans for JPP gas hub- but matter still goes to court
* ABC: Green group puzzled by gas hub legal stoush
* Australian Mining: Woodside to justify Browse decision, pushes FLNG
* The Wilderness Society: New Indigenous protected areas announced in the Kimberley
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: The Walkatjurra Walk - three weeks of desert and rain

* CAAMA INTERVIEW WITH NATALIE WASLEY: MUCKATY FROM THE OTHER SIDE

- Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Muckaty from the other side - Natalie Wasley
http://caama.com.au/muckaty-from-the-other-side
3 Jun 13

* CAAMA INTERVIEW: NIGEL SCULLION TALKS UP MUCKATY

- Video

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Nigel Scullion talks up Muckaty
http://caama.com.au/nigel-scullion-talks-up-muckaty
24 May 13

- Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: CAAMA Radio News… 31.5.13
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-news-31-5-13
31 May 13: "A peak Australian anti nuclear lobby group has slammed comments by Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion about the safety of storing nuclear waste material at a proposed nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory."

* DAVE SWEENEY, ACF: MUCKATY SAYS NO RADIOACTIVE DUMP, SIX YEARS AND COUNTING

- Analysis / Opinion

ACF: Muckaty says no radioactive dump, six years and counting
http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/blog/muckaty-says-no-radioactive-...
27 May 13: "Saturday 25 May marked six years since the secretive and contested nomination of an area of Aboriginal land at Muckaty north of Tennant Creek in the NT as the site of a national radioactive waste dump. ... After a long time on the road it was great to ditch the car and take to the streets with over two hundred locals in a clear show of the community’s continuing opposition to the federal government’s plan. ... It was a great day to be part of - full of spirit, story and song. ... Muckaty is a clear test of our nation’s commitment to our respect for both our first people’s and all future generations of Australians." Dave Sweeney, Contact for comment on uranium mining, dumps and community concerns

- Past Event

Event: 25 May 2013: Tennant Creek, NT
No Nuclear Waste Dump for Muckaty
Tennant Creek rally and concert
"May 25 marks six years since the Northern Land Council
voted to nominate the current Muckaty site for assessment.
The annual community rally will be held on this date
in Tennant Creek. The nomination remains strongly contested
by Traditional Owners and the Barkly region community."
"Supporters from across the Northern Territory and
country are invited to attend."
A concert with performers including:
Sandridge Band (Borroloola);
Winanjjikari All Stars (Tennant Creek);
Kylie Sambo, hip-hop artist (Tennant Creek and;
Perfect Cult (Borroloola).
Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/events/no-nuclear-waste-dump-mu...
Event details: [scroll down page] http://ohmsnotbombs.net/archives/809
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nu...

* TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES: HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST MUCKATY NUKE DUMP

- News

Tennant & District Times: Hundreds rally against Muckaty nuke dump
http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1540645/hundreds-rally-against...
31 May 13: "HUNDREDS of locals and visitors joined the rally against the proposed nuclear dump at Muckaty last Saturday afternoon. A main street protest march, which culminated at the Civic Hall, marked six years to the day since the Northern Land Council (NLC) controversially nominated the site, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek. Traditional owners, environmental, anti-nuclear and trades unions groups voiced their opposition to the Federal Government’s plans which are subject to a Federal court challenge."

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 29 May 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nu...

* ABC: CASE AGAINST GAS HUB APPROVAL STARTS IN COURT

- News

ABC: Case against gas hub approval starts in court
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-04/case-against-gas-hub-approval-star...
4 Jun 13: "The Wilderness Society's case against the approval of the gas hub at James Price Point north of Broome has started in Perth's Supreme Court. The case before Chief Justice Wayne Martin is continuing even though the gas hub is not going ahead. The Wilderness Society and Goolarabooloo man Richard Hunter launched the action late last year. They argue there were more than a dozen grounds on which the approval of the gas hub was unlawful."

* WA TODAY: GAS HUB MATTER IN THE SUPREME COURT

- News

WA Today: Gas hub matter in the Supreme Court
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/gas-hub-matter-in-the-supreme-court-20...
4 Jun 13: "Goolarabooloo traditional custodians are in Perth as part of a court case challenging the government's decision to allow approval for a gas hub at James Price Point, despite the project having been shelved. ... The applicants are seeking orders that the EPA report and the WA environment minister's subsequent approval of the gas hub on behalf of the government be overturned. Woodside, which was previously a respondent in the case, is understood to have applied to be excused from appearing in court." Aleisha Orr, Reporter

* 9 NEWS: COURT BATTLE LOOMS OVER WA GAS HUB PLANS

- News

9 News: Court battle looms over WA gas hub plans
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/06/03/15/13/court-battle-looms-...
3 Jun 13: "A challenge against the West Australian government's approval of a gas hub in the Kimberley will go to court this week despite Woodside Petroleum shelving its original plans for the project. ... In the WA Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Wilderness Society and Goolarabooloo lawman Richard Hunter will argue that conflicts of interest in the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) assessment process resulted in just one EPA board member making the final decision."

* WA TODAY: NO PLANS FOR JPP GAS HUB- BUT MATTER STILL GOES TO COURT

- News

WA Today: No plans for JPP gas hub- but matter still goes to court
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/no-plans-for-jpp-gas-hub-but-matter-st...
3 Jun 13: "Woodside may have shelved plans for a gas hub at James Price Point but legal action over the environmental assessment process undertaken as part of the project is set to go ahead anyway. The matter is set to go before the Supreme Court in Perth on Tuesday. Lawyers for the applicants, the Wilderness Society and Goolarabooloo man Richard Hunter, will argue that the Environmental Protection Authority assessment process was tainted by defects including conflicts of interest and improper delegations." Aleisha Orr, Reporter

* ABC: GREEN GROUP PUZZLED BY GAS HUB LEGAL STOUSH

- News

ABC: Green group puzzled by gas hub legal stoush
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-30/green-group-puzzled-by-gas-hub-leg...
30 May 13: "The Wilderness Society says a Supreme Court challenge over the Kimberley gas hub site is still going ahead, despite Woodside's decision to abandon the project. The society last year lodged legal action against the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) decision to recommend the project at James Price Point go ahead. Although Woodside abandoned the plan, the court hearings are still due to go ahead next week. Society spokesman Peter Robertson says he is puzzled that the state wants to proceed with the hearings, despite being given the option to adjourn them."

* AUSTRALIAN MINING: WOODSIDE TO JUSTIFY BROWSE DECISION, PUSHES FLNG

- News

Australian Mining: Woodside to justify Browse decision, pushes FLNG
http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/woodside-to-justify-browse-decisi...
30 May 13: " Woodside Petroleum is close to justifying why it pulled out of plans to develop a gas hub at James Price Point as it plans to tell the state and federal government how much it would have cost to build. The submission of the commerciality report will include the forecast development costs, and is expected to be used by the company to bolster its argument that the government agree to a variation of the Browse retention lease conditions. ... Woodside have confirmed they are looking to develop their Browse LNG project with a floating gas processing operation." Vicky Validakis

- Related News

The West: Woodside set to justify Browse decision
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/national/17352297/woodside...
28 May 13: "Woodside Petroleum is just weeks away from telling the State and Federal governments how much it would have cost to build an LNG processing hub at James Price Point to justify why it axed the contentious plan. The submission of the commerciality report, which will include the forecast development cost, is expected to be used by project operator Woodside to advance its argument that the Governments should agree to a variation of the Browse retention lease conditions, which stipulated that the LNG plant be built at James Price Point." Peter Klinger Brisbane, The West Australian

* THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY: NEW INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS ANNOUNCED IN THE KIMBERLEY

- Analysis / Opinion

The Wilderness Society: New Indigenous protected areas announced in the Kimberley
http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/indigenous-conservation/new-indig...
"Gambanan, near One Arm Point in Australia’s northwest Kimberley region, was where Indigenous Traditional Owners and their guests gathered to celebrate the creation of the Bardi Jawi Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) across 354,867 hectares in late May [29 May 2013]. Hundreds of people attended, including representatives from each of the thirteen Indigenous ranger groups in the Kimberley, to celebrate this momentous day for the Bardi Jawi rangers and their associated family groups. The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke was in attendance and Jenita Enevoldsen attended as the Wilderness Society’s representative."

* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA

Last updated: 29 May 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-...

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: THE WALKATJURRA WALK - THREE WEEKS OF DESERT AND RAIN

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: The Walkatjurra Walk - three weeks of desert and rain
http://thestringer.com.au/the-walkatjurra-walk-three-weeks-of-desert-and...
1 Jun 13: "Aboriginal Elders led nearly 100 people on the now annual Walkatjurra Walk to highlight the need to protect Country from uranium mining. This year’s Walk came just months after the Federal Government gave a conditional approval for the proposed Wiluna uranium mine - the first project to get this level of approval in Western Australia. The Walkers, which included twelve Aboriginal Rangers from Leonora, completed a three week walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora in opposition to uranium mining in the Goldfields regions. During the Walk first-timers learned about Country while those who had done the Walk before celebrated Culture." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

See:

WGAR News: Walkatjurra Walkabout: Stepping out against uranium mining: WANFA & ANAWA (11 May 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/10/wgar-news-walkatjurra-walkabout-stepp...

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