JPP Picture … described

Soph shared The Australian Greens‘s photo.
Magnificent, isn’t it? James Price Point, in the heart of the Kimberley in far north Western Australia, is home to Aboriginal sacred sites, whale calving ground...
Colin Barnett calls this area, unremarkable. It’s like this Colin, Paul (Vogel)and Andrew and any one else who hasn’t been here, or can’t see the trees for the forest. Have a look at the photo.
The tide is on the way out, about a third of the way out and a kilometre more to go. Criss-crossed Sandstone layers traversed by thousands of dinosaur footprints, several layers deep.
Hundreds of trackways, with 17 species not recorded before. Fossils too, only a few locals know where, plants and bones.
Those first few large dunes heading south from the point (JPP) at the bottom of the photo. Growing at the back of these dunes in the darker strip is the beginning of the rare vine forest, unique anywhere along the coast. All the way down the left side of the picture, extending inland for up to a kilometer or two, this forest contains a wide range of fruiting trees and shrubs like the Gubinge, still solidly harvested by locals. Many have very old and large trunks, fire rarely gets to burn due to heavy leaf litter, few grasses. It adjoins a hinterland of Woolybutt trees, Ironbarks, Ghost gums and Boomerang Trees, Dingos, Bilbys too. 
The tops of the dunes and the wider spaced dunes are full of middens and burials, used for thousands of years, some of it is registered as sacred sites. At the top of the picture, the dunes are marked by an area of hidden valleys, containing important and sometimes rare flora and fauna, such as Worrals Burrowing Snake. In the distance is the point at Quondong where there is a whale watching platform, researching the whales as they calve, feed and rest as they cruise by day and night at this time of year. Almost 50 pods some days.
The spectacular red cliffs along the shore keep cyclones at bay when they pass close by each year.
Just off shore, an amazing underwater garden, unlike any along the NW coast. Locals have been and still do, go fishing here all the time, mostly with spears and an occasional handline.
Miniature spinning dolphins, just identified as a new species, complementing the discovery of a new species of Snubfinned dolphin hunt around in the shallows just offshore.
Sandy beaches up to the cliffs, used by Loggerhead Turtles for their egg-laying. Thirty kilometres to the NWest is the Lacepede Islands, one of the largest Green Turtle rookery sites in the world, right next to the proposed shipping lanes. Tens of thousands of turtles in the path of these ships every year.

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Woodside must go elsewhere, pipe to the Burrup or float it.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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3 Responses to JPP Picture … described

  1. Pingback: an expensive piece of real estate … | pindanpost

  2. I almost never comment, but i did some searching and wound
    up here JPP Picture described | pindanpost. And I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it look like some of the responses come across like written by brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional places, I’d like to keep up with anything new
    you have to post. Could you make a list of the complete
    urls of your public sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

    • Tom Harley says:

      Assuming you are not Spam, many of the items linked on pindanpost are from left types concerned about the environment, although there were 10% more Green voters in Broome than the Liberals. There are many conservatives though, like myself that voted Green too, just because of the travesty that is James Price Point: The rest of your comment tells me ‘Spam’.

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