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      "We have won and it is over - the project is dead":
      Hands off Country on the Kimberley


      Newsletter date: 18 April 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/18/wgar-news-we-have-won-and-it-is-over-the-project-is-dead-hands-off-country-on-the-kimberl

      Contents:

      * Hands off Country: "We have won and it is over - the project is dead"
      * Respect and Listen: NIT - A Kimberley victory
      * Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Barnett can't walk away from important Kimberley investments
      * Ryan Emery, NITV: James Price Point gas hub too expensive: Woodside
      * SBS Radionews Audio: Woodside abandons James Price Point gas hub
      * SBS Radionews Audio: Reaction to scrapping of WA gas hub plan
      * NIRS: New designs for James Price Point to be explored
      * YouTube: Woodside JPP Pullout
      * Peter Robertson, New Matilda: 'How We Stopped James Price Point Gas Hub'
      * Zebedee Parkes, Green Left: No Gas campaign bags a win
      * Greens Leader Christine Milne: Greens congratulate James Price Point campaigners
      * Greens MPs: The Kimberley - Too Precious To Lose
      * Rebecca LeMay, Herald Sun: Has Kimberley environment dodged a bullet?
      * Graham Lloyd, The Australian: Sense prevails as economic reality bites
      * Susan Gourvenec, The Conversation: Without James Price Point, what now for Browse Basin gas?

      * ABC: Indigenous gas deal should be honoured: Bergmann
      * The West: Aboriginal benefits deal turns to dust
      * ABC AM Audio: Traditional owners anger at Woodside decision

      * The Stringer: Premier Barnett apologises to Kimberley’s Aboriginal peoples
      * WA Greens MLC, Robin Chapple: Barnett to strip Woodside Browse lease
      * Australian Mining: Barnett apologises to traditional owners and warns Woodside may lose state gas lease
      * ABC Video: Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition
      * SBS Living Black Audio Interview: James Price Point Not Appropriate For Development

      * Save The Kimberley Video: The Kimberley

      * Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA


      * HANDS OFF COUNTRY:
      "WE HAVE WON AND IT IS OVER - THE PROJECT IS DEAD"



       - Opinon

      Hands off Country:
      "We have won and it is over - the project is dead"

      http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/we-have-won-and-it-is-over-project-is.html
      17 Apr 13: "Goolarabooloo is very happy to inform you that
      we have finally had a briefing from our Lawyers and they
      have said "WE HAVE WON AND IT IS OVER - THE PROJECT IS DEAD"
      ... The Goolarabooloo and the Broome Community would like
      to express that these sacred and highly significant areas
      north of Broome will always be protected by us ...
      The lesson is there to be learn't, where we have areas of
      great significance and great concerns this needs to be
      understood and accepted by the government before pressuring
      commercial development to use these areas."


      * RESPECT AND LISTEN:
      NIT - A KIMBERLEY VICTORY



      - NIT Editorial Analysis / Opinion

      Respect and Listen:
      NIT - A Kimberley victory - Issue 307 Vol 12 - 17 April 2013

      http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/news.html
      17 Apr 13: " ... incredible strength of character and
      determination of Traditional Owners such as the Roe and
      Hunter families and all the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr
      peoples who stood ... in opposition to the project. In the
      years to come we hope the rest of Australia comes to
      acknowledge the sacrifices these people have made opposing
      this gas hub project. We believe their courage, their
      sacrifices, their amazing fortitude to be a shining example
      of what it means to protect Country. ... It is sadly ironic
      the "compensation" proposed was to provide the basic
      services any other community and certainly what EVERY white
      community receives from government anyway ... "


      * GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      BARNETT CAN'T WALK AWAY FROM IMPORTANT KIMBERLEY INVESTMENTS



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Barnett can’t walk away from important Kimberley investments

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/barnett-can%E2%80%99t-walk-away-important-kimberley-investments
      13 Apr 13: "The Australian Greens said today that WA
      Premier Colin Barnett cannot walk away from investing in
      Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley simply because of
      Woodside’s decision to cancel development the James Price
      Point LNG precinct.
      "The Greens have been staunch opponents of this proposed
      gas hub and the fact that it was tied so closely to the
      provision of better services and supports for Aboriginal
      communities in the Kimberley," Senator Siewert said today.
      "We completely agree that communities in the Kimberley need strong investment and support, but we have maintained that support should not be made conditional on external factors such as resource development. ... " [said Senator Siewert] "


      See:

      WGAR News: Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub:
      The Wilderness Society
      (13 Apr 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/13/wgar-news-woodside-pulls-out-of-kimberley-gas-hub-the-wilderness-society


      * RYAN EMERY, NITV:
      JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB TOO EXPENSIVE: WOODSIDE



      - Video

      SBS World News:
      James Price Point gas hub too expensive: Woodside

      Source: Ryan Emery, NITV
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1756486/James-Price-Point-gas-hub-too-expensive-Woodside
      15 Apr 13: "Woodside Petroleum has denied that the
      decision to abandon the Broome gas hub had anything to do
      with the Indigenous and environmental opposition. Instead,
      Woodside announced on Friday that the James Price Point
      gas hub proposal was too expensive, saying it would not
      look at developing it for several years. Some of the local
      traditional owners NITV spoke to are in favour of the gas
      hub and its economic benefits, but didn't want to appear
      on camera. Others called for greater community
      consultation."


      * SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO:
      WOODSIDE ABANDONS JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews Podcasts:
      Woodside abandons James Price Point gas hub

      By Amanda Cavill
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/262316/Woodside-abandons-James-Price-Point-gas-hub
      12 Apr 13: "Woodside Petroleum has announced it will scrap
      its proposed 45 billion-dollar gas processing hub at James
      Price Point in the Browse Basin north of Broome in Western
      Australia. ... The project had been expected to have
      employed thousands of Australian construction workers and
      engaged local manufacturing industries for years. But the
      company says the project as it stands is not economically
      viable. Amanda Cavill reports. ... There's been trenchant
      opposition to the Browse project from environmentalists,
      residents and businesses, as well as some traditional
      owners."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/am-15-04.mp3
      15 Apr 13: "Mixed reactions to last weeks decision by
      Woodside Petroleum to shelve a $45 billion gas plant in the
      Kimberley with West Australian Premier Colin Barnett saying
      he is disappointed for the traditional owners who had
      negotiated a native title deal in excess of a $1 billion."


      * SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO:
      REACTION TO SCRAPPING OF WA GAS HUB PLAN



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews Podcasts:
      Reaction to scrapping of WA gas hub plan

      By Ryan Emery
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/262820/Reaction-to-scrapping-of-WA-gas-hub-plan
      16 Apr 13: "There's been celebration in the Kimberley town
      of Broome in Western Australia. Opponents of a proposed gas
      hub at James Price Point, which was abandoned by Woodside
      on Friday, say it's a victory for people power. Their
      campaign ran for years and attracted protesters from around
      Australia and the world. But as Ryan Emery reports, there
      are some in the town who believe it was a lost opportunity
      to help the local people."


      * NIRS:
      NEW DESIGNS FOR JAMES PRICE POINT TO BE EXPLORED



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      New designs for James Price Point to be explored

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29035/New-designs-for-James-Price-Point-to-be-explored.html
      15 Apr 13: "Culture researcher Anne Poelina, from Madjulla
      Inc, says she believes pressure from some traditional
      owners and environmentalists against the project led to
      Woodside’s decision. Dr. Poelina says the original gas hub
      design wouldn’t have been beneficial for Broome."


      * YOUTUBE:
      WOODSIDE JPP PULLOUT



      - Video

      YouTube: Woodside JPP Pullout - bamboowade
      YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D5a0JMc8vJw
      Hands off Country: [scroll down page] http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/
      15 Apr 13: "Friday 12th April; the pristine Kimberley coast
      is saved from the development of the worlds 2nd largest LNG
      processing precinct. After Woodside and JVPs announce the
      development of the Premirers prefered site is too
      expensive. The battle is far from over as the Premiere
      tries to push ahead but nothing will dampen the spirit of
      the Kimberley Protectors this day."


      - Related Video

      NITV News - 12 April part 1
      http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/25923139881/NITV-News-12-April-part-1


      * PETER ROBERTSON, NEW MATILDA:
      'HOW WE STOPPED JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB'



      - Analysis / Opinion

      New Matilda:
      'How We Stopped James Price Point Gas Hub'

      http://newmatilda.com/2013/04/15/how-we-stopped-james-price-point-gas-hub
      15 Apr 13: "Woodside Energy has dumped its Kimberley gas
      project after copping some hefty reputational costs. It’s a
      win for campaigners like Peter Robertson who sought to
      expose a sham approvals process. People power has
      prevented a massive environmental, social and economic
      disaster in the Kimberley – the proposed James Price
      Point gas processing plant. Corporate spin doctors and
      media peddle the notion that the decision by Woodside
      Energy to dump their onshore LNG project was an economic
      one, but the facts suggest otherwise." Peter Robertson


      * ZEBEDEE PARKES, GREEN LEFT:
      NO GAS CAMPAIGN BAGS A WIN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Green Left: No Gas campaign bags a win
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53808
      13 Apr 13: "The Broome community and environmentalists
      around Australia are celebrating an important victory. Oil
      and gas producer Woodside Petroleum said it would not go
      ahead with a gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley.
      Long-time Broome resident Nik Weavers told Green Left
      Weekly: "We've got rid of the one big thing we set out to
      do, which was to stop the project, so I feel really
      excited about that." Weavers, a member of the Broome No Gas
      group, said: "I feel really warmed that so many other
      people have gathered [in Broome] and are feeling really
      good." Zebedee Parkes


      * GREENS LEADER CHRISTINE MILNE:
      GREENS CONGRATULATE JAMES PRICE POINT CAMPAIGNERS



      - Media Release

      Greens Leader Christine Milne:
      Greens congratulate James Price Point campaigners

      http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-congratulate-james-price-point-campaigners
      12 Apr 13: "Greens Leader Christine Milne congratulated
      campaigners around Australia who forced Woodside to
      reconsider its gas hub at James Price Point.
      "I congratulate all the campaigners in the Kimberley and
      around the country, and especially Chris Maher, Greens
      candidate for the Kimberley, West Australian MLC Robin
      Chapple and our Federal Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott
      Ludlam on the outstanding leadership they've contributed
      to this campaign," Christine Milne said.
      "Now that Woodside is reconsidering its project, it's
      important that everyone steps up their efforts to prevent
      them from carrying out any construction at James Price
      Point.
      "Now they're on the run, it's time to make sure they are
      gone forever and James Price Point is safe from
      industrialisation. ... "


      * GREENS MPS:
      THE KIMBERLEY - TOO PRECIOUS TO LOSE



      - Update

      Greens MPs: The Kimberley - Too Precious To Lose
      http://greensmps.org.au/kimberley
      "A phenomenal campaign has shelved the plans for a massive
      gas hub on James Price Point - for now at least.
      Brilliant news! And congratulations to everyone involved.
      We're happy to have been part of the campaign every step of
      the way. Here's a little bit about what we've fought
      together to save:
      James Price Point is a spectacular part of the Kimberley.
      It is home to a large number of threatened and endangered
      species, a whale nursery and the world's largest dinosaur
      footprints. It is also the only place in the world where
      Aboriginal culture incorporates the remnants of dinosaurs.
      Its cultural and heritage value for Aboriginal people is
      unique and significant. ... "


      * REBECCA LEMAY, HERALD SUN:
      HAS KIMBERLEY ENVIRONMENT DODGED A BULLET?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Herald Sun: Has Kimberley environment dodged a bullet?
      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/has-kimberley-environment-dodged-a-bullet/story-e6frf7kf-1226619466268
      12 Apr 13: "ONE thing the Browse gas project has
      inadvertently brought about, without even getting off the
      ground, is a greater understanding of the Kimberley
      region's environmental significance.
      ... Initially, it was only a handful of locals and greenies
      who opposed the project, some 60km north of Broome in
      Western Australia's far north. Before too long, however,
      the threat of industrialising the unique coastline - just
      like the Pilbara to the south - became big news. Musicians
      such as John Butler ... " Rebecca LeMay, AAP


      * GRAHAM LLOYD, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      SENSE PREVAILS AS ECONOMIC REALITY BITES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Australian: Sense prevails as economic reality bites
      Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/sense-prevails-as-economic-reality-bites/story-e6frgd0x-1226619456373
      Broome Community No Gas Campaign: http://www.broomenogas.org/read-an-excellent-summary-of-woodsides-pull-out-by-graham-lloyd-from-the-australian/
      13 Apr 13: "BY closing the chapter on James Price Point,
      Woodside has pulled back from the brink of a final
      confrontation with traditional owners and environmentalists,
      bowing instead to economic reality and community good sense.
      Riot squad police had reportedly begun assembling in Broome
      in preparation for Woodside's last remaining task, to drill
      in the sand dunes at Walmadan." Graham Lloyd


      * SUSAN GOURVENEC, THE CONVERSATION:
      WITHOUT JAMES PRICE POINT, WHAT NOW FOR BROWSE BASIN GAS?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Conversation:
      Without James Price Point, what now for Browse Basin gas?

      http://theconversation.com/without-james-price-point-what-now-for-browse-basin-gas-13496
      16 Apr 13: "Last Friday, Woodside announced it would no
      longer be developing a gas processing plant at James Price
      Point in Western Australia. The announcement was greeted
      with enthusiasm by environmental groups. But this is by no
      means the death knell for gas development in the Browse
      Basin. Peter Coleman, CEO and Managing Director or Woodside,
      has reinforced the value of the Browse Development and
      Woodside’s continued commitment to develop resources in the
      area." Susan Gourvenec, Professor,
      Offshore Geomechanics at University of Western Australia


      - Related News

      newsTracker: No guarantee' of offshore Browse project
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/04/no-guarantee-of-offshore-browse-project/
      16 Apr 13: "There are no guarantees that Woodside will get
      approval for a gas processing facility off the Kimberley
      coast, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says. Woodside
      last week shelved plans for an onshore gas hub at James
      Price Point, north of Broome, which was estimated by
      analysts to cost $45 billion, due to cost pressures.
      Alternatives are now being considered, including floating
      LNG technology or a smaller onshore hub. But Mr Barnett
      remains opposed to the offshore option and said Woodside
      and its joint venture partners should not make any
      assumptions."

      ABC: WA Premier fires off warning over gas approvals
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-15/barnett-warns-companies-over-offshore-processing/4630206
      15 Apr 13: "The West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is
      warning the companies involved in the shelved Kimberley gas
      hub he is not giving any guarantees when it comes to new
      proposals to develop the Browse basin. Woodside last week
      confirmed it is walking away from plans for a $45 billion
      hub at James Price Point, north of Broome, citing cost
      pressures. The company says it is still looking at other
      ways of developing the Browse field such as floating LNG
      technology. Mr Barnett has been staunchly opposed to the
      idea of moving the project offshore ... "


      * ABC:
      INDIGENOUS GAS DEAL SHOULD BE HONOURED: BERGMANN



      - News

      ABC: Indigenous gas deal should be honoured: Bergmann
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-15/bergmann-says-browse-deal-should-be-honoured/4629938
      15 Apr 13: "It may be the definition of wishful thinking
      but Wayne Bergmann believes Woodside and the WA Government
      should pay a $1.5 billion benefits package tied to the
      development of the Browse gas hub. Even though the gas hub
      won't be built, not in its proposed large-scale form
      anyway. Mr Bergmann has stated that social and cultural
      impacts will still be felt in the Kimberley region if gas
      is processed offshore, and Indigenous people will be
      affected." By David Weber


      - Related News

      Australian: Woodside 'obliged' over $1.5bn social deal
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/woodside-obliged-over-15bn-social-deal/story-fn59niix-1226620335631
      15 Apr 13: "WOODSIDE, its joint-venture partners and the
      Barnett government are "morally obliged" to pay out a $1.5
      billion social benefits package attached to the aborted
      plan for a gas hub north of Broome. Former head of the
      Kimberley Land Council Wayne Bergmann, who was central to
      the deal, has described the agreement that traditional
      owners signed for the James Price Point gas hub as a
      once-in-a-lifetime chance to move beyond welfare and create
      real jobs and opportunities for indigenous people."
      Paige Taylor


      * THE WEST:
      ABORIGINAL BENEFITS DEAL TURNS TO DUST



      - News

      The West: Aboriginal benefits deal turns to dust
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/16722348/aboriginal-benefits-deal-turns-to-dust/
      14 Apr 13: "Woodside's decision to pull out of the James
      Price Point LNG processing plant has created waves of
      bittersweet emotions in Broome. Waardi Ltd - the
      administrative body for the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr
      native title claim group - said millions of dollars
      supporting indigenous custodians had turned to dust. ...
      But anti-gas hub protesters and Goolarabooloo lawman
      Phillip Roe united outside the Woodside office in Broome
      yesterday, claiming victory and the area could now be left
      in peace." Glenn Cordingley, Nicola Kalmar, and agencies,
      The West Australian


      - Related News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Negoiator disappointed for pro-gas hub traditional owners

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29048/Negoiator-disappointed-for-pro-gas-hub-traditional-owners.html
      16 Apr 13: "A key negotiator for the Kimberley traditional
      owners who were set to gain from a benefits package from
      the James Price Point gas hub says he’s disappointed the
      project has been dropped."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Groups need to heal from gas hub dispute: Pat Dodson

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29036/Groups-need-to-heal-from-gas-hub-dispute%3A--Pat-Dodson.html
      15 Apr 13: "The Chair of the Broome-based Kimberley
      Institute in Western Australia says he hopes healing can
      take place between traditional owners in conflict over the
      James Price Point gas hub."

      The West: Browse gas hub fallout gets bitter
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/16727996/browse-gas-hub-fallout-gets-bitter/
      15 Apr 13: "The fallout from Woodside abandoning the
      Kimberley LNG hub descended into bitter recriminations
      yesterday. Aboriginal elders complained of betrayal, the
      State Government blamed unions and industry warned of
      higher domestic gas prices. Jabirr Jabirr traditional owner
      Rita Augustine, who became the face of Aboriginal support
      for the $40 billion project, said she was "really hurt" by
      the gas giant's decision to walk away for commercial
      reasons. "I also feel let down by some of my people here in
      Broome and the outsiders who came in to protest against us,"
      ... " Daniel Emerson and Glenn Cordingley, The West Australian

      The West: Hopes die with gas hub decision
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/16728609/hopes-die-with-gas-hub-decision/
      15 Apr 13: "A highly respected Aboriginal woman who became
      the face of the pro-James Price Point gas hub lobby feels
      betrayed by Woodside, her own people and protesters who
      waged war on the project. Jabirr Jabirr elder Rita
      Augustine, 78, was in tears yesterday as she spoke of
      feeling let down and deeply saddened that $1.5 billion in
      benefits from the project appeared lost to her people. In
      2011, Ms Augustine became an indigenous figurehead for the
      development when she signed an agreement on behalf of
      traditional owners with the State Government and Woodside
      after years of talks." Glenn Cordingley, The West Australian


      - Related Video

      SBS On Demand: TV and Online Video:
      Indigenous residents divided on Woodside withdrawal

      http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/26117187759/Indigenous-residents-divided-on-Woodside-withdrawal
      15 Apr 13: "There's been a weekend of celebrations in
      Broome. Opponents of the now-abandoned gas hub at James
      Price Point say it's a victory for people power. But as
      SBS's Ryan Emery found, there are some in town who believe
      it was a lost opportunity to help the local mob."


      * ABC AM AUDIO:
      TRADITIONAL OWNERS ANGER AT WOODSIDE DECISION



      - Audio

      ABC AM: Traditional owners anger at Woodside decision
      http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3736299.htm
      13 Apr 13: "Traditional owners in the Kimberley say they're
      angry and disappointed by Woodside's decision to shelve
      plans for a multi-billion dollar gas project in the region.
      The proposed gas hub at James Price Point, north of Broome,
      was set to deliver more than $1 billion in compensation to
      the Indigenous people for the use of their land. Woodside
      says even though the project has now been shelved,
      Aboriginal communities have still benefited. But some
      traditional owners say the decision is a serious setback
      for Aborigines. Miriam Hall reports."
      [Includes comments by Frank Parriman, Nolan Hunter,
      Peter Coleman and Phillip Roe.]


      * THE STRINGER:
      PREMIER BARNETT APOLOGISES TO KIMBERLEY'S ABORIGINAL PEOPLES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Premier Barnett apologises to Kimberley’s Aboriginal peoples

      http://thestringer.com.au/premier-barnett-apologises-to-kimberleys-aboriginal-peoples/
      16 Apr 13: "WA Premier Barnett is smarting over Woodside
      Petroleum’s decision to dump the $40 billion gas hub
      precinct project. He has come out swinging that there will
      be no $1.5 billion benefits package for the Jabirr Jabirr
      and Goolarabooloo peoples, many who remain abjectly poor.
      He has apologised to the Kimberley Elders for the loss of
      what he believed would have been a once in a life time
      opportunity to turn around the fortunes of their people."


      * WA GREENS MLC, ROBIN CHAPPLE:
      BARNETT TO STRIP WOODSIDE BROWSE LEASE



      - News

      WA Greens MLC, Robin Chapple:
      Barnett to strip Woodside Browse lease

      http://www.robinchapple.com/barnett-strip-woodside-browse-lease
      16 Apr 13: "Browse Gas now up for Grabs and Local
      Aboriginals Sidelined? ... Greens WA Member for the Mining
      and Pastoral Region, Robin Chapple MLC, today expressed
      amazement at the inconsistency revealed in the Premier’s
      threat to strip Woodside of their Browse gas leases. ...
      "The big losers here are the local Aboriginal people, as Mr
      Barnett and Mr Buswell back away from their financial
      commitments as fast as they possibly can. "Hearts will
      surely be broken, but the Premier needs to look closer to
      home for laying the blame. ... "


      * AUSTRALIAN MINING:
      BARNETT APOLOGISES TO TRADITIONAL OWNERS
      AND WARNS WOODSIDE MAY LOSE STATE GAS LEASE



      - News

      Australian Mining:
      Barnett apologises to traditional owners
      and warns Woodside may lose state gas lease

      http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/barnett-apologises-to-traditional-owners-and-warns
      16 Apr 13: "The Western Australian government has
      suggested Woodside and its partners may lose their lease
      over the one-third of Browse gas located in WA waters and
      has apologised to the traditional indigenous owners of
      James Price Point. Premier Colin Barnett said yesterday
      that the $1.5 billion benefits package negotiated with
      traditional owners would only be delivered if the Browse
      joint venture partners were to bring gas onshore for
      processing at James Price Point, The West Australian
      reported. On Friday Woodside announced it would be looking
      at alternatives ... "


      - Related News

      The West: Barnett threat to Browse lease
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/wa/16748253/barnett-threat-to-browse-lease/
      16 Apr 13: "Colin Barnett has apologised to the traditional
      Aboriginal owners of James Price Point while hinting that
      the State Government could strip Woodside and its partners
      of their lease over the one-third of Browse gas in WA
      waters. The Premier said yesterday that the $1.5 billion
      benefits package negotiated with traditional owners would
      not go ahead if the Browse joint venture partners did not
      bring gas onshore for processing at James Price Point.
      "There won't be the benefits package and I hate to say
      that, but it's the reality," Mr Barnett said."
      Gareth Parker State Political Editor, The West Australian


      * ABC VIDEO:
      GOVERNMENT URGED TO ABANDON GAS LAND ACQUISITION



      - Video

      ABC: Government urged to abandon gas land acquisition
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-16/government-urged-to-abandon-browse-land-acquisition/4631740?section=wa
      16 Apr 13: "The West Australian Government is being urged
      to abandon its plan to take over land north of Broome that
      was set aside for the Kimberley gas hub. The land agreement
      between Aboriginal families and the Government means the
      state retains control of the land at James Price Point for
      at least ten years despite Woodside pulling the pin on the
      gas precinct last week. If no development occurs on the
      land in that time, it will revert back to unallocated crown
      land. The Premier's office has confirmed it is also
      persevering with plans to compulsorily acquire the site."


      * SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO INTERVIEW:
      JAMES PRICE POINT NOT APPROPRIATE FOR DEVELOPMENT



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Living Black:
      James Price Point Not Appropriate For Development

      http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/263002/t/James-Price-Point-Not-Appropriate-For-Development/in/english
      17 Apr 13: "Greens Senator says the area is too important
      nationally to develop. ... As traditional owners watch
      closely the WA Premier's next steps for James Price Point.
      A Greens Senator says the Premier's insistence to push for
      a smaller scale development is another attempt to begin the
      industrialisation of the Kimberley. Senator Rachel Siewert
      is the Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander issues. ... Senator Siewert tells Marc Tong the
      Premier needs to realise, that James Price Point simply
      isn't an appropriate site."


      * SAVE THE KIMBERLEY VIDEO:
      THE KIMBERLEY



      - Video

      Save The Kimberley: The Kimberley
      http://www.savethekimberley.com/2012/03/26/the-kimberley/
      26 Mar 13: "The Kimberley region of Western Australia is as
      inhospitable and remote as it is breathtaking and diverse.
      From the fringes of vast deserts to wild rivers, deep
      gorges, mountain ranges of mythical proportions and
      coastline lashed by cyclones and gigantic tides, it is a
      land that has weathered the ravages of time. The Kimberley
      is one of the oldest land masses on the planet, untouched
      for over 800 million years, a land that has escaped the
      heavy hand of man and remained as it always has been, a
      wilderness."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN
      - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA


      Last updated: 13 April 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

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