The Kimberley region in northern Western Australia is a globally significant natural and cultural landscape, home to rare and endangered wildlife and flora. It houses a marine wonderland of unique beauty and epic diversity.
The region has been compared to places like the Amazon, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Antarctic, in terms of majesty and scale of pristine, and healthy functioning, natural landscapes.
But the Kimberley is under threat with plans to build the world’s largest oil and gas plant, and a deep sea port, on the Kimberley coast, between Quondong and Walmadan (James Price Point). This location is just 50km north of the tourist town of Broome, and is part of a very important Song Cycle and the Lurujarri Heritage Trail. It is also home to threatened turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, dugongs and bilbies. Not only would this proposed development destroy this culturally and environmentally significant area, but it would also open the entire Kimberley up for industrialisation and exploitation.
If this happened we would lose one of the world’s last wild and un-industrialised areas.
Right now, the Broome community needs your help. A camp has been set up at Walmadan on Manari Road acting as a blockade to the sacred dune system. Local Indigenous mob, community members and supporters from all over the world have gathered here to work together to save Walmadan (James Price Point) and the whole Kimberley. Oil and Gas Giant, Woodside, are already responsible for driving carelessly over burial sites and middens in this dune system. Their next phase of exploratory work involves clearing, destroying, digging up and drilling into these burial sites, middens, endangered monsoonal vine thicket areas, and a sacred Song Cycle. You are urged to come and join the struggle to protect this beautiful and special part of Australia.
It is the perfect place to learn about Aboriginal culture and support those taking direct action to stop the proposed gas hub. During some months of the year there may be opportunities to volunteer in turtle research and other wildlife surveys.
Please spread the message to friends and family: Camp Walmadan is open for the 2013 dry season in the spectacular Kimberley! We need your help.
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