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    Nov 13, 2013


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      Date: 14 November 2013 13:34
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Government concludes acquisition of controversial gas hub land north of Broome: Natalie Jones, ABC News
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      Government concludes acquisition of controversial gas hub land north of Broome:
      Natalie Jones, ABC News


      Newsletter date: 14 November 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/13/wgar-news-government-concludes-acquisition-of-controversial-gas-hub-land-north-of-broome-

      Contents:

      * Ben Collins, ABC The Drum: Indigenous empowerment is being able to say no

      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: JPP acquisition brings Kimberley industrialisation closer
      * Natalie Jones, ABC News: Government concludes acquisition of controversial gas hub land north of Broome
      * Vanessa Mills, ABC Kimberley WA: James Price Point will be developed: Premier Barnett [Featuring Premier Colin Barnett]
      * Daniel Mercer and Phoebe Wearne, The West Australian: Hub land bought
      * The Courier-Mail: WA completes Kimberley gas purchase

      * Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA


      * BEN COLLINS, ABC THE DRUM:
      INDIGENOUS EMPOWERMENT IS BEING ABLE TO SAY NO



      - Analysis / Opinion

      ABC The Drum: Indigenous empowerment is being able to say no
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-11/collins-indigenous-empowerment-is-being-able-to-say-no/5015946
      11 Oct 13: "The Kimberley gas precinct arguably
      demonstrates that by giving traditional owners the right to
      say 'no', there's a greater chance they may say 'yes',
      writes Ben Collins. ... There are lessons to be learnt in
      the Kimberley where a forceful approach to economic
      development for Aboriginal people has failed to produce
      favourable results for anyone. ... Even traditional owners
      who did eventually sign the agreement questioned the
      Premier's approach. "He calls it self-determination; we call
      it standing on our own feet with a gun to our head,"
      Jabirr-Jabirr spokesman Wayne Barker said in May 2011."
      By Ben Collins, the Cross-Media Reporter for ABC Kimberley


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      JPP ACQUISITION BRINGS KIMBERLEY INDUSTRIALISATION CLOSER



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      JPP acquisition brings Kimberley industrialisation closer

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/jpp-acquisition-brings-kimberley-industrialisation-closer
      12 Nov 13: ""WA Premier Colin Barnett has taken a step
      closer to realising his dream of opening up the Kimberley
      to industrialisation, after finalising the acquisition of
      the land at James Price Point." Australian Greens Senator
      Rachel Siewert said today.
      "From the very start of this flawed and drawn out process,
      the Premier's priorities have been skewed in favour of
      industrialisation, rather than supporting the WA community
      and a building a sustainable future for the Kimberley.
      "Acquiring land to supply the Browse FLNG facility or for
      future onshore industrial projects clearly signals the
      Premier's intent to proceed with industrialisation at any
      cost.
      "This decision comes after the WA Government has also
      introduced legislation to provide 25 year leases over the
      Canning Basin for the purpose of gas fracking, which is
      another significant threat to the Kimberley.
      "It is concerning to see the Premier link important support
      for traditional owners in the region to his
      industrialisation and development agenda which jeopardises
      the region's culture, heritage and environment. ... ""


      * NATALIE JONES, ABC NEWS:
      GOVERNMENT CONCLUDES ACQUISITION OF CONTROVERSIAL GAS HUB LAND NORTH OF BROOME



      - News

      ABC News: Government concludes acquisition of controversial gas hub land north of Broome
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-12/government-acquires-land-near-james-price-point/5085438?section=wa
      12 Nov 13: "The West Australian Government has finalised
      its acquisition of controversial gas hub land to supply
      projects in the Kimberley region. ... The site choice
      prompted numerous protests over a number of years.
      Environmentalists argued that the Kimberley should be kept
      free from industry and said James Price Point was not
      appropriate for LNG processing. The decision to give the go
      ahead for the hub was also the subject of a court battle.
      The court found that three board members of the
      Environmental Protection Authority had participated in the
      approval process despite declaring conflicts of interest."
      By Natalie Jones,
      a cross media reporter based in Broome in WA's Kimberley region


      * VANESSA MILLS, ABC KIMBERLEY WA:
      JAMES PRICE POINT WILL BE DEVELOPED:
      PREMIER BARNETT
      [FEATURING PREMIER COLIN BARNETT]



      - Audio Interview

      ABC Kimberley WA: James Price Point will be developed: Premier Barnett
      http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/11/12/3889395.htm?site=kimberley
      12 Nov 13: "Compulsory acquisition of James Price Point has
      gone through and the State Government now owns it. ...
      "Whatever it takes," is Premier Colin Barnett's view on
      developing James Price Point into a supply base and a gas
      processing hub. The compulsory acquisition process has gone
      through, and now the State has ownership of 3,414 hectares.
      It will be managed by LandCorp and the Broome Port
      Authority. But Mr Barnett says exact plans, or even
      potential lessee's, have not been confirmed." By Vanessa Mills

      ABC Kimberley WA: Vanessa Mills
      http://www.abc.net.au/profiles/content/s1857313.htm?site=kimberley
      "Vanessa Mills has had the Kimberley in her psyche since
      she was a child growing up on a rural property ("in a land
      far, far away") listening to family stories about their
      life in the region and other parts of outback Western
      Australia."


      * DANIEL MERCER AND PHOEBE WEARNE, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN:
      HUB LAND BOUGHT



      - News

      The West Australian: Hub land bought
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/19803068/hub-land-bought/
      13 Nov 13: "The State Government has ploughed ahead with
      controversial plans for a Kimberley gas hub, defying a
      string of setbacks to announce it has acquired land for the
      precinct north of Broome. Colin Barnett said yesterday the
      Government had completed the acquisition of more than
      3000ha at James Price Point, which it wants as part of
      long-held plans to process the Kimberley's vast gas
      reserves." Daniel Mercer and Phoebe Wearne


      - Related News

      The West Australian: Land secured for Broome gas precinct
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/national/19788013/land-secured-for-broome-gas-precinct/
      12 Nov 13: "Premier Colin Barnett has pushed ahead with the
      acquisition of land for a gas precinct at James Price Point
      near Broome despite Woodside and its joint venture partners
      deciding their Browse LNG project will be developed using
      floating technology. The State Government announced this
      morning it had completed the acquisition of 3414 hectares
      of land at James Price Point for a gas precinct."


      * THE COURIER-MAIL:
      WA COMPLETES KIMBERLEY GAS PURCHASE



      - News

      The Courier-Mail: WA completes Kimberley gas purchase
      http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/wa-completes-kimberley-gas-purchase/story-fnihsfrf-1226757995876?from=public_rss
      12 Nov 13: "INDIGENOUS communities in Western Australia's
      north will receive a $30 million windfall, after the state
      government completed the purchase of land for their push to
      develop gas fields in the Kimberley. Premier Colin Barnett
      confirmed the state government had acquired the land for a
      gas precinct near James Price Point, intended to support
      the development of nearby gas fields. Under native title
      agreements reached with the Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr
      native title claimant group, the transaction triggers a $10
      million economic development fund and $20 million for
      indigenous housing."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE WALMADAN TENT EMBASSY,
      JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, KIMBERLEY REGION, WA

      Last updated:  3 October 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

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