photo finish … Labor are claiming victory in the Kimberley now

Neck and neck in a Kimberley thriller BY:NICOLAS PERPITCH From:The Australian March 12, 2013 12:00AMGreens candidate for the Kimberley Chris Maher, who won 38 per cent of the vote in the four Broome booths. Picture: Damian Kelly Source: The Australian THE Greens and Labor are both confident of victory in the northern West Australian seat of Kimberley, which will boil down to postal and absentee votes in a tight four-way contest with the Liberals and Nationals.WA Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately yesterday said the primary vote was still too close to allocate preferences for a two-party-preferred result although a fresh scrutiny of votes today could clarify the contest.Last night, Labor’s Josie Farrer just led the primary vote, closely followed by the Liberals’ Jenny Bloom, The Greens’ Chris Maher was slightly further back in third place and the Nationals’ Michelle Pucci was in fourth.”To do the preference throw, I’ve got to do a judgment as to who is first and who is second. I can’t make that judgment,” Mr Gately said. “When we do the fresh scrutiny, that might give some further light to it. We’ll probably do some preference work after that.”He also warned there may not be a result until Saturday, when all postal votes will have been counted. Amid a generally dismal election result for the Greens, as of 10pm (AEDT) last night, they benefited from a 10.3 per cent swing towards them in the Kimberley, where they made opposition to a proposed $35 billion gas hub at James Price Point, 50km north of Broome, their central policy.

The seat was previously held by Labor’s Carol Martin but the party suffered a 13.6 per cent swing against it there during the election, while the Liberals, who gained an 8.8 per cent statewide swing, saw their vote go backwards 1.3 per cent in the Kimberley.

Despite the close result, Ms Farrer claimed victory on Sunday via Facebook. “Our campaign director Jon Ford has called victory for Josie!!!!”

A Labor source yesterday believed Ms Farrer was in front on primary votes because the Election Commission website was not showing results from remote polling booths, which had gone roughly 70 per cent her way.

But Mr Maher expected the 1000-odd postal votes to favour him and said he was a strong chance to become the first Greens candidate elected to the state’s Legislative Assembly in a general election. Adele Carles became the member for Fremantle as a Greens candidate in a 2009 by-election.

Mr Maher said the fact 38 per cent of people in the four Broome booths had voted for him put paid to suggestions the only people opposed to the gas hub were professional protesters from outside.

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About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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