G’day No Gassers!
Red Broome‘s photo.
Thanks to volunteers (Sue and Kel) who’ve been posting No Gas emails in the last few weeks. If there’s anyone else who would like to share the load and take on this task for a few weeks in Nov-December please let us know……………………. In the meantime, there’s lots to catch up with:
Firstly a pat on the back to you all……… via an article in the Australian on 20th Sept detailing JPMorgan’s latest cost analysis on the Browse gas project. This noted that the cost of building at JPP has soared to $US45 billion ($43.08bn), but developers would save only $2bn by piping the gas to the North West Shelf in the Pilbara, in part because the 25-year-old North West Shelf facility would need to be largely rebuilt if they were to process Browse gas. However, and here’s the good bit, JPMorgan said it remained of the view that the Browse gas was most likely to be developed at the North West Shelf – largely due to the vehement opposition to the Kimberley plan, which was “unwavering, increasingly organised and gathering momentum” Yeehah!!
One of the many ways the Campaign’s been gathering momentum is via the Power and Passion Photographic exhibition. TWS reports theexhibition has been on show in Sydney for the last week and a half at The Depot Gallery on Dank Street, right in the heart of one of the main art precincts in Sydney. Last night saw over 150 people attend the special evening hosted by Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia with Lyndon Schneiders from TWS talking about the threat to the Kimberley. Both were very well received – with rave reviews from everyone in the crowd. The night and the exhibition have been a huge success!
If anyone has a spare award on their shelf, please present it to the Hon Robin Chapple who in the last few weeks has been indefatigable in pursuing the WA Government via a series of Questions in Parliament. Their answers re the flow of information between Dept of Indigenous Affairs and the Dept of State Development get less and less believable. …………. in particular that DIA provided no formal advice to the proponents DSD on the JPP development site. Thank you Robin!
Now to local matters. Currently there’s a number of things brewing that might need your response – so standby for more information. These include:
- The release of the EPA Appeals Convenor’s report which is due some time mid October.
- The outcome of Woodside’s application for a Section 18 Heritage Clearance to work in the sand dunes to the west of Manari Road. A recommendation will be made to the Minister by the Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee following discussion at their meeting on October 10th. You can read the agenda item on http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/ACMC/9.%20ACMC%20Advertisment%2010%20October%202012.pdf
- The introduction of the Government’s Browse (Land) Agreement Bill 2012 relating to “the establishment of a liquefied natural gas precinct in the vicinity of James Price Point in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and for incidental and other purposes”.