November 1st, 2013

WELCOME. Environs Kimberley or EK is the peak conservation organisation for the Kimberley region, one of the world’s last wilderness areas.

Our natural habitats are facing unprecedented threats from too frequent fires, feral animals, weeds, broadscale land-clearing, dams and encroaching industrial development. Native mammals are disappearing.

Through its West Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley (EK) is conducting innovative work with Aboriginal ranger groups to better manage the threats to rare and endangered Kimberley ecosystems (click here).

Across the region, miners are exploring 25,000 km²  for coal, over 120,000 km² for shale gas, that would be extracted by ‘fracking’, and more than 10,000 km² for bauxite. (Sydney’s urban area covers 1687 km²). The region is also facing exploration for oil, iron ore, copper, diamonds, rare earths, lead, zinc and uranium.


James Price Point, 50km north of Broome on one of the world’s most pristine coastlines, was the proposed site for the largest gas processing plant in the world. If approved, it would have opened up the floodgates to industrial development on a scale never seen before in northern Australia (for more information (click here). To find out how the campaign successfully protected this special part of the Kimberley coast, go here


Contribute by becoming a member (click here), taking an active role in our activities and/or by making tax deductible monthly donations (click here). $30 a month goes a long way.

April 17th, 2014

Green groups fear coal mine plans ‘environmentally unacceptable’


Conservation groups say the risk management plan for a proposed coal mine in the Kimberley’s Fitzroy Valley is ‘”fatally flawed”.

As part of the Duchess Paradise Project, Rey Resources wants to build an underground mine near Derby, use the Derby Port and transport coal along the Great Northern Highway. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is accepting public comment on Rey’s draft management plans until next Tuesday.

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April 8th, 2014

Dinosaur footprints in WA’s Kimberley being studied for first time


Erin Parke


PHOTO Yawuru traditional owner Micklo Corpus shows one of the dinosaur footprints near Broome.

For many years some of the biggest, best-preserved dinosaur footprints in the world have been shrouded in secrecy.

But that is about to change with scientists conducting the first detailed study of dinosaur trackways in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

A Queensland-based research group led by palaeontologist Steve Salisbury has found footprints that have never been photographed.

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April 7th, 2014

Inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops

House of Representatives Committees

On Thursday, 27 February 2014 the Minister for the Environment, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference byWednesday, 30 April 2014. Please refer to our brochure called preparing a submission for more information.

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April 3rd, 2014

Kimberley lead mine gets final environmental approval


Tyne McConnon

A lead and silver project planned for Western Australia’s Kimberley has received environmental approval from the State Government.

WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob last night gave the green tick of approval to the Sorby Hills project, which is planned for 50 kilometres north of Kununurra.

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March 25th, 2014

Petroleum tenements in Fitzroy River catchment – by holder

Petroleum tenements in Fitzroy River catchment

Petroleum tenements in Fitzroy River catchment

March 21st, 2014

Buru Energy denies Government’s claim that a gas well retention pond overflowed


Vanessa Mills and Ben Collins

Buru Energy is at odds with advice provided to the WA State Parliament by the Department of Mines and Petroleum. The company has questioned the basis of the Department’s claim that a retention pond associated with a gas well, overflowed last year.

The claims were made in response to questions in the WA Parliament by Greens MLC Robin Chapple. Mr Chapple lodged questions with notice about retention ponds around Buru Energy’s tight gas wells, Yulleroo 3 and 4. The ponds are intended to retain drill cuttings and store water from the wells drilled over two kilometres into the rocks of the Canning Basin, around 70 kilometres inland from Broome.

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March 18th, 2014

Why Australia’s northern rivers are so full of fish


Ben Collins and Vanessa Mills

New research is revealing how North Australian rivers support more fish than would seem possible. Surgically implanted tracking devices are showing how barramundi make ends meet.

Charles Darwin University’s Associate Professor David Crook, has perfected the art of surgically implanting fish with small radio tracking devices.

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March 5th, 2014

Minister says no to fracking ban near public drinking water


Sue Lannin

The West Australian Government has ruled out a ban on fracking for shale gas near public drinking water. The WA Water Corporation has called for fracking to be prohibited in or near public water supplies because of concerns the fracturing of rock to release natural gas could contaminate water.

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March 4th, 2014

Kimberley environmentalists fight Buru Energy’s shale fracking plan


Dale Owens

Plans for a pilot exploration fracking program in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have prompted Indigenous people and environmentalists to fight for an outright ban on the controversial method of accessing shale gas in the area.

Oil and gas company Buru Energy plans to begin the pilot, which will involve the hydraulic fracturing of four wells in the Canning Basin, east of Broome, in May, subject to final environmental approval.

The fracking process involves fracturing shale and other hard rock, between 2.5km and 4km underground, to release the shale gas.

It has caused controversy in the United States where opponents claim it has contaminated local water supplies.

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February 27th, 2014

James Price Point Aboriginal cultural leader passes away


He was best known as the face of Aboriginal opposition to gas processing at James Price Point north of Broome, and for being a grandson of celebrated Broome cultural leader, Paddy Roe.PrintEmailPermalinkShare
The Goolarabooloo Law Boss, who cannot be named for cultural reasons, passed away in a Perth hospital after he suffered what is believed to be a massive heart attack while in Broome. His death comes as a shock to many who knew him as a vigorous opponent to the State Government and Woodside Petroleum’s plans to build a gas processing facility at James Price Point north of Broome.

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